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After Hurricane Ernesto blew through Mexico in August, Mr. Mark Vance, Christian Aid and Relief director of operations, took a small team to assess the lingering damage and needs in the areas surrounding WELS' sister church, Cruz de Christo, in Mahahual.
Kettle Moraine Lutheran High School (KML), one of WELS 23 area Lutheran high schools, sits right on the edge of a contamination area caused by pipeline leak near Jackson, Wis. The pipe cracked in July and leaked approximately 1,300 barrels of gasoline into the ground.
It has been a busy week for WELS Christian Aid and Relief as it responds to several WELS churches dealing with flooding in Florida, wildfires in Colorado, and powerful storms that knocked out power to millions on the East Coast.
Check out updates and photos from the WELS International Youth Rally, held in Knoxville, Tenn., June 27-30.
Recently an open letter to the American people was prepared by the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod in response to the incursion of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) into the realm of religious freedom with its controversial contraceptive mandate issued earlier this year. I was offered the opportunity to add my signature to that letter.
This week and next, delegates from around the United States and Canada are attending conventions of all twelve districts in our synod. Are they coming from healthy congregations and schools with healthy called workers? How can we determine what makes a Christian person or organization spiritually healthy?
Martin Luther College (MLC) , New Ulm, Minn., and Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary (WLS), Mequon, Wis., have recently held their call days, sending out newly graduated teachers and pastors into the ministry, along with seminary students who will be serving their vicar year.
Eleanor Koester is a member at Peace Lutheran Church in Granger, Indiana.Eleanor had an interest in Haitian missions and, together with the Peace Ladies Sewing Circle, put it into action.
By Rev. Dan Koelpin, administrator - WELS Board for World missions
Just before leaving for a central African visit on Easter Sunday, I received word from a missionary that the 78 year old President of Malawi, Bingu wa Mutharika, was hospitalized and very ill. Rumors were abounding that he had already died and, if this were true, it meant that his death was being kept a secret by his family and close associates so that they might have time to consolidate the powers of government for themselves, a development that occurs all too often in Africa. Such a scenario would have caused great turmoil and probable rioting in Malawi since it would have taken leadership away from the duly elected Vice President of the country, Mrs. Joyce Banda, whose influence Murtharika had intentionally tried to lessen.
Read about Missionary Terry Schultz's work with orphanages in Haiti.
Rev. Mark G. Schroeder, president of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod, has issued a statement regarding the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ new requirement that all health care plans cover contraceptives, abortive drugs, and medical procedures.
Decades after the first missionaries went to Nigeria to share the life-giving gospel message, Christian Aid and Relief is funding well-digging projects for life-saving water.
A group of Christian Aid and Relief volunteers spent 11 days in Joplin, Mo., assisting in the clean up efforts after a tornado raged through the city in May.
It has been five years since Rev. James Buske opened the doors to the Lighthouse Youth Center, in Milwaukee, Wis. Now, the youth center ministry is expanding with a second location.
WELS President Rev. Mark Schroeder elected for second term as synod president.
WELS President Rev. Mark Schroeder discusses the national media's spotlight on the doctrine of the Antichrist.
Christian Aid & Relief set to support several humanitarian aid projects around the world.
Alabama residents are expressing their appreciation for relief efforts undertaken by some 30 volunteers from WELS congregations across the Midwest and South.
Financial aid and volunteer help is on the way to Missouri and Alabama through WELS Committee on Relief.
WELS Committee on Relief is in the process of releasing a grant to help victims of the recent tornado disasters.
WELS is providing aid to earthquake and tsunami victims in two more Japanese cities—Mito and Minami Sanriku. These efforts are in addition to those already underway in Kesennuma, a city of 75,000 people. WELS Christian Aid and Relief has granted an additional $50,000 to fund these ongoing relief efforts.
WELS has begun distributing aid to victims of the Japan earthquake and tsunami. Rev. Brad Wordell, WELS missionary, and Rev. Takeshi Nidaira, Japanese national pastor, delivered a two-ton truck full of supplies to Kesennuma on March 28.
Rev. Brad Wordell, WELS' missionary based in Tokyo, and members of the Lutheran Evangelical Christian Church, WELS' sister synod in Japan, have begun gathering relief supplies for delivery to residents devastated by the earthquake and tsunami that struck March 11.
WELS, through its committee Christian Aid and Relief, is providing $20,000 in initial aid to victims of the devastating earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan March 11.
Since the end of October, more than 200 people have died and more than 200,000 have been evacuated in Indonesia following the repeated eruptions of Mt. Merapi, the "Mountain of Fire." WELS members have responded by granting $10,000 from WELS Christian Aid and Relief to Gereja Lutheran Indonesia (GLI), or the Lutheran Church of Indonesia.
National media outlets are reporting that as many as 14 people may be dead after a Category 1 hurricane hit the Caribbean island of St. Lucia, Castries, Oct. 31. WELS has one church in St. Lucia—Trinity, a congregation of about 160 people. No members were injured, but many families' homes sustained considerable damage.
With the work of volunteer nurses in the immediate aftermath of the earthquake in Haiti now complete, WELS Latin America Administrative Committee has sent national pastor Rona Abraham to conduct exploratory mission work in Cap-Haitien, just north of Haiti's capital city.
Nine nurses—part of a group of 18 volunteers organized by WELS Committee on Relief (COR) that just completed a medical relief mission to aid victims of the earthquake in Haiti—are being praised for their efforts.
A WELS logistics team arrived in Dominican Republic Feb. 22 to make final preparations for teams of volunteer nurses and doctors who will be treating victims of the Haiti earthquake who have made their way to a hospital in the border town of Jimani.
A two-man team from WELS has arrived in Dominican Republic to begin assessing how the synod can best address the physical and spiritual needs of victims of the earthquake in neighboring Haiti.
WELS Committee on Relief (COR) has released another $25,000 for the relief effort in Haiti, bringing total contributions from WELS to $50,000 since a massive earthquake struck that country Jan. 12.
WELS Committee on Relief is in the process of releasing a $25,000 grant to an international relief agency to help victims of the earthquake in Haiti this week.
Prof. Keith Wessel was called to serve for one semester at Asia Lutheran Seminary (ALS) in Hong Kong. Wessel accepted—leading him on a journey that would change his worldview.
Rev. Mark Schroeder, president of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS), is expressing regret at the vote of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) convention regarding homosexual clergy.