Pastor's Note
A Message from Reverend, Jane L. Leechford, Senior Pastor

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For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me. - Matthew 25:35-36

Dear Church Family,

On May 5, Rev. Ranjan Fernando, the founder of United Christian Fellowship of Sri Lanka will join us in worship at both the 8:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. services. United Christian Fellowship was founded in 1987 and is based in Moratuwa, Sri Lanka. UCFSL is a ministry with a heart and passion for the message of the gospel of Jesus Christ and also for the people of Sri Lanka. Over the years UCFSL has grown into a ministry that reaches communities throughout Sri Lanka and cuts across the barriers of denomination and race.

Projects of UCFSL include providing humanitarian effort, mobile medical clinics, and school supplies to students in villages throughout the country. They also manage two nursery schools; one in Neboda and one in Madatugama. UCFSL operates a slum project for the fishing community in Moratuwa and the children at the Beach Children's Center. The Beach Children's Center is an outreach program to children living in extreme poverty in Moratuwa's fishing community. UCFSL also provides feeding programs to children in cooperation with Feed the Hungry, and a micro-enterprise project to help the needy support their families.

UCFSL is actively requesting prayers and immediate relief for the victims of the Easter Sunday bomb explosions in Colombo, Negombo, and Batticaloa. They are working with other Christian organizations in Sri Lanka to help the needy. More than 250 people have died and over 500 people have been seriously injured. The blasts targeted three churches, as well as four hotels near Moratuwa where the UCFSL headquarters is located. UCFSL is providing relief efforts for families who have been affected by this tragic incident. They are providing medicine, food, and clothing to the needy through their churches. Currently, the concern is for Christian believers who urgently need our prayers and support.

UCFSL is registered with the government of Sri Lanka as a non-profit Christian Ministry administered by a Board of Management. Additionally, UCFSL is incorporated by an act of the Parliament of Sri Lanka. UCFSL collaborates and works together in unity with many churches and denominations both in Sri Lanka and abroad.

Please plan to be in worship with our brother in Christ, Rev. Fernando, on Sunday May 5. For more information about United Christian Fellowship of Sri Lanka, please visit www.ucfsrilanka.org.

Looking forward in Easter hope,
Pastor Jane

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