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At Higher Things conferences each summer, we worship, we work, and we play. We receive the Gifts given to us, we grow as Christians in the study of His word, and we rejoice in fellowship with fellow Christians from across the country (and beyond!). This year, we will have the opportunity to extend the love that Christ has given to us by His death and resurrection to our fellow man in their time of need.

This summer, during each week of Coram Deo, conference attendees will have several opportunities to assemble Personal Care Kits for Lutheran World Relief. These kits provide a small bit of comfort to people in areas affected by disaster or turmoil.

Over the next few weeks leading up to this year’s Coram Deo conferences, we need to gather the items need for the kits. Here is what we need to collect for each kit:

  • One bath-size towel (approx. 52″ X 27″), dark color recommended
  • Two bath-size bars (4 to 5 oz.) of soap, any brand, in original wrapping
  • One adult-size toothbrush in its original packaging
  • One sturdy comb, remove packaging
  • One metal nail clippers, remove packaging

LWR has made the following requests about the items donated so that kit distribution is safe and fair to all recipients:

  • Please give new items only, except where noted otherwise.
  • Please do not donate items with any religious symbols, messages or with your congregation’s name
  • Please do not donate any items decorated with a U.S. flag, patriotic or military symbols, or references to the armed forces, including camouflage.

If anyone is unable to collect and ship/transport the items needed, but still would like to help with this service project, you are welcome to make a monetary donation for kit items to be purchased at each location or to go toward the shipping fund to send the complete kits to LWR. Please send checks made out to Higher Things and designated for this purpose to:

Higher Things – Coram Deo Service Project
P.O. Box 155
Holt, MO 64048

Please contact Erin Stephens ( to let us know what supplies we may expect and to request shipping addresses for donated supplies.

“In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we have loved God but that He loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.” – 1 John 4:9-11

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