What does the gift of a tree mean? Trees absorb carbon pollution, reduce erosion, provide habitat for wildlife, create shade and cooler temperatures for humans, emit oxygen used by both wildlife and humans and play a big role in keeping the ecosystem in balance. Without trees land can quickly transform into deserts. In Tanzania, rapid deforestation and the melting of the glacier cap on Mt. Kilimanjaro is creating an environmental crisis. It is essential to replant trees now to offset the damage and provide a clean water supply to the thousands of people living on the slopes and nearby lands of Mt Kilimanjaro.
First Lutheran Church joins with the Nebraska ELCA Synod in response to the ask from our ELCT Northern Diocese partner in Tanzania for financial support in their quest to plant over 1.6 million trees a year. The ELCT Northern diocese grows the saplings in their nurseries and partners with confirmation students of local parishes for the planting.
Every U.S. dollar will provide 2 saplings. First Lutheran set a goal to provide 5,000 trees this year and we are more than halfway! Your gift of $10 will provide 20 trees, $25 will provide 50 trees, $50 will provide 100 trees and $1,000 will assure that First Lutheran provides 5,000 trees for our fellow parishes in Tanzania.
God has made us the stewards of His great creation. Each of us is responsible for caring for our Earth. How many trees will YOU plant?