God’s Work. Our Hands

God’s work. Our hands.
As a social ministry organization of the ELCA, Lutheran Services in Iowa (LSI) is so thankful for your partnership in ministry! Thanks to you, we’re able to provide education for young parents and empowerment to some of Iowa’s most vulnerable children and families. This month, we would like to give special thanks for those of you who have made LSI a focus of a “God’s work. Our hands.” project.
This project is part of the anniversary celebration of the ELCA, and it’s a way to reach out to your communities and build a stronger Iowa. This year September 10 th is the date when congregations are encouraged to participate in a project for “God’s work. Our hands.” This is a perfect opportunity to do good deeds or raise money as a church body for a nonprofit like LSI.
We thank you for your witness of God’s love and your service! If you are interested in supporting those served by LSI and would like to know more about current needs, please contact Deb Whitford, LSI director of philanthropy and church relations, at deborah.whitford@LSIowa.org.
Our Mission: Lutheran Services in Iowa responds to the love of Jesus Christ through compassionate service. LSI is an affiliated social ministry partner of the Iowa congregations of the ELCA (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America) and a member of LSA (Lutheran Services in America). We proudly serve people of all ages, abilities, religions, sexes, gender identities, national origins, ethnicities, races, and sexual orientations. Learn more at www.LSIowa.org and www.facebook.com/LSI.iowa.
Coping through creativity
Therapy can be a great way for kids, adults, and families to overcome past trauma. But for some, it takes a little extra innovation and creativity to find a therapeutic technique that can help them thrive. Sherry, an LSI therapist, struggled to find a technique that worked for several children she saw each week. They didn’t want to open up to her. They said “no” to participating in any activities or conversations. That’s when she turned to her “workbooks,” which focus on a child’s love of drawing and coloring. “It’s really about connecting with the kids where they’re at,” Sherry says. “They get to express their feelings through something that might be more comfortable than talking about them.” For instance, Sherry asked one child to draw what the word “love,” meant to her. The child drew a picture of a child and parent hugging and through that, Sherry learned the child wanted love and support from her parent at home. Sherry says the technique has been a breakthrough for several of the kids, and they’re becoming more and more comfortable talking in each session. “This book is something that’s theirs,” Sherry says. “They can look back through their images and see the progress they’ve made and how far they’ve come.”