Chapel offering for the first three weeks of January will help purchase Bible Books for Ethiopia through Lutheran Heritage Foundation. For children, the Bible’s hundreds of pages can seem overwhelming. They need books, written on their level, to introduce them to the love of Jesus. For young children, brightly illustrated, easy-to-read Bible storybooks can tell them in a simple way about the Savior Jesus and His love for them. For teens who are old enough to start reading the Bible for themselves, Luther’s Small Catechism answers the question first posed centuries ago by the Ethiopian eunuch: “What does this mean?” There are over 32 million Christians in Ethiopia and millions of the children don’t have a single Bible storybook.
Ethiopian Lutherans are very mission-minded and enthusiastically introduce their friends to Jesus Christ. Mekane Yesus, one Lutheran Church body in Ethiopia, has grown by 3.5 million members in the past five years, to a total of over 9.1 million members!
There are hundreds of Lutheran schools and Sunday schools packed with eager young students, but teachers face a dilemma. They have no Bible storybooks from which to teach. From week to week, they must make do with teaching the lessons to the children orally. Immanuel School can help change that. The Lutheran Heritage Foundation’s mission is to translate and publish these books for people around the world. For every $5 received, their organization can print a Bible storybook or Small Catechism in the languages of Ethiopia, such as Amharic, Oromo, Kambaata, and Hadiyya. So many are waiting! Let’s help!
Offerings for January 27 - February 14 will be gathered for the tuition assistance fund of our sister school, St. Paul Dorchester. St. Paul Lutheran School has been a staple in the Greater Grand Crossing Area of Chicago for almost 130 years. Their mission is to bring children to know Jesus Christ while providing a quality academic education in a safe, disciplined environment promoting social, mental, physical, and spiritual growth. Like Immanuel, they serve the community through ministry, education and community service. Please be generous, as you are able, with your offerings for St. Paul from January 27-February 14.