Congratulations Marta Peterson! This spring several Lutheran Church Extension Fund (LCEF) $1,000 scholarships will be awarded in the upper Midwest districts including Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) congregations in Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota and Wisconsin. Marta is the first of three scholarship recipients from the Minnesota South (MNS) District. A member of Trinity Lone Oak Lutheran Church, Eagan, Minn., Marta is also a School of Business Administration Business Scholar earning both bachelor’s degrees in management and marketing, plus an MBA in management at Concordia University Wisconsin, Mequon, Wisc.
“She is a faithful leader among our campus ministry leaders, balancing a very academically challenging program with taking the time to serve and care for others,” wrote Rev. Steve Smith, Campus Pastor/Assistant Professor of Theology, Concordia University Wisconsin in his letter of recommendation for Marta. “Most significantly, she is a co-leader for one of our contemporary music ensembles in probably our biggest and most thriving ministry called the Haven which meets every Sunday night. Marta has also been very active in the worship life here at Concordia—involved with both traditional and “contemporary” music. She is a valued member of our Women’s Choir and she is in ensembles which regularly add to our worship life.”
Marta also serves as a student assistant for Associate Professor and School of Business Administration Program Chair Dr. Jane Bishop. In her letter of recommendation, Bishop wrote, “[Marta] coordinates several projects for me … as well as for Concordia University.” Marta also performs research studies for several majors. Her community volunteer activities include serving at the Dispensa De La Paz food pantry and spending time assisting and befriending the special needs Bethesda community at Concordia University Wisconsin.
In her scholarship application, Marta shared:
“I love the platform of LCEF… ‘Your dollars earn interest, but your true investment is in helping others spread the Good News of Jesus Christ.’ I really believe in LCEF’s Mission of ‘supporting the Church in fulfilling its mission of sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ by being a Christ-‐centered servant partner’. I love when business can be paired with missions. In my study, I like business practice and policy best when its spine is a Christian code of ethics to serve as a foundation and core for the work it does.
I love that I can be a part of this; I can continue to be an investor. For a time I placed my college savings into an LCEF savings fund as I waited and prepared for college. I find myself at an LCMS University by God’s calling and am finding the value and community I had been craving since I graduated from an LCMS K‐8 school. In my waiting, I saw the money grow as I did; it was one of my first learning experiences about why we put money away to pay for school or why we save money for the future wants and needs. As I now pursue a business degree, I remember the lessons my parents shared with me about saving carefully, tithing by giving back to the Lord, and using my money wisely and making thoughtful choices of where I spend my treasures as well as my time and talents. It is important to me that my values are found in my decisions; this organization funds the work of the church in a very practical, tangible way; and I am pleased to be able to support and further its mission.
It is an honor and a blessing for LCEF to support young, active, faith-filled leaders such as Marta. Several more students in the upper Midwest districts will also be awarded $1,000 LCEF scholarships yet this spring. Follow our newsfeed, Facebook page and Twitter for more announcements.
To learn more about LCEF loans, investing and ministry support, visit our national website, lcef.org.