|UKANDU 2011 Highlights|
UKANDU Chicago 2011 has come and gone but the impact upon Churches, School, Ministries and individuals will remain for a lifetime. 241 youth and adults from Lutheran churches in six different states served our Lord as He worked in and through them to bring hope and encouragement to many. "Now is the time" was the fitting theme of this year's UKANDU Chicago Mission Trip. There needs to be a sense of urgency in what the followers of Jesus Christ do every day of their lives. There are hurting people all around us that need to hear and experience the mercy, compassion and love of Jesus Christ. Monday, June 20 through Friday, June 24th the participants of the mission trip worshiped together, worked together, played together and studied God's Word together. The resounding comments from participants was that they didn't expect to grow so much in their own relationship with Jesus Christ during the week. Most come with the attitude of serving and helping those in need without even realizing what God has in store for them personally.
Lutheran Church Charities appreciates all the hard work and commitment of all the participants especially the adult leaders, many of whom took this week as a vacation week, who organized, worked, cooked, supervised and allowed themselves to be stretched physically, emotionally and spiritually. We would also like to say thank you to St. Paul Lutheran Church and School in Melrose Park for being our host site again this year, Chicago Land Education Foundation for their help communicating the needs within the inner-city Chicago Lutheran Schools, Concordia University Chicago for hosting Thursday night's cook-out and worship service, and for all the prayers of God's Warriors who spent the week praying for guidance, protection, unity and for lives to be changed.
Each day the participants of the mission trip were given the challenge to do a Random Act of Kindness to at least one individual. They were given crosses, candy, beanie babies, angels, garbage bags and even $100.00 per team on Thursday. Rough count is that over 1,100 hearts where touched through these acts of kindness which in many cases were followed with discussions about Jesus and His love. Here is a brief list of Churches, School, Ministries and Individuals who we blessed during UKANDU Chicago 2011.
Vacation Bible School
Niles Township Food Pantry - collected, sorted and handed out food
|Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 June 2011 21:28|