40 years ago, Karen Anderson was a young woman who had grown up in Owatonna and as a member of Trinity. After graduating from college, she went on to be trained as a medical missionary. Karen then moved to Chile, where she started EPES. With the support of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Karen Anderson began her life-long grassroots effort to improve the healthcare and conditions in the poorest communities in Chile, drawing accolades from the Chilean government and internationally for their work and methods.
EPES works to build a sustainable health care organization dedicated to promoting the health, dignity and rights of poor people in Chile and throughout the region through education, empowerment and collective action. EPES works to care for and educate women about important health issues. EPES has literally changed lives in Christ’s name.
Trinity celebrates 40 years of wonderful ministry alongside of EPES. We have been blessed to have been long-time supporters of EPES, and have sent teams there to visit, connect and build relationships with those who work in this important ministry. Our goal, during the month of November, is to raise $10,000 in support for this ministry. $5,000 will come from Trinity’s Outreach budget. The remaining $5,000 will be raised from the congregation. This $10,000 will strengthen the impact of EPES’ work in the communities where they serve. And Trinity is excited to continue this partnership. There will be a table set up in the narthex between worship services if you’d like to learn more about the ministry of EPES.
During the month of November, as we give thanks to God for all of the blessings in our lives, we’ll have an opportunity to give thanks with a financial gift as well. If you would like to make a gift to support EPES and to help them celebrate 40 years of ministry, you can go to the Trinity giving page, select EPES as your gift destination, and then give securely.
Thanks be to God for the gentle nudge that sent Karen to work alongside the incredible people of Chile. Thanks be to God for EPES and its ministry, and thanks be to God for the generosity of a congregation that gives to support this important work.
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Thanks for your post about this, Pastor Todd, and thanks for your wonderful words of announcement and support during these weeks. We certainly hope we can raise awareness of this special longterm partnership and bolster EPES for the future with a special 40th Anniversary gift!