The LCSS has diverse ministries, including the LCSS Seminary and Trinity Lutheran nursing and business school, with the goal to meet the spiritual and physical needs of South Sudanese refugees in East Africa.
We need pastors to fill the 150 pastoral openings in congregations all around refugee camps in East Africa. Pastors need to be trained on the true Gospel and the full Word of God. Native pastors are essential to help their home communities apply the Word to their daily lives.
Native pastors know the culture, circumstances, and challenges their congregations face. Congregation members can hear and respond to the gospel more from a pastor in their own community versus an outsider. Our experience has shown that native, trained pastors are more effective and successful!
With your help, our goal is to train 15 pastors, and 20 music leaders per year and to see them impact their local communities.
DONATIONS TO LCSS GENERAL FUND SUPPORT PASTORS' TRAINING
LCSS helps meet the needs of the people by offering the Hope of the Gospel through Biblical teaching, worship, sacraments, and community. New congregations are being established as people come to faith and LCSS strives to build buildings for those worship communities.
Many congregations meet under the trees, in huts, tents, or just in open spaces. Worship in these settings is difficult, especially during the rainy and flood season which runs from July to November. The rest of the year the hot African sun can raise temperatures to well over 100 degrees when shade and shelter is needed.
So far, the LCSS has built 8 church buildings in the last three years with over 500 refugees impacted in five different districts.
With your help, our goal is to build five church buildings each year and plant 300 congregations in 3 years.
DONATIONS TO LCSS GENERAL FUND SUPPORT THE BUILDING OF CHURCHES
Trinity Lutheran College
Trinity Lutheran College has 2500 students in 6 locations. It graduates 300-500 students annually in a variety of healthcare and business majors. Close to 250 students graduate annually from Diploma or Baccalaureate programs within the two largest classes at the Trinity Lutheran College - Nursing and Midwifery.
Trinity Lutheran College
Most of the refugees were shepherds or farmers. Without land, they cannot return to these vocations. Lacking other skills, they cannot support themselves or their families and thus cannot live outside of the refugee camps. The refugees are thus forced to stay in dehumanizing conditions without a sense of purpose.
Trinity Lutheran College teaches practical and needed skills that allow graduates a means to obtain jobs and be able to leave the refugee camps. The graduates can not only support themselves but can contribute positively to their communities and provide services that are desperately needed.
With your help, our goal is to add additional infrastructure such as buildings, books for the library, computer resources, faculty salaries, classroom buildings, electricity, water and other supplies. All of these things will help the college attain accreditation. Scholarships are needed for many of the students.
DONATIONS TO LCSS GENERAL FUND SUPPORTS THE TRINITY LUTHERAN COLLEGE
The LCSS is working directly with the widowed and orphaned refugees to assist them with their grief and loss, help gain needed skills, and build a better future.
Before they were displaced, most women were an integral part of the family. They raised children, helped farm the land or shepherd the flock, and ran the household. Very few had skills that they could put to use in their new locations in refugee camps. Their opportunities are now limited and typically involve very menial labor. It does not provide enough to live on.
LCSS Women's Ministry is helping women develop skills, such as sewing, and turning these skills into viable business opportunities. This not only provides dignity but also paves the way for the widows to be able to support their families. Additionally, widow and orphan care provide some food and supplies.
With your help, our goal is to increase the number of women trained each year. Our goal is to add a commercial food grinder to help process the grain as another business opportunity. A microloan program is also being developed which will increase the impact the women will have in their families and communities.
DONATIONS TO LCSS GENERAL FUND SUPPORTS THE WOMEN'S MINISTRY