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Family Shield Ministries Receives a Thrivent Challenge Grant   
Thrivent Financial Foundation to help national non-profit organization with ‘Engaging the Saints’ project

MINNEAPOLIS (Oct. 28, 2015) – Family Shield Ministries, St. Louis, Missouri, recently received a $10,000 two-to-one challenge grant opportunity from the Thrivent Financial Foundation. The grant is designed to support the organization’s “Engaging the Saints” campaign, an effort to increase both financial and volunteer gifts to the ministry.

To obtain the full $10,000 challenge grant, Family Shield Ministries must raise through digital donations a minimum of $20,000 from new and/or lapsed donors (those who haven’t given to the organization since Jan. 1, 2014) by Oct. 31, 2017.

“We are excited about the Thrivent challenge grant opportunity and encourage Christians to learn more, join us in prayer, and donate a gift digitally so we can strengthen and expand the ministry,” stated Kay L. Meyer, founder & president of  Family Shield Ministries and host of the weekly Family Shield radio program.

“We are delighted to assist Family Shield Ministries through this grant opportunity,” said Laurie Wilkinson, director of Church Relations at Thrivent Financial. “We trust that this funding will encourage even more people to become aware of and support the exciting ministry that is taking place at Family Shield Ministries.”

The grant is part of the foundation’s Lutheran Grant Program. This program is designed to assist Lutheran organizations and those they serve in achieving economic security and sustainability

Eligible grant applicants include: Lutheran congregations, regional divisions of the three largest church bodies, small church bodies, high schools, colleges, universities, seminaries, camps, campus ministries, social ministry organizations and other independent Lutheran organizations or institutions.

About Family Shield Ministries
Family Shield Ministries is a Recognized Service Organization of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. Its name is based on Eph. 6:16 that says, “Take up the shield of faith.” The mission is to educate and equip people, through the power of the gospel, to know Christ, grow in His Word, and strengthen individuals and their families. Ministries and services include: the weekly Family Shield radio program heard on 52 radio stations throughout the United States, educational programs and workshops on family life, spiritual growth, learning to witness, and connecting individuals to important resources. Family Shield Ministries is dedicated to encouraging and equipping people to serve and witness in their daily life. Learn more at

About the Thrivent Financial Foundation
The Thrivent Financial Foundation is a private foundation funded by Thrivent Financial. As a 501(c)(3) organization with its own board of trustees, the foundation is organized and operated exclusively for charitable, religious, scientific, literary and educational purposes and makes grants and gifts to 501(c)(3) exempt organizations. The foundation does not provide grants to individuals. To learn more about the foundation and its grant programs, visit:

About Thrivent Financial
Thrivent Financial is a financial services organization that helps Christians be wise with money and live generously. As a membership organization, it offers its nearly 2.4 million member-owners a broad range of products, services and guidance from financial representatives nationwide. For more than a century it has helped members make wise money choices that reflect their values while providing them opportunities to demonstrate their generosity where they live, work and worship. For more information, visit

Thrivent Financial is the marketing name for Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, Appleton, Wis.

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