If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person?
Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth. (1 John 3:17-18 NIV)
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. Mission grants are funded with our mite boxes. If you do not already have a mite box, ask your society president how to obtain one.
At the 2018 Convention, delegates prayerfully adopted a mission goal of $55,000.00. Delegates also prayerfully selected eight 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 that grant to be paid.
# 1 – Louisiana Foster Care Bed Provision
CURRENTLY WORKING TOWARD FUNDING
The grant will be used by James Storehouse in Covington, LA, to purchase bed frames, mattresses, and bedding. These items will bless children and families in the foster care system.
# 2 – Love2 Homeless Veterans
The grant money will be used to purchase materials needed to upgrade the parsonage into five apartments (with common area) including new flooring, new windows, replacement doors and renovated bathrooms. Appliances will also be upgraded.
# 3 – Church Organ for Mount Zion
The grant money will be used to purchase a new organ for Mount Zion in New Orleans, LA.
# 4 – Teaching the Teachers to Teach in Ethiopia
The Lutheran Heritage Foundation will apply this grant toward the cost of printing 1,000 copies of the Amharic Teacher’s Guide for A Child’s Garden of Bible Stories.
# 5 – Lutherans for Life Post-Abortion Crisis Hotline Expansion
This grant will be used for Word of Hope – the Lutherans for Life crisis hotline, which addresses post-abortion issues. It is the only one of its kind nationwide that operates from the standpoint of Lutheran doctrine.
# 6 – LCMS U Campus Ministry
This grant will defray costs for the 2019 conference and encourage more students to attend. The cost for registration, lodging, and transportation has been approximately $700.00 per student. In the past, the costs have been covered by fundraising and the individual funds.
# 7 – The Hope Expansion Project
This grant will be used toward the items necessary for care packages and for volunteer groups hosted in the Hope Centers and at the Mobile Hope Packs.
# 8 – Reaching Visually Impaired Inmates
This grant will enable the Lutheran Braille Workers to open more Large Print Work Centers, so they can reach out with God’s Word to inmates who are visually impaired.
The Lord is my light and my salvation—
whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life—
of whom shall I be afraid?
(Psalm 27:1 NIV)