Youth put a different twist on the saying, "It takes a village to raise a child." They prove that "It can take a child to help feed a village."
After reading about Jesus feeding the 5,000, youth at Salem Lutheran Church, Peoria, Ill., collected 5,000 cans of food for the hungry — in just two months!
Bethany Lutheran Church, Cranston, R.I., took part in Heifer International's Read to Feed program. Kids asked their family and friends to pledge money for each book they read. With 200 books and $600, they had enough to buy four llamas for South American families.
The Sunday school of Faith Lutheran Church, Burlington, Iowa, collected change to reach their $500 goal — one cow through the Heifer project. For every $25 they reached, they marked their accomplishment by adding a piece to a cow-shaped puzzle.
Through a 36-hour fast, youth from Lutheran churches in Montana — First, Dillon; St. John, Helena; and Gold Hill, Butte — raised $1,200 for the ELCA World Hunger Appeal. They discussed hunger and built two "needs" bins for a pantry.
At St. John Lutheran, Leck Kill, Pa., members pledged money for each run the church's youth softball team made. In 13 games, the team scored 214 runs. They finished the season in second place and raised $2,100 for the ELCA hunger program
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