LWML Grant #11 - Faith Connections for People with Disabilities
Bethesda Lutheran Communities was founded 115 years ago by Lutherans who wanted to connect their hearts of faith with hands of service. The mission of Bethesda is to enhance the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities with services that share the gospel of Jesus. Bethesda is a leader in providing homes and support, promoting awareness and advocating for the disabled. This grant is to help cover the costs associated with traveling throughout the CNH district and providing faith supports, guidance and resources to people with disabilities as well as facilitating additional congregational and faith-based organization engagements.
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Mite Explanation and History
Based on the Biblical account of the widow's mite (Luke 21:1-4), the mite box is intended for regular contributions of "mites" - offerings above and beyond the support given to congregations and the LCMS. Mite Box contributions amount to millions of dollars that fund district and national mission grants and implement the LWML program.
Mite Boxes, available from the district, zone or LWML office, are distributed to every woman in a society, and often to each member of the congregation. Local groups submit mite box offerings to the appointed district officer.
The Widow's Mite
Jesus looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the offering box, and he saw a poor widow put in two small copper coins. And he said, “Truly, I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all of them. For they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.” (Luke 21:1-4).