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
2,000,000 and 5,479
What do these two numbers have in common?
Every year since 2009 Love of Christ has hosted at least one “Feed My Starving Children” Mobilepack event where our own Center of Compassion is transformed into a meal packing facility for three days. Nearly 1.9 million meals have been packed with your hands and paid for (at $.22 per meal) with your generous donations.
Mark your calendars. This November 7-9, we will once again be firing up the oldies music and packing at least another 150,000 meals with your help at LOC’s 11th Mobilepack event. At this event, you will exceed 2,000,000 meals packed by our members and surrounding community at Love of Christ.
Yes, that’s where the 2 million figure above comes from!
To host such an event costs about $35,000.00 which LOC has historically raised, many years with the generosity of a single major donor. If this event is to be sustained over the years ahead, others in this community will need to share in supporting the cost, which has to be over and above regular support of the ongoing ministry of LoC. The average person packs about $50 worth of meals in a 2 hour packing session and is encouraged to use this figure as a guide for donating to the event. Currently the LoC Board has restricted funds of $20,000 dedicated to this event. If you are interested and able to cover the cost of the food you may pack, or want to make a special donation, just indicate that on your giving envelopes or check memo or contact Dick Beckman.
As has been posted in recent LOC articles, Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) is a Christian nonprofit dedicated to providing nutritious meals to children worldwide. FMSC meals are hand-packed by volunteers and sent to an incredible network of partner organizations who distribute them to those in need. Nearly 1.2 million volunteers packed more than 333 million FMSC meals in 2017. More than 90 percent of total donations go directly to feed kids and FMSC has earned the highest four-star rating from Charity Navigator for 13 consecutive years. Visit www.fmsc.org for more information.
The 5,479 figure?
That’s the number of starving children that can receive a meal for an entire year with the 2,000,000 meals your hands have packed. Well done, good and faithful servants.
“…I tell you the truth, that whatever you did for one of the
least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.”
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.
In Uganda: Joy and Confidence Replace Painful Stigma
“When Joseph was about 20 years old he was beaten by people and was set on fire, the reason to this time is unknown to me, and I grieved and felt very sad. We got his ash and buried him.” So begins Joel Tonny Mwesigwa’s story as to how he became the director of the Boanerges Deaf Initiative in Uganda. His brother, Joseph, lost his hearing after a childhood illness. In Uganda, being deaf is seen as a curse, taboo or a shame to the family. A common name for the deaf in Uganda is “kasiru,” meaning a foolish one, Joel explains in a written testimony.
“My family’s, like many other families, attitude towards Joseph changed,” he writes. “[Joseph] ceased to be that special child he was. School stopped, and no one would care if he is home or not. I saw his life changing from bad to worse every day. I learned many things about how deaf people are treated. To me he remained a friend, but with a great barrier: no language and no communication.”
Years later, as a Sunday school teacher, a deaf boy began to cling to Joel. Then another deaf boy would come around, and another. He realized God was calling him to serve deaf children in Uganda and started the Boanerges Deaf Initiative (BDI). He heard God say, “This is the ministry I give you.”
“It was hard to take, but I had the pain in my heart for Joseph and I thought they may end up like Joseph if I don’t serve them,” Joel said. “I started seeing Joseph in each one of them and I loved serving them, even to this very moment.” Many Ugandans believe that educating a deaf child is a waste of money, time and resources, according to BDI. The organization believes that change in Uganda will come through providing education to deaf children. They provide love, acceptance and an education to deaf children and their families and aim to glorify Christ in all that they do.
BDI is showing Christ’s love to 55 children in their program and they serve MannaPack Rice for lunch and dinner every day of the week thanks to the support of Feed My Starving Children and the meals you pack.
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“Whatever you did for the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me” Matt.25:40