Pigs with a Purpose Highlight

Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd is our Pigs with a Purpose highlight pig this week. See a note from their pastoral assistant below about the meaning behind the illustration.


Pig with a Purpose

At last!  Our pig was finally delivered by Pastor Carlson from the Synod office in Iowa City as it was too big and heavy to ship.  Thanks to Lakisha Aller for her wonderful artwork, painting the pig and portraying his meaning—to collect funds for World Hunger.  He is displayed in the Narthex and if you look closely, Lakisha has captured the full meaning of this mission.  You will note a world map centered by loaves and fishes and on the left a fork with the handle being the word ”fighting” and on the right a knife “world” and the spoon “hunger”.  The colors are beautiful.  I had asked for suggestions for name for our pig and didn’t get much response but then I recalled what is probably my favorite gospel passage, Matthew 25:37-40.  “For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me” so I have taken the liberty to name our pig Matthew.  He is joined by his little sister, Matilda (she’s pink with white polka dots), a plush bank in which you may drop your bills and coins or you may use your offering or pew envelope at church services.  The bishop’s office has hopes that each pig will bring to this mission at least $500.00.  Knowing Good Shepherd people and their desire to feed the hungry I am projecting we will offer more than that.  Matthew and Matilda will be on display until just before May 19th when the funds will be taken to the Synod Assembly on May 19th and 20th at Lutheran Church of Hope in West Des Moines.  On behalf of the hungry people around the world we thank you.  Thanks again to Lakisha for the great job.

Sara Downs, Pastoral Assistant


Check back next week for another Pigs with a Purpose highlight!