We’ve been doing some housekeeping lately at LPGM’s office, migrating old files and folders to a new platform that will save us money and help us operate more effectively.

In the process of cleaning up old digital files, I ran across a lot of photos like the one below.

From numerous perspectives, it’s a terrible photo. It’s just two men in an office in India sitting in front of a laptop while a woman rifles through papers. The exposure is too low and the colors are mostly shades of brown. There are no cute children. Nobody’s smiling. There’s no inspiring action.

So. Boring.

This photo’s not great. But the work is good.

My first thought was, “We can’t use a photo like this. It’s useless. I’m just going to delete it.” Besides, there were dozens (if not hundreds) of photos nearly identical to this one sitting in our files.

But as I continued to filter through these, a very different thought struck me. This photo represents so much of what’s great about our ministry.

It’s easy to show a beautiful, glossy photo of a smiling little girl in India and say “thank you” for helping her go to school (and our mission is ultimately for those little girls).

But it’s the hard work you support behind the scenes that truly matters. It’s the boring, tedious, day-in-and-day-out work of teachers, administrators, auditors and managers who ensure that those smiling girls are actually getting the quality education they deserve.

With your support, LPGM is continuously, consistently working to ensure your gifts have the greatest impact on students’ lives. It’s not always exciting or sexy work, and it certainly doesn’t always make for good photo-ops. But it’s good work, and it’s right and necessary to help achieve our vision of a world “where all people have the resources and opportunities they need to thrive.”

Thank you for supporting this boring, Christ-centered work. I give thanks for your loving support every day.

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Dan Ruth

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

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