The Reformation Challenge!
The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) encourages Lutherans around the world to lift up the 500th anniversary of the Reformation and demonstrate our excitement for the theme Liberated by God's Grace. Through the Reformation Challenge we are called to:
• Sponsor 500 refugees to Canada
• Provide 500 scholarships for ELCJHL schools
• Plant 500,000 trees
• Give $500,000 to the LWF Endowment Fund
Sponsor 500 Refugees to Canada
• Refugees are people who have been forced to leave their homelands and can't voluntarily return.
They have been persecuted because of their race, religion, nationality, social group or political opinion.
Sponsorship is a ministry of compassion, hospitality, friendship and support.
• Our partner, Canadian Lutheran World Relief (CLWR) is a Master Agreement Holder. Through CLWR, congregations can sponsor refugees. CLWR has the wisdom, experience and guidance to support congregations choosing to commit to sponsorships.
• It costs about $6,000 to sponsor one refugee (ie. A family of four counts as four people -$24,000). Along with financial commitments, sponsorship involves social and emotional support as people adapt to a new society, form new community and adopt a new homeland. Sponsorship is a long-term commitment as it can take years to process a refugee claim.
• Welcoming refugees is a tangible expression that human beings are not for sale.
Help Provide 500 Scholarships for schools of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land (ELCJHL)
• The ELCJHL carried out its ministry in the midst of the conflict in Palestine/Israel.
The church is committee to a hopeful, sustainable and peaceful future for the whole community.
ELCJHL schools welcome children of all faiths, primarily Christian and Muslin.
The schools provide education, job skills and leadership formation.
• The ELCJHL is responsible for four K-12 schools which serve more than 21,000 students with the help of nearly 200 full and part time educators.
• Gender balance and equality is an emphasis of ELCJHL Schools. All schools learn together in a co-educational framework in which 44% of the students are female and 56% are male. Peace Education and Interfaith Dialogue are also key emphases of ELCJHL Schools. Muslim and Christian populations in ELCJHL Schools reflect closely the populations of their communities.
• The ELCIC and Canadian Lutheran World Relief support many projects with the ELCJHL ministries, including the schools. A scholarship of $1,400 will allow a student to attend school for one year. As with all schools, steady enrollment of students paying tuition helps the ELCJHL schools to be sustainable and effective.