“…I got the chance to see how the type of ministries that LCEF helps grow can serve communities and change lives,” wrote Emily Frick, Trinity Lutheran Church, Athens, Wisconsin.
One of six 2018 Lutheran Church Extension Fund (LCEF) North Wisconsin District awards, Emily is the recipient of a $1,000 scholarship. A member of Trinity, she is also a student at Concordia University Wisconsin, Mequon. In college, Emily has been active in youth ministry as well as small and large group Bible studies. She is pursuing a major in rehabilitation science (PT.) Her parents are Dean and Deborah Frick.
“…she’s personable, smart, articulate, caring, responsible, funny, knowledgeable, a team player and unique. She has been very successful…because she never quits,” wrote Rhonda Stange, Athens High School social studies teacher.
In her scholarship essay, Emily wrote about how she started investing in LCEF at a young age at Trinity Lutheran School. LCEF advocate and Trinity member, Dee Strack, helped students learn the first steps of saving and good stewardship through LCEF’s Young Investors (Y.I.) Stamp program. LCEF investors, young and old, help provide loan funds for Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod ministries. Investors earn interest on their investments and help others learn about Jesus.
“In elementary school, Wednesday was the day… I would take my dollar up to the friendly lady sitting behind the [stamp] table, she’d look through her box to find my book, hand me my [stamp,] and I got to stick it in my book, all by myself…. When I asked where my money was going, the simple answer was, ‘It’s being used to help build churches,’ but now I realize it did so much more than that.
This past summer, I got the chance to see how the type of ministries that LCEF helps grow can serve communities and change lives. In August of 2017, I served as a Junior Counselor at Camp Luther, in Wisconsin. My experience there truly did change my life and I met so many people during those two weeks that received the same blessing from camp. I gained a new perspective on the joy of serving the church and the people in it. I saw campers and other Junior Counselors diving into the Word of God, full of curiosity and so many questions, so much so that we missed an activity period. I gained relationships with people who have such strong faith and trust in God that they challenged me to grow closer to God, myself.”
In her letter of recommendation for Emily, Trinity Youth Leader Judy Weise wrote,
“I have the joy of seeing Emily on a regular basis through our church family here at Trinity. Emily’s faith is strong, and through her high school days, she shared the love of Jesus through [various mission trip opportunities over the years.] Through her high school years, Emily was active in the National Honor Society, Future Business Leaders of America, and Fellowship of Christian Athletes…. She is in front of the line when it comes to volunteering, working with children, physical work, and fundraising to support our Mission Trips.”
LCEF is blessed to provide annual district scholarships for active, faith-filled Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod students just like Emily. 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.