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2018-2020 Mission Grant Summaries

Summaries of 2018-2020 Mission Grants

 

Orphan Grain Train Shipment to the Baltics $10,000 Orphan Grain Train makes annual shipments to orphanages and churches in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. The items shipped include clothing for men, women and children, underwear, diapers, quilts, blankets, hygiene kits, school supplies, and bikes. OGT also sends hospital beds, handicap items and other items specifically requested. The grant would help with the cost of shipping these items.

Church Worker Student Scholarships $33,000 This grant would support future pastors, teachers, musician, DCEs and deaconesses. These future church workers, attending one of our synodical colleges or seminaries often graduate with large amounts of debt. This grant aims to provide scholarships to help alleviate this financial burden as these students study for service in the Church. Students would receive $1,000 per year.

LCMS Missionary Support by Mission Central $10,000 Missionaries who are called and sent by the LCMS must find their own funding. Mission Central receives requests from missionaries for financial assistance. Mission Central helps support missionaries by funding expenses such as: travel; health insurance; housing expenses; utilities; education for missionaries’ children; language training; and office expenses. Mission Central’s focus is “Telling more and more people about Jesus, so that there will be more people in our real home in heaven.”

Mercy Meals of Grand Island, NE $10,800 Mercy Meals is a great opportunity for volunteers to show God’s love in packing food ingredients to be distributed to the less fortunate with an emphasis on malnourished children. This grant would fund packaging 90,000 meals. About 20,000 of the meals will be used in the area food pantries for school backpack programs as well as the Salvation Army. Other meals are shipped by Orphan Grain to Africa and the Philippines.

His Kids/Camp Luther $10,000 Camp Luther provides a safe Christ-centered camp for people with special needs through two spring and two fall retreats; and through four weeks of summer camp. Each camper is paired with a volunteer buddy to help them make the most of their camping experience. In 2018 they hope to serve more campers but will need to invest in recruiting, training, and retraining volunteers. This grant would be used for tuition reduction scholarships, crafts and supplies and volunteer training.

Lutheran Family Services/At Ease $10,000 LFS takes seriously Christ’s call to join Him in healing ministry, including programs for active military, veterans and their loved ones. The At Ease program was founded to meet the needs of the growing number of veterans returning from multiple deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan as they reintegrate into civilian life. It helps them gain access to mental health therapy and community resources.

Operation Barnabas for Comfort Dog Congregations $3,000 LCMS Ministry to the Armed Services has partnered with Lutheran Church Charities (LCC) in their Kare-9 Military Ministry program. The grant will allow this LCMS ministry to bring training to LCC congregations to allow them to expand their reach to military families, and by God’s grace, bring them into the Church. This project will provide specialize materials and training focusing on veterans for the handlers of a LLC Comfort Dog.

Chaplain Scholarships for Medical Mission Trips $3,000 LCMS Mercy Medical Teams bring urgently need medical and/or spiritual care to underserved countries around the world. When possible, each team is accompanied by an LCMS pastor who is valuable in terms of evangelism, but also for the spiritual care of volunteers. Each trip requires a $3,500-$5,000 commitment by a pastor. This grant would ease the financial burden for pastors who have the heart to serve as a chaplain on medical mission trips

Haitian Feeding Program/Trinity HOPE $3,000 The purpose of Trinity HOPE is to feed the children, teachers and cooks in Lutheran schools in Haiti. The noon meal increases the students’ attention spans and enhances their ability to learn. The students see the food as a powerful witness of Christ’s love and evidence to the truth of the Good News being shared with them daily. The grant would provide a noon meal for 65 souls for an entire year.

Seminary Education for New Pastors in South Sudan/Lutheran Heritage Foundation $7,500 There is exciting growth in the Lutheran Church in South Sudan/Sudan, but that brings the challenge of training enough pastors for these congregations. These men serve their congregations by baptizing, serving Holy Communion, and teaching catechism classes. They will also serve in the future as translators for Lutheran books in the Sundanese language. The grant would cover the room and board for 30 students for one 4-6 weeks course.

Lutherans for Life/Post Abortion Crisis Hotline Expansion $1,910 Each month, Approximately 300 people call or email “Word of Hope” a nationwide, professionally staffed crisis hotline that addresses post-abortion issues. The staff give counsel according to the Lutheran doctrine which brings with it forgiveness and grace that are received by faith alone and not faith plus works. The purpose of the grant is to help extend “Word of Hope” through expanding the hours of the program director and to promote the hotline in the Nebraska South District.

 

YOUNG WOMEN REPRESENTATIVES GRANT

Young Women Representatives

Jesus Our Savior Lutheran Preschool and Outreach/Snacks $2,790 This mission project would provide snacks to the children who attend the preschool and the weekly Kidz Bible Adventure Hour (KBAH) in Winebago, NE. It is important to provide nutritious snacks so the children can be given wholesome food to supplement their sometimes inadequate diets. The students in the preschool and after school KBAH hear about the love of God and are God’s messengers and demonstrate their faith to others.