June 2022

Dear Ascension Lutheran Church Members & Friends,

How is God calling you to LOVE your neighbor? How will you show your love for your global neighbor?

Sometimes loving your neighbor is as simple as asking someone what they need. At Lutheran World Relief (LWR), volunteers strive to ask this simple question and welcome those who need assistance. LWR continues to live out its mission:

“Affirming God’s love for all people- we work with Lutherans and partners around the world to end poverty, injustice and human suffering.”

We invite you to be part of providing comfort and hope to people in refugee camps, living in extreme poverty, and other areas where humanitarian needs are rampant. From wars to persecution, from global pandemics to natural disasters, our world is full of challenges and suffering.

​​ONE Ascension has been a partner with LWR since 2005 by making and assembling school kits, personal care kits and baby kits. This year PERSONAL CARE KITS, more than anything else, are urgently needed to show our global neighbors that even in their most trying times, they are not alone. These kits provide not only basic hygiene products such as towels, soap, combs, toothbrushes and nail clippers, but also hope and dignity.

The kits we have assembled over the years have been shipped around the world, most recently to Rwanda, Lebanon, Honduras and Georgia. Last year Ascension sent over 1,000 kits to LWR to be distributed to those in need. It was the gift of YOUR love and support that made this act of love for our neighbors possible.

This year the Global Ministries Team is once again coordinating the kits project for the ONE Ascension community. Our students at Ascension Lutheran School, children in our Sunday School, Confirmation classes, Senior Luther League and Young Adult Group, Life Groups and others are ready to assemble kits again this fall and put their faith and love into action.

ALL WE NEED is your gift to purchase the necessary items for the personal care kits and ship assembled kits to LWR for distribution somewhere in our world where they are most needed. A gift of $11 will buy the materials and pay for the shipping for one personal care kit. A gift of $100 will provide funds for 9 personal care kits. A gift of $1,000 will send 90 kits!

Will you join us in this important ministry to fill LWR’s shelves with personal care kits for refugees and others?  You can give on line and designate your offering to LWR KITS PROJECT by clicking HERE, or go to the website at any time. Click on GIVE and then OTHER and write LWR KITS PROJECT in the box provided. You can also write a check to Ascension Lutheran Church with LWR KITS PROJECT in your memo line. Your check can be placed in the offering box in the back of the sanctuary, mailed to the church office or dropped off at the church office.

We thank you in advance for your gifts of all shapes and sizes, whether it’s a monetary gift or the gift of your time. We are appreciative of this ONE Ascension effort in bringing hope and showing our love to our global neighbors in their time of need.

Louise Evenson

On behalf of your Global Ministries Team