LDA Student Spotlight

Educating and forming men and women for lives of service is what the LDA is all about. We thought our LDA community might like to get to know our students a little better. Each month we will feature the story of a deaconess or deacon student. We hope you enjoy!
Sara Manning – Boise, ID
“Let all you do be done in love.” 1Corinthians 16:14
Sara is a Deaconess Candidate, awaiting consecration and currently serves as Director of Youth, Family, and Education Ministries at Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church in Boise, ID.
How did you first hear about diaconal ministry and the LDA?
I first heard of the LDA at the 2012 ELCA National Youth Gathering in New Orleans when the Pastor who I was there with took us to see these people who were washing feet. I then learned that this Pastor was also a Deaconess (Anita Mohr) and that she knew these people we had come to see. I had my feet washed by Diane Marten and we talked about summer camp.
What is your favorite thing about the LDA?
My favorite thing about the LDA is the variety of contexts where our brothers and sisters serve, and the wealth of knowledge and support that I have seen come out of that diversity.
What is a favorite moment from your formation process so far?
I think one of my favorite moments was when I was asked to lead the foot washing session at student seminar my third year. It is one of the moments where I could recognize the growth in myself, that when I was called upon I didn’t hesitate to jump in and lead.
What are some things that bring you joy?
Family and friends, campfires, the joy of children, being creative, riding my bike, and spending time outside.
What are some of your passions?
Outdoor ministry, agriculture/farming, and playing the ukulele.
What advice would you give prospective LDA students?
Cherish the connections and people you will meet throughout your journey. Take time to connect with those in the Community (through area conference, Annual meeting, or another way) because there is so much wisdom to be shared and there are also just some great stories to hear. You never know what small world connections you might discover with someone.

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