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Mission Projects and Agencies
Lutheran CORE’s vision and challenge to every congregation is to have a direct, personal connection with at least one local/domestic mission and at least one global mission. Established churches have financial resources to share with new church plants and ethnic churches, but ethnic churches and Christians in the non-western world also have so much to give – in their stirring example of commitment to Christ, passionate and courageous faith, belief in the authority of the Bible, and evangelistic fervor.
Addis Hiwot Evangelical Church,
2940 Commonwealth Ave., Charlotte, NC 28205.
Contact: Rev. Samuel Pawlos
Addis Hiwot is an NALC mission located in Charlotte, North Carolina. Its mission is making disciples of Jesus Christ among immigrants (Ethiopians) residing in Charlotte by teaching, equipping and empowering them by the Word of God. Members do this through worship and preaching, inviting others to their fellowship times, holding evangelical conferences, and distributing gospel tracts.
China Service Ventures
1407 Cleveland Ave N, St. Paul, MN 55108
China Service Ventures operates under the motto “Not to be served, but to serve.” Its mission is to improve the quality of life for the rural poor in China, through ventures of education, health, community and good news. The organization works closely with local Chinese officials, focusing especially on teaching English, providing scholarships, and providing summer camps to poor, rural children in Henan Province, one of the most highly populated and poorest areas of China. CSV is funded through contributions from congregations and individuals.
Friends of Madagascar Mission (FOMM)
PO Box 46981, Eden Prairie, MN 55344
FOMM financially supports the mission and ministry projects of the Malagasy Lutheran Church. It does not sponsor or run its own programs, but “walks together with” the Malagasy Lutheran Church. It currently supports three programs: 1) prison ministry, 2) Ejeda Hospital Nutrition Program and 3) evangelists. One hundred percent of a contribution goes to the mission project selected, with nothing reducing the gift for administrative costs. Contact FriendsOfMadagascarMission@gmail.com for more information.
Grace Lutheran Church,
6931 Edinger Ave., Huntington Beach, CA 92647
Contact person: Bishop Vanson Tran
An outreach ministry to the Vietnamese people in Orange County, this congregation’s mission is to “Invite others to follow Jesus lovingly, and to serve and share life together through the power of the Holy Spirit in the US and Vietnam.” Led by Bishop Vanson Tran of the Lutheran Church of Viet Nam, Grace reaches out through worship services in Vietnamese, televised worship services. The congregation also supports the Bible training and the translation of the Lutheran Confessions into Vietnamese. A congregation of the NALC, Grace Lutheran receives mission support from both the NALC, NALC congregations, and from the ELCA.
Institute of Lutheran Theology
910 4th Street, Brookings, SD 57006
The Institute of Lutheran Theology (ILT) is committed is to raising the next generation of Lutheran, preachers, teachers and faithful lay leaders. ILT is an independent, Lutheran school, holding that God in Jesus Christ brings sinners to repentance and new life. Because of its commitment to Scripture, to the Lutheran Confessions, and to deep dialogue with the contemporary intellectual horizon, the Institute works with supporting congregations to educate the next generation of faithful Lutheran preachers and teachers. ILT is training pastors, evangelists and church workers in Southeast Asia, India, and Africa through International Partners, which can be seen at www.ilt.org/international.
Lutheran Church of South Sudan
Rev. Jordan M. Long, President
The LCSS is now temporarily headquartered in Gambela, Ethiopia, near the refugee camps. LCSS is in contact with her congregations remaining in South Sudan and prays and works for the safety and well-being of its displaced members. Although the leadership of the LCSS operates from exile in Ethiopia. They have authorized the publishing of 3,000 Bibles in Nuer and have begun a new seminary in Gambela. They have bought land for a multipurpose building to house a worship space, the seminary, and offices and a dormitory for seminarians. They invite you to donate toward its construction.
To support the mission of the LCSS, please contact:Rev. John Kline
Zion Lutheran Church
4300 Beaver Ave.
Des Moines, Iowa 50310
Pueblo de Dios Lutheran Church
804 E. Rosecrans Ave., Compton, CA 90221
Contact: Pastor Samuel Nieva
“Sharing the spiritual bread and material bread” is Pueblo de Dios’ mission. The congregation serves and reaches out to low-income people in Compton, California, many of whom are Hispanic. “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free and to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor” (Luke 4:17-19 NIV). Pueblo de Dios Lutheran Church is a mission congregation of the ELCA, receiving financial grants from the ELCA; the congregation also receives a mission support grant from the NALC. It is seeking additional support through this website.