In a year marked with transition, turbulence and tribulation, both in the U.S. and around the world, it can be easy to lose hope in the goodness of God’s creation. As Lutheran Partners in Global Ministry faced a year of transition among leadership, staff and programs, there were moments when we, too, felt hopeless.

But thanks to the faithful support of people like you, we see green shoots rising from the earth. The many seeds you have planted over the past 23 years are either germinating, or bearing the fruit of mature, growing plants. Your support helps us continue to nurture, water, and even prune the new growth that helps thousands around the world.

In 2017 you helped women and men in the Central African Republic securely increase their savings, building their own safety net in the absence of formal banks. You helped adolescent girls in Guatemala learn more about the cloud forests that surround them and gave them incentives to continue their education. In India, your sponsorship and support provided more than 1,300 students with a safe place to live, learn, pray and play.

As we look toward the future, new seeds are sprouting. LPGM continues to refine its mission and ministry, focusing on narrower, deeper education programs that have a lasting impact on women and children.

The ministry that Gordy and Betty Olson founded in the wake of their son’s tragic death continues to be a witness to the promises of a God whose light shines in the darkness. We look forward in hopeful faith to the continuing mission that God sets before us. Thank you for being part of that mission.

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Dan Ruth

Author Dan Ruth

Dan Ruth is the executive director of LPGM and an ordained minister in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

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