Lutheran World Relief

The work of the global church is carried out in many ways. One of our greatest partners is LWR, Lutheran World Relief. http://www.lwr.org/. This National organization is headquartered in Washington, D.C.  Lutheran World Relief last year reached 7.8 million people in 35 countries and implemented 189 project.

Always Being Made New–Local Disaster Relief – In the fifth and final year of the ELCA Always Being Made New Campaign, our 2018 gifts will remain at the local synod level.  In the aftermath of Hurricane Irene it was determined that at the synod level we needed to have designated reserve funds to support clean up or to provide for immediate needs for our local communities and congregations.  When the Always Being Made New Campaign of the ELCA was introduced one aspect of it allowed for financial support for local community need.  Local Disaster Relief was selected by St. Paul’s Congregation Council.  Each month in the 2018 envelope packet there is an envelope clearly marked to support this ministry.  Your gifts will help our local synod when the next disaster strikes the Lower Susquehanna Synod.

Other ministry St. Paul’s Lutheran Church supported through the ELCA Always Being Made New Campaign:

2014 Mosquito Nets for Africa           $6,413

2015 World Hunger Appeal                $5,012

2016 Camp Nawakwa                          $2,889

2017 Theological Education               $1,948

4 Year Total                                          $16,262

“God’s Work Our Hands” packing 2000 personal care kits to be sent where needed most!  Items included in the kits were:  dark colored full size bath towels, metal nail clippers, two full size individually wrapped bars of soap, adult size tooth brush and a large comb.

This project was funded by St. Paul’s Benevolence Fund!

 

SERRV Holiday Sale

In November 2016, the Social Ministry Committee arranged for a SERRV holiday sale at St. Paul’s.  SERRV is part of Lutheran World Relief and consists of artisans from developing nations who sell their creations through LWR.  This arrangement enables artisans to become self-sufficient and to support their families.

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Fair Trade Coffee and Chocolate – St. Paul’s is partnering with LWR to offer Fair Trade coffee and chocolate to the congregation.  Please consider buying for your personal use, for your place of business if you provide coffee for your employees, or for gifts.  Not only will you be supporting farming families and their communities, you will be putting your faith into action.

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When is a blanket not a blanket?  –  The Social Ministry Committee has a blanket drive for LWR each year.  We generally think of blankets as providing warmth.  And, of course, they do.  But the blankets sent around the world by LWR provide so much more than warmth.  Here are some of the ways those blankets are used:  protection from the sun, a table for meals, a space to define a marketplace for selling produce, a backpack for carrying belongings, a privacy screen in the home, a gurney for transporting someone injured or sick, a safe play space for toddlers.  LWR asks for blankets about twin size (no larger), no comforters (too hard to clean), and darker colors are preferred.  There should be no political or religious symbols on the blankets.

Malaria Campaign – Malaria has been a worldwide epidemic for thousands of years; recent developments have made it possible to stop deaths from this disease.  St. Paul’s families are a part of the movement to help contain this deadly disease.

St. Paul’s Benevolence Committee started a Malaria Campaign with $2,500.00.  Mosquito’s made by our youth were sold and money was donated to help families stay malaria free.  The total amount St. Paul’s has raised to support the Malaria Campaign is $6,413.55.

St. Paul’s participated in the LWR Malaria Campaign in 2014 by collecting donations for 147 specially treated mosquito nets which  LWR purchased and sent to Africa to eradicate childhood deaths from malaria.

 

LWR in Need of School Kits –The Social Ministry committee has provided Lutheran World Relief with School Kits.   Due to conflicts around the world that have displaced families, LWR has distributed thousand of School Kits to families in Syria affected by the ongoing conflict.  We are told that these school supplies mean the difference between getting an education or not to the children who receive them.  Public school is usually free, but in the places where LWR works, 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 child to school, girls rarely get priority, though it has been shown that the education level of mothers has the biggest impact on development.  The Social Ministry Committee constructed backpacks to hold the needed school supplies.

LWR asks that donated items be free from any political, patriotic, military, or religious symbols or designs.  The Social Ministry Committee thanks you for your participation and generosity in meeting this dire need.

We pray for the children and families whose lives we have touched.

 

“For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God.”  Romans 8:14