Maybe its because we still have members who established the Concordia community back in 1961 that we have a strong sense of legacy and a powerful vision for building and investing in the next generation. It’s one of the unique things about Concordia.
The partnership with Children of the Nations International has been a perfect project for us and has aligned with our hearts and mission. Not only has our congregation been inspired by the opportunity to impact the village of Mgwayi in Malawi by meal packing, child sponsorship which provides for education and medical care as well as resource collection, but we are inspired that we can help grow a generation of godly boys and girls who will change their world.
The children have been engaged and deeply care about these children who are like them in important ways and while separated by thousands of miles, actually are part of the same family of faith. Their lives, however, are also very different. The children with COTN are part of 1,000,000 children who have been orphaned by AIDS or destitute and have no means of support for education, medical care or their very lives. Compassion has been nurtured in the hearts of the Concordia preschool children and they have begun to diligently find ways to gather the quarters that provide for a meal for a friend. It is a beautiful thing. I am here to help guide and teach them but find they are usually teaching and guiding me!
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