Endowment Grants – Making a Difference
In December, 2016 the Lord of Love Endowment Fund awarded the following grants:
Nebraska Lutheran Campus Ministries – $1000
This program connects college students with churches in the Omaha area. Three solid ministry cell groups exist: God & Grads, a weekly ministry engaging twelve graduate students; NeMO, engaging 35 undergraduate students from various colleges in the area; T-GAP, a weekly ministry aimed at College of St. Mary students. These three ministries are currently engaging more students than at any time in NLMC 35-year history.
Scholarships at Machame Hospital, Tanzania – $1,000
Supports scholarships for Nursing or Clinical Officer students. $750 supports one student for one semester.
Ramadhani Ally Karia is the student Lord of Love is sponsoring for a semester and a half through this fund. Rhamadhani is beginning his first year of the Nursing Certificate course. We expect he will go on to graduate and care for thousands of Tanzanians over his career. It is only because of your sponsorship that this is possible, so in this way you, too, will be caring for those many.
Ramadhani’s letter of thanks tells more about him, his family, and his dream to become a nurse.
Computers for Machame Hospital, Tanzania – $1,200
Replacement computers are needed in the finance department. The cost of one computer is about $600.
Poor Person Orthopedic Surgery Fund at Machame Hospital, Tanzania – $500
In 2015 we awarded $1000 to this fund. Two stories about surgeries supported by the fund showed the impact of this fund on the well-being of the affected children. This $500 gift restores the fund to balance to about $1000.
The Impact of this Gift
Sindio Anthoni is 26 years old and lives deep in the bush in Tanzania in a village area called Loliondo. He broke his femur (thigh bone) in a fall and it was not healing. Sindio came to Machame Hospital to look for help.
At Machame Hospital they put him in traction for a period. Once things straightened out they surgically inserted a long metal nail (about one foot long by half an inch in diameter) in the center of the bones to connect and hold them properly in place. One need not be a physician to understand the before and after x-rays. Sindio is now able to stand and walk and even squat a bit.
Sindio was at Machame Hospital for about 4 months and his bill was 1.2 Million (luckily in Shilingi, $558 US dollars) His family and community were able to pay about $350. The remainder was paid from the poor person orthopedic fund supplied by a grant from Lord of Love’s Endowment Fund. Sindio was discharged because his full bill was paid.
This is one example of how Lord of Love’s gifts are making possible the important work being done at Machame Hospital.
Followers of Christ Prison Ministry, Nebraska – $500
Seed money from the Lord of Love Missions Possible team helped launch a program where inmates package meals for distribution to the hungry in rural Nebraska. This grant helps to support expansion and continuation of this mission and ministry.
Meet Majidi Mshana
In December 2015 the Endowment Fund gave a grant of $1,000 to the Machame Hospital, an orthopedic hospital in Tanzania. The grant provides help for patients with serious orthopedic problems and depleted resources. In the instance below, the grant helped for care and surgery of Majidi, a young needy patient. The grant enables the hospital to continue to serve other patients needs as well.
Majidi became a patient at Machame Hospital in early December 2015. He does not seem to have a family. Fortunately, other patient’s families have been sharing their food with him.
Majidi fell from a tree and suffered several arm fractures.
He had a fracture of his wrist and an open fracture near the elbow with his bones sticking through skin. First his wounds were treated so they would sufficiently heal so that surgery could be performed.
At the end of January 2016 he was put under anesthesia and a closed reduction was performed to align his bones at the fracture site. Then a plaster cast was put on his arm. This surgery encourages functionality and prevents deformity.
Endowment Fund Background
The Lord of Love Endowment Fund provides an ongoing source of funding for Mission related projects. The fund is managed by a committee of five members of the congregation elected by the congregation. The committee is advised by the Pastor and an appointed member of the Church Council. Each year three to five percent of the total fund assets based on the value on September 30th are available for distribution. The value of the fund may not be reduced below $50,000 in any one year.
Donations to this fund can be made to the fund at any time.
Please consider the Endowment Fund in your second mile giving, in memory of a loved one, in honor of the special person in your life, or as part of your estate planning.
As the principle of the fund continues to grow, it helps us affect more and more people every year.
Endowment Fund Grant Requests
Funds are distributed to mission projects annually based on a Grant Request application process. Funding may be requested for local, regional or global mission projects. Distributions may be made to individuals or organizations. The fund proceeds cannot, however, go to general fund expenditures of Lord of Love. Applications for funds must be received by November 1st each year. Forms are available at the Information Center in the Narthex, or from the church office. When indicating the “purpose of the grant” please state how the use of the funds will be “Mission Driven”. The applications are reviewed and award amounts are determined by the Endowment Fund committee. If you have any questions, please contact any of the Endowment Fund Committee members.
Past Endowment Fund Award Examples
Here are some additional examples of how the endowment funds have been awarded in the past:
– To support part of the tuition needs of two students in Tanzania so they can attend secondary school. The students are Reginald Stephano Mwanga and Marta Onesmno Mkumo.
– To help pay for seminary school tuition.
– To help pay for books and other college expenses so the recipient could work as a counselor at Camp Carol Joy Holling.
– To provide scholarships to low income children attending the Day Camp Program provided by Nebraska Lutheran Outdoor Ministries.
– To provide assistance to people in Tanzania as identified by Lord of Love members who have traveled to Tanzania.