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.
November 1-3, 2018
Mark Your Calendar for our next Packing Event!
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
Once again the African Orphans Project (AOP) was responsible for brightening the holidays for 45 families in Shongweni, South Africa. Each family living in the homes that we built received a gift of essential food items such as flour, rice, oil and more. These gifts also were given to the crèche, teachers in our day school and Pastor Thwala. Our gifts were accepted in a thank you letter from Avi Products Ltd on behalf of the Shongweni beneficiaries.
The AOP also received a report that everything is going well at the Shongweni sewing group. The ladies are still working hard and the trainer, Thandi from Embocraft, still comes to them once a month for mentoring.
The news for 2018 is that our plans are going ahead for a day school in the Durbin area. The German missionary group has completed the purchase of the Renshaw Road Church and the existing crèche is under their control. It has been operating in the basement of the church and it will be remodeled and expanded in the church hall. Partial funding for the remodel will be done by the German group and we (AOP) will fund the balance. As a result, there is a need for equipment and supplies and some funding for new teachers for the extra classrooms. We (AOP) have reviewed their needs and have decided to be responsible for some of the finances including the following:
50% of the teacher's salary for the first year along with tables, chairs, cabinets, mattresses and blankets, toys, carpeting and shelves. This is meant to be a temporary short time fix to allow for an increase in the number of children and new teachers. We will be meeting with the representatives in 2018 to discuss the building of permanent classrooms on the church property.
The Lord has blessed the African Orphans Project with dedicated volunteers and leaders to accomplish impossible tasks and funds to carry out his mission of providing shelter to innocent orphaned children.
Please continue to keep the AOP in your prayers.