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2021–2023 LWML Mission Grant #15

The Littlest and Least of These, Dallas, Texas

St. Paul Lutheran Church and Christian Academy — $42,000

About This Mission Grant

St. Paul Lutheran Church and Christian Academy is located in a poor Dallas community of mostly unchurched families and offers the only Christ-centered preschool, before and after school care, and adult academic and Bible classes. The Academy uses Christian books, music, and Bible stories. There are regular devotional services, and families are encouraged to attend worship. St. Paul is outgrowing their current facility after a single year of operation. Going forward, more space is needed for the preschool, nursery, and after-school educational enrichment. The kitchen serving meals needs to be upgraded to a commercial kitchen. The funds will help with these expenses and will allow the Academy to further expand their mission in the community and bring more to Christ.

 

Teacher Jonesia Hickman works with preschoolers Nola and Saint Arvie at St. Paul Lutheran Church, which turned Sunday School classrooms into innovative and creative learning spaces for little ones.

 

Director Jean Addison and Hector, 9 months, share a smile at St. Paul Lutheran Church and Christian Academy in Dallas.

Approved Resolution at the LWML Convention

WHEREAS, Christ in His Holy Word has called us to “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 19:14); and 

WHEREAS, Christ has called us to serve the least of these brothers and sisters (Matthew 25:40) as we live as His followers, not as hearers only but as doers of the Word (James 1:22); and 

WHEREAS, St. Paul Lutheran Church and Christian Academy is located in a poor community of mostly unchurched families and offers the only Christ-centered preschool, before and after school care, and adult academic and Bible classes; and 

WHEREAS, a renovation of the fellowship hall at St. Paul Christian Academy will serve more children as well as the aged, handicapped, lonely, and impoverished "least of these" with the saving Gospel of Christ in Word and deed; therefore, be it

RESOLVED, that the delegates of the 2021 Lutheran Women’s Missionary League Convention scheduled for Lexington, Kentucky, vote the sum of $42,000 to help fund The Littlest and Least of These, Dallas, Texas.

More Mission Grant Photos

Toddlers and preschoolers hear the Word and sing about Jesus at mid-morning devotions in the St. Paul chapel.

Snack time is always a fun time at any age. Here Aiyden, 3, Isaiah, 2, and Zendaya, 3 enjoy a tasty break in their day at St. Paul's.

Rev. Byron Williams Sr. pastor at St. Paul Lutheran Church gets in on the fun with the children by pushing toddlers Chloe, Julian and Isaiah in the stroller during play time.

Carter, 5, is learning virtually through his online kindergarten class, studying at St. Paul Christian Academy. In fall 2020, when schools were closed and teaching virtually, St. Paul Christian Academy opened its doors to students in its before and after classes to learn online at the Academy, rather than home alone. St. Paul teachers helped students connect to the school's online classes and keep focused on the work.

A friendly visit at the St. Paul Lutheran Church and Christian Academy playground by neighborhood police officers. Developing positive relationships with first responders is a valuable lesson for the children.

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