Each biennium (two years), our district meets in convention. One of the main areas of business during the convention is to adopt a mission goal and the mission grants which will be funded through this goal.

At the 2016 Convention, delegates prayerfully adopted a mission goal of $55,000.00. Delegates also prayerfully selected seven grants to receive funding, which are listed below. They will be paid in the order they are listed, and as funding is received from mites. Complete funding of a single grant must be received in order for the grant to be paid.

In order to pay the remaining grants, we need $4,900.00 by February 28, 2018. (The deadline is NOT the 2018 convention.) Societies – be aware that you have the option to earmark monies sent to the LA-MS District specifically for our district mission grants. When you earmark in this way, 100% of those monies stay in the LA-MS District.

# 1 – Family Promise of Ouachita
$7,500.00
GRANT HAS BEEN PAID … THANKS BE TO GOD!
Families in great need are helped through this community ministry. Meals and lodging for the entire family are provided by local churches. Family Promise also provides financial, parenting, and job search training. Grant money will fund counseling, guidance and transportation.

# 2 – Financial Grant-in-Aid for Seminary and Church Worker Students
$5,000.00
GRANT HAS BEEN PAID … THANKS BE TO GOD!
This grant will go to the Southern District Church Worker Student Endowment Fund, providing financial aid to those men and women of the Southern District LCMS studying for the office of pastor, teacher, or other full time church work.

# 3 – Mercy Medical Team – Chaplain Scholarships
$3,000.00
GRANT HAS BEEN PAID … THANKS BE TO GOD!
LCMS Mercy Medical Teams provide health care in underserved regions around the world. LCMS strives to include an LCMS pastor on each team to serve as Team Chaplain. At this time each chaplain must pay his own airfare and “ground fee” which may total from $1800 to $5700 in cost. This grant will be used as part of a $25,000.00 scholarship budget to provide 5-12 trip scholarships.

# 4 – Bible storybooks for Ethiopian Children
$3,000.00
GRANT HAS BEEN PAID … THANKS BE TO GOD!
The goal of the Lutheran Heritage Foundation (an RSO of the LCMS) is to print and distribute 10,000 copies of A Child’s Garden of Bible Stories in the Amharic language for the children of Ethiopia. Grant money would be applied to the total cost of $45,000.00. This grant will cover printing of 1,000 books.

# 5 – Carpet for Prince of Peace Lutheran Church
$2,500.00
WILL BE PAID IN FULL
This grant will be applied to the cost of replacing the carpet in the foyer and sanctuary of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Corinth, MS. It is the goal of the LWML of Prince of Peace to upgrade their church which was built in 1989, and to this end they have raised the funds needed to replace pew cushions, etc.

# 6 – Gospel Hands Vacation Bible School
$4,500.00
NEXT TO BE FUNDED
The Lutheran Friends of the Deaf (RSO of the LCMS) has developed a VBS for children who are deaf and plan to begin their pilot program in the summer of 2016 working with local congregations. The grant will provide funding for books, videos, crafts, lunch, transportation and interpreters.

# 7 – re:Vitality – Revitalization Program for LCMS Congregations
$2,000.00
This program is currently being developed by the LCMS to assist congregations with witness and outreach through a collection of “modules” – each designed to help with self-assessment, action-oriented training or outreach witnessing. Modules will include workbooks and activities for participants as well as guides for facilitators.