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.
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Feature photos from the Lutherans Engage the World Magazine. March – April 2013
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.
God’s Word is changing lives in unexpected ways in Leipzig, Germany. In Luther’s homeland, large, immigrant Muslim communities are responding to the Gospel and being baptized. South African missionary Hugo Gevers is called to witness and show mercy to these refugees through a mission effort called Die Brücke, The Bridge. The mission is based out of a Lutheran church in Leipzig that is more than 100 years old.
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.
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- Missouri Synod President signs joint statement on proposed changes to Boy Scout membership policy May 23, 2013
- LCMS, CPH providing free resources following tornadoes May 22, 2013
- June 30 is deadline for housing-donation tax credits May 22, 2013