josiahGiven the conditions we face as a struggling church in today’s “wintry economic climate,” seminarians often feel left at the very bottom of the ladder or at the very back of the stove as a last priority. I would like to express my overwhelming gratitude for the incredible support I have received from the Upstate New York Synod. The synod makes me feel like an important individual who is heard and understood and my needs (which at times feel great) have been met. Because my family is in poverty, I would not be able to make it through seminary without this support. So, from the bottom of my heart, thank you!

Josiah Armstrong, student at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia