Lutheran Latino Ministries carries the Gospel of Christ to Latino people.
They need Jesus.
98% of Latino people living in the Pacific Northwest are not actively connected with any church:1
"Hispanic growth rate (24.3%) was more than three times the growth rate of the total population (6.1%)".2
Jesus commissioned us to, “Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them . . .and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” (Matt. 28:19-20)
God has brought "all nations" to us, giving us the unprecedented opportunity to fulfill Christ's Great Commission. We are compelled to actively share the Gospel of Christ with our Latino neighbors . . . or to support those who are.
The Latino people need Latino church leaders.
When Lutheran Latino Ministries began 20+ years ago, we had only the hope of someday providing a missionary pastor and assistant to carry this work forward. Since 2003, we have
- assisted a pastor through the Colloquy process to become a certified LCMS pastor
- and have sent his wife through the Deaconess Formation Program at the Center for Hispanic Studies at Concordia Seminary in St. Louis.
Before, there were no LCMS Spanish Bible studies or worship opportunities.
Now there is LCMS Word and Sacrament ministry established in three locations,
with an average total of 80-100 people worshipping every week.
They're getting Jesus!
Several Latino people are studying to become Lay Assistants.
They know their people need Jesus.
The Circuit Rider Ministry bears fruit for God's kingdom, but it also costs money. Most of the financial obligation has thus far been carried by five congregations that give monthly support. We appreciate the regular commitment from Trinity-Portland, Ascension-Portland, Hope-Woodburn, Trinity-Mt. Angel, and St. John-Salem. Several individuals contribute regularly to support the cost of the mission work. Together their regular contributions cover just over half of the cost of the salary, benefits, and travel expenses for the Circuit Rider Missionaries.
Donors send the preachers to the Latino people.
Other congregations and organizations have provided significant support through special offerings. Trinity-Oregon City has dedicated Advent and Lenten offerings which covered the cost of one month's ministry expenses. LWML Societies have sent gifts, and the Oregon District LWML has granted support several times. The Northwest District of the LCMS has contributed approximately one month's cost over the past several years. Thrivent Financial for Lutherans has provided matching funds grants in the past. Several individuals designate their Thrivent Choice Dollars in support of LLM.
They're helping to carry God's Word to Latinos.
Will you help, too?
Lutheran Latino Ministries needs your support to continue this life-giving, life-changing ministry. Please consider giving monthly and including LLM in your estate planning.
Send, Preach, Believe!Carrying God's Word to Latinos
Lutheran Latino Ministries, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) religious organization and a Recognized Service Organization (RSO) under the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. Neither the Synod nor the Northwest District of the LCMS has any financial obligation or responsibility to support the ministry of Lutheran Latino Ministries, Inc.
Your tax-deductible gifts may be made payable to: Lutheran Latino Ministries
PO Box 293
Mt. Angel, OR 97362
Thank you for heeding the voice of our Savior and helping to bring the Latinos to Him.
1 Hispanic Institute of Theology, 2007.
2 US Census Bureau. http://www.census.gov/population/www/socdemo/hispanic/hispanic_pop_presentation.html