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Global Mission

Lutheran World Relief

Lutheran World Relief puts faith into action by responding to the needs of people throughout the world. Help is provided to victims of disasters such as earthquakes, floods, famine and war through personal care kits, school kits, baby kits, fabric kits, and quilts. Lutheran World Relief also works to provide clean water, prevent malaria and educate people to learn a trade and improve agricultural practices.

Lutheran World Relief lets those in need around the world know that God loves them enough to inspire someone thousands of miles away to provide loving care for them. Personal Care Kits given to displaced persons create an opportunity – to stay clean and healthy, to walk with dignity. School Kits give children an opportunity to become educated even in times of disaster. Baby Care Kits are often the only clothing for infants in refugee camps and orphanages. Fabric Kits are used to teach girls a trade to provide an income. Quilts not only provide warmth but are also used as room dividers, shelter and a way to carry possessions.
When Bethany’s donations join those of hundreds of other Lutheran congregations across the country, millions of people who are in need throughout the world can experience God’s love and care that we send in every quilt and every kit.

The items listed below are in each kit. These items are collected and assembled each October.

School Kits

70 page spiral notebooks (4)
Pencil sharpener
School scissors (blunt tip)
Ruler
Box of 16-24 crayons
Eraser (about 2 inches)
Unsharpened pencils (5)
Ballpoint pens (5)

Personal Care Kits

Light weight bath towel (dark colors)
Toothbrush
Comb
Nail clippers with file
2 bath size bars of soap

Baby Care Kits

2 t-shirts up to size 2T
2 sleepers (without feet) up to size 2T
2 receiving blankets
4 cloth diapers
1 jacket or sweater with hood or cap
1 hand towel
2 pair socks
2 bath size bars of soap

Fabric Kits

3 yards 44’ wide or 4 yards 36’ wide cotton or cotton blend fabric
2 large spools matching or neutral thread

Tanzania Partnership

Through Bethany’s partnership with our sister church in Tanzania, Africa, we build relationships with our brothers and sisters in Christ through sharing our faith, lives, and experiences.

Our partnership enables us to have an expanded view of the Body of Christ and provides the opportunity to build relationships with Christians in another culture.

Though culturally different, we have much to learn from and share with each other to deepen our relationship with Christ.

Bethany and our sister church walk together in a mutual relationship. We interact with one another as colleagues, fellow workers in the vineyard of Christ. Each partner, with their own strengths and characteristics, learn from one another with mutual respect.

Bethany organizes vision trips to Tanzania to learn from our brothers and sisters in Christ, to pray and worship with them, and to bring encouragement, support, love and assistance. We learn to walk in the shoes of the Tanzanian people and the hardships and joys that come with that walk. While in Tanzania, we see how the Tanzanian people value their faith above all else. They show us that although the Tanzanians have very little materially, they make time for family, friends, relationships, and people and give to others what they can.

Bethany is currently partnering with Uduru Parish to build a preschool for the community. Bethany’s VBS students have raised money for 2 homes for poor Uduru families the past 2 years and Bethany’s First Steps Preschool did a fundraiser called “pennies for preschool” so our preschoolers can help Uduru’s preschoolers have classrooms.

For more information about the ELCA Nebraska Synod partnerships with the ELCT Northern Diocese visit the Synod website.