PERSONAL CARE KITS – 2021: After recently hearing about a great need for Personal Care Kits from Lutheran World Relief, our Outreach Committee planned a special assembly day for Sunday, August 22, right after worship. With Outreach funds and funds given to Alicia and Jamie Clark from Thrivent, we complete 100 kits which were sent with our 65 Backpacks to LWR in October.
SCHOOL BACKPACKS – 2021:
We filled all 65 School Backpacks for Lutheran World Relief. They were blessed and packed in boxes and taken to Jerusalem Lutheran in Seville where they were loaded into a truck provided by LWR and sent on their way to many grateful students around the world.
LUTHERAN WORLD RELIEF SCHOOL BACKPACKS – 2020
Even with the restriction of Covid-19, we were able to sew and assemble 70 school backpacks filled with brand new supplies for 70 very worthy students somewhere in the world. The area ingatherings were very disrupted this year and many difficulties had to be overcome to make sure all the items were safely sent on their way. A special thanks to our church secretary, Susan Thompson, who made arrangements and delivered our boxes of backpacks to be included with donations in the Gahanna, OH, area.
In a few months, we can check the tracking information posted on each box and we will be able to know where our backpacks were distributed.
LUTHERAN WORLD RELIEF CHRISTMAS PROJECT-2019
This Christmas we are collecting coins, cash and checks to purchase some very special items for those in great need far away. The LWR catalog lists the price of chicks, pigs, bees, manure (?) sheep, as well as tuition and a school uniform for a young girl, and crop training for women.
The funds we collect will be matched up to $300 with funds from our Outreach Budget. We will make our special selections at the end of the year. However, some donors have decided they would like to do their own picking from the catalog and turning in their choice with a check. It will be interesting to see what everyone has chosen.
God calls each of us in Micah 6:8 to do justice, love kindness and walk humbly. Lutheran World Relief asks us to be their partner in that call by putting our faith in action.
SUMMER PROJECT, 2018:
This summer we collected items for Lutheran World Relief Personal Care Kits. These will be shared with people who have lost everything from a natural disaster or life-threatening violence. We were able to ship 28 Kits through the wonderful people at Jerusalem Lutheran in Seville who provide a huge truck to take our donations to a LWR distribution site, which saves us all a great deal of shipping costs.
LWR BACKPACKS – 2017
Why school supplies? To the children who receive School Kits, these supplies mean the difference between getting an education or not. Public school is usually free in the places where LWR works, but even a few required supplies, like pens and paper, may be more than many families can afford. And when parents can only afford to send one of their children to school, girls rarely get priority. . . . . . . . yet the education level of mothers has the biggest impact on the development of their children.
A FEW MONTHS AGO WE WERE NOTIFIED THAT OUR BAGS WERE SENT TO HAITI IN 2016. THEY HAVE SUFFERED FROM SEVERE STORMS WHILE STILL TRYING TO REBUILD AFTER THEIR HORRIFIC EARTHQUAKE.
Jerusalem Lutheran Church in Seville has made a donation every year of a tractor trailer to carry all the area churches’ donations to a central location for shipping to LWR destinations. When we take our donations to Seville this month, we are rewarded by seeing the great outpouring of love shown by hundreds of participants. The boxes slowly but surely fill the entire truck and you can see that we are just a small part of the process, but all we do adds up to a great amount of caring.
Our 2013 collection was “Personal Care Kits.” We collected a total of 55 kits. When LWR distributes Personal Care Kits, it’s often to people who have lost everything. In the wake of an earthquake, or having fled from violence as their homes were overtaken, they clasp a towel from a faraway place, with a bar of soap, a toothbrush…and while washing up, they know that they have not been forsaken by the world.
The very simple gesture of giving a Personal Care Kit can give someone the encouragement to start anew, starting with a bath. You can share God’s grace and love by providing that simple comfort. Each kit includes a bath-size towel, two bars of bath soap, fingernail clippers, a comb and a toothbrush.