This month, our “Meet our Missions” introduces the missions and ministries of Holy Cross Lutheran, Toledo, OH.
By Rev. Peter M. Burfeind
Originally we were simply a campus ministry, but through our group “Engineers in Christ” – a “high-tech” service group – we’ve done service work not only in the Appalachia but also in Toledo’s inner city, less than two miles from the college campus. We’ve built handicap ramps, renovated rooms, and constructed playground equipment, to just name a few things. Through this service work, we’ve made connections in the inner city community and we are currently working on renovating a dilapidated house to become a “mission house” for various ministries, including Word and Sacrament ministry.
We also have a connection to a jobs retraining program for robotics maintenance and programming. We’ve touched quite a few lives through this ministry. As we help people connect to the hope of a good, secure job, we are able to reach out to them and their children with the Gospel. Currently, we need help getting this mission house complete. We have a tight budget, but also need professional and trades help. This mission can be a wonderful blessing – I’ve seen the fruits already at this early stage – but we risk getting bogged down in just getting it up and running.
Meanwhile, the students in our campus ministry are blessed by such work as well. Students are at a transitional period in their lives, and many are falling away from the faith in these critical years. Our weekly services, Bible Studies, and Engineers in Christ group provides an opportunity to address many of the challenges of today’s world. This year, we’re beginning to see the first of our students – those who were with us when we began – graduate. These are young men and women who have matured in Christian faith and leadership, and they will be a blessing to their future congregations.
Learn more about Holy Cross Lutheran’s ministry by visiting their website.
Follow their mission on their Facebook page.
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