The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


It went where?

Rally Day balloon takes trans-Atlantic journey

Next month marks the beginning of Sunday school in many congregations. And when people hear the words "Rally Day," they often think of the annual balloon launch. Ever wonder — do the balloons go anywhere? Does anybody find the postcards attached to the balloons?

Mark Schlotterback of St. Matthew Lutheran Church, St. Paul, Minn., knows the answers. He's been releasing balloons since kindergarten. Last September, the then-fifth-grader released his balloon and didn't think any more about it. He expected the usual — the balloon would land in a tree.

Fast forward to November. Over in the Czech Republic, psychology student Jan Kratky takes a walk near his dormitory at Palacky University, Olomouc. He finds a postcard — not unexpected, it was a windy day, after all. But on closer inspection he notices the card isn't stamped, but it notes that the sender is a boy from Minnesota.

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