At the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League (LWML) Washington-Alaska District Convention June 20-22, the ladies voted to support Trinity Lutheran’s grant application for $7,500 to help Lutherans in Madagascar. The grant was written by Deaconess Lorraine Roach, and received the second highest number of votes among the 21 grants being considered. The project will assist the Andromadio Lutheran Hospital and Malagasy Lutheran Church in their efforts to reach and serve God’s people by reducing water-born illnesses and improving sanitary hospital conditions in Antsirabe, Madagascar.
The funds will be used to purchase new mattresses and mattress covers for the maternity ward, and large capacity water filters for the Lutheran Hospital in Antsirabe, Madagascar. The hospital will cover the cost of installation of the water filters. Depending on final purchase and shipping costs (based on exchange rates at the time of purchase), additional water filters may be purchased for use by villages visited by the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod Mercy Medical Teams.
The project is a follow-up to an ongoing LCMS-Malagasy Lutheran Church partnership to provide body and soul care to the Malagasy people through LCMS Mercy Medical Teams, coordinated by the Andromadio Lutheran Hospital in Antsirabe. Deaconess Lorraine participated in one of the Mercy Teams last August with support from Trinity Lutheran, and she will be the project coordinator in the U.S., working with Dr. Sahalanirina Harison Rasamimanana, Medical Director of the Andromadio Lutheran Hospital.
The water filters will be supplied by Sawyer Products of Safety Harbor, Florida, www.sawyer.com, which offers simple, effective, long-lasting filters for use in Africa and similar environments, with minimal maintenance. Their products have been distributed by LCMS representatives in Kenya, as well as by groups like World Vision and Compassion International, and by U.S. troops and Waves for Water in Afghanistan to provide clean water to Afghani residents.