At our 2015 Synod Assembly in June, the Northeastern Iowa Synod celebrated the successful completion of our participation in the ELCA Malaria Campaign, where we far surpassed our goal of raising $250,000, and gave a whopping total of $474,660.22.

It’s clear the people of the Northeastern Iowa Synod are generous and have a heart to help those in need. So what’s next?

During the Synod Assembly, the Northeastern Iowa Synod Hunger Network introduced their new mascot, Kevin Bacon.   Kevin is a friendly pig who represents the ELCA World Hunger Program, “God’s Global Barnyard,” where you can help a family by providing chicks, bees, pigs, goats, even cows or shares of cows and oxen.

Just $30 can provide a piglet to a family in need.  Pigs help fertilize fields, provide food to eat, as well as be sold at market for much needed income.

Congregations can order these piggy banks for members and invite them to contribute during the year.  This can be a good Lenten or even Advent project.  If you would like to invite Kevin Bacon to come to your congregation so that members can feed him what they have saved up in their piggy banks, call Mark Anderson in the Synod Office to make arrangements.

You can also bring your little piggies to feed Kevin at the 2016 Synod Assembly.

(You could also collect all the money and send a check to the Synod earmarked for World Hunger if that’s easiest)

Whatever you do with your piggies, you are invited to share on social media with the hashtag #NEISYKB

Order your piggy banks from ELCA Good Gifts.

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About The Rev. Dr. Joelle Colville-Hanson

The Rev. Dr. Joelle Colville-Hanson has been Director for Evangelical Mission, ELCA for the Northeastern Iowa Synod since late 2013. Part of her job description is to help leaders and congregations use social media and other digital means for outreach and mission. She writes and edits this blog as well as runs the social media accounts for the synod.

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