FAITH IN ACTION

PASTOR INSTALLATION – July 31, 2022

Reverend James T Sorensen (front row, 2nd from left) was installed Sunday, July 31, as pastor of Faith Lutheran Church, Buena Vista, and First Lutheran Church, Salida.

UKRAINE SUPPORT – MAY 2022

Faith Lutheran Church members are providing financial support for Ukraine Lutherans. 100% of this support goes directly to Lutheran pastors serving people in Ukraine. The following message was received from Pastor Oleksiy on May 15, 2022:

Hi Dawn,
the Lord be with you…
Here is a short update from me…
I keep living between Odesa and Mykolaiv. For most of the week, I stay at Odesa Theological Seminary, purchasing food, and medicine, packing help bags, and assisting my fellow brothers in different projects. Some days are very busy.. some days are quiet and slow… In addition to all the war stress issues, we have a fuel deficit in Ukraine. Russians have destroyed fuel factories and storage… prices for fuel have jumped up. Diesel and gasoline disappeared…Now, it takes us a couple of hours to find the fuel in Odessa, to spend time in lines, and to purchase 10 or 15 or 20 liters of fuel… this morning I woke up and went to hunt for fuel.. it was successful hunting. I drove about 30 km but have bought 30 liters of diesel…Praise be to God…
Last week we have packed 100 food bags for Nikolaev.. but more than 150 people came to Nikolaev Lutheran church for food.. people fought for bags.. so, we made a list of those who didn’t get the good bag last Saturday and promised to satisfy them next Saturday…(pictures are attached)… We put Christian literature and calendars in each bag. Many of those people have lost jobs and depend on food provided by municipalities, charity organizations, and churches…Also, my church elders Gennady and Vladimir deliver and distribute drinking water to people who live near our church… every second day a long line of people with bottles and buckets waits for water near church gates.
Such humanitarian work of the church brings a great benefit to the Gospel… Last Sunday I had only 8 church members at church(many of our church members were evacuated to Poland and Germany)… But, I had 21 new visitors at church! These people live near our church! but never been to the building…! They have found time and courage to come to church now… at wartime… They listen to the sermon very carefully and learn how to sing our hymns… they are funny and clumsy like newborn children… remember them in your prayers…

I think this is all news for the moment, sister and friend…
May God bless you where ever you are at the moment,
with prayer and respect,
Oleksiy

NEPAL REPORT 4/10/22

Faith Lutheran Church supports ministry in Nepal with prayer and financial support. Following is a report from Megh Gurung on April 10, 2022.
Dear Connie and all prayer partners
Greetings to you in the name of our Lord and precious Christ Jesus name!! Happy Easter (resurrection day) to you and family. I am so grateful to you all.
We are preparing for the Easter program. Early in the morning we do prayer at the church. After that we are joining a rally. We sing songs and hold play cards. We booked a spot already for the program. The Easter celebrations are in different areas in Kathmandu. But we are celebrating the western part of Kathmandu area.
Yesterday there was a water baptism program at the church in Kathmandu. There were four of them baptized in the afternoon. I sent photos to the attached files. Some of them are ready for the water baptism in Dhading and Parsa District too. Praying to be closed with God to them.
And other good news is that one of the guys gave his life to the Lord in Kathmandu yesterday. And five kids came to the Lord near the India border district of Parsa. There are growing numbers of believers in the water projects areas. Their kids are coming to Sunday school. God has opened the hearts there.
Regards.
Megh Gurung.

TROOP BOXES

LWML packs troop boxes and sends them to Chaplains every other month.

LITTLE FREE LIBRARIES

Little Free Libraries for Adults and Children is located on Faith Lutheran Church property at 154400 County Road 306. Take one book and or leave one book.

Click on Chaffee County Times article

NEPAL MINISTRY SUPPORT

The mission grounds of Faith Lutheran Church extend far beyond the mountains of Chaffee County. Half way around the world in the Himalaya mountains, we support Megh Gurung, a citizen of Nepal and missionary to his own people. Megh travels throughout Nepal from village to village, sharing God’s love for his people, baptizing, planting churches, and leading classes for the training of church leaders.

Along with the Lutheran Woman’s Missionary League (LWML) at Faith, our congregation supports Megh with our prayers, monetary contributions for the training of church leaders, medical needs, and disaster relief efforts, Bibles for those who can read, audio Bibles for those who can not read, clothing donations for people in need, and more.

The baptism of a young Nepalese man.
Church leaders receive training.
A young mother receives an audio Bible and instructions.
Food waits distribution to the hungry during COVID.