LA-MS District Mission Grants
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 2020 Convention, delegates prayerfully adopted a mission goal of $60,000.00. 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 Mite Box offerings. Complete funding of a single grant must be received in order for that grant to be paid.
Covering Costs of
The Village Lutheran Church Feeding Ministry
For over 10 years the Village Church (LCMS) of Lacombe, LA, has had a Feeding Ministry; providing meals to those in need following natural disasters. The $5,000 would cover the cost of food, serving containers, and drink for 1500 meals.
Purchasing Perishable Food Items
for the Food and Clothing Co-op,
Concordia Theological Seminary
Concordia Seminary, Fort Wayne, Indiana, maintains a Food and Clothing Co-op where the families of seminarians may shop and take what they need free of charge in exchange for volunteering at the co-op. The $5,000 will be used to buy perishable food items such as eggs, milk, ground beef, fruit/vegetables to be given directly to the seminarian and families.
Supporting the LCMS Southern District Financial Grant-in-Aid Program
The LCMS Southern District operates a Financial Grant-in-Aid program to assist those students from our district who endeavor to become LCMS pastors, teachers, DCE’s, and other vocations within the church. The $5,000 will be used to support this program of the LCMS Southern District Church Worker Student Endowment Fund.
Offering Service and Hospitality in Christ by Providing a Host Area for
Disaster Relief Workers
Redeemer Lutheran Church, DeRidder, LA, is offering disaster relief workers a place to rest and restore as they serve the communities of Beauregard and Vernon Parishes of Louisiana during times of disaster. The $5,000 would go toward the cost of handicap showers and bathrooms, sleeping cots, and laundry facilities.
Accessibility and Building Visibility
of First Lutheran Church, Natchez, MS
First Lutheran Church, Natchez, Mississippi, is located on a busy intersection with an entrance that has become difficult to maneuver. Overgrown trees and brush have made it hard to see the church from the road. The $5,000 will be used for the materials, labor, and rental of equipment to clear and improve the entrance to the church.
Expanding Services and Facilities
of a First Responders Substation
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Covington, Louisiana, is committed to serving the community’s first responders (fire, police, sheriff departments, EMS) by providing a secure and safe place to rest and recharge. The $4,500 will go toward the purchase/installation of a refrigerator, desks, charging stations, water dispenser, and cabinets.
Walking By Faith, Not By Sight
Lutheran Braille Workers produces Bibles and other Christian resources in both Braille and Specialized Large Print. They distribute these materials free of charge to people who are blind or visually impaired. The $500 would be used to offset expenses to produce 750 volumes of Christian materials at Ministry Production Centers in the district.
Past Mission Grants
For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence, for my hope is from him. He only is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be shaken