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2019 Sharecropper Project

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The beans are in the ground and growing.  Bethesda Lutheran Church in its 225 year is again sponsoring a Canadian Foodgrains Bank growing project thanks to Galten Farms and the Schickedanz Family. This will be the 18th year for our project.

It has been a slow start because of the delayed spring planting season but the soybeans were planted mid-June and are nicely through the ground and on their way. We pray for good growing season with lots of nurturing sunshine and rain. In this our 225th Anniversary year as a congregation in Markham we are pleased to again be able to help those in need around the world through the Canadian Foodgrains Bank.

In 2018, with the help of the profits from the growing project, donations from members of the congregation support from St. John’s United Church in Oakville and generous community supporters we were able to send just over $35,000 to the Canadian Foodgrains Bank in Winnipeg.  This money is then earmarked for our Canadian
Lutheran World Relief.  This brought our total donations over the past 17 years to $449,053.26.  When this is matched by the Government of Canada at 4:1, our projects over the years represents $2,245,266.30 of food support across the world.

Bethesda can be proud of its achievements in supporting the feeding of the hungry, helping families improve their own crops through conservation tillage and providing quality nutrition to pregnant women and their children.

We invite members and friends to continue their financial support of this growing project.  A donation to the project is a wonderful opportunity to recognize a birthday, anniversary, or special family event.  At the time of bereavement on a death many supporters are designating the Canadian Foodgrains Bank as their charity of record.

Sharing with others in need follows a long tradition within the E.L.C.I.C in its support for the Canadian Lutheran World Relief.