We return to the CROSS which reminds us that Jesus came not to be served but “to serve” (Matthew 20:28). Being servants is our calling as disciples who are obedient to Christ's command, "So if I, your Lord and teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have set you an example, that you also should do as I have done to you. Very truly, I tell you, servants are not greater than their Master, nor are messengers greater than the one who sent them” (John 13:14-16). We reach beyond the walls of the church, serving the needy and hurting in our immediate community as well as the world. This is faith active in love.
Veronica Wise was a woman here in Kindred who passed away from cancer at age 76. She lived in the apartments behind the church and rode a three wheeled bike. Veronica was gentle and kind. But as a single woman she fell through the cracks of the system. She is the inspiration for the Veronica Project initiated by the Kindred Area Ministerial Association (KAMA).
We have over 600 homeless people in the Fargo area and many of them are women who have been abused by their spouses or boyfriends. One of the hardest things for these women is to come up with their first month's rent and deposit so they can move out of the shelter provided by the YWCA. If the woman has two or more children there is financial help available, but if the woman is single or has only one child, then she must leave the shelter shortly after gaining employment. The problem is that they don't have any savings for the rent and deposit.
The Veronica Project is a partnership of the Kindred Area Ministerial Association (KAMA) which includes Bethel & Goshen Moravian Churches; Calvary & Zion United Methodist Churches; Canaan Moravian Church; Christine, Hickson & Walcott Lutheran Churches; Davenport & Norman Lutheran Churches; Kindred Lutheran Church; St Benedict & St Maurice Catholic Churches; and West Prairie Free Lutheran Church.
The Veronica Project is an attempt to help some of these women through the YWCA in Fargo by providing funds for the deposit and first month's rent. The YWCA will use its expertise to determine who needs the money most. The gift would generally be $500. This would be a one time gift.
The YWCA has agreed to give the donor group the first name of the recipient, enabling them to pray for the person receiving the gift. There might be opportunities for us to be personally involved, however this will vary from case to case.
If you would like to make a donation, please make a check out to the YWCA-Veronica Project or click on the link below. By offering the credit/debit card option, Kindred Lutheran is not encouraging you to incur any debt in order to make donations to the church. If you prefer to give cash, envelopes are available at the Church.