The goal of the Great Commission Society is to connect individuals and congregations with missions close to home and around the world. Click on the links of our mission partners listed below to learn more about their work and how you can support them. The mission partners listed below have been reviewed and approved by our Ministry and Mission Standards Team.
Established by EEMN (the “East European Missions Network,” a mission partner of the NALC), Awakening Lives to World Missions (“ALWM”) has as its mission “Mobilizing and Equipping Churches for Effective Global Outreach.” This ministry exists to call and equip congregations to actively respond to Jesus’ call to take the Gospel to the nations. ALWN comes alongside local churches to assist them in discovering and advancing their unique missional calling through Bible teaching, practical experience, strategic networking and evangelical passion. It also sponsors and organizes short-term mission trips and works with partnerships and project in former Soviet bloc countries.
Churches participating in this partnership have realized significant increases in funds available for missions, have developed clear plans for strategic outreach, have substantially increased their members’ involvement in missions, and have called individuals within the congregation to full-time missions. Its annual budget is funded through contributions from congregations and individuals.
Click here for a form to “adopt” Awakening Lives to World Missions and provide direct support.
China Service Ventures *
1407 Cleveland Avenue N
Saint Paul, MN 55108-1410
Contact: Pastor Jeff Nellermoe, Executive Director or Tom Stertz, Board Chair
China Service Ventures (CSV) operates under the motto “Not to be served, but to serve.” Its mission is to improve the quality of life for the rural poor in China, through ventures of education, health, community and good news. The organization works closely with local Chinese officials, focusing especially on poor, rural children in Henan Province, one of the most highly populated and poorest areas of China. CSV facilitates the teaching of English to college age students in China, provides summer camps to middle and high school and college students, furnishes scholarships to rural elementary, middle school and high school students whose parents work away in distant cities, teaches the Bethel Series in Chinese churches, and works in local communities in a variety of ways. CSV was founded in 2000 by grandchildren of some of the earliest Lutheran missionaries in China. Its annual budget is approximately $380,000.00, funded through contributions from congregations and individuals.
East European Missions Network *
8210 Louisiana Blvd. NE, Suite B
Albuquerque, NM 87113-1761
Contact: John Moberly
Founded in 1993 for the purpose of rebuilding and equipping the body of Christ in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, East European Missions Network (EEMN) sends short-term and career missionaries to Eastern Europe and former Soviet Russia, mobilizes and equips congregations toward active involvement in the Great Commission, and works to network believers and congregations in relationship and intentional ministry. English Bible camps are hosted in former Soviet bloc countries each summer in partnership with indigenous ministry partners. There are currently five missionaries deployed. Its annual budget is funded through contributions from congregations and individuals.
Friends of Madagascar Mission (FOMM), financially supports the mission and ministry programs of the Malagasy Lutheran Church (FLM). We do not sponsor or run our own programs, but “walk together with” the FLM. Currently we support six programs:
- Prison Ministry – Now in 10 prisons and adding new ones each year.
- Ejeda Hospital Nutrition Program and Emergency Medical and Food Programs
- Evangelists – Currently support 35 evangelists from two synods.
- Bible Schools – Currently support three Bible Schools: Manasoa –Betioky Synod; Mananovy – Betroka Synod; and Manatantely–Faradofay Synod.
- Tandroy Bible Translation and Printing Project – Awaiting approval to print this labor of faith for the past 16 years, translating the Bible into the Tandroy dialect.
- Drip Irrigation Project – A new program beginning in 2017 to teach people in the arid southwest part of Madagascar (in the Ejeda Hospital area) how to provide for their food supply during the droughts.
One hundred percent of a contribution goes to the mission project selected, with nothing taken out of the gift for administrative costs. The gift is sent quickly to the selected mission project in Madagascar. Contributions may be designated separately to apply toward FOMM’s administrative costs. Contributions come from individuals, congregations, grants, wills and endowment earnings.
The mission of Guyanese Outreach (GO) is to support the gospel of Jesus Christ in Guyana, South America, by working with the Guyanese people to strengthen values and enhance their own culture by assisting them to meet their spiritual and physical needs. Founded in 1995, GO assists pastors, provides education, develops and trains Guyanese in job skills, and sends humanitarian aid. It has a Youth Learning Center where it teaches literacy classes. GO’s ministry is supported by Lutheran congregations in the US and Guyana, and it has worked with mission teams from US congregations who have taught Guyanese children Alpha, Vacation Bible School and abstinence. GO has also provided chairs, desks, benches, and Jesus storybooks.
GO is currently seeking funds to build an addition to its Guyanese education center for computer classes and housing for mission groups.
Click here for a form to “adopt” Guyanese Outreach and provide direct support.
Life Together Churches, a ministry under the umbrella of the Lutheran Evangelistic Movement (“LEM”), a pan-Lutheran organization begun in the 1920s, is a network that supports people hosting worship and congregational life in small group, or house church, environments. The organization is a mission partner of the NALC.
This network provides everything needed to enable a local group to quickly and effectively start a small group worshiping community and sustain its life and growth. In this way the network lives out its common vision to make disciples who make disciples and to plant churches that plant other churches linked together by shared leadership, resources and passion. Its first order concern is to live out Christ’s Great Commission to make disciples for the sake of preaching, teaching, and confessing Jesus Christ as God’s Word for us and for our salvation.
Click here for a form to “adopt” Life Together Churches and provide direct support.
NALC Disaster Response *
2299 Palmer Drive, Suite 220
New Brighton, MN 55112-2202
Contact: Pastor David McGettigan
The mission of NALC Disaster Response is to serve the Trinitarian God, drawing on His grace and strength to bring God’s gift of hope and healing to those suffering disaster, whether natural or human. The group arose out of concern for the great needs of people who experienced the destruction of Hurricane Sandy. It has continued to communicate need and marshal resources from all over the country to support local recovery from domestic disasters. Those resources may be financial, material, experience, volunteers and counsel.
Although a part of the NALC, Disaster Response welcomes additional gifts from GCS members and congregations to enable it to widen its outreach in the event of domestic disasters.
Click here for a form to “adopt” NALC Disaster Response and provide direct support.
Founded in 1945, World Mission Prayer League (WMPL) is a Lutheran community committed to know Christ, pray for the advance of his Kingdom, share the gospel and ourselves with those who do not know him, and encourage Christians everywhere in this global task. WMPL has medical workers, business people, pastors, youth workers, community development workers, teachers, counselors, and translators in many countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America. Its goal is simple: Do whatever it takes to further God’s kingdom among all the nations of the world.
Become a Great Commission Society Mission Partner
Would your ministry/mission organization like to be listed as a Great Commission Society mission partner? Please download and submit an application for review by our Ministry and Mission Standards Team.
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