office of international mission

‘Beautiful Feet’ conference connects college students with mission opportunities

The conference, planned by college students for college students, is hosted each year on a different campus of the Concordia University System.

Mission boards count blessings during tumultuous times

The LCMS Boards for International Mission and National Mission held their first gatherings of 2021 via all-day virtual meetings on Jan. 28 and Feb. 26, respectively. 

BOD advances new CUS governance model

The committee appointed by the Synod’s Board of Directors in response to 2019 Convention Res. 7–03 to conceive of a new governance model for the Concordia University System reported on its progress at the Board’s Feb. 19 meeting.

BIM focuses on church planting and theological education

At its Sept. 4 meeting, the board also heard about how reductions in budgeted Fiscal Year 2021 expenditures will have a significant impact on LCMS mission and ministry efforts.

Jesus Is Lord Mission crosses $3 million in giving to international mission

The milestone was reached with JILM’s recent gift of $40,000 for LCMS mission and ministry work in Sri Lanka, Russia and Romania.

From the mission field – Updates on COVID-19

OIM executive director encourages missionaries; LCMS funds grants for coronavirus awareness.

Synod monitoring coronavirus news; missionaries safe

The LCMS is closely monitoring the situation to provide the best possible information and counsel to staff and missionaries who may be in areas of increased risk.

BNM, BIM, COP hold first meetings of new triennium

Among other business, the boards discussed the triennial mission emphasis established at the convention, “Making Disciples for Life.”

National Offering tops $400,000 to bring ‘Joy to the World’

Gifts made throughout the 2019–22 National Offering cycle will bolster efforts to proclaim Christ in word and deed in challenging urban areas, to new immigrants, among college-age students, alongside partner-church missionaries, and in church-planting efforts both at home and abroad.

English Bible Camp curriculum offered for parish use

The curriculum uses stories from the Book of Acts to teach about God’s gifts.

Wolfram joins Office of International Mission

Mark Wolfram, who was installed on Aug. 30, will assist LCMS missionaries in making the various transitions required of their missionary service.

‘Christ is going with me’: New missionaries prepared, sent

The new missionaries, who will all serve in either Eurasia or Latin America and the Caribbean, attended a weeklong orientation at the LCMS International Center in St. Louis.

LCMS launches new missionary website

The website provides a reservoir of resources reflecting the work of the Synod in four international regions.

BOD business includes budget, convention prep

Preparations for the Synod convention are proceeding on schedule, and three major Synodwide initiatives are newly underway or soon to be.

Know before you go — to Haiti or anywhere

Following a fresh round of violent demonstrations in Haiti, the U.S. State Department has upgraded the Travel Advisory for the country to a Level 4 — Do Not Travel.