This is another one of those times I just stand in awe of God’s people here at St. Paul’s and their passion and talents!
Attached is an article about our member Jim Haag and his role in starting WELS Kingdom Workers 30 years ago. Just think how many people have come to know the love of Christ through that ministry! I am sure I speak for Jim when I say, “To God be the glory and praise!”
This summer one of our members Kara Darling will be sent by WELS Kingdom Workers to serve in Malawi. “I will be using my knowledge in the area of speech and language pathology. I will provide local volunteers support and education as they work with children with speech and language impairments. I am very excited for this and looking forward to seeing how God will use me through this trip!”The cost of the trip is $3000. If you would like to partner with Kara and receive real-time email updates on her trip, give a gift of any amount, clearly marked, “Kingdom Worker Mission Trip.” Be sure to include your email address on your gift so that Kara can share her experiences with her donors.
On Sunday I heard our teacher Jessica Vanderhyde talk about the ripple effects of her five years of service as part of Friends of China in Wuhan and Beijing. Right now there are 40 people serving in China, with 17 more planning to leave this fall! I learned that our plan to give a tithe of the last half of our Cool Million gifts ($50,000) will provide more than 10% of financial needs of the entire Friends of China ministry for a year!
Our young people are eager to share the love of Christ as well. This week they collected over 500 pairs of shoes as part of the Soles for Jesus program that will be used by Christian ministries in sub Saharan Africa to share the love of Christ with others.
The week after Easter, 10 of our members will begin preparing for a 10 day trip to Zambia at the end of June to learn more about our synod’s mission efforts in that country and specifically the Vulnerable Children’s Foundation. I will even have the privilege of preaching at one of the churches there.
Today, I was looking at our synod’s statistical report and saw that St. Paul’s remains the leading congregation in mission support. In 2018 we gave $309,000 to support missions, or 10% of every offering dollar our congregation received.
There is certainly more! A number of our teens will be going on mission trips this summer. Many of our women are very involved in the Lutheran Women’s Missionary Society and support those mission efforts.
Finally, we are eager to share the love of Christ with our own circle of friends and family. To help you, I’ve attached our Easter Postcard that you can send to people as an invitation.
How exciting to see St. Paul’s living its mission: By every possible means we bring every person within our area of influence closer to Christ.
PS. Don’t forget Shrek Jr is being produced by the children in our Lutheran Elementary School this week Shows are at 7 pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday in the Centennial gym. Cost for adults is $5. Hope to see many of you there!