CNH Grant #15 - Wheels for the Gospel, Ruth Guild of St. Luke's, Reno, NV
In 2013, St. Luke’s established a children’s tutoring program which serves 20 students weekly from outside their congregation. The tutoring/mentoring program is mission based with a strong gospel component, using the model of Rebecca’s Garden of Hope. St Luke’s also has active middle & high school youth programs. Additionally, the general membership participates in a variety of activities and service events to reach out to their community with the gospel of Christ. St. Luke’s wants to expand their thriving ministries through its transportation services. The grant is to retro-fit/repair the current old van or for seed money to purchase another van. The church has a line item in the budget for the maintenance.
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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).