Mission Grant Bulletin Bytes

June 2019

The LWML CID is overjoyed to announce our mission goal for 2019-2020 of $104,800 with $78,600 for district grants and the remaining funds to national mission grants. As funds become available throughout the year, the mission grants will be paid in full in the following order (as voted upon at the LWML CID convention in April 2019). Updates are available at lwmlcid.org Praise the Lord for His blessings!

1.            Student Aid for Church Workers – $30,000

2.            22 Dinners- Kare 9 Military Ministry in Auburn, IL – $3,600

3.            Lutheran Center for Religious Liberty in Washington, D.C. – $5,000

4.            Bibles for Critically Ill Children & Teens in Springfield, IL – $1,000

5.            Internships for Concordia University Chicago Churchwork Students – $17,000

6.            “With God’s Little Ones” in Ankepaka, Madagascar – $2,500

7.            Tie – Lutheran Laymen League Booth at Illinois State Fair – $5,000

8.            Creating a Lutheran Library for East African Pastors – $5,000

9             Crossing the Gap Prison Ministry – $2,000

10          Providing “Connect to Disciple” Workshops – $7,500

July 2019 LWML CID Mission Grant #1 – Student Aid for Church Workers – $30,000

Due to the high cost of becoming a full-time church worker, many students find it difficult to complete their schooling. This grant will provide partial funding to CID students so they may realize their dreams of becoming full-time church workers. These funds would be distributed through the LCMS CID Scholarship Committee.

How can I help? Pray that God provides men and women willing to become church workers to spread the Gospel message throughout the world. Support this grant by donating to your church s L WML society mite fund.

August 2019 LWML CID Mission Grant #2 – 22 Dinners- Kare 9 Military Ministry in Auburn, IL – $3,600

According to the Veteran’s Administration, each day nearly 22 veterans commit suicide. To remember these victims and to help prevent others, Trinity Lutheran Church in Auburn, IL hosts a free meal on the 22nd of each month for active military members, veterans, and their families. It will be a safe, confidential and upbeat environment for sharing the gospel and fellowship as they bring awareness to Veterans’ needs. The Kare 9 Military Ministry dog, Dinah, will be involved to offer comfort. These funds would be used to offset the cost of food for the dinners.

How can I help? Pray that God provides the military men and women comfort and compassion through this grant. Support this grant by donating to your church s L WML society mite fund.

September 2019 LWML CID Mission Grant #3 Lutheran Center for Religious Liberty in Washington, D.C. – $5,000

LCMS is taking a leading role in the charge to end a crumbling culture. The LCMS has the unique gift and task of bearing witness to Christ, as our forefathers in the faith have done. The mission of the Lutheran Center for Religious Liberty (LCRL) is to ignite and fuel a uniquely Lutheran response to increasing intrusions by the government in the realm of the Church while educating, encouraging, and equipping LCMS members and organizations to take informed action in support of religious freedom. This office is at the very epicenter of where a compelling Christian witness is needed most in the years to come. These funds will be used to off-set continued operating costs.

How can I help? Pray that God uses LCRL to witness to Christ in the center of our nation’s capital. Support this grant by donating to your church’s LWML society mite fund.

October 2019 LWML CID Mission Grant #4 Bibles for Critically Ill Children & Teens in Springfield, IL – $1,000

Basket of Hope – Springfield Branch is an organization “Delivering Hope … One Basket at a Time” by providing support and encouragement to children and families coping with serious illnesses. Among the items in baskets given to critically ill children and teens are Bibles so they and their parents can learn about the saving and healing grace of Jesus Christ. This grant will purchase age-appropriate Bibles.

How can I help? Pray that God provides the children and their families the support and strength needed during their illnesses. Support this grant by donating to your church’s LWML society mite fund.

November 2019 LWML CID Mission Grant #5 Internships for Concordia University Chicago Churchwork Students – $17,000

This grant will allow CID, 2020 and 2021, make available CUC Director of Christian Education (DCE) and Deaconess Students optional non-credit internships in the field of evangelism during the summer between their junior and senior years of college. This pilot project would take place in and around Springfield, with each intern serving four weeks in one area church, and then four weeks in another – if possible, one city church and another more rural church. Interns would develop and practice “real world” evangelism skills under the auspices of these congregations and pastors, augmenting their training and experience in this important part of church life. The funds would be used for a small stipend, transportation costs, and meals for the participants

How can I help? Pray that God provides men and women willing to become church workers and use this opportunity to develop ‘real world’ evangelism skills. Support this grant by donating to your church s L WML society mite fund.

December 2019 – none

January 2020 LWML CID Mission Grant #6 “With God’s Little Ones” in Ankepaka, Madagascar -$2,500

Working with partners in the Malagasy Lutheran Church, this grant would construct and equip a women’s craft center where women and girls learn a variety of income-producing skills. Also constructed would be a larger, open-sided shelter where this Lutheran community could worship (they currently have no church building) and meet in all kinds of weather.

How can I help? Pray that God provides the Malagasy Lutheran Church the skills/ knowledge/ and support to build this shelter and teach income-producing skills. Support this grant by donating to your church s L WML society mite fund.

February 2020 LWML CID Mission Grant #7 Lutheran Laymen League Booth at Illinois State Fair – $5,000

This grant would enable the LLL to distribute Christian materials free of charge at its booth at the Illinois State Fair. These funds would be used to purchase Christian books for children and Bibles as well as Lutheran Hour Ministry booklets.

How can I help? Pray that God provides the necessary materials and people to bring more of His children to faith Support this grant by donating to your church s L WML society mite fund.

March 2020 LWML CID Mission Grant #7 Creating a Lutheran Library for East African Pastors – $5,000

Pastors teach the catechism, train the little ones, and guide the flock, but imagine doing so without books in the language of your people. Pastors in East African countries face this challenge daily while ministering to Swahili-speaking people. This grant would help provide Swahili language theology books for pastors in Kenya and Tanzania.

How can I help? Pray that God provides the East African pastors the theology books/ support and comfort during their ministry to their people. Support this grant by donating to your church s L WML society mite fund.

April 2020 LWML CID Mission Grant #9 Crossing the Gap Prison Ministry – $2,000

This project is a volunteer correspondence ministry to prisoners, sending approximately 125 letters monthly of the Grace Lutheran Friendship Guild in Paris, IL. This grant would be applied toward the postage expenses. The project’s purpose is to encourage Bible Study and share God’s love through greeting cards, personal letters, Bible Passages, and Bible study materials.

How can I help? Pray that God provides the volunteers of this correspondence prison ministry the words/ knowledge/ and guidance to show Gods love to all people. Support this grant by donating to your church s L WML society mite fund.

May 2020 LWML CID Mission Grant #10 Providing “Connect to Disciple” Workshops – $7,500

This grant will enable the CID to provide facilitators for “Connect to Disciple” outreach workshops in a total of 23 churches in 2019 2021. This congregational workshop is a part of a series of revitalization workshops made available by the Synod’s Office of National Mission. Approximately 87% of CID churches have plateaued and/or are declining in overall membership. CID congregations need revitalization work. The funds would be used to pay for travel, meals, hotels, and small stipends for the workshop facilitators.

How can I help? Pray that God provides the “Connect to Disciple// facilitators strength/ compassion and knowledge to help revitalize our churches. Support this grant by donating to your church s L WML society mite fund.