A group of Hope Lutheran Church confirmation students are on a roll toward raising funds for Lutheran Adoption Service, a subsidiary of Lutheran Social Services of Michigan (LSSM).
The 7th and 8th grade girls who attend the Farmington Hills church entered the Super Service Challenge, sponsored by Companies With a Mission (CWAM), Drew Brees and the Brees Dream Foundation. While they didn't win, they did receive some money toward their cinnamon roll fundraiser, held Jan. 19 and 26.
The Hope Lutheran video – posted on Youtube.com – and fundraiser were inspired by a Bible verse that directs people to “care for the widow and orphan in distress.” (James 1:27) A similar fundraiser last year raised more than $500 in one day.
The confirmation class seeks service projects to help connect the girls with the community, said Joel Rinkel, 7th grade girls confirmation guide.
“We chose to focus on the meaning of true religion, which in James 1:27, provides that for widows and orphans in distress," he said. "We want to follow that message, so we came up with raising money for adoptive services."
In 2013, Lutheran Adoption Service finalized 464 adoptions in the Lower Peninsula, resulting in 300 forever families, according to Lena Wilson, director of Lutheran Adoption Service, which is based in Troy. LAS is one of the five largest organizations in Michigan that handle half of all adoptions in the state.
About 2,300 children in Michigan are waiting to be adopted from the foster care system, Wilson said.
“LAS is completely overwhelmed and so thankful for the efforts of Hope Lutheran Church to support our mission of achieving permanency for children in the foster care system that need a secure, loving forever families,” she said.
Established in 1934, Lutheran Social Services of Michigan serves the Lower Peninsula of Michigan with more than 80 programs in 44 cities. Lutheran Social Services provides a wide variety of services for children and families, senior adults, refugees and persons with disabilities. For information, visit www.lssm.org.
Source: Press release