2019-2021 Mission Grant 14
Hope and Healing Hub of Downtown Lincoln
University Lutheran Chapel, Lincoln, Nebraska
God has used the ministries of the University Lutheran Chapel (ULC) to reach students with the Good News of Jesus Christ. The connection between ULC, international students, and young adults in the downtown community is an important one which will provide those in need with Christian counseling services in a comfortable, easily accessible space. Research shows young adults are especially susceptible to depression leading to suicide making it the second most common cause of death among college students. ULC sits on the very edge of the University of Nebraska campus in the heart of Lincoln. It is the hope of The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod Nebraska District to use this building and its location as a hub of hope and healing for the students and young adults in the downtown community. It is our prayer that the students and community members who use this Hope and Healing Hub might be drawn into a relationship with Jesus, leading to faithful participation in the Word and Sacrament ministry offered there. This grant will make the building more inviting while offering Christian counseling services through GracePoint Institute for Relational Health.
WHEREAS, statistics show that suicide rates among young adults have tripled since the 1950's and 12 people aged 15-24 commit suicide each day; and
WHEREAS, salvation through Jesus Christ is the greatest hope the Church can give a hurting world; and
WHEREAS, partnerships between The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod Nebraska District, GracePoint Institute for Relational Health, Concordia University Nebraska, and local LCMS congregations will provide staff and opportunities to share the love and hope of Jesus with the hurting people in the community; and
WHEREAS, renovations at the University Lutheran Chapel adjacent to the campus of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln are needed to make space for the ministry of the Hope and Healing Hub for the 32,000+ students and young adults in the area; therefore be it
RESOLVED, that the delegates gathered at the 2019 Lutheran Women’s Missionary League Convention in Mobile, Alabama, vote the sum of $50,000 to help fund Hope and Healing Hub of Downtown Lincoln.