The story of "Caitlyn's Kids"
Many wonderful people have offered prayers and personal financial support for the Gbarnga Lutheran Mission Project. Many Lutheran congregations also have joined in the support of the future Gbarnga Lutheran Training Center to be built outside of the city of Gbarnga in Bong County, Liberia (West Africa). And then, I am so pleased to add that the Rotary Club of the Montachusett Area guided by Michelle Gasbarro (Messiah Lutheran Church-Fitchburg, MA) and even the Rotary International District 7910 represented by Ralph Hammond have joined in the efforts to support this monumental project. However, with all this said and done, I want to introduce Caitlyn Sahlberg to our host of supporters. On May 15, 2014, I received Caitlyn’s donation of $250 along with the following letter she has allowed me to share with all. Caitlyn wrote as follows, and I quote:
Caitlyn and her mother, Amy, attended an African Dinner supporting the Gbarnga Lutheran Training Center at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church (Providence, RI) on Sunday, June 8. To the large crowd that gathered, I introduced Caitlyn and her mother and then read Caitlyn's inspiring letter. Shortly after the reading, an individual approached me and anonymously offered to triple her donation to the total of $750. He then added that he would do the same up to $5,000 matching funds for young adults who likewise would contribute to the school. “This,” he suggested, “would be a great opportunity for young people twenty years and younger to get involved as ‘Caitlyn’s Kids’ in mission and ministry.” We offer this opportunity to all young adults across the nation, whether as individuals or as group efforts. The only request is that when the contribution is mailed they also include a short letter explaining the nature of their involvement such as Caitlyn’s letter. Email us if you have any questions about how to get your funds tripled with "Caitlyn's Kids" or use our "Donate" button now.
Pastor Leon Schultz
My name is Caitlyn Sahlberg and I am a 14 year old from Massachusetts. This past Christmas I decided to collect money to give away instead of gifts. Recently I heard about the school being built in Liberia and that is where I wanted to give the money. When I grow up I would love to be a teacher and a missionary if it’s God’s will. I hope someday I will be able to go to Liberia and see the Gbarnga Lutheran Training Center, maybe even be a teacher there.
If there is anyone down in Liberia who would like to be pen pals with an American, please pass on my address.