Africa Calling

Althea Sauer Scholarship Fund

Althea Sauer was a registered nurse and the wife of Pastor Theodore Sauer who served as missionary to Zambia. Pastor and Mrs. Sauer lived among the Zambians and saw the tremendous need for spiritual and medical care. Mrs. Sauer worked as a nurse at the Mwembezhi Lutheran Rural Health Center in the early years of the Central Africa Medical Mission (CAMM).

Friends established the Althea Sauer Scholarship upon her death in 1990. The primary purpose of the scholarship was to provide funding for the educational expenses of American nurses as they prepared to work in the medical mission clinics. Later the fund was expanded to assist African members of our sister synod, the Lutheran Church of Central Africa (LCCA), with their educational expenses while in nursing school or when attending another health professional school. These qualified Christians assist by teaching disease prevention and health practices to others in their local congregations and their neighbors at home and in the village.

The fund is currently assisting Violet Chikwatu as she continues her studies to receive her degree in Nursing. Violet is a LCCA member and is grateful for the funding to pay for her school tuition. Without this assistance, she would be unable to attend. Upon completion, the scholarship requires Violet to work for the Lutheran Mobile Clinic for 3 years.

The fund is administered by the Central Africa Medical Mission Committee, a volunteer group of WELS women appointed by the Administrative Committee for Africa and WELS Board for World Missions. Neither the Althea Sauer Scholarship nor the Central Africa Medical Mission is supported by the WELS budget.

Please consider donating to the Althea Sauer Scholarship Fund. You can directly help to prepare nurses to serve in the medical mission. Donations may be sent to Bea Punke, our CAMM treasurer. PO Box 250471 Milwaukee WI 53225.

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