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Quarterly Mission Project

For the third quarter of 2017, Advent Lutheran will focus on supporting the rural village of Awaso located in Ghana, Africa as its mission project. Advent’s own parishioner, Jacqui Kanode will be making her fifth trip to Ghana this September and October where she will be helping open the new junior high school located in Awaso, as well as assisting with ongoing projects in the village.

Awaso Academy International is a private, independent school that provides high quality education to the children of Awaso. The school is directed by Father Paul Mensha, a Catholic priest. Most schools in Awaso have no running water or electricity, are unable to attract credentialed teachers and suffer from overcrowding with four to five children per desk. It is the goal of Awaso Academy to enable its students to pass Ghana government exams, continue their education, secure better paying jobs and build self-esteem. The academy opened in October 2010 and has added a grade each year. They have also recently built a junior high building and will be adding the seventh grade to their campus this fall.

There are three way to support this mission:

1. Donation of school supplies for the nursery through 6th grade, and/or donate specific curriculum needs for the 7th grade. Please see list of 7th grade need materials. 

2. Financial support to purchase needed materials while in Ghana.There are certain materials that need to be purchased in Ghana as the government requires certain types of books and required materials.

3. Sponsor a student at the Awaso Academy International. The sponsorships are for individual students at the academy whose family cannot afford the school tuition. The sponsorship provides the student with school tuition, daily bus transportation to and from school, and breakfast and lunch provided at the school. The cost is either $40 per month, or an annual fee of $480. Please see Jacqui or visit the Awaso Hope Foundation website for more information.

Jacqui will be meeting with the youth of Advent Lutheran on Sunday July 16th at 11:00 A.M. to introduce them to this project with pictures of Awaso and the Academy. This will be a time to ask questions about Awaso, and to update the progress made at the Awaso Academy International in the last couple of years. All are welcome to attend. Additionally, Jacqui will be setting up pen pal opportunities for the youth of Advent Lutheran.

Donations can be brought to Advent Lutheran Church. All items received by July 17th will arrive in time for Jacqui’s visit. Items received after July 17th will be forwarded to Ghana on your behalf and Jacqui will make plans for their use and see that they are distributed by Father Paul upon arrival.  If you are considering a financial donation, please make checks out to “Advent Lutheran” with “Ghana Mission” or “Third Quarter Mission” written on the memo line.

School Kits for Lutheran World Relief

In this 500th anniversary of the Reformation, we remember Martin Luther’s emphasis on education as we start the 2017 School Kit Project for Lutheran World Relief (LWR). LWR is working around the globe to help in disaster relief and recovery. One area of focus is children who are displaced from their homes and schools. Whether it is a refugee camp or a disaster relief location, LWR makes use of the School Kits to keep kids learning and feeling “normal.” When the immediate danger is past, and food, water and shelter are secured, the need for the School Kits becomes important. Click here to find out what supplies are needed and how you can help.

 

Sew Seeds

The Sew Seeds sewing group sews quilts to give for Lutheran World Relief, sews for the needs of the work of the congregation, sews for local ministries.The group sews every Tuesday, except holidays.

 

 

ELCA World Hunger Appeal

You may contribute to the ELCA World Hunger Appeal any time through Advent; add the memo World Hunger to your contribution.The ELCA (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America) commitment to supporting people who live with chronic hunger and poverty around the corner and around the world is carried out by ELCA World hunger through relief, development, education and advocacy. Their world hunger appeal has provided thirty years of caring and sharing around the globe.

For more information, see www.elca.org/hunger, or write to: ELCA World Hunger Appeal, P.O. Box 71764, Chicago, Illinois 60694 or call: 1-800-638-3522.