They said we wouldn’t survive

Lord of All Lutheran Church in Strathmore, Alberta. Photo: T.Brook

Lord of All Lutheran Church in Strathmore, Alberta. Photo: T.Brook

Lord of All Lutheran Church in Strathmore, Alberta began life as a double wide trailer hauled in from the BC mountains. Pastor Dawn Nelson told me the congregation wasn’t given much of a chance to survive. But today it has a modern sanctuaryin a new building, busy fellowship hall and a full calendar of activities for an active and growing congregation.

I was welcomed warmly and enthusiastically. The congregation and its members have a real heart for mission and demonstrate it through their interest in CLWR activities and their generous gifts.

Today I was able to tell them there were many Doubting Thomases like Thomas in today’s gospel. These people need to see Jesus’ wounds before they will believe. Today, one important way this can happen is if Jesus is seen to be alive in his followers. We can show that Jesus is alive and ever present among us by how we reach out and touch the lives of others who are suffering injustice and poverty; by how we respond in ways that bring hope to those who need hope the most. This congregation does that through CLWR.

I also had fun with the nineteen children who came forward for Children’s Time. We talked about mosquito nets and how a simple $10 net purchased with the pennies that no one thinks are worth anything anymore, saved lives of children like them.

It was a great visit and cupcakes with the post service coffee. It doesn’t get much better than that!

Tom Brook

CLWR Community Relations Director

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