At Lamb of God we join in partnership in the gospel through our prayers and giving. Missions that are supported on an on-going basis include:
- John and Rebeca Stenson – Youth With A Mission
- 04/02/2017 – Stenson Family Ministry Update March 2017
- 01/14/2017 – STENSON FAMILY MINISTRY 2016 SUMMARY REPORT
- 10/05/2016 – Stenson Summer Update
- 03/16/2016 – Stenson Family Spring Outreach
- 01/23/2016 – 2015 Stenson Family Ministry Summary and what is on the horizon…
- 05/05/2015 – Stenson Family Ministry Update 🌍
In addition to this on-going support, a special mission is highlighted each quarter. Not only does this provide much needed support to these vital missions, but it is also an opportunity for expanding our vision to the fields that are white for the harvest.
Cups of Cold Water Project
Located 90 minutes off the coast of Florida is what appears to be a tropical paradise. At first glance it may look like many other little Caribbean vacation destinations … but this town holds a secret. Families don’t vacation here anymore. Sosua, Dominican Republic has become ground zero for the trafficking of young girls and boys. In fact the Dominican is ranked #4 in the world for human trafficking.
Because of poverty, lack of education, and spiritual darkness, parents in the impoverished surrounding villages actually encourage their children to seek financial gain through selling their own bodies. Girls and boys, many as young as eight years old, are rented to large groups who travel to this sex tourism destination. Can you imagine how you would feel if this life were your life, or the life of your children, or the life of your grandchildren? One cannot see what is going on without thinking that somebody needs to do something about this.
Well there is some good news. Somebody is doing something. The Cups of Cold Water Project is reaching out to the poorest of these children, many who live in the extreme impoverishment of the garbage dump; it is no wonder that the traffickers use this place to find their victims. Here among these poor villages, the Cups of Cold Water Life Centers offer an oasis of hope in a desperate place.
The Cups Project provides life-skills training programs giving bright hopeful futures for these young girls and boys. Cups brings a girls empowerment program, a boys development program, a garbage dump feeding program, a pastors training school, a business school, a medical clinic partnership, family counseling services, and a special orphanage ministry. Cups staff work daily with children providing hope through the Gospel of Christ. The Cups of Cold Water Project is rescuing children, transforming families, and will be here next year to offer hope and education thanks to the wonderful partner-sponsors across the United States.
(More information can be found at www.cupsofcoldwater.com)
For the months of April, May, and June, we will be helping to support the building of a Lutheran church presence in the state of Delta in Asaba, Nigeria. This is the home state of Pastor Chris Ikanih who began his ministry at Bethany Lutheran Church in Milwaukee when he was installed there on August 14, 2011.
There has been a Lutheran presence in Nigeria since 1936 when the Lutheran Church of Nigeria (an independent church body in fellowship with the LCMS) was founded by the Rev. Dr. Johathan Udo Ekong among the rural Ibesikpo clan. It has struggled to reach out to other parts of Nigeria with the Gospel.
It appeared that having a Lutheran presence in other parts of Nigeria was an impossible dream. However, Pastor Ikanih felt called by the Holy Spirit to start a Lutheran church in his home state of Delta. As he put it, “It was time. for someone to do something. If not now, when? If not me, who?”
Each summer since 2012 Pastor Ikanih and his family have taken their saved funds and other gifts home to Nigerial They were able to evangelize through Bible study as well as by giving away clothing and food.
On February 16, 2014, Bishop Christian Ekong of the Lutheran Church of Nigeria visited Milwaukee, and along with Rev. Dan McMiller (former South Wisconsin District Mission Executive), net with members of Bethany Lutheran. At that time, they each gave their blessings to the mission work and plans to build a church in Asaba, Nigeria.
In Pastor Ikanih’s words, “I hope you will join us for the adventure ahead. Please pray for God to bring this project to fruition,”
Past three-month missions:
Antsirabe School for the Blind – Madagascar
Voice of the Martyrs
A Bible for Every Believer
Photo: Reuters/Erik De Castro, courtesy Trust.org
Families in the Philippines are in urgent need after Super Typhoon Haiyan devastated towns and villages, causing heavy damage from wind and water. Thousands of people are feared dead, and millions more have been displaced from their homes.
We have the opportunity to partner with New Life Baptist Church in Tacloban as they work with survivors. The uncle of two of Becky Stenson’s piano students pastors a church in the area. This church is working with Kids International to provide food and other needs.
In the wake of one of the strongest storms in recorded history, families desperately need food, water, shelter and other basic supplies. You can help today — your gift will be restricted to Mercy Corps’ Philippines Typhoon Response. You’ll help survivors meet their basic needs and begin rebuilding after this disaster.
Area Food Pantries:
Operation Christmas Child.
Bethany Lutheran Church is served by Reverend Dr. Chris Ikanih as Missionary at Large. Along with this community, Pastor Ikanih is highly known for his work within the African Immigrant Community throughout Milwaukee. The church is known through a variety of social ministries that connect the people of the community with Christ. One of these ministries that is supported thru the outreach initiative program is their weekly involvement with youth within the neighborhood.
Bethany opens their doors to these youth, many who are looking for positive, uplifting and encouraging activities instead of the being on the street. A variety of adults help out in several different way, as leaders, mentors and volunteers. Jennifer who has worked with these youth and children through several different programs and activities such as the “Kids for Christ” program, Praise dancing and stepping, cares for these children as her own. “The success that I’m looking for is that the young people will take with them through life is that all Christians will live worthy in their daily lives, to grow more spiritual in faith, to speak the truth and grow their relationship to Christ. To seek quality in church life, to live peacefully today in word and action”.
Our three month mission for February, March and April, 2013
How far do you walk to get safe water? Do you count it in steps or miles? Seconds or hours? Over 1 billion people do not have access to safe water. Women and children spend hours each day carrying water.
Why do children living in poverty need access to safe drinking water?
- Every day more than 4,000 children are dying of water-related diseases such as cholera and typhoid that are easily preventable.
- Many more are suffering sickness, diarrhea and acute stomach pains – illnesses that stop children from going to school and growing up into healthy adults.
- When you give to Compassion Water of Life, you are not only giving safe drinking water, you are protecting a child from life-threatening diseases and allowing that child to go to school, to dream and to reach their full potential.
Shocking isn’t it? How can you help? Lamb of God’s 3 month mission is Compassion International’s Water of Life program. For every $79 that is contributed, Compassion will be able to supply a system that removes all bacterial contaminants from water to make nearly any water source safe to drink. Each system will provide enough safe water for an entire family for their entire life! Will you prayerfully consider donating to help meet our goal of buying 20 units?
Your donation provides:
- Compassion Water of Life system that provides safe water for life (more than 1 million gallons) for a child and his or her family in developing countries.
- Education for improving hygiene and sanitation.
- Support for improving community water sources where needed.
Our January mission support targeted the relief efforts in connection with Hurricane Sandy.
December’s mission support was for the Salvation Army’s ministry.
During the month of November we supported Operation Christmas Child.
Our October mission was LWML. The Lutheran Women’s Missionary League (LWML) is the official women’s auxiliary of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. For over 65 years, the LWML has focused on affirming each woman’s relationship with Christ, encouraging and equipping women to live out their Christian lives in active mission ministries and to support global missions.
The mission of the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League is to assist each woman of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod in affirming her relationship with the Triune God so that she is enabled to use her gifts in ministry to the people of the world.
Operation Christmas Child
Lamb of God is participating once again this year in Operation Christmas Child. See more info here: http://www.samaritanspurse.org/index.php/OCC/index/#
Voice of the Martyrs
Our three-month mission for July, August and September was Voice of the Martyrs (http://www.persecution.com/).
See their June 2012 newletter here.
Resurrection Lutheran School, Ministry Initiative of Westfield: http://miowi.org/update.htm
Soles for Jesus
Another mission we have supported is Soles for Jesus (http://www.solesforjesus.org/), helping to provide shoes for children in Africa.
- Collecting shoes for children and youth in Africa
- Sizes toddler to adult size 12
- Thank you for giving!