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Update from Helping Hands Initiative

2015–2017 Mission Grant: Helping Hands Initiative — LCMS National Housing Support Corporation, $100,000 fully paid

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Lorraine Evans grew up in the Landsdowne neighborhood of East St. Louis just down the street from Unity Lutheran Church. She was walking by one of the houses under repair and asked about the project. After learning the story of Helping Hand Initiative working with the Lutheran church just down the street she said, “What a great idea!”

Unity Lutheran Church pastored by Dr. Willie Stallworth is leading the Landsdowne Community Initiative (LCI) to revitalize the Landsdowne neighborhood where their church is
located. With the help of the Helping Hand Initiative and the LCMS National Housing Support Corporation, a large portion of this $100,000 grant is at work here. The Lutheran Church Extension Fund (LCEF) and Laborers for Christ (LFC) both pitched in to help this older congregation. The leadership of Unity Lutheran directed the complete repair of eight homes with two additional homes almost finished. These are homes of the elderly and low-income in the neighborhood of their church. Pastor Stallworth worked with the recipients to coordinate the projects but more importantly to forge relationships with the residents to meet their spiritual needs as well as their physical ones.

In Fremont, Nebraska, a homeowner had suffered a stroke and was unable to return home. Fifty years ago, Lorraine’s father had purchased the house for the young couple and she promised to keep the house for as long as she could. Through the work of Helping Hand Initiative, a wheelchair ramp and other numerous repairs were completed, allowing Bob to return home to his wife Lorraine. Now, as Lorraine said, thanks to Helping Hand Initiative, “I’m keeping my promise.”

Pastor David Coe at Trinity Lutheran Church in Fremont led the Helping Hand Initiative in this neighborhood. He led the congregation working with a community-based non-profit, Rebuilding Together Platte Valley East (RTPVE) and leveraging their resources to increase the impact of the grant and repair more houses than anticipated of low-income and elderly residents in their neighborhood. He enlisted the help of many volunteers including members of the congregation. Through these projects both congregations bear witness to the love and mercy of Christ in their desire to serve others.

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For more information about this mission grant, view the individual mission grant page here.

Update on Rosa Young Academies

2015–2017 Mission Grant: Rosa Young Academies — Rosa Young Projects Initiative, $25,000 fully paid

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A $25,000 grant was given to LCMS Black Ministry in the Office of National Mission for the purpose of helping to lay the groundwork for the Rosa J. Young Academies project.

Rosa’s love for Christ our Savior and the confessional teachings of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod created a lasting legacy. Many of her students went on to serve nobly in secular professions, and many more became pastors and teachers. Her story is timeless and useful. It offers hope in adversity for rural and inter-city mission work today.

The legacy of Rosa J. Young has become the inspiration for educating a new generation. The Rosa J. Young Academies and After School Programs have the goal of re-establishing Lutheran Christian education in districts where there are large African American and immigrant populations.

The grant monies were used to prepare the Rosa J. Young Academies process for the completion of many stages before the opening of the first school in August 2018. Dr. Douglas P. Thaman, Ed.D, Executive Director, Missouri Charter Public School Association has been contracted as service provider of the process. Presently, they are working with goals in process as well as long term goals. Some of these include feasibility study/research, drafting a business and operating plan, establishing a 501c3 organization and governing body, coordinating and partnering with other entities to draft a management and curriculum plan, and drafting a charter school application.

Along with more fundraising, much still needs to be accomplished before the target opening of the 1st school in August of 2018. Rosa J. Young felt education was important, but a Christian education was better. Thanks be to God that we of the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League are given the opportunity to help fund this worthwhile mission grant with our prayers and mite offerings.

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For more information about this mission grant, view the individual mission grant page here.

Thank You Letter from Phil's Friends

2015–2017 Mission Grant: Cancer Care Packages — Phil's Friends, $50,000 fully paid

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Thank you from Phil's Friends, a 2015–2017 LWML Mission Grant recipient, for the $50,000 grant to finance the cost of the care packages, which provide Christ-centered support and hope, for cancer patients across the nation.

"Thank you for saying YES and bringing hope to cancer patients through Phil's Friends in 2016. Your generosity allowed cancer patients to receive support and encouragement from someone who understands the journey. Your YES sent out comforting care packages, weekly cards of encouragement and met patients in a fight for life inside the hospital. Most importantly your YES let patients know they are not alone and loved by God."

"Here are a few highlights: 

  • Sent nearly half a million cards to cancer patients
  • Sent nearly 500 care packages a month
  • Engaged 7,000 volunteers of all ages at the Hope Center in Illinois
  • Expanded to three floors at Northwestern Hospital
  • Started hospital program at Rush University Medical Center
  • Partnered with DePaul University Master's in Nursing Program
  • Established a formal hospital training program for volunteers"

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For more information about this mission grant, view the individual mission grant page here.

Update from LCMS Disaster Response: Roberto

2013–2015 Reallocated Mission Grant: Conference Center and Theological Education for Disaster Response Training Conference in Latin America/Communion Kits, $100,000 fully paid

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From the Mission Field: The women of LWML gave money to buy several communion kits for the pastors here and Roberto has been using his so I wanted to send some photos to the women of LWML to say "Thank you!" The pastors here are pretty humble and gifts like this are greatly appreciated.

 
 

For more information about this mission grant, view the individual mission grant page here.

Update from Providing Hope for Detroit

2015–2017 Mission Grant: Providing Hope for Detroit — Acts 2 Enterprise, $100,000 fully paid

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In 2016, Acts 2 Enterprise (A2E) positively impacted several communities in Detroit, and literally hundreds of individuals, through its Summer Sports Camps/Vacation Bible School (VBS) programs. Technology training, community beautification, leadership development, Great Start preschools and employment programs, are also integral parts of this grant’s outreach ministry.

The foundational purpose of A2E is to share the Gospel through all of its programs and ministries. All A2E activities begin and end with prayer and include an invitation to worship, Bible study or VBS. Participants are encouraged in their personal Christian growth and offered counseling, if desired, as they seek to learn about, and come to realize, Jesus Christ as their Savior.

The summer Sports Camps/VBS programs are great examples of A2E ministering to children. Two camps are held in Detroit each summer, and one in nearby Pontiac, Michigan. Urban children witness Christ’s love through their experiences, and are given the opportunity to share Christ with their families.

LWML Vice President for Special Focus Ministries, Kaye Wolff, visited Detroit in March and presented the first $25,000 payment of this $100,000 LWML Mission Grant pledge. As of August, A2E has received $50,000. Ray Zavada, M.A., V.P. of Development for the Michigan District LCMS sent his thanks, writing, “… In addition to your financial support we ask for your prayers, that what we do now will help reach children and families in Detroit by humbly sharing compassion, justice, mercy, and by evangelizing and discipling the city with the Good News of Jesus Christ. Thank you again and may God continue to be with you and bless you.”

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For more information about this mission grant, view the individual mission grant page here.

Update from Redeeming Life Maternity Home

2015–2017 Mission Grant: Redeeming Life Maternity Home — Sanford, Florida, $100,000 fully paid

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Mission Grant # 5 — Redeeming Life Maternity Home (RLMH) recently received $50,000 of its $100,000 LWML Mission Grant for the 2015–2017 biennium. Bunnie Koelsch, LWML Florida-Georgia District President, had the joy of visiting the home and presenting the check.

Located in Sanford, Florida, RLMH exists to offer hope and opportunity to single, expectant women in crisis. They provide a safe and comfortable home as well as opportunities to gain the life skills necessary for success and independence. Each resident takes part in educational and/or employment planning, classes in financial literacy, cooking, household management, and parenting skills. Individual and spiritual growth is fostered by the caring staff of RLMH.

Capable of accommodating up to seven residents, the two women currently living in the home are expecting in the near future. The home is located across the street from Lutheran Church of the Redeemer where the women attend church. It was with great joy that on Sunday, June 5, 2016, one of the residents was confirmed. Thankfully, we were able to provide the first half of their Mission Grant to help them continue this good work.

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For more information about this mission grant, view the individual mission grant page here.

Lutheran Children's Books for Southeast Asia

2013–2015 Mission Grant: Lutheran Children's Books for Southeast Asia — Lutheran Heritage Foundation, $72,000 fully paid

Thank you from Lutheran Heritage Foundation, a 2013–2015 LWML Mission Grant recipient, for the $72,000 grant to finance the printing and distribution of Luther’s Small Catechism and A Child’s Garden of Bible Stories in languages of Southeast Asia.

Thank you and report

 

For more information about this mission grant, view the individual mission grant page here.

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