“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.”   James 1:17 


When you support Brew in the Lou, Cooking for Kids and our annual LESA Christmas Card fundraiser, your generosity changes the lives of children and families. That assistance is even more crucial this year, as families struggle to overcome the medical and financial fallout of the Covid-19 crisis. In September, we were blessed to send more than $505,000 in scholarship assistance checks to our member schools – our highest amount ever. (See LESA to Award Record $505,000 in Scholarships for 2020-21 School Year)

Soon after sending those checks, we began hearing from the families who benefited from those funds. Their stories and words of thanks remind us why our mission to make Lutheran education affordable for every child is needed and valued. Read on to experience the grace of their gratitude firsthand. 

“Our family was hit hard by the pandemic, losing a lot of income – so just to have that extra support really means a lot for me and my family. My son’s smile is so bright everyday going and coming from school and that makes my heart smile as a parent. Not sure if this school year would have been possible without the assistance of LESA. May God bless you and keep you.”


“I am a single mother of two. It has been a challenge financially raising my children. However, I make sure God is implemented in our household. LESA’s assistance has lifted my spirits and a huge burden off the household.”


We have had to navigate through a very difficult year. COVID impacted not only my job, but also my husband’s job this spring. The financial assistance during this unimaginable time has helped tremendously. Please pass along our sincerest thanks to the donors and to the board. Through hard times, we are blessed.” 


“We are so very grateful for the opportunity to be part of a Christ-centered school for our kids, and it is through your generous scholarship that we are able to send our kids to a Lutheran school.  Being able to worship freely at school has impacted our boys in such a great way. We thank you for what you do and pray that God’s blessings continue to flow through this scholarship program.” 


“Thank you to the committee and really to everyone surrounding the decision to assist our family with a first time LESA grant for my three children. Without the award I do not think I would be able to afford tuition as a single parent of three struggling to make ends meet. Thankfully God provides!”


“If it wasn’t for you my children wouldn’t have been able to attend school this year, because I was laid-off due to Covid 19. Our Lutheran school has made a big difference in my family’s life – my kids really enjoy their school and the staff is excellent. Thank you so much!!!”


“I want to take the time to thank LESA for assisting my family with a scholarship. Receiving the scholarship award email was like winning the lottery. I was thrilled to tell my child I could now afford for her to go where she wanted to go.”


“The tuition assistance that LESA provides is a huge blessing to all of us. The school administration, the teachers, the curriculum, and the resources provided at our Lutheran School are second to none. And especially this school-year, allowing our children to attend school in person with their classmates, has been an added blessing to all of us.”


“Just a note of gratitude for the assistance you have given to help my grandson receive a quality education. There are not enough words to express my appreciation for your help.  The Lutheran education system invests in the lives of the children with a meaningful impact that changes the way children value who they are and can be in Christ. Once again, thank you – we couldn’t have done this without you.”


“Thank you so very much for your generous gift. It was very much needed and appreciated. It made the difference in continuing a Christian education or going to a non-Christian school, which is very important to myself and my son. Thank you again for this amazing opportunity.”


“Thank you so much for the scholarship that has made it possible for our children to receive a Christ-centered education. We are incredibly grateful for your generous support.  May the Lord continue to bless your efforts to make Him known!”


“The LESA community has been a true blessing to my family. As a single mom with no extra support, this additional scholarship came out of nowhere as I was trying to make ends meet. This is definitely a hidden blessing. LESA gave me and my family hope in knowing that there are good, caring individuals out there that are willing to bless people that are definitely in need.”


“Thankfully, God provides! One of the ways that He provided for us in this situation is through LESA.  We are eternally grateful for your assistance in allowing our son to attend a Lutheran school.  We realize every day how blessed we are!”  


“Because of this scholarship, my child has access to an excellent Christian education.  Although we are living in unpredictable times, it is very important that my daughter continued to thrive in her academics. LESA has been a blessing to me and my family by offsetting the cost of full tuition, making my daughter’s tuition affordable.  Thank you again for your generous financial support.” 


“As soon as we walked in the doors of our Lutheran school, we knew this special school was the right one for our family. However, without the aid we are receiving from the LESA Scholarship, we would not be able to send both of our children to Lutheran school. We are so grateful for your donation that greatly impacts families like ours who wish to give their children not only quality education, but quality Christ-centered education.”


“I am a single-income grandmother raising grandchildren. When I walk outside the school doors and look up at the steeple on the church, I often get choked up, and I often wonder if some of the other parents even know what an eternal impact is being made on their children’s lives.  My greatest appreciation and comfort comes in knowing that my grandchildren are learning about how much Jesus loves them, what He has done for them, and how they can live their lives following Him.”  

Thank you for making Lutheran education possible for these families and so many others. Please keep us and them in your prayers and personal giving plans in the coming months as we work to support our schools, families and communities in Christ’s name. Click here to donate now.