To support an ELCA missionary, contact Twila Schock, director for Global Mission support, 800-638-3522, ext. 2641; or by e-mail. Checks (write "missionary sponsorship" on the memo line) can be directed to: ELCA Office for Global Mission Support, 8765 W. Higgins Rd., Chicago, IL 60631.
Say your congregation wants to raise money for a well in West Africa. ELCA Global Mission estimated the cost at $10,000—when the dollar was strong. Today $14,000 is the likely cost of installing the well.
“Who comes up with the difference?” asked Rafael Malpica Padilla, executive director of Global Mission.
Rafael Malpica Padilla, executive director of ELCA Global Mission, will tell you: “[The falling value of the dollar] is affecting us in more than one way.”
In early 2008 the value of the U.S. dollar dropped to an all-time low against the European Union’s euro. The weakened dollar has had far-reaching effects—including a profound impact on international mission agencies.
Lutheran World Relief President John Arthur Nunes said the agency and its partners in Africa, Asia and Latin America have also been hit hard.
|Funding challenges are one of many issues full-time ELCA mission personnel Louis Dorvilier (right) and Ron Shellhamer talk about in Totota, Liberia. In the background, workers take a break from construction of a new library for the Lutheran Church in Liberia’s Louis T. Bowers Theological Training Center.|
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