LWML Grant #8 - Nursing Student Mercy Medical Team Scholarships
Since 2006 LCMS Mercy Medical Teams have provided desperately needed health care to over 30,000 patients worldwide. This short-tern volunteer program offers medical professionals, pastors and laity the opportunity to volunteer abroad in a variety of clinical & health settings. Teams are 7-15 volunteers. There are eight Concordia University campuses which offer nursing programs. This project is to have nursing students experience short term mission opportunities, which could translate into a lifetime of mission service overseas. Each nursing student must pay the entire trip cost - airfare and ground fees exceed $5,000. The requested funds are for Student Nurse Scholarships.
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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).