Kathy Braafladt is the co-pastor at Messiah Lutheran Church, where the Farrells attend. “It was a no-brainer to say, ‘Yes, we’re going to help you in any way to make this happen.’”
At Messiah Lutheran, the congregation has adopted the “one-mile mission” – a focus on ministering to children at schools within a one-mile radius of the church. The church has provided school supplies, clothes and back-to-school activities for children in their figurative backyard. It’s a ministry that the Farrells participate in and are passionate about.
The Farrell family sponsors two children, but Grace has an especially strong connection with Gabriela, a 9-year-old in El Salvador. Gabriela became the center of Grace’s Compassion Sunday presentation.
“So, we have the one-mile mission at Messiah,” said Grace at her Compassion Sunday event. Behind her, a picture of Gabriela appeared, with a map of El Salvador. “At my house we have the 3,739-mile mission.”
After her presentation, Grace stood behind a table scattered with child packets, ready to help others expand their mission radius. “Look at this one,” she told a woman in a choir robe. “He would be just perfect for you!”
At the end of the weekend, 26 children had been sponsored. Twenty-six people began their sponsorship journey.
All because one 9-year-old believed in the importance of serving others.
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