For a complete list of all mission projects, see our Convention History site.
Mission Offering Projects
LWMS members will vote for one home mission and one world mission project on the ballot this spring. The chosen projects will be announced at the 2020 convention in Athens, Georgia. Listed below are the projects that will be on the ballot. The projects not selected will each receive one-half of the 2020 convention worship offerings.
See Mission Updates
for information on previous mission project offerings.
Visit WELS - Missions
for additional mission updates and information.
June 2020-June 2021
Project #HM-2020-01: First Public Service Assistance
The Board for Home Missions authorizes the start of new missions. After those missions receive a pastor, planning takes place for the first worship service. Advertising materials and mailings need to be completed and service folders and welcome signs produced. Creative ways to get the word out may have additional costs. New mission congregations want the first service to be well received and want to promote a warm invitation to their community. Your gifts will fund these needed preparations and encourage those who will expend countless hours of effort.
Project #HM-2020-17: Cross-Cultural Mission Conferences and Training
This project assists Pastoral Studies Institute (PSI) graduates and current PSI students to gather for growth in God’s Word and for training in ministry. Your gifts will allow various crosscultural and people-group ministries to gather for training conferences and be encouraged to faithfully serve in gospel ministry.
Project #WM-2020-08: Africa Theological Education
WELS offers financial support for the seminaries in Zambia, Cameroon, and Nigeria and the preseminary facility (Lutheran Bible Institute) in Malawi. In addition to supporting WELS and national professors, teachers, and workers, funds are required for campus infrastructure improvements including classroom and library expansions. These updates will accommodate theological training to meet the growing demands for training parish pastors and offer continuing education for existing pastors.
Project #WM-2020-13: Hmong Outreach in Vietnam Project
In 2011, a leader of the Hmong Fellowship Church (HFC) in Vietnam reached out to Rev. Bounkeo Lor, a Hmong WELS pastor in Kansas City, Kansas, with a request for theological training. Lor began making trips in 2012 to train 60 leaders of the HFC in the truths of the gospel. Since training began, the HFC has grown from 55,000 to more than 120,000 members and the message of grace has brought peace to their church body. The Communist Vietnamese government noticed this positive change and invited WELS to build a theological training facility in the capital city of Hanoi in 2017. A synodwide campaign has brought in the funds necessary
to buy the land and build the training facility, but additional funds will be needed on an annual basis to pay for the continued training and operation of the facility. Your gifts will support the ongoing Hmong training in Vietnam and, with the Lord’s blessing, outreach to the 2 million Hmong living in Vietnam and the surrounding countries of China, Laos, and Myanmar.
All projects appear in the 2020-2021 LWMS Home & World Missions Projects Booklet.
PDF version of the mission projects for 2020-2021.
Mission Project PowerPoint 2020-202
This PowerPoint was prepared for and presented on WELS Taste and See website. Use this PowerPoint Presentation on the Mission Offering Projects with your congregations.
Click the title for the 2020-2021 online mission projects booklet.
How are projects selected?
Each year a world and home mission project is selected by mail-in ballot. The projects on the mail-in ballot are chosen by the LWMS Board of Directors with input from the WELS Board for Home Missions and the WELS Board for World Missions.
- Ballots are mailed to member congregations in March.
- Every LWMS member congregation in good standing can send in a ballot. (Ballots must be postmarked by May 25.)
- The ballots are counted at the annual convention location just prior to the start of the convention.
- 100% of the collected mission money is given to the selected projects at the convention.
For more information on the process, see the mission project selection diagram
2020 ~ Philippine Projects - $41,117.56
2019 ~ Chinese Outreach Projects - $41,203.98
2018 ~ Cameroon Projects - $37,985.04
2017 ~ Nepal - $39,326.55
2016 ~ Muslim World TV Broadcast/Theological Seminars - $41,529.29
2015 ~ Asia Lutheran Seminary - $38,349.19
2014 ~ Translation Working Group (TWG) - $37,023.19
2013 ~ Indonesia - $37,610.68
2012 ~ Thailand - $31,063.45
2011 ~ Japan - $34,959.56
2010 ~ Information Outreach Project - $35,574.39
2009 ~ Partners in Apache Learning ~ $37,119.87
2008 ~ Mozambique ~ $35,745.50
2007 ~ Novosibirsk Radio Devotion Broadcasts ~ $35,472.94
2006 ~ Zambia Lutheran Seminary Rehab. ~ $34,308.72
2005 ~ Apache Mentoring Program ~ $29,581.05
2004 ~ Vicar for Open Bible Luth. Ch., AZ ~ $35,174.28
2003 ~ Adopt an Orphanage, South Asia ~ $28,054.85
2002 ~ Christian Information Center, PR ~ $29,861.68
2001 ~ Spanish People's Bible Editor ~ $31,505.61
2000 ~ American Sioux Vicar Fund ~ $29,800.56
1999 ~ Lat. Am./Africa Missionaries' Wives ~ $26,983.15
1998 ~ Slavic Retreat ~ $28,822.32
1997 ~ Nigeria Parsonages Fund ~ $24,686.55
1996 ~ Hong Kong Sha Tin Tutorial Center ~ $28,235.71
2020 ~ Hmong Evangelist Training Project - $41,117.55
2019 ~ College Student and Campus Pastor Conferences - $41,203.99
2018 ~ Caribbean Scholarship Fund - $37,985.03
2017~ Equipment Fund - $39,326.56
2016 ~ Summer Student Assistants - $41,529.28
2015 ~ Tools for Outreach - $38,349.19
2014 ~ Equipment Fund - $37,023.18
2013 ~ Students in Multi-Ethnic Seminary Program - $37,610.68
2012 ~ Summer Student Assistants - $31,063.45
2011 ~ Vicars in Mission Settings - $34,959.56
2010 ~ Multi-Language Publications Projects - $35,574.39
2009 ~ Summer Student Assistants ~ $37,119.88
2008 ~ Asian Outreach Ministry ~ $35,745.50
2007 ~ Campus Ministry ~ $35,472.94
2006 ~ Hispanic Training Support ~ $34,308.72
2005 ~ Mormon Web Site ~ $29,581.05
2004 ~ Hispanic Outreach, AK ~ $35,174.28
2003 ~ Vicars in Missions ~ $28,054.86
2002 ~ Musical Assistance ~ $29,861.68
2001 ~ Language Training ~ $31,505.61
2000 ~ Hmong Ministry ~ $29,800.56
1999 ~ Vans for Ministry ~ $26,983.15
1998 ~ Equipment Fund ~ $28,822.32
1997 ~ Taped Services Fund ~ $24,686.55
1996 ~ Canvas & Survey Fund ~ $28,235.71