Six years after Hurricane Katrina hit, the home of Sally—a 99-year-old grandmother—still sat empty. With little money, her family turned to nearby Camp Restore for help, hearing that if they could come up with money for materials the camp would provide the labor. In October 2011 that labor came from a crew of volunteers from St. John Lutheran. Their job was to tear out and replace as many damaged joists, wall studs and rafters as they could, in five days. Read the full story here.
Lutheran Bible Translators
There are nearly 7,000 different languages spoken in the world. More than 4,500 of these languages (66%) have no portion of Scripture translated. These means that 350 million people worldwide have no access to God's word in their native language. Lutheran Bible Translators (LBT) believes that no language or cultural barrier should exclude people from receiving God’s Word.
Kory and Cara Fay
Our congregation has supported LBT missionaries Kory and Cara Fay who returned from Cameroon due to medical reasons. Kory is now serving as a missionary formation advisor at Lutheran Bible Translators headquarters in Aurora, Illinois. This encompasses working with missionaries from recruitment to when they begin service on the field, ensuring they receive the training and resources they need to thrive overseas. And although Kory's wife Cara needs to be at home with their three small children, she is helping with LBT's hospitality ministry, particularly with missionaries in transition.
Martin and Joan Weber
Additionally, we support Martin and Joan Weber. Although the translation work is finished, Martin and Joan continue to work in Cameroon to encourage and train Kwanjas to expand the literacy work and to promote the audio Scriptures, for them to use and apply to their lives, that they may have life in His Name. The Webers give glory to God for His faithfulness in bringing the Kwanja New Testament to reality. They are thankful for the many faithful supporters who have made this long-term goal possible.
St. John congregation has supported Martin and Joan Weber for over 30 years. In addition to their work with the Kwanja language, the Webers are now serving the Lutheran Church in Cameroon as consultants for six language projects.
Lutheran Multicultural Mission
Lutheran Multicultural Mission is a mission ministry of 14 Lutheran Church Missouri Synod (LCMS) congregations in the Greater Indianapolis area to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ and His peace to all people, but especially to recent immigrants to the United States. Current focus is Hispanic Ministry led by Rev. Samuel Ruiz, and support of Tamil Indian ministry led by Rev. Udhayanesan Raji. Listen to Pastor Ruiz's Spanish-language sermons weekly, visit the Programas Radiales page.