Incarnate Word Lutheran Church
Lutheran Church Missouri Synod
4950 Hugh Howell Road
Stone Mountain, GA 30087
Sunday Service 8:45 AM
The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod is working, has working partnerships, or has historical work in approximately 90+ countries, including the United States. Click on any image below to learn more.
The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod has been involved in mission and outreach since 1851 when it established its first mission board. In 1894, the LCMS sent its first overseas missionary Rev. Theodore Naether and family to India. Today,The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod trains, sends and supports called and appointed career, long-term and short-term missionaries in various countries around the world where there are mission stations, partner churches, schools or mission relationships.
What Do Missionaries Do?
The main priority of a missionary is to bring the saving Gospel of Jesus Christ to people who have never heard the Good News. LCMS missionaries usually share that Good News in the language of the people they serve. When the Holy Spirit begins to gather people into Christian fellowship, missionaries assist these new Christians in forming their own indigenous church leaders. LCMS missionary teams are made up of people who focus on planting churches, leadership formation or some type of locally initiated holistic services in areas of health, agriculture, community development, English-as-a-Foreign-Language classes or partner support activities. Missionary teachers also serve in international schools where missionary children, expatriates, and often national children attend. Agricultural and medical missionaries are utilized when their work will strategically contribute towards reaching and gathering a communities of believers, so that churches can be planted.
Missionaries usually spend a good deal of time when they first arrive on the field developing language skills and learning about the culture and mastering a foreign language.
The overall LCMS mission “team” consists of ordained pastors, directors of Christian education, directors of Christian outreach, deaconesses, teachers, lay ministers, Directors of Parish music, medical professionals, agriculturalists, vicars, church work program interns, retired Lutheran laity, and college graduates. All are scattered across the globe working together with national partners to tell the Good News of the salvation that is found only in Jesus Christ.
As of February 2013, the LCMS sends, equips and supports a global mission team of more than 740 missionaries serving full-time and short-term!
Our Members Serving Around the World
I am going on a mission trip to serve in Panama from March 7-15, 2014 with Christus Victor Lutheran Church and Student Center from Athens, Georgia. Christus Victor is next to the campus at the University of Georgia and many students attend that Church. A group of eight other students and I will travel to a small mission Church in Chilibre, Panama. The Church is providing preschool instruction to their community and we will help expand their education building. Our project will include laying a concrete floor, constructing walls and installing windows. We will also add a concrete floor for a needy family in the community. Both projects are great ways for the congregation in Chilibre to reach out with Christ’s love.
This will be my third opportunity to go on a mission trip with Christus Victor Lutheran Church and Student Center. During my first year we travelled to the Bahamas to help a local church repair the homes of congregation members. In addition to the repairs, we spread Christ’s love by talking to other college students at the University of the Bahamas and speaking to a Haitian community seeking refuge in a impoverished area of the country. This past spring break, five members of the UGA congregation drove to New Jersey to help remove fallen trees from homes of people affected by Hurricane Sandy. We teamed up with the Shepherd’s Heart Disaster Response Ministry to get the job done; they provided the tools and we provided the labor. I know I will grow on this trip in my relationship with Christ and in my understanding of other cultures.
I would like to invite the members and friends of Incarnate Word Lutheran Church and St. Mark Lutheran Church to partner with us and help cover the expenses. The estimated cost for the project is $3000. Expenses for transportation, food and insurance will cost about $1200 per student. We have each contributed $200 of our own money and we need your help.
Thank you for your consideration in partnering with us. We look forward to sharing how God uses us for his mission.
In Christ’s service,
You can make a tax deductible check payable to Christus Victor Lutheran Church and Student Center. Please note my name and mission trip on the memo line. Prompt donations will allow us to make early flight arrangements and purchase supplies.
Christus Victor Lutheran Church and Student Center
1010 S. Lumpkin Street
Athens, GA 30605
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