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Read about how four young people are making a big difference—right now—as they live out their faith in their daily lives.

Ella Schaefer and Eliza Shiels
It all began with a club formed by two third-grade students at Christ the Lord, Brookfield, Wis. Ella Schaefer and Eliza Shiels, now in seventh grade, created their club, Bookworms Baking, to read and discuss books, write letters to shut-ins, and bake for people who are having a hard time or need help. Their theme passage is Matthew 25:35, “I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink.”

Each spring the girls also host a bake sale and lemonade stand during a neighborhood rummage sale and donate the proceeds to a local charity. This May they donated the money collected to New Beginnings—A Home for Mothers, a WELS-affiliated ministry that provides housing, parenting resources, and a caring Christian environment for mothers as they raise their children.

“Sometimes kids think that they can’t share their faith like God tells them to because they’re just kids,” says Ella. “But we shouldn’t let anyone look down on us because we’re young. Bookworms Baking is my way of showing my light and sharing my faith with the world.”

WELS Youth Night

WELS Youth Night logo
Teens and youth leaders at the WELS International Youth Rally got their first look at a new program for teen ministry—WELS Youth Night. “God created us to be in community with each other. We belong to him. We belong together. That is the idea of WELS Youth Night—to bring teens and youth leaders from area churches . . . together,” says Donn Dobberstein, director of WELS Discipleship.

Check out these articles from the August issue:

Please explain: If I worry, am I doubting God?

Please Explain Two Men sitting in Stairwell
Are you doubting God if you worry? Possibly not. But also, maybe, yes. So it’s a good question to ask and a wise one for us to dig into a little deeper. First, let’s identify what you mean by worry. When you say, “I’m worried about my health, finances, grandchildren, . . .

Different, not done

man carrying old books
I reached up to the top bookshelf and pulled down volume 11 of The History of Civilization, authored by Will and Ariel Durant. The Durants have a knack for making history come alive, so I have read their comprehensive set of histories many times. But I haven’t read it . . .

Q&A: How can my mother and I forgive my father for being unfaithful and causing my parents to divorce?

Q&A: How can my mother and I forgive my father for being unfaithful and causing my parents to divorce?
Thank you for reaching out. I am so sorry to hear what you are going through. May God hold you in the palm of his hand. In your note, you touched on a number of difficult questions about forgiveness: How should my mother forgive my father if she doubts that his . . .

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