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Sum­mer Ser­vant Event at Camp Restore Detroit
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Camp Restore — Detroit Sum­mer Ser­vant Event

The Heseders, Saint John’s mis­sion team, are head­ing to Detroit July 1622. We would love to have you to join us for this week of ser­vice at the LCMS’s newest Camp Restore base. We will have the oppor­tu­nity to work with local Detroi­ters across a range of community-​led vol­un­teer projects. We will also take time to expe­ri­ence the food, music and his­tory Detroit — The Motor City, Hock­ey­town, Motown, The D, Rock City and the Arse­nal of Democ­racy — has to offer!

Our neigh­bor­hood is 75% unoc­cu­pied parcels, but that means we are 25% occu­pied homes! Many of those home­own­ers feel aban­doned by their com­mu­nity. Our neigh­bors need to see Jesus’ pres­ence for them in us!Rev. John Car­rier, Pas­tor of Mount Cal­vary Lutheran, Detroit

The Heseders attempt to alter­nate between inter­na­tional mis­sions and more “local” work in the United States. A ser­vant event in Detroit is a more afford­able option for us vol­un­teers, with eas­ier travel arrange­ments and a smaller time com­mit­ment. It also gives us the oppor­tu­nity to reach out and help our neigh­bors here so that together we may bet­ter serve our neigh­bors far­ther from home!

Please con­sider join­ing us this sum­mer to help some of the peo­ple of Detroit. If inter­ested, please con­tact Kim­berly Pep­miller (This email address is being pro­tected from spam­bots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), Nelly San­ford (This email address is being pro­tected from spam­bots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Tom Miles (9704825316 or This email address is being pro­tected from spam­bots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) by April 30.

Hesed” is a Hebrew word that means “kind­ness,” “mercy,” “loy­alty,” “loving-​kindness” or “stead­fast­ness.” It’s the way God intends us to live together — a “love your neigh­bor as your­self,” active, self­less, sac­ri­fi­cial, caring-​for-​one-​another brand of liv­ing con­tra­dic­tory to our fallen natures. The “Heseders” are con­tin­u­ally look­ing to work together to share some small mea­sure of God’s extra­or­di­nary love. Won’t you join us?

Sum­mer Ser­vant Event at Camp Restore: Detroit

The Heseders are plan­ning a trip this sum­mer to Detroit! We would love for you to join us for a week of serv­ing at LCMS’s newest Camp Restore base. Watch the bul­letin, as we will be adver­tis­ing the dates soon. This let­ter from the camp direc­tor out­lines some projects we will be doing while there:

The work assigned to your group will depend on the status/​needs of projects in progress at the time of your arrival, and, to some extent, on the gifts of your par­tic­u­lar group (licensed con­struc­tion work­ers and those with other spe­cial­ized train­ing could obvi­ously serve in ways oth­ers could not). How­ever, I can share with you some of the possibilities!

Mary leads a com­mu­nity ser­vice non­profit with projects assist­ing home­own­ers in Detroit. She began her min­istry with flood assis­tance and soon dis­cov­ered that follow-​up assis­tance was needed for small repair projects. Most of the cost of mate­ri­als is pro­vided by home­own­ers, but if your group is able to raise addi­tional resources, there are those who do not have the sup­plies or the skills to make repairs.

Offi­cer Blue of Detroit’s Ninth Precinct has offered to con­nect us with home­own­ers near Mount Cal­vary who may need small repairs, espe­cially senior cit­i­zens and special-​needs individuals.

Lisa oper­ates a non­profit to develop green spaces in Detroit’s south­west side. She could use assis­tance clear­ing lots, plant­ing and main­tain­ing gar­dens already devel­oped. Mount Cal­vary Lutheran has a playground/​park area and planned gar­den space of its own to develop as well.

Michelle recently con­tacted us with a request for main­te­nance in a church hous­ing a non­profit preschool with which her non­profit orga­ni­za­tion works.

Mount Cal­vary and the Gifts for All God’s Chil­dren non­profit are among those with whom you may work to plan and lead a sum­mer camp pro­gram for com­mu­nity children.

There are just a few of the pos­si­bil­i­ties devel­op­ing in Detroit. I hope they catch your heart as you look for a way to express the love of Jesus in tan­gi­ble ways to a com­mu­nity in need of “a hand up” in rebuild­ing.Rev. John S. Carrier

Won­der­ing why the LCMS chose Detroit? There are at least eigh­teen rea­sons why Detroit needs mercy and help:

  • In 2011, PBS reported 1 , based on recently-​released cen­sus data, that:
    • In the 1950s, Detroit sup­ported about 200,000 man­u­fac­tur­ing jobs. By 2011, that had fallen to 20,000.
    • The state of Michi­gan lost 48% of its man­u­fac­tur­ing jobs between Decem­ber 2000 and Decem­ber 2010.
  • A 2012 study by the Detroit Regional Work­force Fund showed that 47% of adults in Detroit were func­tion­ally illiterate.
  • The Tele­graph reported in 2013 2 that:
    • The pop­u­la­tion of Detroit fell dras­ti­cally from the 1950s (1.8 mil­lion) to 2013 (700,000).
    • The city of Detroit filed bank­ruptcy owing 100,000 cred­i­tors $18.5 billion.
    • Only about a third of Detroit’s ambu­lances were run­ning and 40% of Detroit’s street lights were not working.
  • CNN Money exam­ined the city’s bank­ruptcy fil­ing 3 in 2013 and found that the city claimed:
    • There were sev­enty “Super­fund” haz­ardous waste sites in Detroit.
    • Two-​thirds of the parks in the city of Detroit had been per­ma­nently closed down since 2008.
    • The city’s vio­lent crime rate was five times the national aver­age and the high­est of any city with a pop­u­la­tion exceed­ing 200,000.
  • A 2015 report in The Detroit News4 described the city’s hous­ing decline:
    • Since 2005, over a third of Detroit prop­er­ties had been fore­closed on.
    • 84,000 prop­er­ties were listed on the city’s blight list; 76% of those were homes that had been fore­closed on.
    • Many homes in Detroit were being sold at a frac­tion of their pur­chase cost, many for $500 or even less.
  • The Michi­gan League for Pub­lic Pol­icy pub­lished a study show­ing that 94,000 Detroit chil­dren up to age 17 live in poverty, 57% of the chil­dren in the city.

Please con­sider join­ing us this sum­mer to help some of the peo­ple of Detroit in our 2017 ser­vant event!

  1. Micki May­nard, “Detroit: A Boom Town Goes Bust” (PBS New­shour, March 23, 2011)
  2. Har­riet Alexan­der, “‘Motor City’ Detroit Files for Bank­ruptcy with 100,000 Cred­i­tors” (The Tele­graph, July 19, 2013)
  3. Aaron Smith, “Six­teen Things That Are Wrong in Detroit” (CNN Money, July 19, 2013)
  4. Joel Kurth and Chris­tine Mac­Don­ald, “Vol­ume of Aban­doned Homes ‘Absolutely Ter­ri­fy­ing’” (The Detroit News, May 14, 2015)

Hesed” is a Hebrew word that means “kind­ness,” “mercy,” “loy­alty,” “loving-​kindness” or “stead­fast­ness.” It’s the way God intends us to live together — a “love your neigh­bor as your­self,” active, self­less, sac­ri­fi­cial, caring-​for-​one-​another brand of liv­ing con­tra­dic­tory to our fallen natures. The “Heseders” are con­tin­u­ally look­ing to work together to share some small mea­sure of God’s extra­or­di­nary love. Won’t you join us?

Mada­gas­car Med­ical Mis­sion, Post-​Clinic Days

Sun­day morn­ing came bright and early, as church ser­vices begin very early in Mada­gas­car. The cul­ture here does mostly work off the day­light hours, so get­ting up ear­lier in the day is nor­mal as the sun rises before 6:00 AM. Believe it or not, the first church ser­vices at the Mala­gasy Lutheran churches begin at 6:00 AM, and these ser­vices are packed full. Our hosts, Domoina and Dr. Hari­son, typ­i­cally attend the Mala­gasy Lutheran Church in down­town Antsir­abe. How­ever, the 6:00 church ser­vice is the most pop­u­lar ser­vice here. The feel­ing would be that we would have to stand out­side and lis­ten to the ser­vice if we attended here. Typ­i­cal atten­dance on a Sun­day morn­ing at this down­town church is 4,000 total after all of their ser­vice times.

Our team attended a dif­fer­ent Mala­gasy Lutheran Church in Antsir­abe. Dr. Hari­son met with the pas­tor on Sat­ur­day and made reser­va­tions for us to attend at 6:00. The pas­tors reserved seats for us in the front rows. The entire church was full. The esti­mate is that there were 1,000 peo­ple in atten­dance for the ser­vice. There was another ser­vice fol­low­ing at 10:00 AM, and there are two pas­tors serv­ing this large con­gre­ga­tion. The ser­vice fol­lowed an order sim­i­lar to what you would expe­ri­ence in a LCMS church on a Sun­day morn­ing. The ser­mon was in the for­mat of teach­ing as the pas­tor had mem­bers use their Bibles and help to answer ques­tions dur­ing the ser­mon. The focus of the ser­mon was on the Power of the Word, an applic­a­ble mes­sage for us all. A large choir was in the front of the church with fifty to sixty mem­bers. The chil­dren of the choir mem­bers sat with them through­out the ser­vice and even stood with them to sing. It was neat to see church involve­ment of young mem­bers. The voices of the choir were amazing.

After the ser­mon was a long sec­tion of announce­ments. Dur­ing this time Pas­tor Matt intro­duced our MMT group and shared mean­ing­ful words with the con­gre­ga­tion. Offer­ing involved all of the church mem­bers walk­ing up to the front and plac­ing offer­ings in six dif­fer­ent bas­kets. Each bas­ket sup­ported a dif­fer­ent cause, such as church build­ing projects, salaries of the staff, gen­eral offer­ing, etc. By this time it was 7:45 AM. Our MMT group left right after offer­ing. Com­mu­nion was to occur next, which occurs in a pro­gres­sive style as well. The esti­mate is that church would have lasted another hour or so with com­mu­nion and the final por­tions of the church ser­vice. It is neat to see the size, faith and wor­ship of the Mala­gasy Lutheran Church. It is thriv­ing and growing.

Fol­low­ing church we took a Sun­day after­noon drive to Ambositre. This town is a two hour drive to the south and is famous for its arts and crafts. The drive took us through a canyon that pro­vided new views of the Mada­gas­car land­scape with large rocks and more agri­cul­tural ter­races. Ambositre is more of a touristy town. We ate lunch at a very nice hotel/​lodge. We were able to visit a shop where we saw a demon­stra­tion for how the carved wood items are crafted, and we shopped at sev­eral places.

Sun­day evening brought a spe­cial bar­be­cue for the Mala­gasy and Amer­i­can teams that worked together dur­ing the week. Domoina’s brother, our chef for the week, cooked a feast that included zebu kabobs, chicken, fried shrimp and sev­eral sal­ads. We ate out­side the guest­house under tents, vis­ited and sang together. The gen­eros­ity, faith and love of the Mala­gasy team really stands out. To con­clude the evening songs were sung among the group. The final song was “Thank You, Thank You, Jesus for Your Love.” This was sung in Mala­gasy, French and Eng­lish. The chil­dren in atten­dance really enjoyed this song. This cel­e­bra­tory evening is a spe­cial way to con­clude a week of ser­vice, new friend­ships and bonds of faith.

Mon­day morn­ing we packed up to leave Antsir­abe and begin a few days of sight­see­ing and dis­cov­er­ing other parts of Mada­gas­car. The drive from Antsir­abe to Anda­sibe took about seven hours of actual dri­ving time, but we also stopped to shop along the way at a road­side mar­ket for hand­crafted bas­kets and then in Tana at a shop­ping mall and at a mar­ket for hand­crafted goods. The after­noon drive took us through the moun­tains towards Anda­sibe. The effects of defor­esta­tion are very promi­nent in this area as res­i­dents con­tinue to burn the for­est to cre­ate char­coal for cook­ing. The drive was chal­leng­ing as there are many semi trucks on the road head­ing to the ports on the east coast of Mada­gas­car for exports and imports. The roads are full of pot holes, very hilly and not wide enough for two lane traf­fic. Our dri­ver, Pas­tor Tan­tely, did an amaz­ing job in chal­leng­ing cir­cum­stances to keep us safe in our travels.

Mon­day night we stayed at a resort in Anda­sibe, where the team stayed in bun­ga­lows that had four sin­gle beds upstairs, a dou­ble bed down­stairs and a great bal­cony over­look­ing the rain­for­est. It rained most of the night, which had us con­cerned about our abil­ity to visit the lemurs in the morn­ing. How­ever, the rains cleared in the morn­ing and the sun came out. Our group headed to Vakona For­est Lodge to see the lemurs. A canoe ride of about two pad­dles takes vis­i­tors across a stream to the island where the lemurs live. We brought bananas with us to share with the lemurs, and they jumped right onto our heads and shoul­ders to meet us and enjoy the treats. The ini­tial team pic­tures with our star­tled expres­sions really tell the story well. On this island we saw brown lemurs and then black and white lemurs.

We then divided up into dif­fer­ent canoes to pad­dle around and go far­ther into the rain­for­est to visit with the ring-​tailed lemurs. They jumped right on to our canoes to enjoy the banana treats. The canoe expe­ri­ence really brings the best story of the trip. Each canoe had a Mala­gasy guide from the pre­serve pad­dling while two or three oth­ers rode and enjoyed. How­ever, Pas­tor Matt served as the pad­dler for his canoe that con­tained two of our Mala­gasy team mem­bers. Each time Pas­tor Matt came to a bend, the cur­rent would take the canoe off course and into the river­bank. The two Mala­gasy in the canoe would shriek each time. With the lan­guage bar­rier Pas­tor Matt would unsuc­cess­fully pro­vide them with direc­tions to get them unstuck. One of the other canoes with a pre­serve guide did fol­low Pas­tor Matt’s canoe to assist if needed and pro­vide direc­tions. On the way back to the dock the canoe got caught in a cur­rent right near a water­fall that one could hear but not see. Pas­tor Matt pur­posely took the boat into the bank to pre­vent the group going over the water­fall. Lots of laugh­ter about these events filled the rest of the trip as the two Mala­gasy in the boat told their ver­sion and the Amer­i­cans relived their thoughts and actions. The def­i­n­i­tion of suc­cess that morn­ing was not going over the waterfall.

Through­out the rest of the day we made a cou­ple other stops to see other inhab­i­tants of the Mada­gas­car rain for­est. We were able to see Nile croc­o­diles, col­or­ful chameleons, geckos, snakes, spi­ders and more.

Today in the area around Anda­sibe is the first time we have seen dam­age from the recent cyclone that hit Mada­gas­car. The river and sur­round­ing banks showed flood dam­age. The after­noon drive took us back to the cap­i­tal city of Anta­narivo. In the evening we headed back to the head­quar­ters of the Mala­gasy Lutheran Church and met briefly with Pas­tor David, who is the new pres­i­dent of this thriv­ing church body. Our team then went to din­ner with him in down­town Tana to close out our time in Tana.

As our team waited in the Tana air­port for our 01:50 AM flight back to Europe (to begin the thirty-​plus hour jour­ney back to our homes in the United States), we began some reflec­tion on our time, expe­ri­ences and how we can fur­ther pro­vide impact with our ser­vice expe­ri­ences. Each indi­vid­ual has unique per­spec­tives and mean­ing­ful mem­o­ries they are tak­ing home. Our thoughts will con­tinue to pon­der how we can con­tinue to help our Mala­gasy col­leagues and con­tinue to bring health and faith to the peo­ple there. And back home we face chal­lenges for how to grow from our expe­ri­ences and use them to influ­ence oth­ers and to per­haps work to grow the Lutheran church in America.

It has been a great time for growth, reflec­tion, ser­vice and friend­ship. Thank you to all who par­tic­i­pated, sup­ported, and encour­aged our Mercy Med­ical Team suc­cess in Madagascar.

Hesed” is a Hebrew word that means “kind­ness,” “mercy,” “loy­alty,” “loving-​kindness” or “stead­fast­ness.” It’s the way God intends us to live together — a “love your neigh­bor as your­self,” active, self­less, sac­ri­fi­cial, caring-​for-​one-​another brand of liv­ing con­tra­dic­tory to our fallen natures. The “Heseders” are con­tin­u­ally look­ing to work together to share some small mea­sure of God’s extra­or­di­nary love. Won’t you join us?

Mada­gas­car Med­ical Mis­sion, Day Six: Clinic in Ilem­pona

Our day began later today and yet we were all still up early with the wildlife out­side and the early sun­rise. Today was cloudy, colder and driz­zly. It was actu­ally long-​sleeve weather. Domoina’s brother, our chef and the other assis­tants had our morn­ing ready with French pas­tries and eggs. We com­pleted our morn­ing devo­tions and then headed north for about an hour drive toward Tana. We arrived at a large Mala­gasy Lutheran Church in the town of Ilempona.

The drive today offered majes­tic views again of the rice fields and agri­cul­tural land. The fields were full of work­ers today har­vest­ing crops, till­ing by hand and car­ing for their land. We drove through the area today where all of the apples are har­vested, and the peo­ple were walk­ing out onto the main road with full bas­kets of apples on their heads.

This par­tic­u­lar church is large with beau­ti­ful stained glass win­dows, a tiled aisle and dec­o­ra­tive altar with wood carv­ings on each side. The pul­pit was in the shape of a chal­ice and was high up in the air, about fif­teen stairs up, so that the pas­tor can reach the large con­gre­ga­tion. Upon our arrival, the pas­tor began a brief church ser­vice of hymns and pro­vided a brief homily to those wait­ing in the pews. He pro­vided an anal­ogy that us as for­eign­ers are fat­ter and the Mala­gasy are skin­nier because they have worms but that God will pro­vide care. The pas­tor had a sec­ond anal­ogy that some are phys­i­cally sick but we are all sick with sin and have Jesus as our healer. One obser­va­tion our team made this week is that faith is abun­dant here. We noticed peo­ple walk­ing into the church and pray­ing before receiv­ing care.

Today we were able to pro­vide care for 436 patients. We had a smooth, steady day. The team main­tained the same roles so we could keep our rhythm. Com­mon diag­noses were high blood pres­sure, seizures, fun­gal infec­tions and lots of den­tal cav­i­ties. Sev­eral more patients were referred for sur­gi­cal pro­ce­dures includ­ing patients with a goi­ter, her­nia and enlarged spleen. At the end of the day we were able to hand out extra children’s vit­a­mins and tooth­brushes to the chil­dren. There was one lit­tle girl who was very chatty and kept com­ing back to Lisa to see what else she could get from her. She even offered a small amount of Ari­ary (the Mala­gasy cur­rency) to exchange her old tooth­brush for a new tooth­brush. Then she came through the line a sec­ond time after she had washed the mark of her hand to get another tooth­brush. Most of the chil­dren are quiet around us, so this lit­tle girl was quite the sur­prise. Today Lor­rie was able to assist many patients with read­ing glasses. It seemed toward the end of the day that word spread in the vil­lage that read­ing glasses were avail­able, so it seems we were able to help many read their Bibles and sew with more atten­tion to detail.

Over­all this week we were able to pro­vide care to 2126 patients.

Smil­ing children.
Lor­rie fit­ting read­ing glasses.
Bright eyes of the children.
Key women in the pharmacy.
Beau­ti­ful Mala­gasy children.

Health­care here in Mada­gas­car is actu­ally quite expen­sive based on the monthly wage that most Mala­gasy make. The min­i­mum wage in Mada­gas­car is $30 per month. This does not mean that all peo­ple make this much money, though. The aver­age wage for a nurse is $40 per month. To be hos­pi­tal­ized in a semi­pri­vate room at the Lutheran hos­pi­tal here on the prop­erty is $2.50 per day. The cost to stay in a pri­vate room is $5 – $10 per day. There is addi­tional cost for surgery, med­ica­tion and other parts of the stay. The fam­ily pro­vides care, foo and laun­dry for the patients. This means that hos­pi­tal­iza­tion for a per­son would cost more than they make each month, and sav­ing money or using the bank sys­tem is not part of daily life.

This evening we had some down time and were able to unpack all of the remain­ing sup­plies that will be left here in Mada­gas­car and used at the hos­pi­tal to care for the “poor” peo­ple who can­not afford care or med­ica­tions. Pas­tor Jeff and Pas­tor Matt put together a divine ser­vice for our team tonight to end the week of clin­ics and ser­vice. Tomor­row we will expe­ri­ence the Mala­gasy Lutheran Church ser­vice, and we look for­ward to wor­ship­ing with our broth­ers and sis­ters in Christ.

Hesed” is a Hebrew word that means “kind­ness,” “mercy,” “loy­alty,” “loving-​kindness” or “stead­fast­ness.” It’s the way God intends us to live together — a “love your neigh­bor as your­self,” active, self­less, sac­ri­fi­cial, caring-​for-​one-​another brand of liv­ing con­tra­dic­tory to our fallen natures. The “Heseders” are con­tin­u­ally look­ing to work together to share some small mea­sure of God’s extra­or­di­nary love. Won’t you join us?

Mada­gas­car Med­ical Mis­sion, Day Five: Clinic in Ankazo

The morn­ing rou­tine here in Mada­gas­car starts the day off quite well. Today fol­low­ing break­fast and devo­tions we departed ear­lier as we trav­eled an hour and a half west to the town of Ankazo. The drive again pro­vided mag­nif­i­cent views of the Mada­gas­car land­scape. As we left Antsir­abe we drove into agri­cul­tural land where it seems the Mala­gasy farm every avail­able piece of land, includ­ing the very tops of the hill­sides. The farm­ing is done by hand or with zebu and plow for the most part. As we ven­tured far­ther west we began to notice a drier cli­mate, and the tem­per­a­ture quickly warmed up. We left rain clouds and cooler tem­per­a­tures for blue skies and bright sun.

Upon our arrival we greeted the pas­tors and mem­bers of the con­gre­ga­tion, and shared songs, gospel read­ing, the Apostle’s Creed and the Lord’s Prayer with the peo­ple wait­ing before we began. It was really neat to see the peo­ple pull out their Bibles and fol­low along with the gospel read­ing. There was a loud speaker sys­tem set up out­side today where the church played Chris­t­ian music all day. This pro­vided some enter­tain­ment for our team, but it was also neat to watch the Mala­gasy sing and dance along. The immense faith of these peo­ple shows true passion.

Our clinic today was set up in the Lutheran school on the same cam­pus as the church. Three rooms were uti­lized for reg­is­tra­tion and intake (vital signs), nurse triage and doc­tor assess­ment, and the phar­macy. As we began we quickly were reminded that orga­nized lines are chal­leng­ing at times here in Africa. After many room lay­out rearrange­ments and expla­na­tions to the Mala­gasy church mem­bers assist­ing, we even­tu­ally came up with a func­tion­ing flow of peo­ple in the room with the nurses and doc­tors. And through all of the trial and error, the Mala­gasy were patient, kind and understanding.

For the day we were able to see 423 patients and help pro­vide them with needed care. Com­mon diag­noses today included high blood pres­sure, seizures and body wounds. A cou­ple inter­est­ing cases included surgery refer­rals for a rup­tured Achilles’ ten­don and a goi­ter. Our team con­firmed a cou­ple preg­nan­cies for two women who were hop­ing for dif­fer­ent results. Coun­sel­ing and prayer was offered to them as well. The phar­macy has come up with a new flow sys­tem that has increased effi­ciency immensely. Lisa was able to com­plete her health edu­ca­tion again with the chil­dren and pro­vided valu­able infor­ma­tion on hand wash­ing and teeth brush­ing. Pas­tor Matt was able to spend some time with the chil­dren play­ing foot­ball and bas­ket­ball. Addi­tion­ally he enjoyed time with the chil­dren in an empty class­room where they worked on learn­ing num­bers, the alpha­bet and John 3:16.

Nurse triage and doc­tor assess­ment room
Doc­tor hard at work.
Phar­macy crew.

Our team is tired tonight, so we are headed to bed. We antic­i­pate serv­ing a new town and church with our final Mercy Med­ical Team clinic of the week tomorrow.

Amdria­mamo­voka Falls.

Hesed” is a Hebrew word that means “kind­ness,” “mercy,” “loy­alty,” “loving-​kindness” or “stead­fast­ness.” It’s the way God intends us to live together — a “love your neigh­bor as your­self,” active, self­less, sac­ri­fi­cial, caring-​for-​one-​another brand of liv­ing con­tra­dic­tory to our fallen natures. The “Heseders” are con­tin­u­ally look­ing to work together to share some small mea­sure of God’s extra­or­di­nary love. Won’t you join us?

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