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2021–2023 LWML Mission Grant #14

Caring for and Sharing Christ with Hurting People

Concordia Seminary, St. Louis — $100,000

About This Mission Grant

Deaconesses are continually pointing those they serve toward the cross, sharing the Gospel with them so they gain the wonderful gift of eternal life through faith in our Lord Jesus Christ. Concordia Seminary has requested, through this mission grant, much-needed scholarships for deaconess students and assistance with seminary costs to provide high-quality theological education. Enrollment in the new online Deaconess Studies Program is expected to increase, enabling the faculty to form more well-trained deaconesses and bring more people to Jesus and provide compassionate, Christ-centered help to those who are hurting and suffering — physically, emotionally, and spiritually.

 

Alexandria Shick is a third-year Concordia Seminary deaconess student currently serving her internship at St. Luke's Lutheran Church & School in Oviedo, Fla. She plans to serve in correctional chaplaincy after graduation.

 

Jennifer Wientge is a 2020 Residential Deaconess Studies Program graduate currently serving as a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs chaplain resident in St. Louis.

Approved Resolution at the LWML Convention

WHEREAS, deaconesses, serving in God's name, lovingly and selflessly provide much-needed care and works of mercy to those who suffer deeply in body, mind, and soul; and

WHEREAS, deaconesses are continually pointing those they serve toward the cross, sharing the Gospel with them so they may gain the wonderful gift of eternal life through faith in our Lord Jesus Christ; and

WHEREAS, Concordia Seminary offers several educational paths providing high-level theological training to deaconess students, fully equipping them to serve anguished people in many ways and share the Good News with them; and

WHEREAS, these deaconess students have significant need for financial aid to support their education expenses, and the Seminary has a strong need for support for the costs to provide these students' formation; therefore, be it 

RESOLVED, that the delegates of the 2021 Lutheran Women’s Missionary League Convention scheduled for Lexington, Kentucky, vote the sum of $100,000 to help fund Caring for and Sharing Christ with Hurting People.

More Mission Grant Photos

Sarah Johnson is a second-year deaconess student who looks forward to serving either as a congregational deaconess or as a chaplain working with elderly residents in assisted living facilities or in hospice.

Erin Dewberry is a second-year student enrolled in the Residential Deaconess Dual-Degree Program working toward her Master of Arts (M.A.) in spiritual care with deaconess certification concurrent with attending Saint Louis University, where she is working toward her Master of Social Work (M.S.W.) degree.

Bridgette Sharp is a 2020 Residential Deaconess Studies Program graduate who served her internship at Holy Shepherd Lutheran Church in Haslet, Texas. Her hope is to serve as a congregational deaconess providing services that include leading women's Bible studies, visiting those in hospitals and retirement homes and doing community outreach.

Zoë Huelsman is a second-year deaconess student who previously worked for a decade in communications. She says she is drawn toward serving the elderly after graduation.

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