The tremendous outpouring of support for our "Fifty in 50" initiative directs me right to Ephesians 3:20-21, "Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine ... to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus ... for ever and ever!
Our 50 in Fifty campaign ran from Sept. 12 - Oct. 31, 2018. Fifty days of support for students, specifically by providing Financial Aid for next school year. During that time, God blessed us with $51,512 in gifts, surpassing our goal of $50,000! With the double blessing of the $50,000 match, your support means over $100,000 is now available to aid our students and families for the 2019-20 school year.
Thank you for showing your love and support for ALA students. We love sharing the Gospel and seeing God work in the lives of our kids. We are grateful for your partnership in this work.
Join me in thanking and praising our gracious God for the wonderful blessings he keeps showering on our ministry.
To God be the glory!
Serving our Savior,
Director of Mission Advancement
“50 in Fifty” is raising funds for ALA Tuition Assistance and helps pave the way for more students to join our ALA family.
I recently talked with ALA alumnus, JD Uhlhorn (class of 2012). He is in his 3rd year at Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary as he studies for full-time ministry as a WELS pastor. He shared his thoughts about how he felt loved, supported, and encouraged during his years at ALA.
Q: Introduce yourself and tell me how God is using you today.
A: My name is Jordan Uhlhorn, most people know me as JD. I was born and raised in Arizona and loved my time in grade school and high school, but now I am a bit far from home. I currently live in Verona, Wisconsin where I have the privilege to serve as a vicar at Resurrection Lutheran Church. Now that I've been here for about two months, it's starting to feel like home! As a vicar, I have a full year to learn from a pastor and get hands-on experience in the mission field. Working with people has always made me excited to become a pastor. There are so many opportunities to positively impact someone — Bible studies, home visits, hospital visits, worship services, talking after the service, teaching Catechism classes, playing games at the church picnic, the list goes on. I love to serve God and serve others!
Q: What were some of the valuable things you experienced personally while at ALA?
A: ALA helped me grow in so many ways. I enjoyed playing and progressing in cross country, basketball, and track. I started out as a freshman talking to just a few people without branching out and ended up as a senior who wanted to talk to everybody and know their name. My teachers helped me to excel and find passion in my work. The difference in me from when I started to when I graduated was substantial and I'm thankful to be a part of ALA's mission.
Q: What part of your ALA education helped you grow in your faith?
A: It might be obvious, but the religion classes helped me grow in faith. You could have an open and honest conversation about any topic and ask the teachers hard questions, knowing that their response would be rooted in God's Word.
Q: Were there ALA people who helped influence you to study for the ministry?
A: Pastor Bode gave me the nudge to seriously consider going into the public ministry and serving as a Pastor. I didn't decide until halfway through senior year that I was going to go to Martin Luther College and pursue that dream, but I really have him to thank for putting the thought in my mind.
Q: Share what you loved about your ALA experience?
A: The best part about ALA is definitely the connections you make during your time there. The friends that you keep up with years down the road, the teachers that you're excited to see again and catch up with, all of these are incredible blessings.
Q: Is there anything else about the ALA experience that was important in your faith journey?
A: You can't say enough about the involvement in God's Word each day at ALA. Chapel, in classes, even in sports practices. It's there. It's powerful. It speaks to hearts and offers comfort that the world cannot give. My teachers, coaches and classmates helped me look at things through eyes of faith.
“50 in Fifty” is raising funds for ALA Tuition Assistance and helps pave the way for more students to join our ALA family. Please help an ALA student by prayerfully considering a gift today.
A generous supporter will match all Tuition Assistance donations up to $50,000 through October 31. Please help us reach our goal of “50 in Fifty” by making your gift today. That’s $50,000 in fifty days. Your donation will have double the impact!
Yours in Christ,
Director of Mission Advancement
P.S. All gifts though October 31 will be matched up to $50,000!
Over the course of these 50 days, we are sharing stories of how ALA has impacted students, alumni, and families:
Read Armando's Story
, a current ALA student.