Hospital Loma de Luz is a hospital in Honduras. Our congregation has sent missionary teams to the hospital in order to work construction projects. The first year we donated money for a nurses station so that the nurses in the hospital would not have to leave their patients in order to use a bathroom or eat their lunch. The second year we worked to repair some casitas - little houses - that are used by some missionaries as well as families who have children staying in the hospital.
For more information: https://www.crstone.org/
The Kathryn E. Larson orphanage is an orphanage in India that our congregation helps to sponsor through Global Hope. This orphanage is a place for children to go to who are cast out of their homes, neglected, or otherwise in need. The orphanage also helps to feed children whose parents cannot afford to feed them so that the children can stay in their homes.
For more information: https://www.globalhope.org/
Word of God puts baby or school kits together for those in need every year. Per the Luthern World Relief website, "Often, when natural disasters strike or when war drives families from their homes, our hearts ache with compassion, but we don’t know how to help. Making Lutheran World Relief Kits is a simple, fun and tangible way to offer comfort to those suffering and express love to our neighbors in need. LWR Kits are specifically designed to help people coping with poverty, disaster, conflict and more. Whether a kit helps someone to maintain good hygiene, care well for a newborn baby, keep education going during a crisis or learn a new vocation, LWR Kits provide dignity and hope in the direst situations." Word of God members come together after church or during VBS to pack the kits. It is a wonderful way to help those in need while enjoying some fellowship.
For more information: https://lwr.org/kits
One of our beloved Christmas projects is the Operation Christmas Child boxes. Each November we gather the boxes in our sanctuary until the distribution centers open to receive them and we can deliver them. Individual families pack boxes. Fish Stix, our adult special needs group, pack boxes when miscellaneous supplies are provided. The Operation Christmas Child boxes truly are a congregation movement of generosity.
For More Information: https://www.samaritanspurse.org/what-we-do/operation-christmas-child/
The Operation Christmas Child: Distribution Center is a natural extension of the Operation Christmas Child project in our congregation. Each year we try to arrange for slots within the distribution center where we can go and help pack boxes into shipping cartons to be delivered overseas. The packing trips are a lot of fun, and fellowship among church members is always a priority on such a mission. However, there is great joy that comes knowing that we've been able to do our part getting a portion of the hundreds of thousands of Operation Christmas Child boxes to go overseas.
Spiritual Orphans Network
Word of God provides monetary funding to assist the Spiritual Orphans Network.
Spiritual Orphans Network (formerly East European Missions Network – EEMN) has placed career missionaries in Poland, Latvia, Ukraine, Russia, Hungary, Albania, and Turkey. We also strive to equip the indigenous Church and lay leadership to serve as missionaries within their own culture. Each summer, short-term mission teams serve with these long-term missionaries and ministry partners. Additionally, SON staff and representatives teach and preach at conferences and conventions throughout the year, all over the European continent and throughout North America.
Spiritual Orphans Network is a confessional, evangelical, Christian mission organization that connects partners with indigenous Christians living in former communist and Soviet bloc nations. Though we are a para-church organization founded in the confessional Lutheran tradition, at our core is the belief that we are first and foremost Kingdom Builders on mission with Christ. As a result, we also partner with other conservative, evangelical Christians who share in these core values.
SON is a national 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that is registered in Bloomington, MN and headquartered in Albuquerque, NM. We are blessed to serve alongside a vast network of North American supporters, throughout the US and Canada.
In September 1992, Pastor Don Richman founded East European Missions Network (now named Spiritual Orphans Network) during the wake of the fall of the communist Soviet Union in response to the Great Commission. The idea was to educate American Christians to minister alongside their brothers and sisters in east European churches and ultimately seeking to rebuild and equip the Body of Christ in Central & East Europe, the Baltics, the Balkans, and in Russia by the grace of the Word of God, and by the power of the Holy Spirit. Through this concept of mutual fellowship in prayer and sharing of resources, the idea of the Network began to take root.
From 2004-2014, Pastor Bill Moberly served as Director, where he built upon Pr. Richman’s original vision by expanding the scope of ministry partnerships throughout North America and former Soviet Bloc nations.
Pastor David Breidenbach joined the staff as Executive Director in March of 2015. Though, beginning in 2006, Pr. David and his wife, Angela, served as volunteer short-term mission team members, hosted fundraising opportunities, and led short-term summer missions teams with SON (then EEMN) to several former Soviet Bloc nations. As ministry partnerships developed well outside of east Europe and the ministry itself continues to mature beyond evangelism through English Bible Camps to a more holistic ministry that also connects and equips pastors and ministry leaders around the globe, Pastor David recognized the need to rebrand and better tell the story of what the ministry actually does: Connecting Spiritual Orphans to the Global Family of Christ. Thus, in April 2020, Spiritual Orphans Network (SON) was born!
Today, SON continues to develop and nurture international partnerships that produce a strong network of people, ministries, and resources between European, African, Mongolian, and North American believers, and beyond. This is how relationships are strengthened, disciples are made, and the Body of Christ is equipped for Kingdom building.
For more information: https://sonetwork.org/
Word of God also provides monetary funding to assist with the needs of Tartu Academy of Theology (TAT) in Estonia. TAT is located in the Estonian city of Tartu. TAT was founded in the Autumn of 1992. Eight Lutheran pastors from USA visited Estonia earlier that year and met with pastor Eenok Haamer. He shared his vision of Christian College as there was big need to train Christian leaders. These pastors decided to support his initiative financially. This was starting point for TAT founding activities. Since beginning is TAT a Strategic Ministry Partner of East European Missions Network, now SON, Spiritual Orphans Network. It is run as a joint school with the Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church seminary.
GOOD RESULTS OF TAT AND SEMINARY JOINT WORK DURING LAST 3 YEARS
20 completed bachelor studies:
16 completed Master’s studies in Theology:
10 completed Master’s studies in Christian Culture:
They work in different specialties. The curriculum is created to expand Estonians knowledge of Christianity and its introduction into Estonian and European culture. Education in that field is very poor in Estonia due to 50 years of Soviet Occupation.
3 completed the 2-year church musician (organist) course.
Approx. 1,200 participated in life-long learning courses.
TAT's is now in a new building called the Home of Hope. It not only houses the school and seminary, but is a Christian outreach center for ministries: Bible school, pastoral care center, pastoral care hot line,youth activities, spiritual mentoring center, and even a Christian radio station.
Story of 4 generation Haamer Family and TAT in Estonia: https://tatest.org/videos/
For more information: https://tatest.org/