Raising Pastors and Deaconesses*


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*Mission Grant #22, 2017-2019, Raising Pastors and Deaconesses, for $97,000 was requested for the construction of a Seminary building for the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Liberia. The purpose of the funds is to train pastors, deaconesses and other church leaders. The LWML Board of Directors voted in January 2019 to change the allocation of this grant, which is now as follows:

  • $30,000 to LeadaChild for establishment of Teacher Training “hubs” in West Africa/Asia.
    • Rationale: LeadaChild was the originator of this grant. These teacher hubs will support teachers who are teaching in their schools already established in Liberia and other African and Asian countries.
  • $40,000 to Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, for education costs of its Graduate School’s students who are from African countries with special consideration given for Liberian students.
    • Rationale: This will benefit African students studying for advanced degrees in St. Louis. For the 2018-2019 school year costs for international students to attend the Graduate School are: $33,372 for a residential student, including living expenses; and $6,225 for a non-residential student. 
  • $7,000 for Grace Rao, Office of Deaconess Ministry for Liberian Deaconess training.
    • Rationale: Deaconess Rao travels to Liberia for certain parts of the Deaconess training course. This will go for transportation costs, books, lodging, and curriculum mission trips taken by the students.
  • $20,000 for the seminary in Sierra Leone.
    • Rationale: With no seminary in Liberia, the seminary in Sierra Leone will be the one that Liberian students would attend. This seminary has good accountability for funding and for education value.

These changes have been discussed and approved by LeadaChild, Seminary Advancement at Concordia, St. Louis, and with the LCMS Office of International Missions and West Africa Area Director for LCMS.

nullOur Pastors need training/ Ordination to the ministry of Word and Sacraments.
nullA ten days Deaconess workshop in Monrovia by Grace Rao and others.

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nullLCMS/Instructors assist in raising Deaconesses in Liberia.
nullOur Pastors need to be fully trained to preach the Word and administer the Sacraments.
nullTrained Deaconesses or DCE can play meaning role in molding young lives.
nullOne of our Lutheran Schools visited by Rev. Dr. Bob Roegner in Monrovia.


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