The administrative committee for WELS Christian Aid and Relief approved $466,212 for humanitarian aid work in fiscal year 2019-20. These are projects developed by WELS home and world missionaries to reflect Christ’s love to the people of their community and open doors to share the gospel.
Christian Aid and Relief Chairman Rev. Robert Hein, says, “Humanitarian aid projects help our missions put Christ’s love into action by meeting community needs. As missionaries develop relationships with the people they serve, they also find opportunities to tell people about Jesus. In some world mission fields, hostile to Christianity, humanitarian aid is essential to keep the doors open to share the gospel.”
All projects originate in the mission fields as the missionaries discover opportunities to help. Then the projects are brought to the Christian Aid and Relief administrative committee as well as to the WELS Missions administrators for approval.
Some of the approved projects are:
- New or repaired water wells in Zambia and Malawi.
- Medical clinic renovation in Zambia.
- Rural medical clinic and medical care in Nigeria.
- Food assistance for the poor in Indonesia.
- Medical, vacation Bible school, and English training in Thailand.
- Outreach programs in Bulgaria and Russia.
- Assistance for war refugees, orphans, and the poor in Ukraine.
- Food and transportation programs in Mexico.
- Water projects and medical equipment in South Asia.
- Medical clinics, sewing classes, clothing for poor, and flood assistance in Nepal.
- Medical assistance and skill training program in Pakistan.
- African immigrant assistance in Las Vegas.
- Welcome programs for immigrants in Toronto.
- Various outreach and assistance programs in Fort Worth, Austin, San Antonio, College Station in Texas and Denver, Colo.
To view a complete list of humanitarian aid projects, visit wels.net/relief.
Serving in Christ,
President Mark Schroeder