Closing the Gap

Getting Ready. Students and Book bags

Every year, families with school-age kids spend hundreds of dollars on school supplies. For some parents, especially among New Americans, providing backpacks and basic school supplies for their children may constitute a genuine financial challenge.

This year members of Concordia Lutheran Church, Kirkwood stepped up with a substantial collection of back packs and school supplies for distribution among New Americans.  Twenty-three recently arrived Ethiopian and Eritrean children were the beneficiaries, and it was a blessing to see how these gifts brightened the faces—and the hearts—of these children.  As an LCMS pastor to the Eritrean and Ethiopian immigrant community, I gratefully acknowledge and thank the generous donors and the congregation, without whose timely support this much appreciated assistance for these families would not have been possible.

Among Ethiopian and Eritrean immigrants, a significant gap exists between those who regularly gather around God’s Word and those who do not.  Clearly, God uses the generosity of His servants to further establish His Kingdom, especially among these immigrant people.  Those of us who lead this effort are very much enabled by your continued generosity, and we request your continued prayers and financial support.  Questions???  Please contact me at

Pastor Workeneh with a happy recipient

We praise God for His many blessings!

By Rev. Theodors (Teddy) Workeneh
Evangelistic Missionary
Ethiopian/Eritrean Bible Fellowship