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.
In 2016, support from congregations and individuals to ELCA World Hunger totaled over $21.9 million
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. In 2017, we are supporting:
- 347 projects in 46 U.S. states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico
- 62 countries, including the United States
For more information about the ELCA:
Young Adults in Global Mission
ELCA World Hunger Appeal
Our Next FMSC Event... 160,704 meals packed during our recent event – We have now packed over 1.5 million meals as a congregation.
I want to thank everyone in our congregation who participated in the Feed My Starving Children meal packing event recently and to everyone who supported this ministry financially over the past year. Every meal you packed with your hands was a meal that will bring hope to a child with the knowledge that they are special in God’s eyes and that someone cares. This was also a special weekend because Pastor Mede from the Dominican Republic packed meals with us on Saturday afternoon and will be able to take the message of how much you care back to the children of his village. As we are celebrating our 30th Anniversary it is wonderful to reflect on how many lives you have touched through this ministry and how many more will be touched as we begin our next 30 years of ministry together. Blessings. Walter Scott
The African Orphans Project (AOP) would like to thank the members of Love of Christ that have donated towards building the next house in Shongweni, South Africa. We are on our way to fund the construction of this house by a local contractor but still short of our goal...
WE ARE STILL IN NEED OF USED SOCCER SHOES TO SEND TO OUR SOCCER TEAMS IN SHONGWENI. PLEASE DROP ANY PAIRS OFF AT THE OFFICE. FACEBOOK WOULD BE A GREAT PLACE TO FIND FRIENDS THAT MAY HAVE A PAIR.
Our beneficiary is the Khulu family and the overseer of the family is Thabisile who is 27 years old. These are her sisters: Zanele, 21 years, Naledi, 18 years, Nosipho, 16 years, Anele, 14 years and Amahle, 9 years old. Their mother died in 2012 and are surviving on a social grant, presently living in ONE room left by their mother. They are very excited about receiving a new home and it will be presented to them in the name of LOC. I have included a picture of the ceiling in their present shelter, yes, that is the sky that you see between the corrugated panels. Funds are still necessary to complete the build and I will be updating LOC on the progress. The tables in the COC and outside the sanctuary have envelopes for you to use along with pictures of children at the creche with the dolls that we sent.
The board of AOP approved to assist a congregation in Umlazzi, outside of Duban, S.A. with the building of a crèche adjacent to their church. The AOP has sent a grant challenge to several congregations in the Durban area that we would match funds to help build this crèche. The congregation in Unlazzi has raised in excess of $10,000 USD towards this crèche. For those of us that have spent time in South Africa, this amount raised is a miracle in itself. They anticipate that there would be upwards of 80 children served by this crèche. Hopefully work on this crèche could begin in the fall.
Thank you again for your support of the African Orphans Project and please help us reach our goal of funding the Khulu family's new home and supplying the boys with much needed shoes.