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Greetings!

My name is Tracy Azevedo.  My husband and I, with our family have lived in Shellbrook just over 12 years.  We have two amazing adult children and one beautiful granddaughter. I love music and the warm sunshine we have been experiencing this spring.   

As you may be aware Canada is in a defining moment regarding laws around Euthanasia.  Current laws around assisted suicide were deemed unconstitutional and the Supreme Court was called to research and come up with a new piece of legislation to present to Parliament. The deadline for the new law to be in place is June 6, 2016.

 

Stats say 75% of Canadians are in favour of this law believing that strict restrictions and safe guards are in place. The process of creating recommendations and the announcement of Bill C-14 are very alarming, showing something quite different.  The new legislation was tabled Thursday and it will go through a series of debates, committees and votes before the deadline of June 6th. This means that it is more important than ever for us to to contact our Members of Parliament who will soon be voting on this issue. We are told that by raising awareness and making our voice known to our government officials the stats drop to as low as 35%. Each voice makes a difference!!

 

Below I have included an article explaining the announcement of Bill C-14 and what it means for Canadians.  I have also added a link for a video clip that gives accurate information and understanding as well as national strategies already in place that we can partner with in letting our voice be heard. 

 

1.  Video link

2.  Click on article

Highlights of article :  Bill C-14 Tabled 

          Good News: legislation did not apply some of the controversial recommendations such as suicide for mature minors.

          Bad News:  If Bill passes Assisted Suicide would be at taxpayers expense and does not provide protection for the conscience right of medical practitioners, thus forcing participation of all tax payers and medical practitioners.

          Free Vote: It has been reported that the Liberal Government will allow a free vote, meaning that if enough MP's vote against there will have to be a new piece of legislation brought forward.

3.  Sign Petition

4.  Find your MP

Below, you will find the website for additional information, as well as phone numbers for our MP, the Minister of Justice, Minister of Health, and the PM Office. The video clip was shown at my Church and the response was very good.  People were enlightened, awareness was raised and many joined with one or more strategies in place. 

In talking with MP's and MLA's at different times in regards to legislation being passed. Time and again I have heard the response from different Elected Officials saying "where is the voice of the people? I need to hear your voice."While we elect these officials who are willing to stand in this place on behalf of the people, there are many quick and easy ways that we can come along side and make our voice heard!!

I want to share a story in closing of something that happened to me a couple of years ago.  My husband and I went down to California and during our time there we stopped at the Holocaust Museum. As we entered the building I heard an announcement."Holocaust Survivor Sharing her story in room 202" I snuck into the back row as she had already begun. At the end of her story she began taking questions.  As I sat something stirred within and this question popped out."What are the social trends that you see we are repeating today?"  She set down all her maps and books and walked across the front row of chairs, down at least 20 rows of chairs to the back row where I was seated and came into my row. She bent down to look me straight in the eyes and she was so close I could feel her spit hitting my face as she spoke in a thick  accent while shaking her finger  "DOO  NOT  BE  SILENT!"  and she walked out of the room.  It drove into me like a shot.  We are in a time where our voice could determine life or death. 

Blessings

Tracy Azevedo

website:  4mycanada.ca

                                         

MINISTER OF JUSTICE:        1.613.992.1416

MINISTER OF HEALTH:         1.613.992.3640

PRIME MINISTER OFFICE:   1.613.995.0253

 

 

The mandate of the Justice Gate is ‘Repentance, Reconciliation, Restoration’. This past year has been one of waiting on God for direction on how to pray provincially in the Justice Gate. “But in that day the Lord of hosts shall become a crown of glory and a diadem of beauty to the remnant of His people; and a spirit of justice to him who sits in judgment and administers the law, and strength to those who turn back the battle at the gate.” Isaiah 28:5,6. (Amplified) The Lord God has been teaching us about His justice since we began to gather to pray several years ago.

What has God been saying?

“Their Redeemer is strong, the Lord of Hosts is His name, He vigorously pleads their case, so that He might bring rest to the earth, but turmoil to the inhabitants of Babylon.  Jeremiah 50.34 

Hebrews 7.25 states that Jesus ever lives to make intercession for those who draw near to God.  The prophet Micah had a revelation of this well before the arrival of Emmanuel. He states, I will bear the indignation of the Lord because I have sinned against Him, until He pleads my case and executes justice for me. He will bring me out into the light and I will see His righteousness.  Micah 7.9

We see clearly the picture of a courtroom in heaven with the Father seated on His throne (Daniel 7.9,10) and His Son appearing before Him making legal arguments on behalf of those being accused.

Again in Jeremiah 51.36, we read, “Therefore thus says the Lord, behold, I am going to plead your case and exact full vengeance for you“. I believe that this can be applied for the individual, a group of believers, a people group, region or nation.

 A year ago, I had a dream about a waiting room in a court that was crowded with people who were waiting to appear before the judge. I recognized many of them. The judge was positioned 3 stories above us and beside each person was a legal representative who was to present their case. My husband, Rich came in and in legal language began to defend the person beside him to the judge. Just then, down through the ceiling came the Man who remained just above us as he said that an anointing was being granted to him to represent the accused at a higher level of litigation. In addition he was to receive training to accurately present evidence in order to defend a person or people group. This was both an increase in Rich’s authority and wisdom in heaven’s courtroom protocol. Immediately Rich swung his arm over the room and said “Not to me only but to all of these here who are standing for another person’s injustice!” He asked for a blessing on those who were defenders of justice and bringing people to the judge with appeals for judgement. The Man granted approval and I woke up!  At the time, I was puzzled by the dream but am now beginning to understand that God desires to train us in His court room protocol, authority and wisdom! A season for corporate learning has begun!

 We are learning some courtroom language for prayer. Judgments have to be rendered so justice can be released; they remove things that are obstacles to God’s order being put in place. Judgments do not flow out of an angry God; but are a decision that are rendered that remove enemies, establishes friends and begins to put order in place; it is in actuality the establishment of God’s righteousness. We read in Isaiah 11 there can be no victory until there is justice. ‘But with righteousness He shall judge the poor and decide with equity for the meek of the earth;when Jesus died on the cross, a legal contract took place that bought us back. We need justice administered so that we can come into victory; on a personal level as well as provincial. When we are judged, we learn righteousness! Judgment is also good when it is found in your favour! Jeremiah was released to tear down and build up; negative before positive to remove the obstacles; court activity to remove false foundations. Then you can build and plant. That is judgment in operation.

 We have Jesus standing before the judges’ seat in the courtroom of heaven making intercession for us as our Advocate. The invitation is to join Him in agreement. We have the absolute pleasure and position of declaring that Jesus has wiped out the written legal documents that were against us, disarmed principalities and powers and has won the battle. The picture of God’s justice is that He desires those who know Him to stand between that which is evil and its judgment and to apply the Blood of Jesus in all its wisdom, understanding and power.  When we see what God has already done through Jesus, we are empowered in Him to execute His cleanup plan, His mop up operation so that those who are held captive can be released!  This is an honour and great privilege for those who know Him.  We must know His Father’s heart to execute this privilege.

 We will be like the widow who cried out to the unrighteous judge in Matthew until she received what she was asking for.  Be encouraged as you cry out to the Judge of all life, the Redeemer of the helpless on behalf of those prisoners to darkness, victims of an evil system, gangs and violence, as you walk in prayer around the land, the cities, reserves, villages and core areas declaring what Jesus has already done.  We want to partner with Jesus always making intercession, coming into agreement with Him! We want Him to cause us to go where we would not go otherwise to meet people in divine connection whom we would not otherwise know in order to release the light and truth of Jesus!

Let’s plan on getting together in the next months to wait on God for a day. Many of us are going through the cleansing process Joshua the high priest did in Zechariah 3. Let the flesh burn in the fire! Stay in the fire, wait on God as He dresses you for the new season. He is teaching us to pray with more authority! Thus says the Lord of hosts, ‘If you will walk in my ways, and if you will perform My service, then you will also govern My house and also have charge of My courts and I will grant you free access among these who are standing here.” Zechariah 3:7

• Would you like to get together in a month for a Saturday to wait on the Lord, worship and pray?

• There has been a suggestion to restart the Justice Conference Prayer Call that was going for a couple of years. We need to hear from you! Pray into these thoughts and reply with what you receive!

Shalom,  Joanne Lepp

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The Lord is our King! God is our Lawgiver! God is our Judge! It is always a joy to gather and pray with those who enjoy prayer! The Father Himself is pleased and gives us pleasure in worshipping Him, joy with each other, strength and wisdom to pray hitting the mark. Thank you to each of you who joined in prayer from your homes but were unable to attend at Prairie Sanctuary, in Melville in March.
The mandate of the Justice Gate is ‘Repentance, Reconciliation, Restoration’. We’re unsure what that looks like because many of us pray for justice out of our personal need for justice or the experience of someone close to us. Last September at the Bridge in Saskatoon where a number gathered to pray for justice in the province, God gave the message in pictures, in words and in song that His Blood is enough. He has appropriated for sin and His power is enough to forgive, to cleanse and to create anew. We have the absolute pleasure and position of declaring that Jesus has wiped out the written legal documents that were against us, disarmed principalities and powers and has won the battle.
In Melville, we looked at John the Baptist who prepared the way for Jesus, the Messiah. His message of repentance made room for the Saviour whose sacrifice paid the price for man’s sin and made a way for reconciliation. (Matthew 11) John ended up in prison himself feeling forgotten and he sent disciples to Jesus to ask ‘Are you the Messiah or should we wait for another?’ You see Jesus was doing miracles but did not deliver John from prison. Jesus replied, very interestingly ‘Blessed is the one who is not offended by Me.’ When God does not move in a way we anticipated after our obedience, we can become offended with each other and ultimately, with Jesus. Offense is likely the sneakiest, most difficult to recognize scheme of the evil one because it often has an element of truth that has then engaged our soul realm. It takes us out of the battle we were engaged in quite effectively as the offense grows like yeast within us. This awareness of our pain refocuses our gaze on ourselves . . . and we need to be healed of our wounds so we can reengage in the bigger picture. So our offense becomes a blessing when we recognize where our heart is at, get the ministry from the Lord that we need and then rejoin the troops!

So at the Justice Prayer for the province, we prayed especially regarding the sin of offense, especially taking on the offense of others. Offense takes us out of praying so we cannot do what we are called to do. Continuing in Matthew 11,in verse 20 ‘Jesus began to reproach the cities in which most of His miracles were done because they did not repent.’ The picture is of cities who have experienced the miracles of God but have not responded in repentance receiving judgement. With Sodom, in God’s conversation with Abraham, had there been ten righteous men to repent, the city would not have been destroyed. So the challenge to us is whether we will stand for our cities, for our reserves, for our province and repent on behalf of the sins of others so that we will continue to experience the mercy of God, continue to receive the grace that prepares for the harvest.

The picture of God’s justice is that He desires those who know Him to stand between that which is evil and its judgement and to apply the Blood of Jesus in all its wisdom, understanding and power. When we see what God has already done through Jesus, we are empowered in Him to execute His cleanup plan, His mop up operation so that those who are held captive can be released! This is an honour and great privilege for those who know Him. We must know His Father heart to execute this privilege.

We will be like the widow who cried out to the unrighteous judge in Matthew until she received what she was asking for. Be encouraged as you cry out to the Judge of all life, the Redeemer of the helpless on behalf of those prisoners to darkness, victims of an evil system, gangs and violence, as you walk in prayer around the land, the cities, reserves, villages and core areas declaring what Jesus has already done. We want to partner with Jesus always making intercession, coming into agreement with Him! Cause us to go where we would not go otherwise to meet people in divine connection whom we would not otherwise know in order to release light and truth of Jesus!

There is an urgency in 2011 to get aligned with God’s plans, grace to shift, to come into His order so that we see from God’s perspective and focus on what He hates, crying out to Him for justice!

Joanne Lepp

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2010 was called “The Year of the Métis” by Premier Brad Wall.  125 years after what is known as the Louis Riel Resistance, God has brought to the forefront the need for healing of the people and the land.  So often we recognize what God put together in hindsight and who could have ever planned what God has done in Saskatchewan this year?  The Tour of Forgiveness with Kenny Blacksmith across Canada stopped in five locations in Saskatchewan and addressed the painful residential school issue that contributed to the destruction of family structure, culture and identity among our host people. First Nations and Métis released forgiveness on the land and together we wept many tears for the Father heart of God to be released in healing.

 

On Tuesday, November 30th the Métis presented a sash to Speaker Don Toth in a Sash Ceremony at the Saskatchewan Legislative Assembly.  “Nowhere in the Legislative Building were there any affectations or symbols of the Métis Nation of our province or the Métis people, who didn’t just help define the development of Saskatchewan, but really helped define the development of Western Canada and the continent,” said Premier Brad Wall after the ceremony.[1]President of the Metis Nation, Robert Doucette said the year may be coming to a close but it’s not the end of the relationship between the province and the Métis Nation. “When you come to the house now, you will see the symbol of the Métis,” he said. “I really can’t put words to it. But I know that when I go there now, I will feel like I belong. That’s the thing that this ceremony has done today – to bring home the Métis, not only in this legislature, but in this province.”[2]These events were a series of answers to the sustained prayer and prophetic acts of many people over a number of years. They indicate very clearly that the God ordained process of releasing healing in Saskatchewan is in an accelerated pace. Jesus said in Matthew 13.17, ” …that many prophets and righteous men desired to see what you see, and did not see it; and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it.” We are in these days now in our province.Pat Adams, the artist who created the sash, said it was an emotional day for him as he thought about the significance of the ceremony. “I’m just real happy to be involved in this,” he said. “There is a quote from (Louis Riel) in his final year that’s attributed to him he said, ‘My people will sleep for a 100 years and when they emerge it will be the artists who give them back their spirit’ and I’m one of the Métis artists trying to contribute to that.” [3]

Joanne Lepp

<All quotes fromLeader Post, December 1, 2010>

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Hate evil, love good,

and establish justice in the gate!

Amos 5:15

We’re calling those who know God’s heart to seek His strategy for this next season for we know that Justice began with God when He said “the blood of Abel is crying out in the earth.”  (Genesis 4) Ultimately Jesus’ death established God’s justice by paying the sacrifice so that people can have freedom. We can  pray for social justice, for law enforcement, the penal system, for poverty, violence and healing of people groups, the land.  We know God heals when we repent and repent on behalf of others; we know His desire is for reconciliation within people groups as well as restoration of His destiny for Saskatchewan!  

Our sense is that “justice” in Saskatchewan is so huge, so gigantic that only God can lead step by step.  We are incapable of planning with our minds. I had a dream of a big plane getting ready for takeoff, firing up the engines and building momentum with immense power. Many of us had to repent last year of being overwhelmed and thinking that “justice issues” are too big for God!

In November, 2009, the Justice Prayer Gate met for the first time at the Bridge in Saskatoon.  About 17 people had come prepared and as we each shared, it was obvious each carried a heart for God’s justice and for its different expressions.  The strategy released by the Lord was an Esther fast of 3 days, followed by gathering to pray.
In the New Year, the Journey of Freedom led by Kenny Blacksmith had begun in Canada, addressing the residential school issue in our country.  The timing was of God as we were ready to have the Pray for the province in Prince Albert in February and then again in Fort Qu’Appelle in April.  Jean Hill was the provincial coordinator who worked with other leaders in the province.  The national team came to Prince Albert, Saskatoon, Flying Dust Reserve, Qu’Appelle Valley, and Regina (Saskatchewan had more visits than any other province).  The residential school issue was painful having had profound effects on our First Peoples’ family structure, cultural expression, language and identity.

Looking back, we can see that God led each step to prepare prayer ahead of the Journey of Freedom in our province.  The residential school years are a raw, unhealed wound which need to be addressed. As Christians modeled forgiveness for the unbelieving world, we trust that healing will flow into many parts of the justice system and bear good fruit.

 

 We came from 6 different communities in the province October 23rd, 2010 to worship and pray at the Bridge.  Stephen and Jean led in establishing the high praise of our Sovereign God and at the beginning, a woman saw a picture of the province with the Blood of Jesus running down, washing the province and from that we saw there is no justice outside of His Blood, His redemption.  He rights every wrong with His Blood, by His grace, truth and goodness.  Let justice run down like water and righteousness like a mighty stream. (Amos 5:24)  In His Blood is the breakthrough we need.  From that position of His atoning Blood, we were able to pray over the province for cycles of greed, revenge, lies and violence to be finished.  In the cross, it is finished.  It is complete.

One of the leaders shared that when we are deeply offended, we want injustice.  None of the perpetrators can ever pay enough to take back the pain they caused; only Jesus took it on Himself.  Jesus has paid for what others have done and only He can deal with the pain caused by their actions.  We will be like the persistent widow coming to the judge until He makes things right.  So we decreed forgiveness across the province and asked Him to cleanse our land.

It was at that point that mercy, mercy, mercy seemed to be birthed in layers of understanding for it is as mercy is poured out that love and forgiveness are known.  The Glory of the Lord is given when mercy is poured out.  So we received mercy on the land and the people . . . . for our land and people need healing; our families and people groups need reconciliation and restoration.

Joanne Lepp 

  

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“Here is my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen one in whom I delight; I will put my Spirit on him and he will bring justice to the nations. He will not shout or cry out, or raise his voice in the streets. A bruised reed he will not break, and a smouldering wick he will not snuff out. In faithfulness he will bring forth justice; he will not falter or be discouraged till he establishes justice on earth. In his law the islands will put their hope.” Isaiah 42 :1-4

” The LORD works righteousness and justice for all the oppressed” Psalm 103:6

To understand true justice is to understand the character of God. His justice is righteous, as He is. His justice is merciful, hopeful and established in truth. His justice is not about revenge or vindication, but restoration and redemption. God’s justice, through Jesus Christ, is a perfect example for us. It has provided the full measure of redemption for a sinful world, in which he loves. Injustice would amount to everything that falls short of that. Injustice exists to oppress others and deny them the life that they were destined to live. It works through hunger and poverty, greed and abuses of power. It robs children of innocence and the elderly of dignity. It feeds on racism and anger. It crushes hope and the future. It walks a broad path and destroys community. It leaves behind despair. And it affects everyone.

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.” Martin Luther King Jr.

It is our purpose in the Justice Gate to be a voice of hope. For true justice requires a voice. This is the place where voices are raised to God, crying out for His justice to be established in Saskatchewan. Justice is ” the use of authority to uphold what is just”. In our authority as the Church of Saskatchewan, we stand before His Throne of Grace and ask that Saskatchewan would become a just province. We bless and pray for our established governments, courts and law enforcement agencies. That they would be protected and led by His wisdom. God has put them in their positions for a reason and we desire to see the fullness of what God wants to establish through them.
” By me kings reign and rulers make laws that are just;” Proverbs 8:15
It is by His wisdom that laws shall be made and established. And it is our prayer that all of those He has placed in positions of power would be led by His wisdom. We understand the great responsibility they carry and the greater responsibility the church has, to pray for them.
“Thou shall not be a victim. Thou shall not be a perpetrator. Above all, thou shall not be a bystander” Holocaust Museum, Washington, DC

It is also our hope that as we humbly raise our voices to God, He will hear, and cause a desire in the heart of the people to turn away from acts of injustice and abuse to raise more voices in our communities for the cause of His justice. ” ”
He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” Micah 6:8

Bonnie Johnston

The mandate of the Justice Gate is ‘Repentance, Reconciliation, Restoration’. This past year has been one of waiting on God for direction on how to pray provincially in the Justice Gate. “But in that day the Lord of hosts shall become a crown of glory and a diadem of beauty to the  remnant of His people; and a spirit of justice to him who sits in judgment and administers the law, and strength to those who turn back the battle at the gate.” Isaiah 28:5,6. (Amplified) The Lord God has been teaching us about His justice since we began to gather to pray several years ago.

What has God been saying?

“Their Redeemer is strong, the Lord of Hosts is His name, He vigorously pleads their case, so that He might bring rest to the earth, but turmoil to the inhabitants of Babylon.” Jeremiah 50.34

Hebrews  7.25 states that Jesus ever lives to make intercession for those who draw near to God. The prophet Micah had a revelation of this well before the arrival of Emmanuel. He states, “I will bear the indignation of the Lord because I have sinned against Him, until He pleads my case and executes justice for me. He will bring me out into the light and I will see His righteousness.” Micah 7.9

We see clearly the picture of a courtroom in heaven with the Father seated on His throne (Daniel 7.9,10) and His Son before Him making legal arguments on behalf of those being accused. 

Again in Jeremiah 51.36, we read, “Therefore thus says the Lord, behold, I am going to plead your case and exact full vengeance for you.” I believe that this can be applied for the individual, a group of believers, a people group, region or nation.

A year ago I had a dream about a waiting room in a court that was crowded with people who were waiting to appear before the judge. I recognized many of them. The judge was positioned 3 stories above us and beside each person was a legal representative who was to present their case. My husband, Rich came in and in legal language began to defend the person beside him to the judge. Just then, down through the ceiling came the Man who remained just above us as he said that an anointing was being granted to him to represent the accused at a higher level of  litigation. In addition he was to receive training to accurately present evidence in order to defend a person or people group. This was both an increase in Rich’s authority and wisdom in heaven’s courtroom protocol. Immediately Rich swung his arm over the room and said “Not to me only but to all of these here who are standing for another person’s injustice!” He asked for a  blessing on those who were defenders of justice and bringing people to the judge with appeals for judgement. The Man granted approval and I woke up! At the time, I was puzzled by the dream but am now beginning to understand that God desires to train us in His court room protocol, authority and wisdom! A season for corporate learning has begun!

We are learning some courtroom language for prayer. Judgments have to be rendered so justice can be released; they remove things that are obstacles to God’s order being put in place. Judgments do not flow out of an angry God; but are a decision that are rendered that remove enemies, establishes friends and begins to put order in place; it is in actuality the establishment of God’s righteousness. We read in Isaiah 11 there can be no victory until there is justice. ‘but with righteousness He shall judge the poor and decide with equity for the meek of the earth;” When Jesus died on the cross, a legal contract took place that bought us back. We need justice administered so that we can come into victory; on a personal level as well as provincial. When we are judged, we learn righteousness! Judgment is also good when it is found in your favour! Jeremiah was released to tear down and build up; negative before positive to remove the obstacles; court activity to remove false foundations. Then you can build and plant. That is judgment in operation.

We have Jesus standing before the judges’ seat in the courtroom of  heaven making intercession for us as our Advocate. The invitation is to join Him in agreement. We have the absolute pleasure and position of declaring that Jesus has wiped out the written legal documents that were against us, disarmed principalities and powers and has won the battle. The picture of God’s justice is that He desires those who know Him to stand between that which is evil and its judgment and to apply the Blood of Jesus in all its wisdom, understanding and power.  When we see what God has already done through Jesus, we are empowered in Him to execute His cleanup plan, His mop up operation so that those who are held captive can be released!  This is an honour and great privilege for those who know Him.  We must know His Father’s heart to execute this privilege.

We will be like the widow who cried out to the unrighteous judge in Matthew until she received what she was asking for. Be encouraged as you cry out to the Judge of all life, the Redeemer of the helpless on behalf of those prisoners to darkness, victims of an evil system, gangs and violence, as you walk in prayer around the land, the cities, reserves, villages and core areas declaring what Jesus has already done.  We want to partner with Jesus always making intercession, coming into agreement with Him! We want Him to cause us to go where we would not go otherwise to meet people in divine connection whom we would not otherwise know in order to release the light and truth of Jesus!

Let’s plan on getting together in the next months to wait on God for a day. Many of us are going through the cleansing process Joshua the high priest did in Zechariah 3. Let the flesh burn in the fire! Stay in the fire, wait on God as He dresses you for the new season. He is teaching us to pray with more authority! Thus says the Lord of hosts; “If you will walk in my ways, and if you will perform My service, then you will also govern My house and also have charge of My courts and I will grant you free access among these who are standing here.” Zechariah 3:7

• Would you like to get together in a month for a Saturday to wait on the Lord, worship and pray?  There has been a suggestion to restart the Justice Conference Prayer Call that was going for a couple of years. We need to hear from you! Pray into these thoughts and reply with that you receive!

Shalom- Joanne Lepp

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