Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) World Hunger is a connected, comprehensive, and compassionate program that helps individuals and communities lift themselves out of poverty into self-sufficiency. Through our giving and caring, through our advocacy and action, we make a life-saving difference.
Together, in Christ’s name, we experience the transforming power of connection. As individuals, congregations, and synods, our humble offerings and actions are gathered, blessed, and multiplied.Together, we are ELCA World Hunger. The international work of ELCA World Hunger is carried out with our trusted partners, notably Lutheran World Relief (LWR) and The Lutheran World Federation (LWF). Because of these long-held connections to partners around the world, ELCA World Hunger efforts are efficient and effective. ELCA World Hunger is a comprehensive and sustainable program that uses multiple strategies—relief, development, education, and advocacy—to address the root causes of hunger and poverty. ELCA World Hunger responds to neighbors around the corner and around the world. One way this happens in the United States is through domestic hunger grants.
ELCA World Hunger responds to Christ’s call to “Go and do likewise” (Luke 10:37), serving with compassion people who are most vulnerable, paying focused attention to the full participation of women and the needs of children.
Christ the King partners with ELCA World Hunger by doing special events to raise awareness in the congregation of those who are marginalized and desperately need help. Through these events, funds are raised to support this important ministry. Members are also encouraged to write advocacy letters to our congressmen and senators to ask that the US Government give more aid to nations with hungry marginalized people. These ministries of ELCA World Hunger are also active here in the United States for our own citizens who are hungry and marginalized. To learn more about this ministry, go to www.elca.org and search for ELCA World Hunger.
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The Navajo Lutheran Mission, in partnership with the Navajo People and rooted in the Gospel of Jesus Christ, is a community seeking to meet the educational, health, social and spiritual needs of the Navajo People.
In April 2010, Christ the King (CTK) partnered with Resurrection Lutheran Church (RLC) in Lebanon, Ohio to travel to the mission with 10 CTK members and 14 RLC members. We ministered to the Navajo people by working with the children and teachers at the school and by repairing some of the Navajo homes. Our goal was to form trusting relationships with the Navajo people, learn their culture and ways, and grow together in our faith. A large quilt was prepared as a gift to the Navajo community.
All of us were touched spiritually and emotionally by our expereinces. Making a presentation to the CTK congregation helped touch many of our members and we plan to return next year.
Tanzania - East Lake Victoria Diocese (ELVD)
The Southern Ohio Synod of the ELCA has a partnership program that provides opportunities for congregations to accompany and connect with sister congregations in Tanzania. Christ the King's partner congregation is Kiloleli in Mwanza.
Bishop Gulle of the East Lake Victoria Diocese visited Christ the King on April 26, 2010. He brought greetings from Kiloleli and ELVD. We learned that although they have many obstacles, they're growing as a body of believers. The church cannot equip and educate pastors fast enough for the needs of their growing church. There are approximately 75 parishes and 229 sub-parishes in his diocese. This ministry is shared among 45 pastors and evangelists.
One of their biggest challenges is all of the children who are orphaned by AIDS. In Mwanza alone, there are at least 10,800 orphaned chilren who live in cardboard boxes in the streets. Children need school uniforms before they can register for school.
During Bishop Gulle's visit, we presented to him a quilted banner made by CTK women. This banner was sent by mail to Pastor Francis Gunda of Kiloleli, our partnership congregation. Bishop Gulle will share with Pastor Gunda our message and greeting.
Pastor Dona serves on the Tanzania Task Force of the Southern Ohio Synod
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