Our Work in the World

This diagram tells the story of LCMS witness and mercy work across the globe. A timeline shows the years and locations where and when we began mission efforts in over 80 countries since 1840.

Mission Society Grows into “Valued Strategic Partner”

by Kim Plummer Krull  It was 17 years ago when Tim Heiney began serving as the first Lutheran missionary in Guinea, West Africa. He questioned if he could provide proper theological training while dealing with “all the other problems, frustrations…

National Mercy Grant Enables Sustained Rebuilding Efforts in Flooded Areas

by Megan K. Mertz More than 4,100 families from the Minot, N.D., area lost their homes and possessions when the Souris River rose during the spring of 2011. Heavy rains caused flooding there and in many parts of the Midwest,…

LCMS Disaster Response Walks the Long Road

Pastor, how long do we need to keep meeting with people in our neighborhood?” “Pastor, how much longer will the volunteers be coming?” “Pastor, haven’t we already done enough?” These words, often spoken in the aftermath of a disaster, echo Peter’s: “Lord, how often should I forgive my brother when he sins against me?” Peter asked. “Up to seven times?” (Matt. 18:21). Peter wanted to know when forgiveness could end, when he could stop. Our response echoes Jesus’: “Just as My compassion and My Father’s compassion for you never ceases, neither should your love and mercy for others ever cease (paraphrase).”

Missionaries, children welcome retreat with others 'who understand'

By Kim Plummer Krull   Swimming in the pool. Eating yummy Thai food. Being with Dad, who travels to other countries for work.   Those are some things Emma Hanson, 12-year-old daughter of LCMS career missionaries Rev. Carl and Chenhsi Hanson, says…

LWML offers Christmas cards

The Lutheran Women’s Missionary League Christmas card for 2012 depicts Advent, Christmas and Epiphany. The inside of the card features quotes from three corresponding Christmas carols — “O Come, O Come Emmanuel,” “Christ the Savior is Born” and “We Three Kings”…

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Joy Over Life

This Advent, LCMS President Matthew C. Harrison discusses joy and the true source of it: Christ Himself.

LCMS university system records record growth for 20th consecutive year

This fall’s total CUS enrollment in both graduate and undergraduate programs increased 4.1 percent – from 28,421 in fall 2011 to 29,597 this year, an increase of 1,176 students.

Seminary seeks campaign director, planned gift officer

Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, seeks to fill two full-time positions: The campaign executive director manages all aspects of campaign planning and execution for a five-year fundraising effort to secure funds for the seminary’s annual operating budget, facilities expansion and enhancements,…

Fresh from LCMS training, Filipino Lutherans put ‘Mercy in Action’

By Kim Plummer Krull Just days after taking part in an LCMS disaster-response training conference for the Asia Pacific region, Filipino Lutherans are preparing to use that “Mercy in Action” guidance to help devastated families in their typhoon-battered country. “What…

Commission suggests ways to keep closer eye on lavish ministries

(RNS) — A special commission created by the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA) has called for clearer Internal Revenue Service (IRS) guidance and greater involvement among donors to address “outliers” among congregations and other nonprofits that are not being…

Court upholds Indiana's ban on secular wedding officiants

(RNS) — A federal court in Indiana has rejected atheists’ requests to preside at wedding ceremonies, saying only clergy or public officials are licensed to solemnize marriages. A lawsuit filed by the Indiana chapter of the Center for Inquiry (CFI) argued…

Typhoon Bopha strikes Philippines; LCMS ready to assist

By Kim Plummer Krull As congregations prepared to gather for Advent services on Wednesday, Dec. 5, the Rev. John A. Fale, associate executive director of LCMS Mercy Operations, asked for prayers for people in the Philippines who are mourning loved…

Charitable giving up, but Sandy, tax changes expected to impact year-end donations

(RNS) — The recession continued to affect how much Americans gave to charity last year, and the triple whammy of Superstorm Sandy, a national election and the looming fiscal cliff may cut how much we donate in the crucial final…

Campus atheists score big funding from Wisconsin university

(RNS) — An organization of student nonbelievers is likely to receive $69,000 from the University of Wisconsin–Madison (UW), the largest grant from an institute of higher learning ever awarded to a nontheistic, student-led organization. The grant’s size marks a milestone for…