Grandma Jan's favorite Gifts of Love

  • Niki Clark
  • Dec 20, 2022


There's nothing that Jan Markquart — whose family fondly calls Grandma Jan— loves more than watching her grandchildren make a difference in the world. Acts of service, and sharing the divine love of Christ with others, are values she and her husband Ed have spent years instilling in their family, including the youngest members.

And while these values have importance throughout the year, Christmas time has a particularly special place in Grandma Jan's heart for giving.

Sharing the love of Jesus through acts of service

"The love of Jesus Christ living within us is our primary motivation to give," she said. "That’s in our hearts. And it really pleases us for our children and grandchildren to have that divine love inside of them."

When she and Ed were younger, they participated in a church service trip with Lutheran World Relief to Haiti. At the time, they had no idea how much this one experience would feed into their faith and life for decades to come.

"We saw them doing the Lord's work," Grandma Jan said.

During that trip, she and Ed witnessed the profound power that gifts of pigs, chickens and other livestock had on community members, and how the community came together as a result.

Gifts of livestock are making profound difference in the lives of others

"People were working as hard as they could to make life better," she said. "Gifts of livestock were helping make that possible."

Grandma Jan knows that where there is a need – LWR is there.

"LWR knows where the greatest need is because they are there," she said. "It's just what LWR does. We love LWR and what they want to do for the world. It’s important for us to be part of it and be good servants to the world.


Give a gift of love today and start a tradition that will help change the world.

Niki Clark, Dec 20, 2022 email