Fledgling Health Center Seeks Transfusion

by David Sepulveda | Mar 28, 2016 7:01 am

LAUREN WHITE PHOTO The Marycare Health Center, built with the help of New Haven parishioners on the dream of former St Aedan’s and St Brendan’s assistant pastor Fr. Emmanuel Ihemedu in impoverished areas of Ejemekwuru, Imo State Nigeria, immediately filled to capacity as word of the hospital’s opening spread quickly among villagers. The crush of those seeking health care overwhelmed the limited staff, taxing the nascent hospital’s ability to fulfill its life-saving mandate.

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IRIS Wins Wessel Prize

by David, Bruce, Paul, and Lois Wessel | Nov 25, 2015 8:06 am | Comments (3)

Aliyya Swaby Photo Seventy five years ago, a German Jewish teenager who had been sent to safety in England in 1939 on the Kindertransport arrived in New York where she was reunited with her parents.  After a brief stay in New York, the three of them travelled by bus to Scattergood, Iowa, where the American Friends Service Committee had turned a school into a hostel for European refugees.  As the Nazi terror spread through Europe, the members of a Disciples of Christ Church in tiny Eureka, Ill, decided to go beyond reading newspaper headlines and praying and offered to adopt the family.  The teenager and her parents moved into a fully furnished apartment on the edge of the Eureka College campus and were welcomed into a community that had known few Jews, let along foreign-born Jews. The father got a job auditing municipal books in small Illinois towns. The mother got a job in the college kitchen. And the teenage girl got a free college education there.  Her brother interned in England – he was considered an enemy alien even though he was a Jewish refugee – eventually joined his family in the U.S.

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