El Salvador

Atonement has a sister parish relationship with Spirit of Peace Lutheran Church in Tepeagua , El Salvador. They are members of The Lutheran Church of El Salvador. The purpose of this relationship is to be supportive of each other in ministry and to provoke greater awareness and learning about ministry opportunities and challenges in both El Salvador and Southeastern Wisconsin. Members of both congregations have made visits back and forth. Atonement provides scholarship money so that students in El Salvador can attend school. Opportunities abound for expanding this relationship in the future.  More information can be found monthly in the newsletter for volunteer opportunities.

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Partner Church websitewww.partnerswithelsalvador.org

Fair Trade

Mt. Meru Coffee and Fair Trade Products – Purchasing these products, coffee, tea and chocolate, from the farmers and cooperatives pay the farmers three to four times what they get paid from for-profit companies. This give them a wage they can live on and also provides money to improve their businesses and communities and to send their children to school. These items may be purchased in the Narthex after church services on the second Sunday of each month.

For more information on Mt. Meru visit www.mtmerucoffee.org/

Lutheran World Relief

Smiling Children with Kits“Please tell the people who are responsible for sending these Kits that we thank them from the bottom of our hearts. The children will carry these gifts in their hearts, and in their minds they will know that there are people in far away places that care enough to share and send help to people in need.” Saul Paisig, teacher whose students received School Kits in Peru

Lutheran World Relief School Kits – Come help us send kids to school. The Mary/Martha bible study group coordinates efforts to put together school kits for Lutheran World Relief.  In the past, Atonement provided approximately 400 kits for Lutheran World Relief!  To the children who receive School Kits, these supplies mean the difference between getting an education or not. Public school is usually free, but in the places where LWR works, even a few required supplies, like pens and paper, may be more than many families can afford.  Supply lists can be found in the newsletter during the month of August.  During the month of September, school items are collected and placed into special backpacks.  Donations to Lutheran World Relief helps to purchase items as well as help to pay for shipping.   Thank you all for your help and support in providing school supplies to those in need!

Lutheran World Relief Personal Care Kits When LWR distributes Personal Care Kits, it’s often to people who have lost everything. In the wake of an earthquake, or having fled from violence as their homes were overtaken, they clasp a towel from a faraway place, with a bar of soap, a toothbrush…and washing up, they know that they have not been forsaken by the world.  The very simple gesture of giving a Personal Care Kit can give someone the encouragement to start anew, starting with a bath.Baby Care Kits.

Baby Care Kits – A Baby Care Kit from LWR is like a promise. It says to that baby, Your needs will not be neglected by this world. You matter to us. When you send Baby Care Kits, you provide encouragement by welcoming these little ones into an international community that cares. Baby Care Kits are distributed as part of emergency and relief efforts, to be sure, but they are also given out as part of LWR health initiatives to encourage women to seek prenatal care. One such initiative in Mali provided training for local prenatal health care workers, who were given Baby Care Kits to distribute when they assisted with births. These kinds of programs help more babies in rural, poor areas receive a healthy start in life.