In 2022 St. Stephanus was able to provide over $5,000 to local and world wide missions! $2,500 was given through our annual budget. $2,616 was the result of offerings designated for missions or thank offerings. Recipients and amounts were decided jointly by the Evangelism chair and the PPC.
$500 Missionary: Iantha Scheiwe, Hong Kong.
$500 Camp Omega
$300 Jonathan House (Ministry to Asylum Seekers)
$200 LCMS National Office Missions
$200 MN South District LCMS
$500 Missionaries: Tim and Diane Esala, Cambodia
$300 Union Gospel Mission (Ministry to Homeless)
$435 Missionaries: Vance & Linda Becker in Kenya
$823 Purchased household goods for Arrive Ministries (Ministry to Refugees)
$270 Mantango Education Project: Theological Books for Seminary in Kenya
$340 Jonathan House (Ministry to Assylum Seekers)
$748 Gift Cards for Jonathan House residents to purchase winter clothes
In addition $963 was raised through bake sales for the following causes:
$409 International Justice Mission: Fight against Human Trafficking
$554 Education Center in rural Ethiopia for children with disabilities
A total of $6,079 that was given away for missions from St. Stephanus in 2022! This does not include any sharing or caring funds, money towards our Christian schools, nor does it give credit to the individuals and small groups within St. Stephanus that give generously towards others. We truly are members of a generous and caring community.
Other ways our congregation gave in 2022 included: hosted 2 blood drives for the Red Cross, had 4 neighborhood food distributions, sponsored 5 collection drives, and participated in a neighborhood trunk or treat.