Quilts are assembled according to specs, displayed, blessed and then shipped to Third World countries where they are used for warmth, privacy walls, rugs, etc.
Quilters hands are always needed!
All are welcome to join us every first Monday of the month 10:00 AM
2018 CLC team in a one of Arsim's quiet places
Julia at an outdoor clinic filling cans with precious water brought in on 'The Lorry'
In March 2018, Pastor Tim led a five person team from Christ Lutheran Church (CLC) in West Cobb County, USA to the remote Church in Arsim, Samburu County, Kenya. Missionaries Julia and Vincent Harrington-Leiyoole guided them throughout their journey from Nairobi to Arsim and back. The CLC congregation donated 100 Luci Lites (solar powered LED lamps), Tootsie Roll pops, popcorn, pencils and sharpeners, workbooks, whirligigs, etc. The team carried the above items across several continents by plane, truck and foot to the residents of Arsim and Sedai villages. On this service/learning trip the team saw a dispensary in Arsim, a clinic in Sedai, the "Jesus" movie translated into Swahili & attended by 170, the school and church in Arsim, met with locals at their manyattas, started to learn how they live and began a partnership between our two church communities. (An additional 40 Luci Lites were sent a few months later.)
Luci Light demonstration in Teacher's hands. The only electricity in Arsim is generated by solar panels at the school and compound. Luci Lites are solar charged by day and bring light to family dwellings at night reducing fear of creatures and increasing study time. While we were there, Luci Lites were strung for the first time at the church and the Jesus Film was shown at night thus allowing shepherd children who work by day to attend.
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Our high school teens travel on week long treks to missions and serve others in the US and in the world. In October 2022, they're travelling to a youth gathering in Nashville. In the summer of 2019, they travelled to Savannah and Guatemala. In July 2018, the youth served in New Orleans by helping paint service centers and sorting Mardi Gras beads that are sold to benefit the homeless. In July 2017, high schoolers drove to Toronto where they served food in a shelter, painted homes and stopped at Niagra Falls.
Diego Gil - Sprinkling a Guatemalan blessing at CLC Sunday service - September 11, 2022
Karen Castillo, Pastor of ILAG, and Diego Gil at 2022 Gala - September 10, 2022. Both are very passionate advocates all ILAG's ministries.
One ministry of our Synod partner, Iglesia Luterana Augustina de Guatemala (ILAG), is Casa Milagro. The MILAGRO Women’s Education Center allows rural young women to continue their education and develop a wide range of skills vital to a future of improved daily living. Utilizing these skills, the women are empowered to return to their communities to start sustainable businesses and to serve as leaders and examples to be followed in their churches, community and families. CLC is a financial partner to this ministry ( https://iglesialuteranaagustina.org/casa-milagro/ ), our youth have visited Milagro in Guatemala and both Pastor Karen Castillo and Diego Gil from ILAG have visited CLC on two different occasions. Now that Covid travel restrictions have lifted, future trips to Guatemala may happen - stay tuned!
Some of the Milagro student residents who study in a Christian environment in order to increase their possibilities in life. Studies are in various fields, for example, health care, IT, business, teaching ... with the intention of being leaders and examples when they return to their communities.
Sharing the Word with the people of Kenya - God's Plan
At the beginning of Lent 2022, CLC adopted the Jesus Film Ministry as our Lenten Discipline. CLC dreamed of being able to support the Samburu people of Arsim Kenya by purchasing 100 audio devices so the people can hear the Word of God in their own language. For most, this would be a first.
During Lent, we heard stories of the ministry of Vincent and Julia Leiyoole and how the Jesus FIlm and the devices have created disciples of Christ. We heard stories of Sahara, Ltapukan, and Ntoiponin in Arsim, Kenya, whose lives have been changed by hearing the Word of God. We heard stories of the trip to Kenya by CLC members in 2018 and how it proved to be life changing.
And we prayed that CLC would be able to support this ministry. We give God thanks for the generosity of all in our Christ Lutheran family who made possible a gift of 130 audio devices.
The Word of God can now be a lamp unto the Samburu feet and a light unto their path. Thanks be to God!