National Magazine of the Lutheran Church of Australia

Walk the Walk

October 2014

The Year 1’s at Living Waters Lutheran School in Alice Springs were most concerned…

The children had just been part of a chapel devotion following an ALWS (Australian Lutheran World Service) Awareness Day, where they’d learnt about why children in Cambodia needed help. They were really affected by the fact children had no clean water to drink, but what really got them was:

The devotion was part of the Year 1 Christian Studies unit, where they were looking at the functions of the church, and service in particular – how the Lutheran Church brings love to life.

Lots of people have no toilets with a seat … … they can’t even afford toilet paper

Inspired to action, the Year 1’s decided to do a Walkathon. This fitted in perfectly with their study theme of being God’s hands and feet, which in turn was inspired by a verse from the worship song Because we bear your name:

Keep us from missing out on life
Give hands that help and single sight
And feet that walk your way
Because we bear your name.
(John Kleinig)

Supported by their buddies in Year 5, the Year 1s became lively advocates for the poor to their families and community. Together they raised an amazing $2915.

Living Waters has 330 students from Transition to Year 6. They are made up of 24 different nationalities, from all five continents of the world, now learning together in Australia’s Red Centre.

This cultural mix means the school is fortunate to have Ingeburg Dell’Antonio as their Coordinator of Spirituality.Ingeburg was born in Zambia, and is the product of five different cultural backgrounds. In recent years she travelled to Rwanda as a volunteer, visiting schools, kindergartens and catch-up centres, and working with teachers, aid workers, volunteers, orphans and former street children.

Ingeburg says, ‘Rwanda was a powerful eye opener, seeing ordinary people be God’s hands and feet and doing…