The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Water for Christmas

Thanks to an alternative gift-giving project run by the Metropolitan Washington, D.C., Synod, these unidentified children have an improved water system at their school in rural Dordabis, Namibia.

For 14 years, the synod’s Gifts of Hope project has let members and congregations give to someone in need in honor of family or friends. Gift possibilities include computer software for a Lutheran seminary in Namibia, hearing aid batteries, camp scholarships, public transportation cards for homeless women and even a tractor. A card with details about the gift can be packaged or hung on a Christmas tree.

“We avoid commercialism and give gifts of love and hope,” said Susan Clark, a member of Peace Lutheran Church, Alexandria, Va. “Over 70 congregations in our synod participate and two other synods have picked up the concept.”


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