When He saw the crowds, He had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. He then said to the disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into His harvest fields.” Matthew 9:36–38

Are you a coupon grocery shopper? Do you stock up on the weekly specials like I do? I’m sure you have some plan for your grocery shopping to stretch the dollar and be a good steward of the blessings God has given you. The Food and Clothing Co-op at Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Indiana helps students stretch their budgets as they prepare to serve in the harvest fields. The Co-op depends on congregations, LWML groups, individuals, Sunday Schools, and other organizations to provide food, personal care products, paper products, and/or financial assistance to purchase these items. Just as we carefully shop for our families, the manager of Food Co-op keeps detailed records for every dollar spent and every item purchased. Our $8000 grant will provide over one month of funding for the Co-op!  

Lord, whenever we pray the words You taught Your disciples, we ask: “Give us this day our daily bread.” You do that and so much more! Consider our weekly grocery shopping trips where there is an abundance of both “necessities,” the staples we need for good nourishment and the exotic, those foods and spices that tickle our tongue with pleasure. We thank you for ALL those things, Lord, and ask for your special blessing on the Food and Clothing Co-op on the campus of Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Indiana. We thank you for the privilege to assist shepherds and workers train for the harvest fields. May we as Women in Mission regularly feed our Mite Boxes so this grant will quickly be paid in full. We ask this in your Holy Name, Amen.*

*Adapted from the Lunch Prayer at the 2017 LWML RMD BOD Meeting given by Judy Delve.