Commissioning Service Held for Lutheran Schools Service Project

Lutheran Schools Send Off Shipping Container That Will Become A Library And Resource Room

On Monday, May 16 at 9:30 am, students at area Lutheran Schools held a commissioning service for a 40-foot shipping container destined to become a library in Liberia. The commissioning service marked the completion of their Kids Love Liberia service project and was held at Lutheran South Unity School.

Through the Kids Love Liberia school project, students prepared a 40-foot shipping container, filled with school, construction and medical supplies. The container will be converted into a community library space and resource room when it arrives in Liberia.

Students from Lutheran South Unity, Emmanuel St. Michael, Holy Cross, Emmaus, Ascension, Concordia Elementary, Concordia Lutheran High School, St. Peter-Immanuel, St. Paul’s, Central and St. John Lutheran in Kendallville donated supplies and volunteer hours by painting the container, sorting library books, and fundraising for the cause.

The container will be shipped to a Lutheran school in Liberia under the direction of Joe Boway, a Liberian-born Fort Wayne resident and Lutheran South Unity School parent who started Lutheran schools in Liberia’s more remote areas. These schools, which serve over 3500 students, are in need of additional classrooms and supplies to support their growth. Mr. Boway, who is currently in Liberia, conducted a Skype call with the students during the commissioning service.

Lutheran South Unity School principal Krista Nagy said, “Our kids are having an influence on an entire country since thousands of students will use the resources we are sending to learn. They were encouraged by the fact they were not simply converting a container, but also supporting their fellow Lutheran school students to have an impact on this war torn, developing nation.”

All eleven Lutheran schools participating in this project are part of The Lutheran Schools Partnership, representing Lutheran preschools, 17 elementary schools, and one high school in Northeast Indiana.