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First of all, thank you for the continued effort and loving care you give by dedicating your time and talents in the work of Jesus Cares Ministries.
Secondly, we are hoping that this quarterly newsletter will connect you with others who share your passion for reaching out with the Gospel to those who have special needs. If you have a special story you would like to share or you know of someone working in a Jesus Cares Ministries program who should be recognized for what they do, please share that story with us. 
We look forward to future editions of this newsletter filled with many stories and ideas! God’s blessings to you!
Pastor Joel Gaertner
Vice President of Ministry - The Lutheran Home Association
National Director – Jesus Cares Ministries
Sharing the Gospel in Malawi, Africa
For the second consecutive year, Jesus Cares Ministries (JCM) has been called to share the message of Jesus Christ to people who have development and intellectual disabilities in Malawi, Africa.
In February, Pastor Joel Gaertner, Debra Wilbright and Connie Bixby went to Malawi to assess the current situation of Jesus Cares Ministries and WELS Kingdom Workers.

Read more about their mission.
REGISTER TODAY: National Summit on Senior and Disability Ministries on May 2-3, 2014
Experience a unique conference for congregation members and those who have an interest in senior and disability ministries. Network with industry representatives at the educational sessions, panel discussions, exhibits and an evening celebration with entertainment. Earn 4.5 continuing education (CE) credits for attending the 4 sessions.
Special Discount on JCM Program Materials
This month only, in honor of Disabilities Awareness Month, Jesus Cares Ministries is offering a special discount on a few of our programs materials.
  • Dear Christian Friend CD set, includes Old and New Testament lessons
    Discount: 10% Off
    Promotional cost: $179.10 + shipping (original cost $199)
  • Deskbell/Handbell set, 20 bells + case
    Discount: 10% Off
    Promotional cost: $160.11 + shipping (original cost $177.90)
  • Deskbell/Handbell sheet music CD
    Discount: Free shipping (that’s a 16%+ savings!)
    CD cost: $29.95
Order by March 31 to receive the discounted price! To order, contact Shari Klatt at (952) 873-4751 or
Did You Know?
Jesus Cares Ministries is a ministry of  The Lutheran Home Association. Our ministry is committed to being a place “Where the Care of the Soul is the Soul of Care.” The Lutheran Home Association has five communities throughout Minnesota and Wisconsin. Each community offers varying levels of care, from independent living to assisted living and memory care or it may cover all levels of care.
Recent JCM Programs
Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Manassas, VA - Bible Studies
Immanuel Lutheran Church, Audubon, MN - Worship at the Cross, Bible Studies
Redeemer Lutheran Church, Pierre, SD - Bible Studies
Trinity Lutheran Church, Brillion, WI - Worship at the Cross, Bible Studies, New Friends
St. Croix Lutheran High School, West St. Paul, MN - New Friends
New Friends Fellowship
New Friends is a Christian-based friendship network that connects teens and young adults with young people in the community who have special needs.
Its purpose is to build relationships by focusing on our abilities, not our disabilities, while creating a fun-filled atmosphere of 100% love and acceptance.  

The Wisconsin Lutheran College New Friends program created their own Bible bingo cards based on the theme of love for the month of February.They did it by using JCM's word picture symbols found on the "Dear Christian Friend" CDs. Our new "Dear Christian Friend" CDs have a pre-printed (PDF) Bible bingo review based on each of the 10 lessons (110 lessons total).
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