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At our last diocesan synod, in 2017, Leah Marshall, a member of St. Andrew’s, Camrose, gave a dynamic report on her experience as a PWRDF Youth delegate in Africa.  

Judy Misick, people’s warden and now PWRDF parish rep at St. Saviour’s, saw Leah’s presentation and said, “We have to get this young lady to come to Vermilion. We need to hear this.”  

Church life being what it is, it took a while, but last Sunday (1 Lent), Leah and her mother Dorothy, who is the diocesan rep, came to St. Saviour’s and spoke to us about PWRDF. Although the parish has been supportive of the Primate's World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF) for many years, it was the first time we had the opportunity to hear about the work this agency does, both here in Canada and around the world.  

Their visit raised a lot of conversation around social justice issues and how we as a parish can engage more fully with the Marks of Mission that speak to this area.

Submitted by the Rev. Elizabeth Metcalfe, rector, St. Saviour’s, Vermilion  

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