The Melacha Scholarship was established in 2018 by Scott and Marta Haynes in honor of Marta’s parents, John and Diane Wenker.
Melacha is a Hebrew word that means “that which requires exertion or effort.” It refers to creative, constructive human efforts, the type of activities the Israelites would have refrained from doing on the Sabbath as a reminder that God is the ultimate Creator and Master.
John and Diane were certainly committed to the work ethic suggested by melacha. They also trusted God in all circumstances, one of their favorite Bible verses being Proverbs 16:9 (NKJV): “A man’s heart plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps.”
Working in the financial services industry until his retirement in 2018, John was recognized for his servant leadership, integrity, and work ethic. His success would not have been possible without the unfailing support of his wife, Diane.
Over the years, John and Diane have been overjoyed to practice faithful stewardship of the financial blessings God has given them. They’ve generously supported WELS ministries, especially Christian education. This scholarship maintains that legacy.
Melacha Scholarship recipients are preseminary and education majors who are in need of financial assistance and who demonstrate satisfactory academic achievement, potential for the ministry, participation in MLC life and activities, and campus citizenship.