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Mission & Outreach Talk: "They Thought They Were American, Then They Were Deported"

The US legal system regularly begins deportation proceedings for legal immigrants, some with decades-long family ties to the United States, because of drug-related charges, regardless of how minor or old the offense. Many arrive in “native” countries they left as children, with no job, no family and little or no knowledge of the local language and culture. The problem is common enough that our sister parish, Christ the King in Frankfurt, Germany has established a ministry – known as Heimkehrer or Homecomer – to welcome such returnees and help them rebuild their lives. This Sunday, April 30, the Mission and Outreach Committee invites you join Bishop Whalon in conversation with one recent returnee, Harry Bielskis. Having been taken to the US at the age of four, Harry lived and worked there for almost 60 years, until he was deported to Germany following a brush with the law. Once a bus driver in Portland, Oregon, and now a parishioner at Christ the King, Harry is an active participant in its Heimkehrer ministry. Come hear Harry’s story of struggle, loss, faith and recovery, and learn about others like him and about our church’s work to support them.

Library, immediately after the 11am service; sandwiches and coffee will be served.