Each year, some 200,000 new international students arrive in the United States with little more than what fits in a suitcase. As they adjust to a foreign country, they have many needs. LCMS members around the country are responding, reaching out with friendship and the Gospel. Through this work, the LCMS has the unique opportunity to witness and show mercy to people from every nation.
Upon arriving in America, immigrants often experience a flood of emotional and spiritual upheaval. Through a mission called French African Immigrant Mercy and Evangelism (FAIME), refugees receive Bible and catechism education, job-training classes and housing as they adjust to life in America. A Congo native, the Rev. Kasongo Gui delivers God’s Word of hope to African immigrants, in as many as five languages in Milwaukee, Wis.
This graphic tells the story of the opportunities that surround LCMS churches all around the country. Immigrants from every region of the world are settling in all 50 states. Whether it’s Sudanese in Fargo, N.D., or Brazilians in San Antonio, Texas, the world is truly coming to our doors.
When members of Trinity Lutheran Church in Portland, Ore., saw that a Latino population was growing up around them, they found innovative ways to reach out to their new neighbors thanks to some help from Rev. Carlos Hernandez of Church and Community Engagement. This LCMS ministry helps congregations recognize the changing demographics around them so that they can better identify community needs and outreach opportunities.
Years ago, four LCMS congregations established Philadelphia Lutheran Ministries (PLM) as a unified effort to fund and oversee domestic mission work in the greater Philadelphia area. Today, PLM reaches out to the city’s homeless and immigrant populations by providing relief from physical suffering, transitional housing and business mentoring, and Lutheran teaching about the saving love of Jesus Christ.
After graduating from one of our sister seminaries, in Sao Leopoldo, Brazil, the Rev. Tardeli Voss and his wife, Diani, left their home and everything familiar to live a life abroad as a missionary to the United States. Pastor Voss serves as a regional missionary for the LCMS Mid-South District to plant churches, and shares Christ’s Gospel message to Hispanic communities.
Since 1877, the LCMS has provided assistance and networking opportunities to districts, congregations and organizations seeking to reach out to the black population in the U.S. Today this work is carried out by LCMS Black Ministry and dedicated people like Rev. C. Robert Malone Sr., who serves as an urban missionary pastor to Kansas City’s minority populations.
Five “Comfort Dogs” from Lutheran Church Charities are in Boston to “help bring some relief to people that are shaken up because of the bombings.”
ST. LOUIS, March 4, 2013—Alumni of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod’s Walther League, the church’s former youth organization, have gathered in Frankenmuth, Mich., for a reunion for the last 28 years.
RSTM helps congregations become aware of the changing demographics around them, and it provides tools and ongoing leadership training for pastors and lay leaders.
by Kim Plummer Krull They “helped me take the next steps,” said Eric, an Army veteran who arrived at the Men’s Shelter at 2100 Lakeside last year with no job or housing. By this past spring, Eric was living…