Ministries in Need
Centre lumiÉRE Sewing school in haiti
The current mission team leaders for the Centre Lumière in Haiti are taking a mandatory sabbatical after over 10 years of service to this ministry. Beginning in December 2018, they will take a year to rest, recharge and plan for the future of Centre Lumière. During this time, Natalie Columbus will relocate to Haiti to serve as the mission team leader. Natalie has served on various mission trips to Haiti since 2012. Since mission team leaders do not take a salary from Centre Lumière, Natalie is in need of sponsors to cover her $1600/month expenses while serving in Haiti. She will arrive in Haiti in September 2018 to transition into her role.
Please prayerfully consider donating to support Natalie in her mission leader role in helping women at Centre Lumière provide for their families.
About Centre Lumière
Centre Lumière, located in Simon, just outside of Les Cayes, is a holistic ministry in Haiti that focuses on equipping women with the gospel, vocational training, and skills to care for their families. The Centre has about 30 on site employees, 40 students, and a network of artisans who work from home. Centre Lumière is a non-profit with a vocational school and business. The school offers a three-year program with classes in domestic economics, cooking, baking, crochet, embroidery, sewing, hospitality, bookkeeping, health, English, and Bible. Graduates are prepared to work as handcraft artisans, teach home economics, or work at local hotels, restaurants, or other businesses. The business side of Centre Lumière offers employment for graduates of the school. There is an on-site sewing room and a work-from-home Needlework Artisan Program. The line of products includes many useful items for the home and kitchen, ladies’ accessories, and doll clothes.
Lutheran Special School & Education Services Needs Items for New Facility
The following ministry need was received from Jenny Stollenwerk, Principal, Lutheran Special School & Education Services:
Lutheran Special School & Education Services (LSSES) has been in existence for 60 years to provide Christ-centered special education programs to children throughout southeast Wisconsin. We serve students who struggle with unique learning challenges and/or emotional difficulties. Our students have been identified with such difficulties as LD (Learning Disability), ED (Emotional Disturbance), CD (Cognitively Disabled) and ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder). We also work with slow learners and students with social and behavioral problems. LSSES began as one classroom serving 12 students, being owned and operated by the then Concordia College. In 1986 it became an independent Recognized Service Organization (RSO) of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod. The organization now includes: four elementary stand-alone classrooms, a high school program, a resource room program in Milwaukee, teacher consultant services, art therapy, and teacher resources and workshops. In May 2017, LSSES purchased a building in Hales Corners, where the administrative offices and stand-alone classrooms are now located. Students from the city of Milwaukee are bussed to Hales Corners from Milwaukee Lutheran High School on the north side of Milwaukee. This is the first time we have ever had a facility of our very own.
We are blessed to be able to accommodate more children who want our services. Our enrollment has increased, and more families are able to send their children to a place where they can hear the gospel message and learn about the amazing love God has for his special children. However, with this building we have other needs to be addressed. We need tools and maintenance equipment, kitchen supplies, and various classroom items.
Our classroom theme for the 2018-19 school year is “Soar like eagles” in reference to Isaiah 40:31 where we are encouraged to find our strength through Christ. We want our children to be able to rise above their weaknesses and disabilities and let their hope in Christ be the wind beneath their wings. Our faculty and staff can offer this hope to our students every day. Having a new facility allows us to share this hope with so many more kids and families!
Lutheran Special School & Education Services
Hales Corners, Wisconsin
Please call Dianna Bonfield at 847-287-6624 or email Dianna@LutheranChurchCharities.org if you have tools, maintenance equipment, kitchen supplies or various classroom items that can support this ministry.
Salam Christian Fellowship Needs Financial Assistance to Help a Candidate at Concordia Seminary
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Salam Christian Fellowship is a Word and Sacrament ministry that shares the love of Jesus Christ with people from the Middle East in Chicagoland. Salam is in need of an additional ordained LCMS minister who knows the people to help in administering the sacraments when I’m unavailable.
Christopher Kolupa, 47, has been an LCMS member all his life, and has been helping Salam with social services for more than one year. Chris is a talented musician and holds two degrees from Elmhurst College in Elmhurst, Illinois. After meeting with President Gilbert of Northern Illinois District, Pastor Gilbert agreed to send Christopher Kolupa to the Specific Ministry Program (SMP) at Concordia Seminary. The district president has the final word for a candidate for joining the program, but it needs two years of study for ordination, and costs $20,000.
One member of an LCMS church who is impressed by Chris's service and dedication offered to donate $11,000 to the SMP if someone could match her gift. Hopefully, from now until September 2018, we can find gifts to match 1 to 1, or 2 to 1, in smaller gift giving totals that can surpass that.
Please prayerfully consider donating generously to help Salam raise a total of $20,000 for seminary for the first two years.
Rev. Hesham Shehab
Salam Christian Fellowship
Comeback Kids! You can make a difference!
The building cornerstone says A.D. 1925. The facility is still operating in its original capacity as an LCMS church named St. Paul’s. But we need your help! The I/SPY Program (Instruction for St. Paul’s Youth) is in its fourth year, so we have a pretty good track of how much it costs to continue. It takes about $19.25 per child per week to fund the program.
As we continue to reach out to the neighborhood, we are seeing kids coming back to the church. In the past, we have had as many as 8 baptized on a single Sunday and up to 14 in 14 months. This year, though, we are struggling to continue that work. We have 8 students who attend regularly, 3 who were baptized previously.
The neighborhood is in the process of a comeback. See the local news story here
Can you help? We have 5 more attending now whom we would like to take through the program from 1st grade and up. That means 7 years of going from 1st grade through 8th grade – Baptism to Confirmation. It just takes $19.25 a week. You can make a difference!
Your donations will help fund the ministry that is working with these Comeback Kids!
Pastor James Kirschenmann
Immanuel Lutheran Chapel and
St. Paul's Lutheran Church - College Hill
To donate, visit the top of the page and click "Comeback Kids – St. Paul’s College Hill- St. Louis, MO" as the designation
Help St. MattheW's Soup Kitchen Serve
HOt meals to homeless, unemployed,
seniors and Poor families
For more than 27 years, St. Matthew Lutheran Church (LCMS) located at 2108 West 21st Street, Chicago, Illinois, has developed a unique ministry in the Pilsen Community to reach the growing number of homeless and unemployed people. St. Matthew is the only Lutheran church in the community with a Gospel-oriented mission to all the homeless and unemployed. The Comedor San Mateo Soup Kitchen provides hot meals to feed the hungry and shares devotions to feed their souls. At the same time, it provides services in English and Spanish in a poverty stricken community of mostly Latino families. During frigid winter temperatures, the soup kitchen's volunteers continue to cook and serve hot meals to the homeless, unemployed, seniors and poor families. The soup kitchen serves 200+ meals twice a week even though donations are down. Please consider supporting the important work of St. Matthew as they continue to reach out and serve those in need in their community.
In the Name of Jesus,
Pastor Sifuentes and Pastor Matthew Troester
Designate Your Thrivent Choice Dollars Today!
Please consider designating your Choice Dollars to Lutheran Church Charities today! Your Choice Dollars will help us continue to bring the Mercy, Compassion, Presence, and Proclamation of Jesus Christ to those who are suffering and in need.
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