Missions

  • 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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  • Faces of Faith now available

    This new, 24-page magazine gives an overview of our Mission fields at home and abroad and highlights the “Faces of Faith” being reached with the gospel. Host a Missions speaker at your church or school to receive free copies, or view the digital version online.

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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 2018 events.

    Request a speaker
  • 125 years of God’s blessings

    WELS is celebrating 125 years of mission work on the Apache reservations in 2018. Visit wels.net/apache for details about this special anniversary and how you can participate.

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WHERE WE ARE

WELS Missions is reaching out with the saving message of the gospel in the United States, Canada, and 58 foreign countries. Missions continues to plant churches, train leaders,
and mentor fellow Lutheran Christians here and abroad. Exploratory evangelism continues throughout the world.

MISSIONS BLOGS &
SPEAKER REQUESTS

Read blogs directly from the field about WELS mission work in the United States and abroad. Request a missionary speaker at your next event. Whether it’s a special church service, school event or another organization, WELS missionaries are available to share their experiences spreading the gospel around the world.

God is richly blessing the work of WELS Home Missions. Missionaries and their members are finding ways to share God’s good news with friends,
relatives, neighbors—and sometimes even strangers at local fast food restaurants. Here are some of their stories.

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Brandon, SD

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Grace, Milwaukee, WI

Hobart, WI

Horicon, WI

Richland Center, WI

Epiphany and First Lutheran, Racine, WI

Trinity, Waukesha, WI

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Joplin, MO

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Phoenix, AZ
(2nd campus)

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Reno, NV

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Ascension, Harrisburg, PA
(Restart)

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Crown of Life, Corona, CA
(Additional pastor for 4 campuses)

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Grace, Seattle, WA
(Restart)

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Shepherd of the Hills, Knoxville, TN
(Restart)

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Bluffton, SC

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Mansfield, OH

  • NEW MISSIONS
  • Brandon, SD
  • Grace, Milwaukee, WI
  • Hobart, WI
    (Unsubsidized)
  • Horicon, WI
    (Unsubsidized)
  • Joplin, MO
  • Phoenix, AZ
    (2nd campus)
  • Reno, NV
  • Richland Center, WI
  • Mansfield, OH
  • Bluffton, SC
  • ENHANCEMENTS
  • Ascension, Harrisburg, PA
    (Restart)
  • Crown of Life, Corona, CA
    (Additional pastor for 4 campuses)
  • Epiphany and First Lutheran, Racine, WI
    (School outreach)
  • Faith, Anchorage, AK
    (Hispanic ministry)
  • Grace, Seattle, WA
    (Restart)
  • Shepherd of the Hills, Knoxville, TN
    (Restart)
  • Trinity, Waukesha, WI
    (Hispanic ministry)
  • Richland Center, WI
  • Mansfield, OH
  • Bluffton, SC

Ashley’s persistent witness

This story begins with Ashley. Ashley will be the first to…

Every member a missionary

At Spirit of Life, our mission statement is “Every member a…

Conference digs into developing multi-site congregations

More than one hundred pastors, teachers, staff ministers, laypeople,…

Open Doors

"...seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have…

Look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest.

Jesus said, “I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields!…

By his wounds we are healed

He was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our…

I'm really glad to be here

“I got baptized on Friday… and I’m really glad to be here.” Those…

By his wounds we are healed

He was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our…

Changing community, unchanging grace

Change. There is a large billboard on Interstate 15 that says,…

God used the church to save Grandma

Grandma Barb started worshiping with us at Epiphany in Racine…

WELS Campus Ministry helps college students grow in their faith so that they can reach out to other college students with the gospel.

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…

Campus ministry representatives meet for conference

On May 15 and 16, 60 campus ministry pastors, committee members,…

New Campus Center and Church, Stevens Point, WI

On January 29, 2017, approximately 175 people gathered in a morning…

MISSIONS PRESENTATIONS
& IMAGES

Download WELS Missions slideshows from mission fields featured in Forward in Christ magazine. Browse through and share pictures of WELS Missions, taken by WELS missionaries and national workers.

WORLD MISSIONS

Using cultural connections to further outreach

World Missions is reaching out with the saving message of the gospel in 40 countries and is exploring outreach opportunities in 14 prospective new mission fields;

  • is celebrating 125 years of mission work in 2018, as WELS sent its first missionaries to the Apache tribes back in 1893;
  • is in fellowship with 105,465 Lutherans around the world;
  • has 45 missionaries in the field training national pastors and conducting outreach;
  • supports 13 teachers and more than 60 laypeople as they reach out to children and adults with the gospel;
  • reaches more than 1 million people in Latin America with the gospel through the Academia Cristo Facebook page; and
  • continues to partner with Multi-Language Publications (MLP), which has printed more than 2.9 million items in more than 52 languages.

In his hands - mission work in Mozambique

Originally appears in the December 2018 Malawi Mission Partner…

Pastor Ham

Pastor Tsavxwm Ham is 50 years old and serves in Son La province…

Pastor Vue

Pastor Vue is 44 years old. He serves the Zhoukao congregation…

Pastor Vang

Pastor Vang is 36 years old. He serves in Lao Cai province as…

... and because I love you.

125 years ago God said something to the people of the San Carlos…

Hundreds gather to celebrate 125 years of Apache mission work

Over 1,200 attended the Apache 125th anniversary celebration…

Growth Spurt in Nigerian Mission Fields

Originally appears in the October 31, 2018 One Africa Team blog.  Next…

Back to Africa - The Felgenhauer’s in Zambia

Written by Kathy (nee Uhlhorn) Felgenhauer, whose husband Stefan…

Never Forget

Never Forget. A widely seen and regularly used slogan in the…

WELS India Children's Homes - Fall 2018 Update

This young man, Teja, is part of a new group of former students…

Get the latest resources and materials from WELS Home and World Missions at missions.welsrc.net.

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