This week at worship we celebrated “Solar Sunday” in collaboration with the Women of the ELCA and churches across the country. It was a wonderful service about light and mission. We raised funds to install solar panels at Phebe Hospital in Liberia.
In 2012, 17 members of the Women of the ELCA traveled to Liberia to visit and learn about the bold women who mobilized to end a civil war. The group visited Phebe Hospital, which was co-founded by the Lutheran Church in 1921 and is powered solely by diesel generators. Phebe faces the very real challenge of daily blackouts due to generator failure and fuel disruption. There is one natural solution: solar.
WELCA and RREAL (Rural Renewable Energy Alliance) have partnered to construct a solar array for Phebe. This sustainable, long-term solution would free up over $250,000 annually to fight illnesses like malaria and Ebola.
Thank you to everyone who contributed to the campaign on Sunday! Click here if you would like to make a donation online: https://givemn.org/project/Solar-Panels-For-Phebe-Hospital. And if you would like to learn more about Liberia, join us Wednesday, August 5 in the Fireside Room at church from 5-6:15pm for a screening of the award-winning documentary, “Pray the Devil Back to Hell”. (http://praythedevilbacktohell.com/) We hope you’ll join us!