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LCMS - Mission society gives $40,000 to World Mission
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Wed, 05 Feb 2003 11:11:23 -0800
The Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod
Board for Communication Services
LCMSNews -- No. 9, February 5, 2003
Mission society gives $40,000 to World Mission
Concerned about dwindling funds for missions, a group of Missouri Synod
Lutherans -- many of them retired pastors, teachers and lay leaders --
decided last summer to start a new mission society with just one partner:
LCMS World Mission.
Since its founding on July 1, the Jesus Is Lord Mission (JILM) has boosted
LCMS World Mission's funding by $40,000, enabling the mission board to
begin laying the groundwork for starting mission work among Muslims in
Afghanistan, and to replace a retiring missionary in Kazakhstan.
Based in Walburg, Texas, the JILM "has a passion for Christ's mission" and
is "thankful that it can help make a difference through its prayers,
concern and support," said Dr. Will Sohns, its president. Sohns is former
president of the Synod's Wyoming District.
The mission society -- now 300 members strong -- was formed to "pray for
the mission, fund the mission, involve ourselves in the mission, speak for
the mission, seek volunteer and career missionaries for the mission and do
this with such enthusiasm and singleness of purpose that our beloved Synod
might be reminded that we, as church, exist for the mission," Sohns says in
the society's letter to prospective members.
JILM's contributions have been a blessing to the mission board and its
plans for the future, according to LCMS World Mission Executive Director
Robert Roegner, allowing the board to move forward in ministries that
otherwise would have been placed "on hold."
The society's organizing committee includes former LCMS World Mission
Executive Director Glenn O'Shoney and his wife, Sandra. Since JILM has no
paid staff or other administrative costs, O'Shoney noted, "every dollar we
generate goes to missions and no other purpose."
Zion Lutheran Church in Walburg serves as JILM's headquarters, providing
office space and volunteers. Most of the growing society's members have
been recruited by other members, and O'Shoney said all LCMS church workers
-- active and retired -- will be asked to join.
"People seem eager to join us -- to support the mission of the church," he
For more information about the Jesus Is Lord Mission, contact President
Will Sohns at (254) 986-1131; firstname.lastname@example.org.
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