Missions

  • Faces of Faith: 2019-2020

    Read more stories about the “Faces of Faith” being reached with the gospel through WELS Home, World, and Joint Missions at wels.net/facesoffaith.

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  • Thank you LWMS!

    Through the international office, the Lutheran Women’s Missionary Society (LWMS) circuits raised $41,204 for both the East Asia Outreach and Campus Ministry projects. LWMS also raised $49,938 for kids c.a.r.e.—kids’ summer Bible camps. Thank you, LWMS, for your generous support!

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  • An unprecedented mission opportunity

    God’s grace has opened doors to a mission opportunity we may not have imagined possible. The communist Vietnamese government has invited WELS to build a theological training facility in Hanoi.

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  • Thank you!

    WELS mission work would not be possible without your prayers, congregational offerings, and special gifts. Consider giving a gift today to support this important gospel ministry.

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  • Mission Journeys

    The new WELS program for short-term mission trips open to WELS members of all ages and backgrounds with a heart for mission work.

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  • Host a Mission Speaker

    Request a mission speaker for your next church mission festival, school assembly, men’s or women’s church group meeting, or LWMS rally. It’s never to early to start planning your Fall 2019 events.

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WHERE WE ARE

WELS Missions—made up of Home, World, and Joint Missions—seeks to share Christ’s love with the lost across the globe. Home Missions supports 126 congregations in the United States, Canada, and English-speaking West Indies, and assists hundreds of other congregations with their campus ministry programs. World Missions conducts gospel outreach in 40 foreign countries and is exploring outreach opportunities in 25 prospective new mission fields. Joint Missions oversees any mission opportunity that is a combination of Home Missions, World Missions, and Ministerial Education. This includes people-group ministries, cross-cultural ministries, the Pastoral Studies Institute (PSI), and new programs like WELS Mission Journeys.

MISSIONS BLOGS &
E-NEWSLETTERS

Read inspiring stories from Home, World, and Joint Missions in weekly Missions Blogs while also staying up-to-date on the most recent Missions news through the bi-annual Missions Update e-Newsletter.

WELS Home Missions plants new churches and assists mission-minded congregations in the United States, Canada, and English-speaking West Indies. Home Missions currently supports 126 congregations with financial subsidy or district mission board/mission counselor assistance, with 26 of those being cross-cultural mission congregations. Home Missions also provides 30 campus ministries with financial support, while assisting hundreds of other congregations that serve college students around the United States and Canada.

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Houston, Tex.

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Folsom, Calif. (Unsubsidized)

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Wesley Chapel, Fla. (Unsubsidized)

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Oshkosh, Wis. (Campus Ministry Enhancement)

  • NEW MISSIONS
  • Houston, Tex.
  • Folsom, Calif.
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  • Wesley Chapel, Fla.
    (Unsubsidized)
  • ENHANCEMENTS
  • Oshkosh, Wis. (Campus Ministry)
  • Folsom, Calif.
    (Unsubsidized)
  • Wesley Chapel, Fla.
    (Unsubsidized)

Real faces, real lives, real souls

I was nervous this year. This was our fifth year of holding an…

A church planter's checklist

A mission planter has a check-list of items a mile long. We need…

Growing together with God and with our communities

Dear Christian Friend, The Vine, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, is…

Faces of Faith - Dana, Kimia, and Harir

At Hope, having first-time visitors is a regular blessing. We…

A cross-cultural camping trip to remember

On July 20-21, my church family (Peace in Jesus Vietnamese Lutheran…

All about telling people about Jesus

The conversation took place in January. I had just told our leadership…

Faces of Faith - Paul and Abigail

Every year the men from our congregation rent a large tent and…

Faces of Faith - Hal and Anna

“We both attended church our entire lives. For many years we…

Faces of Faith - CJ

“My pastor is always smiling.” That was CJ’s take on…

Faces of Faith - Lindsey

In the spring of 2018, I pulled out of my garage to make a few…

WELS Campus Ministry, a ministry of WELS Home Missions, provides resources, support, and encouragement to WELS congregations that serve college students around the United States and Canada. These congregations are vital in connecting college students with fellow Christians, strengthening their faith with the gospel message, and encouraging them to share that faith with other college students. The WELS Campus Ministry Committee currently provides about 30 campus ministries with financial support and assists hundreds of other congregations in their campus ministry outreach.

Leaders discuss students’ needs at the Campus Ministry Staff Conference

From May 20-21, WELS Campus Ministry hosted the 2019 Campus Ministry…

Unless Someone Explains It

“Go south to the road - the desert road - that leads down from…

New form makes connecting college students with churches easier

WELS Campus Ministry is introducing a new student management…

Renovation Complete, New Goals in Stevens Point, WI

January 29, 2017, was the date chosen for our new mission church…

MISSION SPEAKERS

Request a mission speaker for your next church mission festival, school assembly, men’s or women’s church group meeting, or LWMS rally. Request a speaker, read frequently asked questions, and learn more about the resources that are available to you.

WORLD MISSIONS

WELS World Missions conducts gospel outreach in 40 foreign countries and is exploring outreach opportunities in 25 additional countries. World Missions brings the light of God’s Word to the world through evangelism efforts, church planting, training national workers for ministry, and providing religious materials in foreign languages through Multi-Language Publications (MLP).

41 world missionaries partner with over 400 national pastors to conduct outreach and train more than 380 students for service in Christ’s kingdom.

World Mission supports mission work:

  • on the Apache reservations in Arizona, where they recently celebrated 125 years of mission work in 2018;
  • in Africa, where missionaries and national church partners are exploring mission work in nine additional African countries
  • in the Asia-Pacific Rim, where the training of national pastors is opening the door to opportunities for outreach in the Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand, and Vietnam;
  • in Latin America, where the Academia Cristo Facebook page and training resources reach more than 1.3 million people with the gospel;
  • in East Asia, where more than 500 people gather each week to hear the gospel and where Asia Lutheran Seminary is training more than 30 nationals for ministry;
  • in Europe, where national churches are partnering with WELS missionaries and the Pastoral Studies Institute (PSI) to train the next generation of church leaders;
  • in South Asia, where security is always a concern, but the gospel message is still shared through hundreds of churches; and
  • through Multi-Language Publications, which has produced print items, audio and video resources, and online training resources in more than 52 languages.

Faces of Faith - Sebastian

It was a moment parents dread: an early morning phone call from…

My Mission Journey: Gail

Grace Lutheran Church in Falls Church, Virginia, sent a Mission…

Pastor Chaplai

Pastor Chaplai is one of 60 Hmong Fellowship Church (HFC) leaders…

Faces of Faith - Pastor Chaleunsouk

The following is an interview I conducted with Pastor Tom Chaleunsouk.…

A Lutheran seminary for a Confessional Lutheran church body

On a recent trip to the Asia-Pacific Rim, I spent almost two…

Faces of Faith - Thomas

Chinese students are often assigned a traditional English name…

Faces of Faith - South Asia

A young Hindu from Nepal had his whole life before him, when…

Faces of Faith - Niko

Meet the newest European pastor! Nikolla (Niko), pictured center,…

Faces of Faith - Fred

A Pima and Papago Native, Fred Thomas Sr. married Linda, a woman…

Faces of Faith - Hakim

“Even the cows listen to his sermons!” So it seems! A…
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