In the third century, St. Cyprian showed the Christians in Carthage a “more excellent way” (1 Cor. 12:31): the way of faith, hope and love in Christ. When a terrible plague killed thousands, St. Cyprian urged his followers to care for the sick and bury the dead, no matter whether they were believers or not. Many people became Christian due to these acts of mercy.
The July 2023 issue tells the story of two mercy projects that are impacting people today:
- College students spent spring break learning about the Synod’s Lutheran Early Response Team program and serving victims of Hurricane Ian in Fort Myers, Fla.
- LCMS missionaries in Belize started English-as-a-Second-Language classes to help adult students improve their English-language skills — and thus potentially to seek out better jobs — and to hear the Gospel message.