Reformation Lutheran Church A Congregation of the ELCA

Saturday, April 8

Good Gifts

As a Sunday school teacher for several years, I have seen “Stewards of God’s Mysteries” each week in the faces of our young people. They come in many shapes and sizes and are inspiring, enthusiastic children who come to learn and experience God’s Word.

This year, our kids joined in partnership with the ELCA Good Gifts/God’s Global Barnyard to purchase a variety of different animals for families in need. Each class chose the animal their offering would help provide for a family. They ranged from chicks for $10, to honey bees for $20, to pigs for $30, to goats for $50, to sheep for $125, to fish for $250, to cows for $500, or an oxen plow for $1000.

They learned that an animal can make a world of difference for a family in need by providing food to eat, fertilizer to grow crops and offspring to sell on the market. They heard how just one gift can help a family escape the cycle of hunger and poverty for good.

My class of 1st and 2nd graders decided to raise money for chicks. They set a goal of enough offering money for 13 chicks.

I have heard countless stories of excitement and anticipation from kids who were eager to help others. Our kids realize this is one way they can share in the stewardship of Reformation Lutheran Church. Next time you talk with one of our youth, ask them about how their class participated in this project I’m sure the stories you hear will put a smile on your face.

We watch our Reformation kids grow up and follow their dreams. These dreams have led some into ministry as pastors of their own congregations, to camp youth leaders, to campus ministry during college, or to attending a Lutheran school. Reformation has played a part in these decisions for our kids’ lives. We are truly blessed by our youth - past future - and all their accomplishments. God is their solid rock, and we are here to help them build upon it.

Sheryl Johnson

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