Board of World Missions

BWM’s task is really two-fold. First, it will sort and sift through numerous already existing international mission projects to identify those that are consistent with our theological emphasis and fiscally worthy of support. These will be made available to congregations who may wish, voluntarily, to support them. This saves each congregation the time and work of sifting through them all by themselves. Secondly, BWM is responsible for administering and supervising any District-wide mission projects that the annual convention may establish.

With Thankful Hearts we celebrate the generosity of gifts we have received to share the gospel in Ethiopia

  • Beginning with the support of 25 evangelists (each partner matching the other) in three years this has grown to 54 with four more hopefully to be added in 2017)
  • Eight worship centers have been constructed with another purchased;
  • Plots of land for five more worship centers purchased or in process;
  • 11 farmers have oxen provided as well as other help and training;
  • Three motorcycles and bicycles for 18 evangelists provided;

To support the Tabor plan to reach 100,000 people  with  the  Gospel,  send a check to the Augustana District with the “Tabor”  in the memo line to:

335 Main St. 
Hutchinson, MN 55350
To God be the Glory!

Ethiopian Mission  Partners

Pastor Dawit y Wario shared his story of how God is using the Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekan Yesus (EECMY) to reach out to people across Ethiopia with the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and his ambitious goal of reaching 100,000 people with the Gospel in the next 5 years to a group of Augustana District Members in the fall of 2012. In January 2014 a group of 11 Augustana District members took a journey to Ethiopia that covered hundreds of miles and visited many remote preaching points, outreach centers, and schools that the Tabor Congregation had established over their short 20-year history. It was there that the Partnership between the Tabor Congregation and Augustana District took Root.

As a result of our relationship, 54 evangelists are being supported with more added each year, worship centers and schools are being built in Muslim communities, bicycles and motorcycles were purchased to help evangelists reach remote congregations and preaching points, funds were used for training and supplies for local farmers.

A Side Partnership assisting the Ethiopia Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus has been quietly developing with the North Central Ethiopia Synod, a small synod in a 90% Muslim part of Ethiopia.

Mission Partners

The Board of World Missions has researched and vetted a number of missions agencies and organizations. We have invited them to post brief information about their missions and ministries here, on our website, as well as to provide a link to their own. These vetted agencies and organizations represent the opinions of the Board of World Missions, and their recommendations do not eliminate each congregation’s or individual’s need to perform their own due diligence. That said, we are glad to share with you some very exciting ministries in World Missions. If there are other agencies, missions, and/or organizations that would like to be considered by the Board of World Missions, please contact the District Service Coordinator or the Chair of the Board of World Missions.

World Missions Ministry Information Form

The Board of World Missions has devised a form to use to gather information from various missions agencies. The Board has used this form as a tool for its own “vetting” of these agencies. We make it available for use in your own congregation for those missions agencies you wish to study. You can find the form here:

Board Members

Norm Benson
Living Word Lutheran Church, Moses Lake, WA
Rev. Tom Christenson (Chair)
Hope Lutheran Church, Huron, SD
Dr. Mike Fuchs
Living Word, Alexandria, MN
Eric Knutson (Council Rep)
Christ the King Lutheran Church, Hutchinson, MN
Pastor Paul KnudsonFaith Lutheran Church, Hutchinson, MN
Jim Peterson
St. John’s Lutheran Church, Howard Lake, MN
Rev. Matt ShieldsSt. John's Evangelical Lutheran, Flanagan, IL
Pastor Thomas Thorstad (Council Rep)St. Peter's Lutheran Church, Sanborn, New York
Lew Weeks (Council Rep)Living Word, Marshall, MN
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