John Noltner, a Minneapolis-based photographer, traveled to India in 2004 to visit projects sponsored by Lutheran Partners in Global Mission, Minneapolis, an independent Lutheran ministry. Many ELCA congregations help support the work of LPGM, a mission advocacy organization. This week in our discusison forums:
Here he shares why this is his favorite photo from that trip.
When the congregation of St. Luke Lutheran in Park Ridge, Ill., decided to update the air conditioning unit in their church, the people of Kolakaravadi, India, received a great gift. Through a joint project of Lutheran Partners in Global Mission, Minneapolis, and MSAADA Architects, a nonprofit architectural service organization in Minneapolis, St. Luke members tithed 10 percent of their fundraiser to sponsor a building project in India. As a result of this project, called “Sharing the Blessings,” the village of Kolakaravadi received a new chapel.
St. Luke needed to remove a wooden beam in its church for the new air conditioning unit. Out of that beam members fashioned five small wooden crosses that they sent to the five leaders of the village chapel in India for the ground-breaking ceremony.
The small cross in the hands of that Indian man is symbolic of the relationships LPGM builds across thousands of miles and vastly different cultures—all in the spirit of Christian love for one another.
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