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June LWML Mission Grant Story

This month we want to highlight the “Lights for Christ” scholarship program of Divine Savior Lutheran Church in Zacapa, Guatemala, recipients of a $95,000 grant from Lutheran Women’s Missionary League (LWML) in the 2019–2021 biennium.

Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.”Matthew 19:14

When members of Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Wichita, Kansas, served on a mission trip to Guatemala in 2014, they observed the devastating poverty of people living in the Zacapa landfill. The families who live at the landfill have very limited means. The children often help gather recyclables from the landfill to provide income for the family. They also saw how Divine Savior, the local Lutheran Church, was reaching out with Christ’s love to the families. The two churches worked cooperatively to develop a scholarship program, “Lights for Christ” (Luces de Cristo) to enable the children in the garbage dump to attend Divine Savior Lutheran School. The churches are enthusiastic about this program and are eager to expand in order to provide more children with the opportunity to receive a Christian education and to share Christ’s love with their families.

The Lights for Christ Program offers Christian education to children whose parents have been economically dependent on collecting garbage in the municipal landfill. The children come to this program with many needs. They are provided spiritual and physical support while they receiving a Christian education. Students receive well-rounded meals twice a day during the school year. Holy Cross sends medical doctors to serve the community annually. During their visit, the American doctors check the health of each child in the program and provide needed medicine.

LWML Mission Grant funds will enable Lights for Christ to expand the children’s education beyond grade six by providing them an academic education in grades seven through twelve at the Lutheran School. It will cover a portion of their tuition fee and a school supply bag, books, task materials and a tutor. It will also cover the cost of a Christian education teacher, transportation, food, clothing, medicine and other personal care items.

The Lights for Christ Program is bringing the life-saving Gospel of Christ to children and families in the Zacapa landfill. It has provided essential theological, financial, medical and people resources, as well as being a valuable mission opportunity for Holy Cross members as they support Divine Savior Lutheran School’s Gospel outreach in Zacapa.

For with you is the fountain of life; in your light do we see light.Psalm 36:9

Lutheran Women's Missionary League (LWML) is the official women’s auxiliary of the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. Since 1942, the LWML has focused on affirming each woman’s relationship with Christ, encouraging and equipping women to live out their Christian lives in active mission ministries and by supporting global missions. For more information on each month’s mission focus, visit LWML.org. Saint John’s Mission Guild (LWML) meets the first Tuesday of each month at 10:30 AM in Room 301. All ladies of the congregation are invited to attend.

April LWML Mission Grant Story

This month we want to tell you more about tCamp Restore Detroit for Children and Families, recipients of an $100,000 grant from Lutheran Women’s Missionary League (LWML) in the 2019–2021 biennium.

Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward.Psalm 127:3

Camp Restore New Orleans has been a beacon in the city of New Orleans for many years, providing hope, restoration and care to the people affected by hurricane Katrina. The devastation caused by that hurricane is very similar to what is seen when driving through some of the streets of Detroit today. It’s clear there has also been a disaster there, with ruins similar to that of New Orleans. Detroit residents call their economic disaster “a hurricane without water.” Families live in areas where adjacent yards, sidewalks and building foundations sometimes can’t be seen due to the overgrowth of weeds and debris. With low population numbers and declining real estate values, it is difficult for the city to provide services that many of us take for granted. Camp Restore Detroit (CRD) was created as a ministry of Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church, an LCMS church located in the middle of the disaster-ridden Ninth Precinct.

A Mt. Calvary member reads Bible stories to children participating in a VBS outreach event.

In May 2017, the first “campers” (volunteers) began arriving. They partnered with local community leaders to restore hope to this area while being fed and housed at Mt. Calvary. The volunteers have cleared hundreds of lots, boarded up countless houses and served at nursing homes, food banks and sport centers as they worked with local leaders. Watching God work through these people has been powerful. An uplifting, cooperative relationship has been established among Camp Restore personnel, Mt. Calvary members, and people in the community.

Children play at a playground built on the lots of three abandoned houses.

With the encouragement of the city of Detroit, CRD purchased, at a minimal cost, lots adjacent to the church, which included two abandoned houses. Camp Restore Detroit has requested funds to help renovate these houses into Christ-centered community outreach centers and community gardens, where lives of children and families can be changed. This mission grant will provide funds to transform these abandoned houses in the community into places where families, children and other adults can enjoy hearing the Gospel in a safe setting, while engaging in personal growth activities that bring joy, creativity, education and hope back into their lives.

Lutheran Women's Missionary League (LWML) is the official women’s auxiliary of the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. Since 1942, the LWML has focused on affirming each woman’s relationship with Christ, encouraging and equipping women to live out their Christian lives in active mission ministries and by supporting global missions. For more information on each month’s mission focus, visit LWML.org. Saint John’s Mission Guild (LWML) meets the first Tuesday of each month at 10:30 AM in Room 301. All ladies of the congregation are invited to attend.

March LWML Mission Grant Story

This month we want to tell you more about the “Child Beyond International” program of the Lutheran Church of Guatemala, recipients of an $100,000 grant from Lutheran Women’s Missionary League (LWML) in the 2019–2021 biennium.

Guatemala is a beautiful country, called “The Land of Eternal Spring” because of the pleasant climate. However, many people suffer in extreme poverty. Over fifty percent of the children who live there are malnourished and have no access to any form of medical or dental care. Over 65% live in poverty. Most children have no pre- or post-natal care and often die from preventable diseases.

Immanuel Lutheran Church of Hood River, Oregon, and the Lutheran Church of Guatemala have partnered to share God’s physical and spiritual healing with as many souls as possible in the decades to come. Rev. Abdiel Orozco, Bishop of the Lutheran Church of Guatemala, and his brother, Rev. Elry Orozco, are doctors. They have developed a network of LCMS partner churches that sends medical professionals and mission teams to Guatemala on short-term mission trips.

In order to reach isolated villages, they need the right tools. This grant will be used to purchase and outfit a “Mobile Medical Mercy Mission Bus,” to be called the “4M” bus, with medical equipment. It will provide a sanitary area needed to stage medical and dental procedures in remote and inaccessible villages. Along with the bus and the physical care offered through it, non-medical missionaries will offer Bible school classes and worship services for both children and adults. Subsequently, the local Lutheran churches will follow up with each person served through the medical clinic, enabling thousands of Guatemalans to experience God’s healing power and grace, both physically and spiritually.

The one-day bus clinics will be held monthly in three selected communities surrounding Lutheran churches beginning in 2020 and continuing indefinitely. Additionally, monthly one-day clinics for up to three additional communities will begin in 2021. When the grant funds are received, less than four months should be needed for the bus to be purchased, outfitted and stocked for use by the medical mission teams to share the love of Jesus with the people of Guatemala.

Lutheran Women's Missionary League (LWML) is the official women’s auxiliary of the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. Since 1942, the LWML has focused on affirming each woman’s relationship with Christ, encouraging and equipping women to live out their Christian lives in active mission ministries and by supporting global missions. For more information on each month’s mission focus, visit LWML.org. Saint John’s Mission Guild (LWML) meets the first Tuesday of each month at 10:30 AM in Room 301. All ladies of the congregation are invited to attend.

February LWML Mission Grant Story

This month we want to highlight the “God’s Word Changes Everything” program of Lutheran Bible Translators, recipients of a $95,000 grant from Lutheran Women’s Missionary League (LWML) in the 2019–2021 biennium.

Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.Psalm 119:105

So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.Romans 10:17

Does God only speak English? Obviously not, but an estimated 170 million people in the world today, speaking over 1,500 unique languages, have not been reached by the church with God’s Word in their own tongue. Many of these people think they must speak English to pray to God.

How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!Psalm 119:103

Lutheran Bible Translators (LBT) is equipping and training pastors and church leaders from churches in Ethiopia, Tanzania and elsewhere to translate God’s Word into numerous local dialects. This will allow for the people to worship and praise the Lord in their own language. This $95,000 grant will fund the cost of training pastors and church leaders in translation principles during one year of their four-year seminary training track. The estimated cost per trainee is $9,500 a year.

So I will bless you as long as I live; in your name I will lift up my hands.Psalm 63:4

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”John 14:6

Bible translation is absolutely foundational to the mission of the church. Martin Luther wrote, “I wish that this book alone, in all languages, would live in the hands, eyes, ears and hearts of all people.” # When people have God’s Word in their local dialect, it changes their lives in ways they couldn’t imagine. Praise the Lord!

How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news.Isaiah 52:7a

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Lutheran Women's Missionary League (LWML) is the official women’s auxiliary of the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. Since 1942, the LWML has focused on affirming each woman’s relationship with Christ, encouraging and equipping women to live out their Christian lives in active mission ministries and by supporting global missions. For more information on each month’s mission focus, visit LWML.org. Saint John’s Mission Guild (LWML) meets the first Tuesday of each month at 10:30 AM in Room 301. All ladies of the congregation are invited to attend.

January LWML Mission Grant Story

This month we want to tell you more about the “God’s Grace for this Generation” program of LAMP Ministry, Inc., recipients of a $100,000 grant from Lutheran Women’s Missionary League (LWML) in the 2019–2021 biennium.

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. Once you were not a people, but now you are God's people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.1 Peter 2: 9–10

For nearly fifty years, LAMP Ministry, Inc., has ministered in northern Canada, where many villages are reachable only by aircraft or seasonal roads. Currently, nearly one million indigenous people live in these isolated areas with about half under the age of fourteen. The most alarming statistic is that over fifteen percent of these children and youth will take their own lives out of despair and hopelessness.

Faced with the worldly influences and challenges of the internet and social media, and with limited opportunities for education and employment, the children and youth often feel despondent and discouraged. Sunday school, Christian youth programs and regular worship services are rarely available. Parents and grandparents of this younger generation were raised in residential schools away from home and the traditional family structure is non-existent. The younger generation lacks a sound model for parenting and family life.

On the Indian reserves, employment is limited, housing is limited, violence and drug abuse is higher than in most of the world and life expectancy is between 45 and 55 years. LAMP goes into these communities offering the love of Jesus through parenting workshops, bereavement care training, VBS, Bible studies and their testimonies of the hope found through faith in Jesus. The goal is to provide these communities with Christian education and witness to the Gospel.

To fulfill their mission of sharing the Gospel in the next few years, LAMP will need to expand their staff of full-time missionaries to four or five and recruit and train 100 to 200 more volunteer missionaries committed to serve at least five years. This grant will provide funds to help LAMP reach the goal of hiring more missionary pilots and training more volunteers so that more communities can be reached with the love of Jesus and can be visited more than once a year. As the Gospel, our true source of comfort and hope, is proclaimed, local leaders are encouraged and built up to serve their own people. With the help of the Holy Spirit, the youth, knowing they are loved and cared for by the missionaries, will choose hope in Christ over suicide.

Lutheran Women's Missionary League (LWML) is the official women’s auxiliary of the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. Since 1942, the LWML has focused on affirming each woman’s relationship with Christ, encouraging and equipping women to live out their Christian lives in active mission ministries and by supporting global missions. For more information on each month’s mission focus, visit LWML.org. Saint John’s Mission Guild (LWML) meets the first Tuesday of each month at 10:30 AM in Room 301. All ladies of the congregation are invited to attend.

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