The Church of St. Martin-in-the-Fields is an Episcopal parish in the Diocese of Pennsylvania that is centered on the worship of God, the ministry of all baptized persons, and the call to be agents of Christ’s love in the world.
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Church of St. Martin-in-the-Fields
8000 St. Martin’s Lane
Philadelphia, PA 19118
215.247.7466

The Rev. Louis H. Temme

REFUGEE PAKISTANI CLERGY FAMILY IN NEED OF OUR HELP

It takes a great deal of courage to leave your homeland in the face of religious persecution and set down roots half way across the world. And that is exactly what the Rev. Pervez Baig and his family have done. Fr. Baig, an Episcopal priest, left Pakistan, his wife, his 21 year-old daughter and his 19 year-old son nearly three years ago, and came to this area seeking a more secure life and future for himself and his family.

Through fervent prayer and with the humility (some might say, the “audacity”) that allows him to seek and ask for the help he needs, he has managed to: find secular employment; find a church in our deanery (House of Prayer) that, in return for Sunday and pastoral ministry, will house the family in their rectory; persistently deal with the mountains of immigration red-tape that made it possible for him to bring his family here just last month.

He hasn’t done this alone… both St. Luke’s and more recently, St. Paul’s, have provided him with housing, and we have helped him along the way by providing him pastoral care and monetary support for transportation, physician’s services, and food. Pervez and his family are scheduled to move into the rectory at the House of Prayer late this summer or early fall. The parishioners there are hard at work renovating the rectory, which needed and still needs a lot of work.

This tiny parish needs some help and Tom McGill, the Senior Warden, has provided deanery parishes with a list of specific needs. Here is his list, roughly in the order that they should be scheduled (1-3 could be happen soon; 4-5 probably after the middle of July):

1. A new shingled roof
2. Repair of concrete steps leading to the rectory (cement work)
3. Replace 2 wooden staircases (carpentry)
4. Interior paint throughout (team of painters)
5. Sand and refinish floors throughout.

They are looking for:( a) individuals or groups of volunteers willing to help and learn; (b) highly skilled amateurs willing to do the work and/or teach and lead work parties; © referrals to professionals who are competent and who might donate their services or serve at reduced cost. If you have referrals or would like an opportunity to serve as a volunteer, please email House of Prayer senior warden, Tom McGill, at tmcgilljr@aol.com .