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“Freezin’ for a Reason”– Polar Plunge for Malaria

Posted on February 27, 2013 by jessicanipp

 I shivered when I read the following letter!  It came from Pastor Kevin Frey, of Trinity Lutheran Church, New Hampton Iowa.  Read it and freeze, my friends!

Pastor Kevin Frey of    Lutheran Church   ,   prepares to jump into Lake Michigan to raise funds for the ELCA Malaria Campaign

Pastor Kevin Frey of Trinity Lutheran Church, New Hampton, IA prepares to jump into Lake Michigan to raise funds for the ELCA Malaria Campaign.

“I volunteered for the Polar Plunge into Lake Michigan at Milkwaukee on New Year’s Day at noon.  I challenged our congregation to raise money for the event, and the one who gave the most could name whatever they wanted me to wear as a costume for the plunge.  Costumes as cheerleaders of favorite football teams–Vikings, Packers, Hawkeyes, Cyclones and Gophers– were popular choices.  But the high giver chose to have me dress as “Baby New Year” with a baby bonnet, bib, rattle, pacifier, diaper and Happy New Year sash. 

“The worst part about the event was the anticipation for several weeks beforehand.  The air temperature that day in Milwaukee was 7 degrees F.  I ran into the water, waved to the fans, came out and dried off.  I decided that it wasn’t so bad and went back in again. 

“The plunge is an annual Milwaukee event for some 2000-3000 people.  One man that I talked to  was 85 years old and it was his 60th plunge.

“One of our Trinity youth made a short video of the event and it was shown to the congregation on January 6th and to our Sunday school as a preface to the Baptism of our Lord Sunday.”  (Click here to watch the video!)

Trinity Lutheran Church members gave a total of $1,228.94 in honor of Pastor Frey’s crazy wonderfully bold adventure!

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