The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


It's all in wrist for a major project to take off

Wisconsin sisters start project to fund a well in Malawi

A seemingly typical trip to the store for Emma Herek and her grandmother turned into so much more, not only for her family but also for a community in Malawi.

Emma thought about buying a couple of bracelets until her grandmother suggested the 12-year-old make them herself. After a trip to the arts and crafts store, followed by a few successful creations, Emma and her sister Claire, members of Grace Lutheran Church, Elroy, Wis., realized they could sell the bracelets to raise money for those in need.

Hailey Leis (left), Brooklynn Steinmetz,
Hailey Leis (left), Brooklynn Steinmetz, Claire Herek, Lauren Miller and Emma Herek make bracelets to raise money for Mission Malawi.

So Mission Malawi was born. The goal was to raise $10,000 to dig a well for a village. Within 10 months that goal almost has been met.

"At first I didn't think we would make it," Emma said. "We didn't know how many people were willing to donate to things like this."

The idea to help in Malawi was inspired by the girls' grandfather, Robert Berg, former bishop of the Northwest Synod of Wisconsin.

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