Distressed as they observed the crisis in grain prices deepen last year, members of St. James Lutheran Church, Jackson, Mich., wanted to help family farmers.
"It's ironic," said Dave Brobston, pastor of St. James. "People who feed the world are struggling to put food on their own tables." The crisis prodded the congregation in the industrial town to reflect on the food supply most people take for granted.
"For all the farmers have done for us, as often as they've carried us and fed us, we wanted to give something back," Brobston said.
St. James began to raise money to "Feed a Farmer." Then, working with the South Dakota Synod, St. James became a partner church with Egeland Lutheran, Waubay, S.D.
Around Christmas, Duane Neugebauer, Egeland's pastor, sent each of 12 needy farmers from the congregation a $100 gift from St. James.
"More than anything else, it brought a bright note to their holiday," Neugebauer said.
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