Hospital Loma de Luz is a hospital in Honduras. Our congregation has sent missionary teams to the hospital two years in a row in order to work construction projects. The first year we donated money for a nurses station so that the nurses in the hospital would not have to leave their patients in order to use a bathroom or eat their lunch. The second year we worked to repair some casitas - little houses - that are used by some missionaries as well as families who have children staying in the hospital.
This is a growing relationship for us, one that our congregation is embracing more fully each year. When a team travels to the hospital, the congregation purchases supplies for the hospital that the team takes down as a part of their luggage. Many of the team intentionally pack barebones so that we can take as many medical supplies as possible to support the hospital.
We are also fortunate to have a daughter of the congregation serving at the hospital as the head of the laboratory. Christine Bell has served off and on at the hospital for 6 years, the last few of them have been full time living as a missionary in Honduras. Christine supports a local Honduran congregation while she's working in Honduras helping to disciple adults and young people alike.
The Kathryn E. Larson orphanage is an orphanage in India that our congregation helps to sponsor. This orphanage is a place for children to go to who are cast out of their homes, neglected, or otherwise in need. The orphanage also helps to feed children whose parents cannot afford to feed them so that the children can stay in their homes.
Our congregaiton has provided school uniforms for the orphans. We have also helped to sponsor a dinning hall addition to their orphanage so that more children can be fed and served within the community.
A Baby Care Kit sent to Lutheran World Relief is a promise. It says to a baby and the mother, "Your needs will not be neglected by this world. You matter to us." When we send Baby Care Kits, we provide encouragement by welcoming these little ones into an international community that cares.
Baby Care Kits are distributed as part of emergency and relief efforts. They are also given out as part of Lutheran World Relief health initiatives to encourage women to seek prenatal care. We hope you will join us in this effort!
One of our beloved Christmas projects is the Operation Christmas Child boxes. Each November we gather the boxes in our sanctuary until the distribution centers open to receive them and we can deliver them. Individual families pack boxes. Sunday School classes pack boxes. Ministry groups pack boxes. The Operation Christmas Child boxes truly are a congregation movement of generosity.
What's in a box? Many things can be in a box, and boxes are usually arranged for children of a particular age. Box contents can include sunglasses, toys, coloring books, socks, toothbrushes, kazoos, pens, paper, pencils, hairclips, soap, washclothes, and so much more. They are fun to pack. In fact, many of us buy things all year long on sales so that when the time comes we're already ready for the boxes to be packed!
The Operation Christmas Child: Distribution Center is a natural extension of the Operation Christmas Child project in our congregation. Each year we try to arrange for slots within the distribution center where we can go and help pack boxes into shipping cartons to be delivered overseas. The packing trips are a lot of fun, and fellowship among church members is always a priority on such a mission. However, there is great joy that comes knowing that we've been able to do our part getting a portion of the hundreds of thousands of Operation Christmas Child boxes to go overseas.
Our church is traditionally grounded in the biblical witness. We are members of the LCMC and the NALC. Our congregation began in 2010 and mission is at the core of who we are.
Word of God Lutheran Church 4486 East Highway 34
Sharpsburg, GA 30277