Rev. James NS Kollie-Good Shepherd Lutheran Church Cotton Tree, Liberia
Dear fellow workers in Christ,
The number is 2,480. That’s a fairly significant
number, don’t you agree?
But, what is it the number of? I firmly believe that when you hear what the number of 2,480 is all about, you will agree with me that it is a VERY SIGNIFICANT NUMBER!
2,480. That is how many children were baptized during this past school year within our Lutheran Day School ministries!
2,480! 2,480 children who were brought to faith in Jesus through the sacrament of
2,480 souls who were taught about that gift in one of our Lutheran schools! 2,480 lost and condemned sinners who were found and forgiven and given the gift of saving faith and eternal life!
2,480! That’s how many times there was a special and great and joyous celebration in heaven during the previous school year!
Wouldn’t it be great to have as many if not more such celebrations again during this school year?
You can help to make that happen! Here’s how.
We have been blessed by our Lord to have 8 Lutheran Day School ministries within our Minnesota North District. In each of these schools, approximately 1 out of every 5 students does not have a church home. And yet, there they are, sitting in one of Lutheran classrooms and hearing and learning about Jesus all day long, giving the Spirit the opportunity to create saving faith in their young hearts.
You can come along side of each of our 8 schools and join in their ministry of education and outreach through the CROSS Appeal. This ongoing appeal of our District is entering its second year. Last year we received $16,881.33, and these gifts have been distributed in equal shares to each of our 8 schools. They in turn have used these funds to strengthen their school’s programs in the effort to reach even more children and families with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Your gifts to the CROSS Appeal enable them to do that all that much more! Your gifts help to bring the good news of Jesus to children who otherwise might not have the opportunity to learn of Him. Your gifts also help to provide nurture to the children attending our schools that have already been baptized and brought to faith.
In the accompanying photos to my letter you will see many of our teachers engaged in learning and preparing for this coming school year at our recent back-to-school teacher’s conference. They are indeed a dedicated and energetic bunch, a group of professionally trained educators who are passionate about teaching in our schools and sharing the love of Christ from God’s Word with each of their students.
In short, your gifts to the CROSS Appeal make an eternal difference in the lives
of the hundreds of children who are attending one of our 8 Lutheran Day Schools!
Please prayerfully consider this opportunity to join in that effort. Please share this information with the members of your congregation(s). Please pray for our schools, that through them the Lord would reach many more children through the education and the teaching of God’s Word which takes place every day in every class in every one of our 8 schools
For more information on the CROSS Appeal, please contact me.
I will be happy to help you in any way I possibly can.
In Christ, and on behalf of the children in our schools and those who
Rev. David Strohschein
Mission and Ministry Facilitator – Education
Minnesota North District - LCMS
To obtain more information about the appeal, contact Rev. David Strohschein at the District Office
(218-829-1781) or firstname.lastname@example.org.