In September of 2018, Maria Chavalan Sut took Public Sanctuary at Wesley Memorial. Maria is an indigenous Guatemalan, and an aslyum-seeker in this country. She fled ethnic persecution in her home country, but was unjustly given a deporation order. Houses of Worship have been offering Sanctuary to people who have been unjustly persecuted by governments for thousands of years. Maria lives in the safety of our church while she works to have justice done in her case.
Wesley decided to offer Sanctuary to Maria because Christ commands us to welcome strangers into our midst (Matthew 25). No country on Earth will recognize Maria’s existence or rights and dignity as a human being. However, we serve a God who sees, and in the eyes of Christ, Maria’s claim to live a life of dignity is unquestioned. Maria is a part of our congregation, and we are always seeking new volunteers to help us support her as she lives amongst us. If you would like to make a donation to our Sanctuary fund, please do so in the Donate box above. 100% of donations go to aid Maria, and are tax-deductible contributions to the church.
Pastor Isaac Collins with Maria Chavalan Sut
Masks for Maria …
As a fundraiser for our Sanctuary Ministry, we are selling beautiful masks hand-made by Maria. There is a suggested donation of $10 per adult mask and $7 per child mask. All money raised goes to the support of Maria and is 100% tax deductible. To place your order, please send an email to email@example.com. You can pay online under Sanctuary on our giving page wesleymumc.org/giving, or send your check made out to Wesley Memorial UMC with "masks" in the memo line, and mail to 1901 Thomson Road, Charlottesville, VA. 22903. We appreciate your support.