Building: Homes, Connections, Relationships

Lutheran Campus Ministry’s presence at the ELCA Youth Gathering in Houston in June may have looked like a project where lumber and nails made walls for houses, but it was so much more!

In partnership with campus ministries across the country, we bought lumber and nails, gathered 12 student leaders, worked with colleagues from Lutheran Disaster Response, and we all helped nearly 1000 high school youth play a part in providing homes to two families in the Houston area who lost their homes to Hurricane Harvey. We truly did build homes, connections and relationships.

Working together on the walls, high school youth participants got a tiny taste of what campus ministry can provide: a place to learn new things, a chance to actually make a difference in the world, a group of people who will help you face the challenges that arise, and the realization that God is at the center of it all.

Our team of student volunteers who gave a week of their time was amazing! Their commitment, persistence, hard work, and hopeful attitudes made the entire project possible (and fun)! Thank you to:
– Claire Embil – University of Wisconsin – Madison
– Grace Dy – University of Washington, Seattle, WA
– Sarah Fredrick – University of Delaware
– Kyra Jensen – Colorado State University
– Isaiah Jones – Clemson University
– Andy Jones – East Carolina University
– Kelsi Kegerize – Kutztown University
– Grace Li – University of Wisconsin – Madison
– Peter Meyer -Colorado State University
– Sam Mixon – Clemson University
– Ally Schlandt – Texas State University
– Maggie Van Brakle – Penn State University

Plus, we thank Dale and Jean Peercy from Lutheran Disaster Response for all their skill, their patience and their sense of humor! And the hundreds of youth who spent time learning about housing issues, LDR and Campus Ministry while building the walls of homes for two families!

LCM Building Team 2018
Chris Heavner
Alicia Anderson
Shawn Norris
Greg Schaefer

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