The Trinity Lutheran Church committee on Global Missions is a sub-committee of the Board of Evangelism.
Our mission is to work to inspire our fellow Christians to spread the Gospel throughout the world by any and all God pleasing methods.
The TLC Global Missions Committee works to accomplish this mission through: service with committee projects, fellowship and travel, donations for outreach, financial giving, and prayer.
The Global Missions committee meets on the third Monday of each month at 10:00 a.m. in room one. For more information, contact Jan Garner at (352) 598-2048.
Compassion International is an American child sponsorship and Christian humanitarian aid organization headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colorado that aims to positively impact long-term development of children living in poverty, globally. We help the poorest of the poor, the children in greatest need, without ulterior motive because we are a "love thy neighbor" ministry.
Beginning in 1952, when Rev. Everett Swanson first developed special sponsorship programs for individuals, families, or churches to help support Korean War orphans for a few dollars a month, we have worked to help children realize their full potential and develop into all God intends them to be.
Jesus' life and teachings shape our programs and guide all aspects of our ministry. From how we work to how we treat people, respect communities and cooperate with nations, our response to a world filled with hundreds of millions of children living in extreme poverty is to love like Jesus did.
Child Operation Christmas Child
Operation Christmas Child is one of the many ministries of Samaritan's Purse International Relief. It is a great way for our church to be involved in fulfilling the Great Commission. OCC is a unique project that delivers gift-filled shoeboxes to hurting children around the world. This simple, hands-on mission project gives our entire church family a tangible way to demonstrate the true meaning of Christmas - God's gift of His Son, Jesus Christ. Operation Christmas Child also allows us to minister across denominational barriers with thousands of other churches and enables national churches to reach the poor in their countries with hope, love and the Gospel.
The shoe boxes are filled with small toys, hygiene items, school supplies, stuffed animals, etc. and each box is marked for boy/girl and an age group. The boxes are filled in October and then returned to church during the first week of November. National Collection Week is November 15–22, 2021.
Peter Kelm Memorial Lutheran School/Ghana
The Peter Kelm Memorial Lutheran School, located in the village of Manso Atwere, Ashanti, Ghana was established in 2018, dedicated to the Lord and in memory of Rev. Peter Kelm.
The school opened in the fall of 2018 with an enrollment of 180 students from PreK through grade three. The plan for the school is to add one grade per year up to grade eight, if space allows.
The Kelm School was placed in the village of Manso Atwere to serve families in surrounding villages that have few options for elementary education other than the overcrowded, underfunded, and understaffed public schools that exist in rural villages throughout Ghana.
Since opening, the school has added an extra room for the expansion of classes, a solar array with storage batteries to make power more reliable, a water filtration system that was donated, and a screened in lunch room where lunch is provided for a daily charge. They also have a school bus that allows children from surrounding villages to attend without concern for transportation to and from school each day.
Project Help Haiti Partnering Fund (GR 2718)
Project Help Haiti is an international interdenominational organization working in Haiti since 1967. They have two first class medical facilities, 29 churches, 17 schools, two guesthouses, a large seminar & conference center, a welding, fabricating & machine shop, and block making facility. There are also several new projects currently under construction.
Through "Feet across the Mountains" ministries, they distribute free French and Creole Bibles for World Missionary Press and spread the Gospel by planting churches, supporting missions and missionaries, staffing an orphanage and community clinic, and working in rural mountain villages.
The Dominican Republic Lutheran Seminary
The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod entered into a partnership in 2004 with Bethesda Lutheran Homes and Services, Inc., and the Central American Lutheran Mission Society (CALMS).
The D.R. mission has since planted four churches, two adjacent Lutheran church-schools, and established a seminary for forming pastors. Concordia the Reformer Seminary was opened in 2017 in Palmar Arriba, Santiago, and serves all of the Caribbean, Latin America and northern South America, with ten residential students from seven countries.
The seminary supports the formation of pastors to spread the Gospel, plant Lutheran churches, and show mercy. An emphasis of mercy work in the Dominican Republic is ministry to people with developmental disabilities through Good Shepherd Lutheran Homes (Hogares Luteranos el Buen Pastor), a group home for several young adults.
This ministry serves as a beacon to the community as an example of Christian care giving, and has led to positive change within numerous government institutions.