More than five boxes of books, magazines, crossword and word search puzzles, and toiletry items were donated to Lutheran Senior Services through a Gifts from the Heart ingathering at the October Interdepartmental Meeting.
Mission Servants Activity of the Month
Fill a Backpack with School Supplies for the Children that Use Your Local Food Pantry!
According to the Kids in Need Foundation more than 16 million children live in extreme poverty in the U.S. They also may arrive on the first day of school without the supplies they need to learn. Working with your local food pantry, your woman’s group can help fill the needs of these children. Standard school backpacks generally contain:
- 3 folders, 2 notebooks, a package of pencils
- package of markers, a pair of scissors, 2 glue sticks
- package of Post-its, 2 pens, a package of crayons
- pencil pouch with a ruler, eraser & pencil sharpener, all in a new basic backpack
If you do not live near a food pantry, Orphan Grain Train (www.ogt.org) and Lutheran World Relief (www.lwr.org) also fill backpacks with school supplies for children in need. These organizations assist children within our country and around the world.
SHARING YOUR SERVANT ACTIVITIES
The LWML ladies at Lutheran Church of The Savior, in Bedford, MA organized a post church service event for the congregation. After the Sunday morning worship service, the congregation went through an assembly line and filled 175 backpacks with school supplies. These school backpacks were filled for the Central Food Ministry (CFM) in Lowell, MA.
The backpacks and the school supplies were funded through Thrivent, freewill offering from the Lenten Soup suppers, and donations from church members, volunteers at CFM and local merchants. Materials were purchased during the summer time when the stores have all the school supplies on sale and the backpacks were a bulk purchase on-line.
The whole Bedford congregation was doubly blessed to see how the Lord works through the service of these LWML ladies and they were also enabled to generously assist with serving those in need.
The Mission Servants Committee would love to hear about and share your mission servant activities! Please contact us through the LWML email at email@example.com. Thank you!
Caring for the Needy
Blessed is he who has regard for the weak; the LORD delivers him in times of trouble. (Psalm 41:1, NIV)
One of the most common excuses for not giving to the needy is: ‘I had to work hard for what I’ve got; so should they.’ True, the Bible teaches that if you’re not willing to work you’re not entitled to support (2 Thessalonians 3:1). But did you know: 1) Six million children under five die every year of starvation? 2) One out of seven people goes to bed hungry every night? 3) The three richest people on the planet have more collective wealth than the combined gross national product of the world’s forty-eight poorest countries? General Booth, who founded the Salvation Army, said, ‘How can you convince a man of the love of God if his feet are perishing with the cold?’ If your prayers aren’t being answered, here’s something to consider. The Israelites fasted and prayed, then complained that God wasn’t answering their prayers. That’s when He told them: ‘This is the kind of fast day I’m after: to break the chains of injustice … get rid of exploitation in the workplace, free the oppressed, cancel debts … I’m interested in seeing you … sharing your food with the hungry … putting clothes on the shivering ill-clad, being available to your own families. Do this and the lights will turn on, and your lives will turn around at once. Your righteousness will pave your way. The God of glory will secure your passage. Then, when you pray, God will answer. You’ll call out for help and I’ll say, “Here I am”’ (Isaiah 58:6-9, MSG). When you care for the needy, the Lord promises to ‘deliver [you] in times of trouble’ (Psalm 41:1, NIV) — and you can take that to the bank.
Heavenly Father, help me to live simply so others can simply live. In Jesus’ Name, Amen
The above devotion was written/compiled from multiple sources by Tim Hetzner, President of Lutheran Church Charities, November 16, 2015.
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Serving you and our Lord with gladness.
— Mission Servant Committee