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Quarterly Mission Project

Quarterly Mission Project

2020 Second Quarter

Few know the challenges greater by hunger, drought, job security or loss like the Navajo. COVID-19 has made life even more difficult for the community. For 65 years Navajo Lutheran mission (better known locally as Rockpoint mission) has partnered with the Navajo people to be an outpost of love and hope. Every day the 100% Navajo staff feed the hungry, prioritize learning for grades K-6 and focus on fulfilling basic community needs. They teach the way of Jesus, listening to one another, helping one another to stretch their capacity to become the people that God needs in this time and place.

Less than half of the households have electricity and running water, adding for some of the additional tasks of hauling water and collecting wood or coal for heating and cooking. The distance between home and any kind of help is 50 miles or more. For most, healthcare, jobs, groceries, farming supplies and entertainment, require a working vehicle, many gallons of fuel, travel food and a full day to gather the provisions needed for home and family.  This precious place cannot exist without the investment of prayer, volunteer presence and financial help from generous and committed individuals, congregations, foundations, granting organizations and legacy gifts.  In previous years Advent youth have travel to Rockpoint three different times to help paint, re-roof and paint murals in the library.

 
2020 First Quarter

For the first quarter, Advent has selected the Pastoral Internship Fund. There are times when a pastoral intern will need additional funds for fuel, conferences etc. Pastor Anita will determine approval of the distribution of these funds and any additional funds available after an intern leaves will go towards the next intern.

 
 
 
 
2019 Fourth Quarter

Advent’s fourth quarter mission will be the Santa Cruz al Salvador Scholarship Program.  Students who graduate from the high school program in the community of Guillermo Ungo are eligible to apply for a scholarship to continue their studies at a trade or technical school or a private or public university. Students are selected according to their academic preparation and financial need.  Your contributions make it possible to offer the opportunity for post secondary study to more students.  These students work harder and their parents provide more support for them because they know they have friends in the U.S. who believe in them.

 
 
2019 Third Quarter

For the third quarter, Advent Lutheran has selected Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) for our mission.  LIRS is an internationally recognized leader known for innovative services for refugees, asylum-seekers, unaccompanied migrant children and families, migrants in detention, and other vulnerable populations.  LIRS works to protect and embrace refugees, migrants, and children seeking a new life in America. Having carried out this work for more than eight decades, LIRS and their national network of service providers are uniquely equipped to provide holistic, trauma-informed, and age-appropriate care to the vulnerable individuals we serve.

 
 
2019 Second Quarter

Advent’s second quarter mission project will concentrate on assisting the Learning and Loving Education Center in Morgan Hill.  The center focuses on teaching skills, foster hopes, and provide direction to adult immigrant women and their children living in the surrounding low and extremely low income areas of our local community which are home to a high concentration of isolated; marginalized, illiterate and underserved women and children. 

 
 
 
 
2019 First Quarter

For the first quarter, Advent Lutheran has selected the International Rescue Committee (IRC) as our first quarter mission project as they provide lifesaving emergency aid, clean water and medical care to millions of people in Yemen affected by violent conflict and a growing health crisis. 

Yemen has been embroiled in a bitter civil war since 2015 as the Saudi- and Emirati-led coalition supports the government of President Hadi against the Houthi movement that controls the capital, Sanaa. 24 million people remain in need of humanitarian assistance and the United Nations warned in late 2018 that the country risked facing a “massive famine.” According to the most recent assessments, 63,500 Yemenis are experiencing catastrophe levels of food insecurity. Yemen is also home to the worst cholera outbreak in modern history, with over one million affected.

 
2018 Fourth Quarter

Advent’s fourth quarter mission will concentrate on helping meet the needs of the families living at the Safe Car Park (SCP) housed on the Morgan Hill Bible Church back parking lot. These eight, currently seven, homeless families have been selected to live on this site. There are currently 12 adults, 7 children, and two infants at the park nightly. The site is equipped with a washer/dryer and a bathroom with a shower. 

 
 
 
 
2018 Third Quarter

For the third quarter, Advent Lutheran has selected Lutheran World Relief (LWR) as our third quarter mission project.  LWR is providing direct support to the families who are currently displaced by the war in their country.  The last time we gave support to this organization, it was to help refugees who were here in the U.S.  This time we are assisting those people who are still in the Middle East.  Please consider helping these families who have been affected by war and conflict.  

 
 
 
 
2018 Second Quarter

The Beloved Community Art Center is under development, along with community partners.The development group is planning a pilot program of music ensemble classes beginning this fall. Scholarships will enable us to compensate the music teachers while making the program accessible to all children in the community, regardless of their family’s ability to pay. We invite your prayers and support for this exciting new ministry! To contribute, make checks available to Advent with notation 2nd Quarter Mission, or BCAC scholarships.

2018 First Quarter
Mt. Cross is gearing up for summer camp! It is a time when hundreds of kids, families, and adults come to experience God’s profound grace. Mt. Cross has made a commitment to never turn a camper away because of financial need. By supporting our Mt. Cross Mission Project, we will help Mt. Cross ensure that anyone who wants to come to summer camp can do so. The average cost for a week of camp is $600 (Mt. Cross charges around $435). Advent’s generosity helps Mt. Cross make up that difference. Our giving this quarter will go directly towards campership funds that are available for anyone who needs help getting to that $435. For more information, Adam Erickson-co-director of Mt. Cross will be speaking with us on February 25 and you can also visit the Mt. Cross website.
 
2017 Fourth Quarter

For the fourth quarter of 2017, Advent Lutheran is focusing our efforts on working with Lutheran Disaster Response to support those struggling with the damage caused by recent hurricanes. We are standing by our neighbors as they begin the long road to recovery from recent catastrophic storms. To give, make checks payable to Advent with the notation Hurricane Disaster Response- 4th Quarter Mission or you may donate online.

 
 
 
2017 Third Quarter

For the third quarter of 2017, Advent Lutheran focused on supporting the rural village of Awaso located in Ghana, Africa as its mission project. Advent’s own parishioner, Jacqui Kanode made her fifth trip to Ghana this September and October where she will be helped 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.