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The ELCA World Hunger improves the lives of people in need in the United States and around the world by supporting “partner organizations” that carry out international relief and development on the ELCA’s behalf with grants from money raised by the World Hunger Appeal. Also through grants, the program helps fund more than 200 relief and development projects in the United States. We support this ministry with our “Noisy Offering.” During the offering time at each worship on the last weekend of the month, empty food cans are passed and the congregations’ “loose change” is dropped in making a joyful noise.
Patrick and Jacqueline Bencke serve at Kyushu Lutheran College, a college of the Japan Evangelical Lutheran Church in Kumamoto, Japan. Members of our congregation offer $45.00 a month in financial assistance and emotional support through prayer to the Bencke’s. Further information may be obtained at: www.elca.org/globalmission.
We sponsor John Chima from Tanzania and Denisse Grefa through an organization called Compassion. For $40.00 a month, church members contribute toward John’s living expenses and education. For more information, go to: www.compassion.com.
Our companion church is Mruma Lutheran Parish, which is located in Tanzania, East Africa. Pastor Frank Kilango is our contact with the church.
We collect and assemble health and school kits, make quilts, and have conducted clothing drives. This Lutheran agency works in most corners of the world with the poor. Emphasis is placed on agricultural development, water systems, housing, education, etc. Lutheran World Relief responds to natural disasters around the world. www.lwr.org
Faith Lutheran sometimes responds to disasters or special needs by sending relief teams. Examples include: gulf coast clean-up and construction after Hurricane Katrina, Hearts to Harvest which supports the Food Resource Bank and the High School Mission Trips (see Youth).
This year we have a goal of filling 50 or more shoe boxes with gifts and personal care items to send to children around the world. Our Sunday School children will write letters and send pictures with these shoe boxes in hopes of making connections with the recipients of these boxes. More information can be found at www.samaritanspurse.org.