The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Getting connected

Projects help youth learn about others

Lutheran youth have connections. And they've made them globally, nationwide and locally.

Confirmands at Ascension Lutheran Church, Baltimore, made connections through Stand With Africa. The campaign, supported in part by the ELCA World Hunger Appeal, helps Africans withstand HIV/AIDS, banish hunger and build peace.

In one activity, the youth shelled nuts for a week's worth of peanut sauce, a common dish in Africa. When a bell rang, an announcement was read, such as "rains flooded your garden and washed away young maize plants. Time to replant." Then some students had to stop shelling peanuts for a while to experience what it feels like to not have food security.

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