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This month we are highlighting the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League (LWML) grant of $100,000 to NOLA 4H: Hearts for the Hungry, Homeless and Hurting.

Hurricane Katrina changed everything. Over a decade after the worst residential natural disaster in United States history, New Orleans is still devastated. So many people left as a result of the flooding. One in five didn’t come back. Those who did faced with the monumental task of starting over. Whole neighborhoods have been lost.

Six inner city Lutheran Church Missouri Synod (LCMS) churches, part of the Black Clergy Caucus, have banded together to rebuild their communities and their lives. They seek to provide hope to their friends and neighbors with the help of the NOLA 4H grant. These NOLA 4H churches partner with several organizations and schools to help clean up, repair and train lay health advocates. The schools will provide students to help staff the food pantries and soup kitchens.

Donna, who is homeless, attends Gloria Dei Lutheran Church and volunteers in the food pantry.

Jesus told his disciples “For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink. … Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me” (Matthew 25:35–40). The churches have many hurting people in their congregations and communities, struggling with anxiety, depression and poor health. NOLA 4H offer hot meals, food pantries, food bag distribution, homeless sheltering, homeless emergency care, health care and counseling for hurting hearts. The grant will pay for the food, emergency care, scripture items and toiletries as the congregations expand their outreach to their friends and neighbors.

“Feed the Hungry” Saturday at St. Paul Lutheran Church NE

NOLA plans to spread God’s love and care to the Hungry, Homeless and Hurting of New Orleans with this grant. We can help them with our prayers and our mites.

Lutheran Women's Missionary League (LWML) is the official women’s auxiliary of the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. Since 1942, the LWML has focused on affirming each woman’s relationship with Christ, encouraging and equipping women to live out their Christian lives in active mission ministries and by supporting global missions. Saint John’s Mission Guild (LWML) meets the first Tuesday of each month at 7:00 PM in Room 301. All ladies of the congregation are invited to attend.