One of the greatest resources that is needed today is not what you would expect. While it’s true that financial help is needed by many of our mission partners throughout the world, one of the greatest needs is you…
Though we in the United States continue to send missionaries all over the world to share the Gospel, what we have failed to recognize is that the percentage of Christians in the countries to which we are sending missionaries is arguably a higher percentage than what is in the United States. In fact, many of these countries are now sending missionaries to the United States. The theology of mission is an important topic to be discussed, but what we hear from our partners across the world is that there are millions of Christians — thousands of young men and women, grandparents, children, bankers, teachers, accountants, lawyers, CEO’s, maintenance workers, musicians, professional plumbers and more — who long for training in Scripture and theology. There are many, many people who would like to receive education or seminary training to be pastors, but there are not enough teachers to teach them.
The North American Lutheran Church’s Theologians Without Borders recognizes that in the United States we are rich with education, training and degrees. As we continue to build relationships with our brothers and sisters in Christ all over the world, we recognize this is a resource that we can easily share. As we strive to live out the Great Commission, are you willing to be sent out? To share your education and gifts? To begin a relationship with another part of the Body of Christ in a different place where you will also have the ability to learn and grow in your faith?
The NALC Missions Office will help these Theologians Without Borders by connecting the individual with:
- An overseas contact person
- Initial contact and planning assistance
- Connection to a travel agent
- Cultural training and information
- Fundraising options
- Providing information and assistance to his/her congregation to understand this mission
- Resources to debrief the experience upon return
- An outlet to share experiences to help encourage others in this particular ministry (blog, newsletter, etc.)
There is a possibility to travel individually or on one of the group trips that is planned for the coming year. For more information, please contact Jenny Brockman (firstname.lastname@example.org).