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Why Your College Student Needs a Campus Ministry

 

Campus Connect Helps You Do It

Campus ministries are currently connected to 8 different universities in the state of Michigan and many more nationwide. Not only do they reach out to the many international students who study in the US, they are also a valuable resource for our own students experiencing life on their own for the first time. Now there's an easy, online tool to help you find the campus ministry closest to your son or daugher: Campus Connect 

Campus Connect was developed by our Michigan District of the Lutheran Church-- Missouri Synod. In just a few minutes you can find a nearby campus ministry and, if you'd like, invite the pastor from that campus ministry to contact him or her. (If there is no campus ministry nearby, they will be connected with the closest LCMS congregation.)

Please pray for our college-bound young people and help them get plugged into a congregation or campus ministry.

 

2019 LCMS Synod Convention Approaching

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The 67th regular convention of the Lutheran Church-- Missouri Synod is quickly approaching. Pastoral and lay delegates from across the country will gather on July 20-25 in Tampa, Florida, to conduct elections, hear reports on the work of our synod here in the US and around the world, and discuss the business of our synod. Learn more about the business that will be coming before the convention through the synod's website, www.LCMS.org/Convention, and through the Reporter, the official publication of the LCMS. 

Please be praying for the work of the floor committees and the many others who have been hard at work for months taking care of the many preparations required. Please pray, as well, for the delegates-- that they will travel safely to and from Tampa and for wisdom as they participate. Be sure to also give thanks to God that, even as we struggle to know and do what is most pleasing to Him, He has given us the victory in Jesus Christ.

Review the Missionaries

We are privileged to be able to support the mission of sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ, both here at home, and also around the world through our Lutheran Church‚ÄĒ Missouri Synod and other Lutheran ministries.

We rejoice that we have had the opportunity to help provide support for Pastor Todd Roeske at the Alaska Mission for Christ. Now that he and his family have left the mission field, we are excited to consider which other Michigan missionary we might help support. 

Please take time between now and Sunday, May 5‚Äď our Stewardship Commitment Celebration Sunday‚ÄĒ to pray for all of them and for their work. Please also consider which we, as a congregation, will commit to supporting for the coming year.¬†

It is always worth pointing out that it is your offerings that make this support possible. Thank you!

Yours in Christ,

Pastor Stolarczyk

2nd Sunday of Easter, 2019

Alyssa Anders

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Position: EFL Teacher and Church Support worker

Home Congregation: Christ Our Savior, Livonia

Alyssa Anders currently serves in St. Petersburg, Russia. She works with the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Ingria (an LCMS partner church) enabling them with English as a Second Language skills.

View the LCMS missionary page for Alyssa Anders: https://www.lcms.org/anders

 

 

Rev. David & Joyce Erber

Serving in: Gambia, Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria, and Sierra Leonenull

Position: Area Facilitator for English-speaking West Africa

Home Congregation: Trinity, Jackson

Rev. David and Joyce Erber serve the Lord as missionaries in Africa, based in Accra, Ghana, West Africa. As a theological educator, David provides special training opportunities for Ghanaian and Nigerian pastors. Presently, he is working with a team of senior pastors in Ghana to develop a training program for men who are already employed but have time during the week and on weekends to study and serve as pastors. David also works with a group of Nigerian pastors who are conducting research in evangelism in their local communities. Joyce serves as the business manager for the Africa region. She is responsible for managing the financial and accounting dynamics for 30 LCMS missionaries and 82 mission projects in Africa.

View the LCMS missionary page for the Erbers by going to www.LCMS.org and searching for ‚ÄúErber‚ÄĚ

 

 

Rev. Roger and Amy James

Serving in: Philippinesnull

Position: Theological Educator

Home Congregation: Zion, Marshall

Rev. Roger and Amy James serve the Lord through The Lutheran Church‚ÄĒMissouri Synod (LCMS) in the Philippines, where Roger serves as a theological educator at the Lutheran Theological Seminary and Training Center (LTS) in Baguio City. This institution is the seminary of LCMS‚Äô sister church the Lutheran Church in the Philippines (LCP) and welcomes students from other Lutheran churches in Asia. In his work at the seminary, Roger supplements the work of the Filipino faculty in raising up new pastors and helps to provide continuing education for current LCP pastors.

View the LCMS missionary page for Rev. Roger and Amy James at www.LCMS.org/jamesfamily

 

 

Dr. Jim and Susan Kaiser

Serving in: Ethiopianull

Position: Jim serves as a translation consultant with projects in five languages. 

Home Congregation: St. Peter, Macomb

Missionaries Dr. Jim and Susan Kaiser are excited to be part of a partnership between Lutheran Bible Translators and the Ethiopian Evangelical Church. This church is Mekane Yesus (EECMY), which is the largest Lutheran church in Africa. They are helping make the Good News of God’s Word available to the people of Ethiopia in their heart languages.

Read their bio at www.LBT.org/project/jim-susan-kaiser/

 

 

Nora Léon

Serving in: Haitinull

Position: President of Caribbean Children's Foundation

Home Congregation: Holy Cross, Jenison

Nora Léon, Executive Director of Caribbean Children’s Foundation, lives and works in Les Cayes, Haiti for several months each year.

Nora established the Caribbean Children’s Foundation in 2003 with the initial purpose of obtaining sponsorships for children living in orphanages of the Caribbean. Their outreach has grown due to additional needs that have come to their attention. CCF now works to obtain sponsors for the education of children and young adults and to obtain medical care for critically ill children. They are also working in a remote community to construct a school, an orphanage and a medical facility.

Visit the Caribbean Children’s Foundation website at www.caribbeanchildrensfoundation.org

 

 

Rev. Steven and Martha Mahlburg

Serving in: Sri Lankanull

Position: Pastor/Strategic Mission Developer

Home Congregation: Zion, Tawas City

Rev. Steven and Martha Mahlburg serve the Lord through The Lutheran Church‚ÄĒMissouri Synod (LCMS) as career missionaries in Sri Lanka. Steven seeks to build and maintain relationships with the Ceylon Evangelical Lutheran Church in Sri Lanka. He provides support for raising up pastors and grounding congregations in Lutheran doctrine and practice. He works with other LCMS personnel to provide pre-seminary training. In addition, Steven serves as a pastor at Emmanuel Lutheran Mission Church in Sri Lanka‚Äôs capital city of Colombo.

View the LCMS missionary page for the Mahlburgs at www.lcms.org/mahlburg

 

 

Rev. Larry and Tina Matro

Serving in: Papua New Guinea and Oceanianull

Position: Area Facilitator for Oceania

Home Congregation: Immanuel, Leeland

Rev. Lawrence and Tina Matro serve the Lord as missionaries in the Oceania area of the Asia region, based in Papua New Guinea. In this role, Lawrence helps to develop and implement a mission strategy for this area and works to establish and maintain partnerships with other regional church bodies. He also works with other LCMS missionary staff serving in Papua New Guinea and is involved in theological education at Martin Luther Seminary in Lae.

View the LCMS missionary page for the Matros at www.LCMS.org/matro

 

 

James and Christel Neuendorf

Serving in: Puerto Riconull

Position: Pastor and church planter (James) / Deaconess (Christel)

Home Congregation: St. Paul, Ann Arbor

Rev. James and Deaconess Christel Neuendorf serve the Lord through The Lutheran Church‚ÄĒMissouri Synod (LCMS) as missionaries in Puerto Rico.¬†

James serves as a church planter and pastor in the city of Ponce, establishing a Lutheran presence which will meet the physical and spiritual needs of the community. He engages daily with community members to share in their lives and to bring them into the life-giving presence of Jesus in Word and Sacrament. He is also working to train local leaders, well-grounded laity, and future pastors who will be able to continue to spread the Gospel.

As a deaconess, Christel coordinates the long-term disaster relief efforts at the mission‚Äôs ‚Äúmercy houses‚ÄĚ where they offer food, water and other basic necessities to people affected by the hurricane.¬†

View the LCMS missionary page for the Neuendorf at www.LCMS.org/neuendorf

 

Rev. Chuck and Karen Tessaro

Serving in: Nigerianull

Position: Translation Consultant with Lutheran Bible Translators

Home Congregation: Redeemer, Fremont

Missionaries Rev. Chuck and Karen Tessaro first set foot in Nigeria in 1985. Since then, they’ve been helping to get God’s Word out. They have been doing this by getting the Word into people’s hands and hearts by working with local people to successfully translate the New Testament into the Eleme language. They serve with multiple local translation teams including the Old Testament teams for the Yala, Kukele and Gokana languages.

Learn more about the Tessaro and their work at www.LBT.org/project/missionaries-chuck-and-karen-tessaro/

 

 

Caitlin Worden de Ramirez

Serving in: Dominican Republicnull

Position: Deaconess mentor

Home Congregation: Salem, Coloma

Deaconess Caitlin Worden de Ram√≠rez serves the Lord through The Lutheran Church‚ÄĒMissouri Synod (LCMS) as a deaconess missionary in Santiago de los Caballeros, Dominican Republic. She serves as mentor for the formation of Dominican deaconesses; works alongside the seminary in the Dominican Republic to train them on a congregational level; supports the work of the mercy houses in this country; and seeks to strengthen the relationships between them and the congregations. She also works with the program Amigos de Jesus, ‚ÄúFriends of Jesus,‚ÄĚ which is a disabilities outreach ministry. In addition, Caitlin supports the women and youth of missionary families in this country through emotional and spiritual care.

Check out Caitlin’s LCMS missionary page at www.LCMS.org/ramirez

 

 

Becky Grossman

Serving in: Liberianull

Position: Lutheran Bible Translators

Home Congregation: 

Becky began serving with LBT in 1985 as an assistant to the language program manager in Liberia, West Africa. She then became the manager for a short time before being assigned as translation advisor to the Bandi people of Liberia in 1989. The civil war in Liberia delayed the project several times as Becky evacuated for lengthy periods. However, she was eventually able to return to Liberia and the translation was completed in 1996. After several years in the U.S., Becky’s LBT service resumed in July 2012. She is currently involved with various translation projects in Liberia, particularly for the Gola, Dan, and Maan people. Becky assists translators via internet communications and teleconferencing, with periodic in-person visits to Liberia.

Learn more about Becky and her work at www.LBT.org/project/becky-grossmann/

 

 

What Are We Asking of You?

Please join us in praying for these missionaries; for the work of countless other men and women working to serve people and spread the gospel; and the 38 partner churches that our Lutheran Church‚ÄĒMissouri Synod is in fellowship with around the world.

Please also prayerfully consider which of these missionaries we as a congregation will commit to supporting for the coming year.

Finally, we also ask that you prayerfully consider your giving for the coming year. It is your offerings that enable us to support mission work like this, both here at home and around the world. Please consider what level of giving you are able to commit to for July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020, in preparation for our Stewardship Commitment Celebration Sunday on May 5. 

Thank you for your partnership in the Gospel!

Meet a Michigan Missionary (4/7)

Help Decide Which Michigan Missionary St. Paul will Support

Did you know that your offerings make it possible for us to support a tremendous amount of mission work locally and around the world? You have an impact on the lives of nearly 200 children through our day school. A portion of your offerings also goes to support the ministry of Concordia University, Ann Arbor, and Valley Lutheran High School. In addition, your offerings also enable us to help support a missionary from Michigan serving somewhere around the world. 

For the past several years St. Paul has supported Pastor Todd Roeske, who was the Coordinator of Ministry for Alaska Mission for Christ. Pastor Roeske has recently accepted a call to a congregation and is leaving the mission field. We are thankful for the lives he has touched during his service and pray God's blessing on his new field of service. That also places an interesting decision before us. Which missionary from Michigan will St. Paul now support?

Over the next several weeks we'll highlight a list of Michigan missionaries currently serving around the world. We'll highlight the way they're using their unique gifts in service to God. Then, as part of our Stewardship Commitment Celebration Sunday on May 5, we, as a congregation, will select one to support. 

Missionary #7: Rev. Larry and Tina Matro

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Rev. Lawrence and Tina Matro serve the Lord as missionaries in the Oceania area of the Asia region, based in Papua New Guinea. In this role, Lawrence helps to develop and implement a mission strategy for this area and works to establish and maintain partnerships with other regional church bodies. He also works with other LCMS missionary staff serving in Papua New Guinea and is involved in theological education at Martin Luther Seminary in Lae.

Missionary #8: Rev. James & Deaconess Christel Neuendorf

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Rev. James and Deaconess Christel Neuendorf serve the Lord through The Lutheran Church‚ÄĒMissouri Synod (LCMS) as missionaries in Puerto Rico. Both have served as missionaries in this region since 2008, based in Panama and then in the Dominican Republic.

James serves as a church planter and pastor in the city of Ponce, Puerto Rico. His focus is to establish a strong Lutheran presence in this city which will boldly proclaim the Gospel and meet the physical and spiritual needs of a community that is hungry for the Gospel and for hope. As pastor, James engages daily with Ponce community members to share in their lives and to bring them into the life-giving presence of Jesus in Word and Sacrament. He is also working to create a generation of local leaders and well-grounded laity and future pastors who will be able to continue to spread the Gospel throughout Puerto Rico, around the Latin America region, and the world.

As a deaconess, Christel is involved in the long-term disaster relief efforts at the mission’s various Casa de Amparo y Respuesta al Desastre (House of Refuge and Disaster Response) mercy houses. From these places, LCMS missionaries and Puerto Rican Lutherans offer food, water and other basic necessities to community members affected by the hurricane. She is also engaged in assessing needs in the community and coordinating efforts to meet those needs as a congregation and mission.

What Are We Asking of You?

Pray for Rev. Larry & Tina Matro and for Rev. James & Deaconess Christel Neuendorf

Please make time this week to pray for them.

Pray for the seminarians that Pastor Matro is teaching, that God would keep them faithful in their confession and diligent in their studies. Pray also that the Gutnius Lutheran Church encourages and receives these men as vicars and pastors and are blessed by what they can and will do among them when they preach and teach the Gospel of Jesus Christ!

Pray for the Pastor James & Deaconess Christel Neuendorf as they learn about the people that they are serving and among whom they are beginning to form the base from which the mission will continue to expand. 

Consider who St. Paul Should Support

Please take the time to read through the information about each unique ministry and give thought to which one St. Paul should support. Beyond the general intent to support a missionary from the state of Michigan (all of the ones we present will fit that bill), the specific criteria are entirely up to you.

Meet a Michigan Missionary (3/31)

Help Decide Which Michigan Missionary St. Paul will Support

Did you know that your offerings make it possible for us to support a tremendous amount of mission work locally and around the world? You have an impact on the lives of nearly 200 children through our day school. A portion of your offerings also goes to support the ministry of Concordia University, Ann Arbor, and Valley Lutheran High School. In addition, your offerings also enable us to help support a missionary from Michigan serving somewhere around the world. 

For the past several years St. Paul has supported Pastor Todd Roeske, who was the Coordinator of Ministry for Alaska Mission for Christ. Pastor Roeske has recently accepted a call to a congregation and is leaving the mission field. We are thankful for the lives he has touched during his service and pray God's blessing on his new field of service. That also places an interesting decision before us. Which missionary from Michigan will St. Paul now support?

Over the next several weeks we'll highlight a list of Michigan missionaries currently serving around the world. We'll highlight the way they're using their unique gifts in service to God. Then, as part of our Stewardship Commitment Celebration Sunday on May 5, we, as a congregation, will select one to support. 

Missionary #5: Nora Léon

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(Nora with her husband Gerson)

Nora is the founder and executive director of Caribbean Children's Foundation, a 501(c) (3) tax-deductible organization formed in 2003 with the initial purpose of obtaining sponsorships for children living in orphanages of the Caribbean. Since that time their outreach has grown due to additional needs that have come to their attention. CCF now works to obtain sponsors for the education of children and young adults and to obtain medical care for critically ill children.  They are also working in a remote community to construct a school, an orphanage and a medical facility. 

 

Missionary #6: Rev. Steven & Martha Mahlburg

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Rev. Steven and Martha¬†Mahlburg serve the Lord¬†through The Lutheran¬†Church‚ÄĒMissouri¬†Synod (LCMS) as career¬†missionaries in Sri Lanka.¬†Steven seeks to build and maintain relationships with the Ceylon Evangelical Lutheran Church¬†in Sri Lanka. He provides support for raising up pastors and grounding congregations in¬†Lutheran doctrine and practice. He works with other LCMS personnel to provide pre-seminary¬†training. In addition, Steven serves as a pastor at Emmanuel Lutheran Mission Church in Sri¬†Lanka‚Äôs capital city of Colombo.

 

What Are We Asking of You?

Pray for Nora Léon and for Dr. Jim & Susan Kaiser

Please make time this week to pray for them.

Pray for Nora's continued work in Haiti. Ask God to provide the resources needed to ease the suffering of the people there, especially as they expand their ministry to provide a school, orphanage, and medical facility for some of the poorest among them.

Pray for the Mahlburg family as they serve in Sri Lanka. Ask God to give them wisdom, comfort and support as they transition to life in South Asia. Pray for open doors and hearts in Sri Lanka that many more would hear the Gospel of Jesus Christ, believe and join the Body of Christ through the waters of Holy Baptism.

Consider who St. Paul Should Support

Please take the time to read through the information about each unique ministry and give thought to which one St. Paul should support. Beyond the general intent to support a missionary from the state of Michigan (all of the ones we present will fit that bill), the specific criteria are entirely up to you.

Meet a Michigan Missionary (3/24)

Help Decide Which Michigan Missionary St. Paul will Support

Did you know that your offerings make it possible for us to support a tremendous amount of mission work locally and around the world? You have an impact on the lives of nearly 200 children through our day school. A portion of your offerings also goes to support the ministry of Concordia University, Ann Arbor, and Valley Lutheran High School. In addition, your offerings also enable us to help support a missionary from Michigan serving somewhere around the world. 

For the past several years St. Paul has supported Pastor Todd Roeske, who was the Coordinator of Ministry for Alaska Mission for Christ. Pastor Roeske has recently accepted a call to a congregation and is leaving the mission field. We are thankful for the lives he has touched during his service and pray God's blessing on his new field of service. That also places an interesting decision before us. Which missionary from Michigan will St. Paul now support?

Over the next several weeks we'll highlight a list of Michigan missionaries currently serving around the world. We'll highlight the way they're using their unique gifts in service to God. Then, as part of our Stewardship Commitment Celebration Sunday on May 5, we, as a congregation, will select one to support. 

Missionary #3: Rev. Roger & Amy James

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Rev. Roger & Amy James serve the Lord through The¬†Lutheran Church‚ÄĒMissouri¬†Synod (LCMS) in the Philippines, where Roger serves as a theological educator at the¬†Lutheran Theological Seminary and Training Center (LTS) in Baguio City. This institution¬†is the seminary of LCMS‚Äô sister church the Lutheran Church in the Philippines (LCP) and¬†welcomes students from other Lutheran churches in Asia. In his work at the seminary, Roger¬†supplements the work of the Filipino faculty in raising up new pastors and helps to provide¬†continuing education for current LCP pastors.

Missionary #4: Dr. Jim & Susan Kaiser

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Dr. Jim Kaiser serves Lutheran Bible Translators as a translation consultant with projects in five languages. Jim and Susan are excited to be part of a partnership between Lutheran Bible Translators and the Ethiopian Evangelical Church.  This church is Mekane Yesus (EECMY), which is the largest Lutheran church in Africa. They are helping make the Good News of God’s Word available to the people of Ethiopia in their heart languages.

 

What Are We Asking of You?

Pray for Rev. Roger & Amy James and for Dr. Jim & Susan Kaiser

Please make time this week to pray for them.

Pray for Roger and Amy's continued safe travel and good health. Ask God to grant them wisdom and fill them with joy as they live and serve in this part of the world. Pray also for their children and grandchildren living in the United States that God protects them as they are separated from them.

Pray for Jim and Susan's continued safe travel and for peace in the regions where they serve. Ask God to grant continued wisdom as they assist with translating the books of Genesis and Luke, in particular. 

Consider who St. Paul Should Support

Please take the time to read through the information about each unique ministry and give thought to which one St. Paul should support. Beyond the general intent to support a missionary from the state of Michigan (all of the ones we present will fit that bill), the specific criteria are entirely up to you.

Meet a Michigan Missionary

Help Decide Which Michigan Missionary St. Paul will Support

Did you know that your offerings make it possible for us to support a tremendous amount of mission work locally and around the world? You have an impact on the lives of nearly 200 children through our day school. A portion of your offerings also goes to support the ministry of Concordia University, Ann Arbor, and Valley Lutheran High School. In addition, your offerings also enable us to help support a missionary from Michigan serving somewhere around the world. 

For the past several years St. Paul has supported Pastor Todd Roeske, who was the Coordinator of Ministry for Alaska Mission for Christ. Pastor Roeske has recently accepted a call to a congregation and is leaving the mission field. We are thankful for the lives he has touched during his service and pray God's blessing on his new field of service. That also places an interesting decision before us. Which missionary from Michigan will St. Paul now support?

Over the next several weeks we'll highlight a list of Michigan missionaries currently serving around the world. We'll highlight the way they're using their unique gifts in service to God. Then, as part of our Stewardship Commitment Celebration Sunday on May 5, we, as a congregation, will select one to support. 

 

Missionary #1: Alyssa Anders

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Alyssa Anders currently serves through The Lutheran Church‚ÄĒMissouri Synod (LCMS) in St. Petersburg, Russia. She works with the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Ingria (an LCMS partner church) enabling them with English as a Second Language skills. Trained as a teacher, Alyssa‚Äôs goal is to help the ministers, workers and members of this church body to better interact with other Lutherans around the world and in their country so they can work in harmony to build up the Body of Christ and spread the Gospel message. During the Soviet era, the Ingrian Church experienced persecution and many church activities were suppressed or shut down. Now parishes are slowly being re-founded and churches are opening their doors. A lot of work still needs to be done, and Russian Lutherans need support from their brothers and sisters in Christ around the globe.

 

Missionary #2: Rev David (Joyce) Erber

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Rev. David and Joyce Erber serve the Lord through The Lutheran Church‚ÄĒMissouri Synod (LCMS) as missionaries in Africa, based in Accra, Ghana, West Africa.

As a theological educator, David provides special training opportunities for Ghanaian and Nigerian pastors. Presently, he is working with a team of senior pastors in Ghana to develop a training program for men who are already employed but have time during the week and on weekends to study and serve as pastors. He is also working with a second group of pastors equipping them to serve as instructors for this same training program or to serve in other leadership capacities in the church. David also works with a group of Nigerian pastors who are conducting research in evangelism in their local communities.

Joyce serves as the business manager for the Africa region. She is responsible for managing the financial and accounting dynamics for 30 LCMS missionaries and 82 mission projects in Africa.

 

What Are We Asking of You?

Pray for Alyssa and for Rev. Erber and Joyce

Please make time this week to pray for them.

Pray for Alyssa as she serves in Russia. Ask God to help her adjust to the Russian culture. Pray God gives her peace as she learns the Russian language. Ask God to provide clear and open opportunities for Alyssa to teach and help the church in St. Petersburg. Pray God brings the right people into Alyssa’s life, individuals who can help and support her and who she can, in turn, help and support. Let us give thanks that Alyssa is serving in this part of the world.

Pray for the Erbers as they serve in Africa. Pray they are given wisdom and strength as David participates in training and equipping the next generation of pastors and leaders for the church in Ghana, and as Joyce takes care of the many financial details which enable LCMS missionaries to serve in many countries throughout Africa. Let us give thanks to God that David and Joyce continue to serve His children in this part of the world.

 

Consider who St. Paul Should Support

Please take the time to read through the information about each unique ministry and give thought to which one St. Paul should support. Beyond the general intent to support a missionary from the state of Michigan (all of the ones we present will fit that bill), the specific criteria are entirely up to you.

 

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