One heart touched leads to generous gift


submitted by Micheal Stein, LSS of ND.  LSS is one of our synod’s partnership ministries.

Agency-logo-S-2C One Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota program made such an impact on a donor, that she wrote a check for $2 million to the agency.

That generous gift, along with a $250,000 grant from the Otto Bremer Foundation, launched LSSND into the final stages of its Abound in Hope Capital Campaign.

The donor, who wishes to remain anonymous, toured Lutheran Social Services Luther Hall in Fargo and saw the positive impact the program was having on the adolescent clients served there.

“She just knew it was the program she and her late husband would have wanted to support,” said Dennis Aune, director of the capital campaign. “She wanted to make a difference in the lives of the youth served.”

Following the sale of her farmland in western North Dakota, she made the gift, and in exchange asked for nothing—not even recognition for her generosity.

“What I find the most touching,” Aune added, “is the way she sees the money not as something she and her husband earned, but as a great gift from God with which she must do something good. Her faith is strong, and she truly believes that she is just allocating God’s resources.”

“I think I can speak for everyone in saying that we are eternally grateful to all of our donors for helping our Abound in Hope Capital Campaign find success,” said agency CEO Robert Sanderson. ”The woman who gave us this gift is very special. Her faith in God led her to our agency, and her love of youth was a major factor in her decision to support our program. Without supporters like her, we couldn’t do the work that we do across the state of North Dakota, bringing healing, help and hope to those in need.”

Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota began the $6.5 million Abound in Hope Capital Campaign in 2009 after plans were made to renovate Lutheran Social Services Luther Hall and build a new agency headquarters, which will be located at the intersection of I-29 and I-94.

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