Uniquely, twin brothers Garrett and Wyatt Anklam are each the recipient of a 2018 $1,000 Lutheran Church Extension Fund (LCEF) North Wisconsin District (NWD) scholarship. These are two of six 2018 scholarships to be announced for NWD students this spring.
Members of Trinity Lutheran Church, Wausau, Wisconsin, the Anklam brothers will graduate from Wisconsin Valley Lutheran High School in Mosinee this spring. In the fall, Garrett plans to attend Concordia University Wisconsin, Mequon, and Wyatt plans to attend the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire.
Garrett and Wyatt’s extended family are LCEF investors including parents, Timothy and Elizabeth Anklam, and grandparents, Charles and Carol Korn, members of St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.
The brothers were both part of their church’s servant team in the Appalachians, are excellent students academically and volunteer extensively at church and in their community.
In his letter of recommendation for Garrett, Director of Christian Education Rick Stengl wrote,
“Garrett was able to make a huge difference in the lives of people through his meaningful work [via the servant event.] As a result, he left with a deep connection to his Savior’s servant sacrifice for him personally and [was] empowered to be Christ’s hands and feet on earth.
Garrett is an excellent example to those around him. He is always putting others before himself and encouraging those who need to be lifted up. I know that he is a blessing to everyone he comes in contact with on a daily basis.”
In his letter of recommendation for Wyatt, Rev. Gary Schultz wrote,
“I have known Wyatt from his birth, I baptized him and his twin brother, Garrett, together at Trinity Lutheran Church, and that was only the beginning of Wyatt’s great journey.
There were the visitations at the children’s hospital in Milwaukee during his head surgery. Watching his spiritual and educational growth all (K-8) years at Trinity Lutheran School…. Wyatt loves to express his love for the Lord through music, and you can see this when he plays the drums during our services in Trinity’s Spiritual Life Center.
Wyatt loves his Lord, his family and the many people he touches. He has a servant heart that is always leading him to help in anyway.”
In her letter of recommendation for Garrett, Wisconsin Valley LHS Spanish and History Teacher Alissa Davies wrote the following:
“[Garrett] is diligent to his studies, a strong leader, and lives his Christian faith through his willingness to serve others. Garrett has truly grown into a leader as he progressed in his high school career… the leader of our campus praise team, PB & J, and elected the president of SPARC, Serving People and Representing Christ… his servant heart leads him to work with others outside of school, like spending a significant amount of time volunteering at the hospital. He is actively involved with a variety of Christian organizations, such as Camp Luther and many churches, where he shares his musical gifts and recruits students to youth groups. His desire to share God’s love is the impetus for him to always serve others in all that he does, and he doesn’t stop until the work is done.”
In his scholarship essay, Garrett wrote,
“LCEF has a powerful mission statement that I can relate to on a very personal level. It talks about being a ‘servant’ partner of the LCMS. I understand the importance of being a servant…. I have also seen the effects of LCEF’s serving in tangible ways.”
Garrett expressed gratitude for LCEF’s financial support at both his church and his school. “Many churches, including my home congregation, have benefited through LCEF loans. These loans allow families (like my own) to give their children a strong Christian education through the building of Lutheran schools. LCEF enables churches to equip and encourage their members.
… LCEF is committed to fulfilling its mission of sharing the Gospel of Christ through the work it does. This is evident through its help at Camp Luther. This camp has been a great spiritual influence to me and has helped my relationship with Christ grow during my time as a camper and Junior Counselor. It has also planted a seed of faith in many other children.
LCEF also helps many people by showing the importance of being stewards of their money and investing it somewhere that aids in the effort of sharing the gospel.”
In her letter of recommendation for Wyatt, Wisconsin Valley LHS Spanish and History Teacher Alissa Davies wrote the following:
“… I have witnessed Wyatt's drive for academic excellence, desire to serve others, and his love of God. …His desire for excellence in all things, from academics to the musical abilities that he shares on our campus praise team, PB & J, demonstrates his work ethic that will make him successful in his future endeavors.
While academics are important, the trait that stands out most about Wyatt is his faith and willingness to serve. He steps in to do whatever is asked of him, from cleaning up at fundraisers to helping the elderly with yard work. He has committed a considerable amount of time to serve as a [junior counselor] at Camp Luther and at the Appalachian Servant Event, where he shared his love of God with children and people with limited resources.
Last year when I took a group of students to help at a local daycare, Wyatt enjoyed this experience so much that he continued to go weekly, often encouraging other students to come with him and act as Christian role models for these little children.”
Wyatt expressed an understanding of the ministry of LCEF in his scholarship essay,
“[LCEF] provides necessary funds to people in need which, in turn, allows them to further spread the gospel. I experienced this first hand when my home church, Trinity Lutheran Church, Wausau, built a day school extension through an LCEF loan. Years later, I was blessed to attend this Christian school, and my faith and character were strengthened because of it. In turn, Christ is now using me to impact the lives of other as I live out the Gospel message in a variety of ways.
Using my talents and eventually my finances to share the Gospel message of Jesus is an influential way to be involved in the mission of LCEF….
Being involved in LCEF's mission can be achieved through the church as well as through my personal life and example. It is an honor to know that through it, I am able to serve the God of the universe.
Something I like about the LCEF mission is that it makes it known that this life is not about money, it is about serving the Lord. Through providing necessary financial loans and security, the LCEF encourages Christians to fulfill the spiritual needs of others.”
LCEF is blessed to provide annual district scholarships for active, faith-filled Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod students just like Garrett and Wyatt. The remainder of the 2018 LCEF district scholarships will be announced this spring. Follow the lcefcentral.org newsfeed for updated announcements.
Learn how you can become a partner in ministry via LCEF investments, loans and ministry support at lcef.org.