I am a father, a resident of Davenport, the pastor of All Saints Lutheran Church in Davenport and the chairperson of Quad-Cities’ Interfaith’s Faith Leaders Caucus. I support Mayor Gluba’s Caring Cities Campaign.

“Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me,” said Jesus. The core message of the Bible strongly supports public efforts like this one. Helping children is always the right thing to do. Like Jesus himself was, these children are refugees. They are escaping violence, gangs and drugs. Even on this side of the border, they are vulnerable to exploitation and abuse. Their parents were desperate. These kids need food, housing, education and, most of all, compassion.

I will be proud to live in a city that helps just a few of these many kids. I am also proud to be part of Quad-Cities Interfaith, which also strongly supports Mayor Gluba’s Caring Cities Campaign.

The Caring Cities Campaign puts into practice the same faith and values the people of All Saints exercise every Saturday at our food pantry. It’s about the inherent dignity of every person. God’s love has no borders.

I support the Caring Cities Campaign. I invite all parents, residents of Davenport, people of faith and faith and community leaders to support it, too.

Thanks and peace,

Rev. Clark Olson-Smith

Faith Leaders Caucus of Quad-Cities Interfaith