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'Miracle in the Desert' at Sons of Norway meeting

WINDOM -- The Sons of Norway Stavanger Lodge will host their next monthly meeting at 7 p.m. July 20 at the Cottonwood County Historical Society Museum, 812 Fourth Ave., Windom.

WINDOM - The Sons of Norway Stavanger Lodge will host their next monthly meeting at 7 p.m. July 20 at the Cottonwood County Historical Society Museum, 812 Fourth Ave., Windom.

 

The program for the evening will be Miracle in the Desert - Sunshine Acres Children’s Home. It will be presented by Karen Skarphol and her granddaughter, Grace Garthwait. The program will include a video and the presentation of her class project by Grace.

 

The project started with a desire to care for children who are hurting, and a faith that God would provide all they needed. Rev. James and Vera Dingman had spent their lives serving those forgotten by society - the sick, the poorest of the poor, migrant families and those in prison. They were grandparents with no income, 11 years of mortgage payments, no electricity and a well with a broken pump.

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For 17 years, Uncle Jim and Aunt Vera prayed for a place where they could care for homeless children. Then the answer to their prayers came in 1953, when they sold their home, and with the help of the Mesa Optimist Club, made a down payment on 125 acres of Arizona desert with a few run-down buildings. In 1954 they opened Sunshine Acres Children’s Home, which became the beginning of the Miracle in the Desert.

 

The public is cordially invited to attend this event free of charge. Informational booklets will be available.

 

The mission of the Sons of Norway is to promote, preserve and cherish a lasting appreciation for the heritage and culture of Norway and other Nordic cultures while growing soundly as a fraternal benefit society and offering maximum benefits to its members. The local Stavanger Lodge was chartered in 1974 and currently has approximately 80 members. For more information about Sons of Norway, contact Harvey Pedersen at (507) 445-3188.

 

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