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'Jesus Is Lord' plans first gathering

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	August 8, 2003 .................... LCMSNews -- No. 88

	Jesus Is Lord Mission
	to host first gathering

	The Jesus Is Lord Mission (JILM), an independent mission society
whose membership is composed mostly of retired church workers, has
planned its first national gathering for Sept. 6-7 at Zion Lutheran
Church in Walburg, Texas.

	"We want it to be a celebration," said Dr. Glenn O'Shoney,
former LCMS World Mission executive director and a member of JILM's
organizing committee. The society, just a year old, already has raised
$100,000 for LCMS World Mission, and its membership continues to grow,
O'Shoney said. Some 500 people have joined the organization since its
founding in July 2002.

	JILM grants of $20,000 each are being used to start new work in
Afghanistan and to support missionaries serving in Kazakhstan and
Vietnam. Another $40,000 grant will be used for theological education in

	Activities at JILM's first national gathering will include
approval of the organization's constitution and bylaws, election of
officers and adoption of mission projects. Total funding for those
projects may reach as high as $250,000, according to O'Shoney.

	Guest speaker for the gathering will be Rev. Robert Roegner,
executive director of LCMS World Mission.

	Registration is $10 and includes two meals, thanks to a grant
from Thrivent Financial for Lutherans.

	For more information or to register, contact JILM President Will
Sohns at (254) 986-1131 or .


	If you have questions or comments about this LCMSNews release,
contact Joe Isenhower Jr. at or (314) 996-1231,
or Paula Schlueter Ross at or (314) 996 1230.


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