Community Service Opportunity Invitation by Julie Stroder, Messiah Missions Coordinator The Lutheran Hope Center in Ferguson was created to “share the hope that is ours in Jesus Christ to a broken and hurting community in words and acts of mercy.” Housed in the Urban League Empowerment Center, it works in partnership with St. Louis’s North…

by Julie Stroder, Messiah’s Missions Coordinator Several years ago, Messiah began supporting a football (or what Americans call “soccer”) team in Uganda. The boys on the team live mostly in the Nakabango area, where Messiah partners with the Lutheran church. Eric Waiswa–a young man with an incredible passion for helping boys–has coached the team for…

This post is Julie Stroder’s reflections on a recent summer mission trip to our partner village, Nakabango,Uganda. In her role as Messiah’s Mission Coordinator, she has led more than 30 mission teams to Uganda. The women of Nakabango Lutheran Church in Uganda are some of the hardest working women I will ever know. I never…

Messiah partners with Hearts & Hope for Uganda twice a year to send a short-term mission team to Uganda. This year’s team had an amazing experience visiting several villages, including Nakabango where many Messiah members sponsor students. Click here for sponsorship information. We hope you enjoy reading these stories from the summer 2017 team. God…

We are so thankful that we can follow our summer mission teams while they are serving across the globe. The Uganda team returned home safely. View the live blog posts below for a recap of their trip! Blog Post #1: This Team is Ready! Blog Post #2: Thursday Evening in Uganda Blog Post #3: Sunday…

During the ten years I have been travelling to Uganda with Messiah Lutheran Church and now Hearts and Hope, I have gradually (okay, very slowly) learned about some of the differences between our culture and theirs.  Some of the truths about their culture are frustrating but many are simply fascinating!   There are numerous situations that…

Messiah is blessed to have embraced the idea of short-term mission trips with long-term relationships. Pastor Chuck had the vision for our congregation years ago: serve the world in ways that allow us to develop a lasting relationship with those we serve. Messiah has now engaged in missions with people in South Dakota, Guatemala, Poland…

A church doesn’t thrive without volunteers. You see the proof all the time. Look around Messiah on a Sunday morning and start counting the number of tasks getting done by volunteers. Ushers, greeters, breakfast bar helpers, Sunday School teachers, praise team singers, …..and the list goes on. And that’s just the volunteers you can see!…

What Am I Called to Do? Most of us have had multiple times in our lives when we ask ourselves that question. Often, it’s around the time we are in college. It is tied into our choice of majors, universities, and even the classes we select. The expectation is to answer God’s call and incorporate…

It’s the season of giving. You hear it everywhere! KMOV is collecting food at Dierberg’s, the Salvation Army bells are ringing just about everywhere you shop, and churches city-wide are giving their congregations opportunities to support families who are less fortunate. At Messiah, we love the season of giving, too! This year we are providing…

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