Help Fill the Bag

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When missionaries are selected by the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, the Synod doesn’t hand them a bag full of cash and send them out the door. They train them, and then expect them to solicit funds for their mission. Where do our missionaries get these funds? Mainly from congregations and people like you and me.

Don’t be surprised if you know someone who’s a missionary. (You definitely ought to know one of the missionaries listed—Rev. Joshua Gale, who’s one of our BJS authors.) Happily, the LCMS now has a fairly sizable group of those who have been sent, with more being added. If you click here, you can check out the list, complete with photos of the missionaries and their families. Click on the “iScreen Shot 2015-11-09 at 8.18.47 AM
below each missionary to find out more about themScreen Shot 2015-11-09 at 10.41.18 AM and their mission, and click on the “present” to make a contribution to that individual’s mission.

Screen Shot 2015-11-09 at 10.44.26 AMAnother of our BJS authors, Rev. James May, is the head of Lutherans In Africa. LIA trains African pastors and evangelists by providing seminars and workshops, and supplies needed doctrinal resources in their native languages. Please check out their website, and help out if you’re able. The countries in green on the map are those in which LIA is working.

“How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching?” Romans 10:17

About Scott Diekmann

Scott is a lifelong LCMS layman. Some of his vocations include husband, dad, jet driver, runner, and collector of more books than he can read. Oh, and also chocolate lover. He’s been involved in apologetics for over a decade, is on the Board of Regents at Concordia Portland, and is a column writer for the sometimes operational Around the Word Journal. He’s also written for Higher Things Magazine, The Lutheran Clarion, and has been a guest on Issues Etc. as well as the KFUO program Concord Matters.


Help Fill the Bag — 6 Comments

  1. Lutheran Heritage Foundation provides translation and translated materials to missionaries in the field. I became acquainted with their work in SouthEast Asia (Thailand, Laos, Cambodia) and that is my interest. But they work with James May in Africa as well.
    So, if the missionaries haven’t known my name, Robert Rahn of LHF has. (One does, though, and I need to do something in that direction…) 🙂

  2. Thank you for posting this reminder. It brings to mind, however, a question I’ve not had answered: Why is the Synod not funding these missionaries itself? To call a missionary, and then require him to become a fund-raiser is, to me, pushing him into the role of “Non-Profit CEO.” I get it that we want our workers to have a “buy-in” on the work they do, but it seems that the buy-in has already occurred given the amount of educational debt they already carry. I’ve been told that each missionary has to raise an amount in the neighborhood of $125,000. Don’t know how accurate that is, but then, whatever he raises – does that go directly to him and his needs?

  3. @RevJimO #2
    I no longer remember the exact amount the missionaries must raise, but I think it may be more than $125,000. The Synod doesn’t fund the missionaries because it doesn’t have the cash to do so. Go here for a paper on the Network-Supported Missionary Model:,d.cGU

  4. @RevJimO #2
    That is a great question. The synod should pay for missionaries and the seminaries should take ownership of all the student loan debt for missionaries.

  5. @RevJimO #2

    Don’t know how accurate that is, but then, whatever he raises – does that go directly to him and his needs?

    I would like to see a current answer on that.
    Ten years ago, someone said it did not.
    More recently I was told that things have changed….

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