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Harvala Speaks to Convention

Rev. Larry Harvala is a former President of the North Dakota District and one of those interchangeable parts we talk about that cross between Minnesota North and North Dakota Districts and contribute to our life together.

In his address to the Convention Harvala talked about one of the folks who were not at the convention and that was Bill Sharpe who passed away.  We don’t do eulogies someone said, and so Harvala did not give a eulogy but a commendation to a faithful servant.  In rich and beautiful Gospel language Larry proclaimed the unity of the church and the power of the Holy Spirit to enhance our life together even when we sometimes “step on each other’s toes”.  Toe stepping does not have to be damaging when our feet are “equipped with the Gospel of peace.” (Ephesians 6). Brothers and sisters in the family of God exist in spaces that overlap with one another and cause toe stepping  to happen.  The fact that we are “in Christ” removes the pain.  Folks working together is offices and working on projects can sometimes step on one another toes.  Bill made the work easy and fun and kept the toe stepping to a minimum. He is missed to this day and folks are still truing to figure out all the things he did that will need to be duplicated.

Larry gave a wonderful commendation to a fellow servant that was much appreciated and heart felt.  Thank you.

Bill Sharpe has been memorialized by Resolution 2-07.  All funds given in support of Project 24 – Christ’s Care for Children – Kenya be given in his memory.

You can read more about Bill in the blog from April 11, 2017







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Project 24 and Eager Intent.

IMG_2422We received pictures of work being done at the Lenkishon site which is on Massai land south of Nairobi and a joint project of the North Dakota and Minnesota North Districts of the LCMS and the Office of International Missions.  This picture shows Maasai men working on the foundation.  It is interesting to see these men away from their herds which is their main way of life.

Shauen Trump, Area Director, for East and Southern Africa sent a note thanking Minnesota North and North Dakota for making this “eager intent and on- the -ground reality”.

Eager intent.  I like that because from 2005 until the present day eager intent describes the work of the original Project 24 guys from Minnesota and North Dakota.  They were Roger Weinlaeder, Ed Bean, Bob Wurl,  Bill Sharpe, and Kurt Daubt and they were later joined by Mark Hatloy.

Their intent was to raise funds for “rescue centers” to care for and educate orphans in connection with a church and a school.  There have been many ups and downs over the years.  Different views of standards for a “boarding school”, changes in the church in Kenya, misunderstandings of “ownership”, meddling by some outsiders and other issues that develop from life in a fallen world have caused some problems that are now being resolved.

The eager intent was to help orphans, and there is still some discussion as to the appropriateness of that word.  Some Pastors in Kenya that I have talked with, say that they will never call a child an orphan because they believe it is pejorative.  Other have said that some tribes in Kenya believe that if one of your parents is dead you are considered a orphan.  The best way to describe what the Project 24 guys are trying to do is build a safe place for at risk Kenyan children so that they can be educated and taught the Gospel.

There is a great push for theological education in our partner churches and that is a wonderful thing.  The problem is that you have to have students that have been educated before they can go to seminary.  Project 24 seeks to deal with that by helping young people get a Christian education.

We are working on updating our website and other aspects of the way we get out information.  You can find a lot of information at the LCMS website – simply put Project 24 in the search box and watch what pops up.

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Minot Update

Water near St. Marks LCMS


Got this last night from Bill Sharpe who hopefully will blog about his experiences when he gets a chance.

“Disasters are a quickly changing environment. But, here is what I think I know.

 The two pictures were taken last Saturday afternoon near the time of the crest at St Mark Minot. The first picture shows the parking lot of St Mark, Minot. The second is looking eastward down 4th St from St Mark. St Mark has/had water in its basement. In anticipation of a much higher crest, many of the building’s content were removed.

 St Paul and Our Savior were not threatened by flood waters.

 Rev Daryl and Peggy Rothchild definitely have water in their home. I am not sure they have been able to see or assess the damages. But, their home is in an area that has a LOT of water.

 My best estimate right now based on congregational assessments is that 150+ LCMS families have been affected by high water in Bismarck and Minot. This number will probably grow as congregations “find” members who have been evacuated.

 There are many families in rural areas who continue to battle high ground water levels or standing water. They are sometimes forgotten as news coverage highlights areas with high concentrations of people. Most counties in ND have been declared a disaster area by someone.

 Our Savior’s child care center is operating using trucked in water and porta potties. St Paul is hosting two local child care centers in their building. I was told yesterday that St Paul has one operating toilet.

 Staff from LCMS Human Care and World Relief have visited both Bismarck and Minot. They have already allocated funds to congregations to help them meet immediate needs of members.

 Clean up crews will definitely be needed at a later date. This would be a good time to train clean up teams and gather supplies. If you or your congregation would like to help, please let me know. Since the waters remain high, there is not an immediate need for volunteers. The people of Minot are still experiencing a disaster. They are not to a recovery phase yet.

 I also caution against in-gatherings of items unless you have spoken directly to someone in the affected area who can use the items being donated.Cash contributions can be sent to the ND District and designated for flood relief. We will use them throughout the district as we work with those affected and identify needs.

 William L. Sharpe

ND District LC-MS  701- 361-0867

I would also suggest that donations can be given to LCMS World Relief and Human Care.  There is a give now button at

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