My goal is to give it all away before I die. While I’m living, I get to see my gifts at work, touching others with the Gospel of Christ. It gives me a warm feeling.
Irma Wagner, Good Shepherd L.C. Regina, SK
In the late 1980’s, when my father and mother died, they left us some money. Maxine and I decided to place a portion of those funds with The Lutheran Foundation. The interest is used annually to grant a scholarship to a student at the Edmonton Seminary. What a joy each year to receive a report that in memory of Rev. Bruno and Elizabeth Holm a seminary student receives support, something my parents had dedicated their lives to.
Later, my Aunt Alwina Mullenhoff died and left us some funds which we set aside with The Lutheran Foundation to be used as a scholarship for a student at the St. Catharines Seminary.
It is a joy to remember our Christian loved ones who dedicated their lives to the mission of the church, to tell people about the forgiveness of their sins in the blood of Jesus and the sure hope of life forever in heaven. It is a joy to do it in a way that helps prepare future pastors for the mission of the church. It is joy that this is going to happen every year until the day the Lord returns.
Rev Dr. Roy & Maxine Holm
Shortly after retiring from teaching, Loretta set up an endowment in the Foundation to assist the work of her home congregation, Lutheran Hour Ministries, the Central District Church Extension Fund, and the Concordia Seminary, Edmonton. Loretta says, “We need to reach out to others who do not know Christ. Whenever that happens, I really grow in my faith as well. Over the years it has been very heart warming to receive letters of appreciation that show my gift has made a difference in someone’s life. It’s a marvelous feeling!”
Loretta Romankewicz, Mt. Calvary L.C., Swift Current, SK
Several years ago, while serving as pastor of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Regina, SK, the elders established a Scholarship fund in my name instead of giving me a pat raise for that year. This fund was to assist students going into full-time ministry or full-time church work. After several fruitless years, I discussed this whole matter with Mr. Wonnick, and praise God, he took the existing fund and made several changes until we have the successful Darwin Pollard Scholarship Fund.
I must admit that I had some doubts at first, until I received several letters from students who had received financial help through this fund.
I’d like to close by adding some comments from one of the students who received help:
Rev Darwin Pollard, Regina, SK
Rueben, now in his mid 90’s has been a long time builder of the Church. He tells the story of tithing since he was about 18 years of age. “You can’t out give the Lord”, says Rueben. “God’s blessings just keep coming, once we take that leap of faith.”
Rueben has placed a gift in his will to support the Lord’s Work. His wife died several years ago, and when asked what he was now going to do, he replied, ”I’m going to increase my gift in my will.” When he was in his early 90’s, St. Peter’s did a major renovation and expansion. Rueben volunteered to help raise funds, listing those whom he knew, and offering to contact them for financial support.
Rueben Jahn, St. Peter’s L.C., Estevan, SK