Love of Christ as a member congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) supports both short-term and long-term missionaries who are currently serving in 40 countries around the globe, as well as in partnership with over 80 Lutheran Global Companion churches. One of the fastest growing areas of global service has been the placement of young adults serving for one year in one of those global companion congregations. Through the work of the ELCA World Hunger Appeal, over 90 cents on every dollar donated goes directly to support reducing hunger and poverty around the globe.
From Alaska to Alabama, from Chile to China, these gifts are hard at work helping our neighbors near and far break the cycle of hunger and poverty. Your generous giving makes it possible for ELCA World Hunger to be present throughout the United States and throughout the world.
For more information about the ELCA:
Young Adults in Global Mission
ELCA World Hunger Appeal
What is the most joy you will ever experience with a hairnet on? Just ask anyone at church who has packed “Feed My Starving Children” meals. Your hearts and your hands have provided hope and a “dream” for countless children who would otherwise have perished without knowing the Love of Christ. This love has been brought into their lives through the 1.6 million meals you have funded and packed since 2008. Nearly everyone in our congregation has provided support for this ministry over the years, whether by providing financial support, packing meals, or serving on our core team at our “Mobilepack” events.
Love of Christ / Feed My Starving Children
“Facing Famines of ‘Biblical Proportions’”
This is the headline I recently read in an article by Mark Crea, CEO of Feed My Starving Children. It was followed by an encouraging scripture from Isaiah.
"So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand." — Isaiah 41:10
What happens when the effects of COVID-19 double the number of people on the brink of starvation to 265 million? The World Food Program is bracing for multiple famines of biblical proportions that could result in 300,000 deaths per day. This is truly a hunger pandemic.
Since 2008 our congregation has donated over 17,000 volunteer hours, packing over 2 million meals to feed starving children around the globe. The current pandemic threatens the progress we have made in fighting world hunger.
Simply put, this COVID virus will have a lasting effect on people – especially children – suffering from hunger for years to come. While current MobilePack events and permanent FMSC site packing are being restricted due to COVID protocols, we do have an opportunity to serve by supporting efforts through our donations.
Our board has approved another Mobilepack event at Love of Christ (date to be determined once it is safe from an infection control standpoint). Cost of $26,127 to pack 108,864 meals ($.24 per meal).
FMSC has temporarily contracted with large companies to pack meals using their automated equipment to ensure that meals can be produced to meet the increasing demands to feed starving children around the world. Cost of $.29 per meal.
As this COVID crisis evolves into a hunger pandemic, we need to be able to meet the needs of children around the world. Will you step out in faith with us to fund both our upcoming MobilePack event and the ongoing efforts of FMSC? Every little bit matters to a child in need. I promise it will be the most important thing you do today. Donations can be made by contacting Dick Beckman at the church office.