Jesus says, "Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.” Matthew 9:38
The laborers of the harvest are his ministers. He instituted his ministry when he sent his Apostles to teach, baptize, administrate his body and blood, and continue to teach. We know this office today as the pastoral office. It is the same office Jesus entrusted first to his Apostles. There is really no difference between the job of a pastor and the job of a missionary. A missionary focuses on planting congregations or training other men for the ministry in other distant lands. However, their duties are the same as those given to any other pastor. They are to preach the pure gospel of Christ, forgive and retain sins in Jesus' name, baptize, and give his body and blood to the faithful. Not every Christian is a minister, whether we call it a pastor or a missionary. But this precious office of Christ is given to every Christian when given faith in Christ through the washing of water with the Word. As St. Paul says, "All things are yours, whether Paul or Appolos or Cephus, all are yours, and you are Christ's, and Christ is God's (1 Cor 3:21-23)."
This therefore means that every Christian participates in this mission, not necessarily by carrying it out publicly as his ambassadors, like Paul and the other ministers (2 Cor 5:19), but by believing it, confessing it in daily life, and giving alms to support it financially.
This is why we support, in various ways, the following missionaries who preach and teach God's Word around the world:
Rev. Arthur and Deaconess Eva Rickman serve on behalf of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) in Asia, based in Hong Kong. Arthur serves as an area director in the region, building and strengthening relationships with LCMS partners. In addition, Arthur helps administrate theological education opportunities and manage diaconal work throughout the area. Before serving in this region, Arthur served in Latin America, overseeing theological education, helping with church relations and providing spiritual care to those serving on the LCMS Latin America and the Caribbean team. To learn more about the Arthur and his wife, Eva, click here.
Rev. Dan Johnson works with the Siberian Lutheran Mission Society. You can learn more about them by clicking here.
Rev. Dr. David Preus, his wife, Jennifer, and their seven children, live in the Dominican Republic. He is a parish pastor and a seminary professor. He forms and develops groups of believers into mature, self-sustaining and self-replicating congregations through Word and Sacrament ministry. He also helps with theological education as needed and works with local deaconesses in their mercy care ministries throughout the country. To learn more about the Preus family click here.
Rev. May lives in Kenya with is family. He serves as a missionary for Lutherans in Africa. To learn more about the May family and Lutherans in Africa click here.
The Lutheran Women's Missionary League (LWML) is the official organization of the women of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. Trinity Ladies Aid and Women of St. Paul are societies of the LWML. The motto of the LWML is Psalm 100:2 "Serve the Lord with Gladness".
LWML MISSION STATEMENT
The mission of the Lutheran Women's Missionary League is to assist each woman of the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod in affirming her relationship with the Triune God so that she is enabled to use her gifts in ministry to the people of the world. All women in each congregation are members of LWML.
LWML Mites - Mark 12:41-43 the story of the Woman's Mite- Mite boxes are available to each woman who can voluntarily give to missions in a way she chooses. Some give the pennies that come their way; others give the change they have left each day. Each decides how she will share what she has into the mite box. This should remind us that just as the widow gave in her poverty all she had while only her Lord saw her, we are encouraged to support the preaching of the gospel with our humble offerings, trusting in God with a gentle and quiet spirit, which in his sight is very precious.
Women of St. Paul meet at the church after services on the second Sunday of each month. "Goody" of the Month is their primary fundraiser. Two different Goodies are available each month. Members take turns making a special item to be sold as the "Goody" for $5.00 each as a means of raising funds for missions. Greeting cards with a Christian message are made available at the church at a very reasonable cost. Mission projects include providing support for a seminarian and a Holt child. All women in the congregation are invited to join in their activities.
Mission Statement of Trinity Ladies Aid
The Mission of the LWML of Trinity Lutheran Church is to assist each woman of the congregation in expanding and strengthening her relationship with the Triune God - Father, Son and Holy Spirit, that she is empowered to use her gifts in ministry to the people of the community and the world. (Adopted at June meeting - 1993)
Trinity Ladies Aid meets monthly, generally on the evening of the third Monday of the month. Mission projects include supporting a seminarian, LCMS World Relief and Human Care, Bethesda communities and a wide variety of other mission project. Meetings are a time to grow in faith and in service to the Lord. Meetings include Bible Studies, a Mite devotion, and a business meeting. We encourage all the women in the congregation to to join in any of the activities in which we participate.