Dear brothers and sisters,
“When we learn to read the story of Jesus and see it as the story of the love of God, doing for us what we could not do for ourselves – that insight produces, again and again, a sense of astonished gratitude which is very near the heart of authentic Christian experience.”
― N.T. Wright
When I first read this quote it resonated with what I’ve been experiencing and also trying to articulate for some time. That sense of “astonished gratitude” is authentic, true and resilient. As Wright clearly states, this feeling and way of life is at the center of a Christian life. It is not to be relegated to the margins of experience and daily living. Rather it is to be a core value, front and center.
Campaigns bring with them a sense of urgency, accountability and flexibility. We are listening to donors talk about their interests and passions. There are invitations to inform and invest time and money into people so that the story of the love of God might be proclaimed near and far in a variety of programs and projects.
I am grateful for your participation, prayers and support. I trust you will experience “astonished gratitude” at what is being done and how it is being done in Jesus’ name. Together we can do more.
Pastor Ron Glusenkamp
Director, The Campaign for the ELCA
2015 Campaign Report now available
The Campaign for the ELCA’s 2015 report is now available! In this report, you will get a glimpse of what campaign gifts made possible last year, including:
- starting a new camp program for youth with disabilities;
- providing international women leaders with full-tuition scholarships;
- breaking ground on a Lutheran center and health clinic in South Sudan;
- engaging youth in ELCA World Hunger’s Walk for Water and so much more.
We invite you to continue to give of your time and talents for this amazing work. Together, we are bringing new life to the church here at home and around the world.Campaign News
We did it! ELCA International Women’s Day match
On International Women’s Day, March 8, we had an incredible opportunity to invest in the education of women leaders from ELCA companion churches around the world. Thanks to the generosity of ELCA members, including many of you, we were able to raise more than $108,000 for women’s education, which was doubled as part of our $100,000 matching gift challenge. The 2015 scholarship recipient class would like to thank you themselves!
2016/2017 Young Adults in Global Mission
Earlier this year, nearly 90 young adults accepted the call to partake in an international year of service through Young Adults in Global Mission. These young adults will work in a variety of fields in one of 11 country programs – Argentina/Uruguay, Australia, Cambodia, Central Europe (Hungary), Jerusalem/West Bank, Madagascar, Mexico, Rwanda, Senegal, Southern Africa and United Kingdom – beginning this August.
Orrin’s gift of ‘first fruits’
Orrin Strand, a fourth-generation farmer, lives and works on his 800-acre farm near Albion, Neb. He’s been growing corn, soybeans and alfalfa here for 42 years. A lifelong member of Immanuel Zion Lutheran Church, Orrin found a creative way to give back that expresses his work, his faith and his passion. About five years ago, he became ELCA World Hunger’s first “gift-of-grain” donor. Read moreabout Orrin and his “first fruits” gift.As always, please don’t hesitate to contact us at 800-638-3522, ext. 2612, or email us at campaignforELCA@elca.org.
Find the latest campaign materials and resources at https://www.elca.org/Resources/Campaign-for-the-ELCA.
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