Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
We did it.
Together we have raised approximately $1,060,000 for ELCA World Hunger! We will share the final number soon, but wanted to start spreading the good news now!
Thanks be to God for the generous people of our synod who caught the vision of resolution 03-16 To Support ELCA World Hunger that passed at our 2016 synod assembly where we voted unanimously “that the congregations of the Metropolitan Chicago Synod accept the challenge to raise one million dollars for ELCA World Hunger between June 1, 2016, and October 31, 2017.”
Everywhere I went in the synod during the months of the challenge, I heard new and exciting ways that people were dreaming to make the challenge goal a reality. These new ideas fit side-by-side with the traditional ongoing work that has always been done. New people became involved, old ways were honored, and members of hunger committees, old and new, joined forces to achieve this common goal – breaking the cycle of hunger and poverty.
You have made it possible, in Jesus’ name, to help realize a day when no one goes to bed hungry, everyone has access to clean water, communities are strengthened, refugees are fed and so much more. And the work of ELCA World Hunger happens not just across an ocean, but across the street, here and now in our own synod.
You have provided hope. Surpassing our goal is only the beginning. I encourage you to learn more about this valuable work and to continue your partnership! To that end, I invite you to participate in Metropolitan Chicago Synod’s ELCA World Hunger Ambassador Training on Saturday, April 21, 2018. Invitation to follow. Hold the date for yourself and others who share passion about this life-changing work.
I pray that the light of this Advent season will illumine our lives. Know that your faithful generous response to the gospel through ELCA World Hunger is making a difference all the way around the globe, spreading joy and hope near and far, creatively and courageously working toward a world of justice where all are fed.
Wayne N. Miller