Global Links April 2023

Latest news and stories from Global Mission

View in your browser. | Download a pdf version
Facebook  Twitter  Instagram  Donate
April 2023
The Gift of Goats in Nepal

During the Easter season we celebrate new life — and all the ways our siblings in Christ experience it around the world. For Ram Kala Kadha in Nepal, new hope and new life arrived in the form of four goats.

After Ram Kala’s husband died, she wasn’t sure how she would support her four children. “I just did traditional farming,” she says. “I worked hard, but the land only produced enough for four months.” She worried about how she would keep food on the table and support her children in the future. She often went to bed on an empty stomach.

Then, a few years ago, Ram Kala connected with the Ekikrit Bikash Manch (EBM) organization. EBM partners with the United Mission to Nepal, which is supported by gifts to ELCA World Hunger. Through EBM’s food security program Ram Kala received training in home garden management, financial literacy, climate change adaptation and more. Eventually she was selected to receive four goats and goat-keeping training.

Ram Kala’s goats, along with the vegetables from her home garden, have increased her income and helped her create a stable future for her children. She has been able to pay for their schooling and support her daughter’s work toward a bachelor’s degree. Ram Kala now has six goats and plans to continue increasing her herd.

This Easter season you can share more hope and new life through ELCA Good Gifts. Your gift of a goat (or two or three) will help people such as Ram Kala care for their families and build stronger communities around the world.

Browse all Good Gifts here.

News Around the World
News Around the World
Members of the ELCA’s global network are meeting the needs of our neighbors around the world in courageous, creative and caring ways. Read about some of that work in the most recent “Service and Justice Updates.” Learn about how our global partners are helping to provide health care in South Sudan, support farmers in Papua New Guinea, create jobs for refugees in Serbia and more.

Download the updates here.

Mission Personnel
Mission Personnel Reflection
New missionaries Kelly Schumacher Fuller (top left) and the Rev. Claudia Soliette Lopez Ortega (bottom left) take part in an orientation session with Tess Tait, Missionary Sponsorship (top right); Ben Hogue, Mission Funding (bottom right); and Samantha Ea, Global Service (center).

The Global Service team welcomed two new missionaries to the Young Adults in Global Mission (YAGM) program: the Rev. Claudia Soliette Lopez Ortega, YAGM country coordinator for Mexico, and Kelly Schumacher Fuller, YAGM country coordinator for Central Europe. The new missionaries attended orientation online March 6-10. On March 20 they attended a final, in-person day of training at the Lutheran Center in Chicago, Ill. We welcome Soliette and Kelly to global service with the Young Adults in Global Mission program!

Learn more about ELCA missionaries here.

Get Involved
Mission Personnel Reflection

  • Ecumenical Advocacy Days, taking place April 25-27, is an annual gathering of Christian advocates and activists. Participants worship, review advocacy best practices, dive deeper into issues around the central theme, take “Lobby Day” action and network with other people of faith. Lutherans who attend have denomination-specific opportunities to get to know one another and envision what we can do together. Learn how you can participate here.
  • Are you interested in teaching abroad? Apply to be a Central Europe teacher in Slovakia or English teacher in Tanzania. To see all opportunities for international service with the ELCA, check out the Global Mission job board.

Follow Us Facebook  Twitter  Instagram
Share “ELCA Global Links”
Please forward “ELCA Global Links,” in whole or in part, for use in publications, websites or blogs.
You received this email because you provided the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America with your email address.

© Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, 8765 W. Higgins Rd., Chicago, IL 60631-4101 
ELCA Global Mission | Privacy | Unsubscribe | Terms of Use
Contact Us | Donate | Subscribe