Global Missions

This year why not try something new instead of taking a vacation? Why not spend a week or two helping others? You’ll return just as refreshed and invigorated and the benefits will far outlast your usual “back to the real world” doldrums. Here are a few great organizations to consider.

SPL Missions Trips

Mission – Acuña, Mexico
In 2009, an SPL Mission Team of 20 members helped a local family build a brand new house.

SPL Guatemala Mission Team
St. Paul’s Lutheran Church partners with Central American Lutheran Mission Society (CALMS) in assisting and ministering to families in Guatemala. During the Summer of 2013, the SPL Guatemala Mission Team (with 9 members) travelled to Gualan, Guatemala to build a home for a family and teach VBS to over 200 area children. In July 2014 (July 5-12), a team of 19 people travelled again to Guatemala to build homes for 2 families and conduct VBS for 250+ area children. In 2015, two teams traveled on behalf of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church (July 11-18 led by Gloria Greene and July 18-25 led by Heidi Sack) with over 30 members between them to build two homes, a stove for each home, and host Vacation Bible School for area children in Los Limones, Guatemala. In 2016, two more groups travel July 23-July 30 and July 30-August 6, a total of 26 members on the overall team, led by Gloria Greene. Together they will build three homes and conduct VBS for area children.

Compassion International

Compassion is a Christian child development organization founded in 1952. Compassion assists nearly 400,000 children in 22 countries worldwide. As a sponsor, you can become a special friend to a needy child living in a poor country. You’ll be personally linked with a child who will know your name, write to you and treasure the thought that you care. Through your sponsorship, you help a child be connected with the local church and hear the gospel and have words of encouragement from you through letters a small gift at Christmas and birthdays.

Compassion International
PO Box 65000
Colorado Springs, CO 80962-9942
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Mission India

A mission agency that doesn’t send missionaries? Mission India does not send Western missionaries. Instead, we train and equip local Indian Christians. They know the languages, the customs, and the dangers in their own areas. This method is efficient and effective. Local Christians are already in place, ready to begin work. They are trained to teach the Bible and form clusters of new disciples that reproduce and expand. Mission India focuses prayerfully on results that can be measured. We strive for the highest standards of accountability as we assemble our reports. Mission India partners with national Indian missions, mainline denominations, churches and Christian outreach organizations. They represent the finest, most respected mission-minded groups throughout India. Many have partnered with us for 25 or even 30 years. They look to us for training, and resources in 22 of India’s major languages. We also provide systems of accountability and oversight.
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Lutheran Bible Translators

Founded in 1964, Lutheran Bible Translators is an independent mission organization dedicated to helping bring people to faith in Jesus Christ by making the Word of God available to those who do not yet have it in the language of their hearts. In the world today there are over 6,800 languages. Over 4,500, or 66%, still have no portion of Scripture. LBT believes that no language or cultural barrier should prevent people from having access to God’s Word. That is why LBT works with Lutheran church bodies and Bible translation organizations worldwide– so that every person has the opportunity to read, hear, and understand God’s Good News in the language of their hearts. LBT recruits Lutherans to become missionaries to serve as Bible translation advisors and consultants, or as specialists in literacy, literature development, language survey and vernacular media. Support workers are recruited and sent to carry out specialized tasks such as tutoring missionary children or using computers to strengthen the language programs.
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Lutheran Women’s Missionary League

The Lutheran Women’s Missionary League (LWML), with a membership of over 250,000, is the official women’s organization of The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod The LWML focuses on affirming each woman in her relationship with Christ to enable her to be in ministry among the people of the world. For over 60 years the organization has been encouraging and equipping women to live out their Christian lives in active mission ministries and to financially support global missions.
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Lutheran World Relief

Every day in 50 countries, Lutheran World Relief works to combat the causes of poverty and the dignity it robs from people’s lives. They advocate for fair trade to help farming families earn a better income. They teach people to better care for themselves, their communities, and the environment. They teach people how to be less vulnerable to natural disasters and advocate with and for them for policy change that more fairly represents them. They provide counseling for them after manmade and natural disasters, and help them recover with material aid. All of this is achieved exclusively with partners from the communities they serve. Their partners help them remain incredibly efficient and effective; partners that help people help themselves…for a day when they won’t need help at all.
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Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod World Mission

LCMS World Mission is the global Gospel outreach of The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod, a confessional Lutheran church with more than 6,000 congregations and 2.6 million members in North America. Their global mission focuses on church planting and leadership development in North America and around the world. LCMS World Mission currently works in partnership with national Christians in approximately 77 countries and maintains a total global missionary force of approximately 300 (career, volunteer, international educators, spouses and contracted part-time) and a supporting staff of 36 at its headquarters in St. Louis, Mo.
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