Minute for Mission
Wherever God calls us to partner, LPGM wants to be ready to respond with effective, life-changing ministries. In preparation for the future, LPGM decided the three pillars of its 2014-2018 Strategic Plan are Youth and Young Adults, Deepening Domestic Partnerships, and New International Partners. Realizing our great assets are the people connected to or through LPGM and its ministries, this Strategic Plan builds on nineteen years of experience and keeps the organization true to its founding principles. We will engage more youth and young adults by helping families, congregations and colleges develop international partnerships through LPGM. Creating more and deeper partnerships with like-minded nonprofits, congregations and schools will allow LPGM to remain a lean and nimble organization. Developing partnerships with new international ministries, especially a few closer to home, will open LPGM up to more opportunities for service and travel. Join us by praying, supporting a student or ministry, or encouraging one of our pillars of growth.
Posted on October 14, 2014
Minute for Mission
We had a very meaningful gathering at Bethel Lutheran Church in Northfield MN last week. We call it a Ministry Celebration!
It was an opportunity to share stories and project updates, but more importantly to come together to celebrate God’s global community. Pastor Tim’s opening comments about how he first heard about Lutheran Partners in Global Ministry was followed by singing “Christ, Be Our Light” which led to a brief introduction to LPGM. We heard personal stories of involvement from Bo who is a member of Bethel in Northfield, from Connie who is a member of United Lutheran Church in Red Wing MN and from Marilyn (from Rochester) who is helping to create a strong administrative structure at the Community College in India. Mark, Gordon and Paul also shared insight into the busy LPGM office.
The real benefit of the event is to see and hear what God is doing through the partners of LPGM. Donors not only provide funding but also prayerful support for needed projects and programs. In Argentina, C.A.R., India and Nigeria, our financial assistance and prayers go a long way in partnership with the local church and its ministries. What better way to give each other encouragement than to share some refreshments, conversation and be together!
Christ, be our light! Shine in our hearts. Shine through the darkness.
Christ, be our light! Shine in your church gathered today.
ELW #715; text by Bernadette Farrell, b. 1957
Is God calling you to celebrate the ministry of LPGM? To plan a similar event in your church or community, please contact us for more information.
Posted October 1, 2014
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