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St. John Lutheran Church matches funds raised by kids

CHARLES CITY – St. John Lutheran Church finance board was recently inspired by the acts of the St. John Vacation Bible School students. The VBS kids raised $502.93 in one week to support the ELCA Malaria Campaign to buy insecticide-treated mosquito nets for children in Africa.

The finance board voted to match the money raised by the VBS students and recently presented Rev. Mark Anderson, assistant to the Bishop of the Northeastern Iowa Synod of the ELCA (and former pastor at St. John) a matching check plus a little to even the amount. In total St. John Lutheran Church has raised $1010.00 to buy mosquito nets to prevent children from getting Malaria. 100% of gifts to the ELCA are used for this project. The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America has been building relationships and partnering with companion churches in Africa. Together with the ELCA church partners like St. John are poised to bring about a massive grassroots movement to contain malaria and bring hope to those who suffer. Because of St. John’s gifts 101 nets can be treated and distributed – saving 101 African Children.

(PHOTO: (L to R) Pastor Dennis Niezwaag, finance board members Diane Melrose & Jeremy Heyer, along with new Youth & Family Coordinator Melinda King present a check to Pastor Mark Anderson (center) to be used to get insecticide-treated mosquito nets to children in danger of contracting Malaria.)

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