We, the SCSW-LMM Volunteer Task Force, by God’s grace, will provide and facilitate communications to congregations about opportunities that will allow them to network, link, share and grow their men’s ministries with their brothers from other congregations of the South-Central Synod of Wisconsin.
What is the ministry of Lutheran Men in Mission (LMM)?
Lutheran Men in Mission is a men’s ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. We are building a dynamic ministry addressing the needs of men of all ages. The program is clearly focused on men only, and creates an environment that is “safe” for men. The program allows men to build trusting relationships with other Christian men, and is open and non-threatening to un-churched men. For more information about LMM events, resources and ministry ideas, go to www.lutheranmen.org.
US Virgin Islands – St. Croix & St. Thomas Disaster Rebuilding – Volunteers Needed
We, as Lutherans, have a history and reputation of making a long-term commitment of working with communities in rebuilding homes, and therefore lives and families.
Lutheran Men in Mission (LMM) is deepening its mission and commitment to Building Bold, Daring Followers of Jesus Christ by working side by side with men and women in serving those who have suffered great loss at the hand of nature.
LMM is partnering with Lutheran Disaster Response (LDR) to help 2017 hurricane victims recover in St. Croix and St. Thomas in the US Virgin Islands. As of the July, 50 homes have been completed. There are 80+ more in the queue.
You can be part of this effort by volunteering to work. The work will primarily be related to rafters and roofing, including demolition and re-construction. Both men and women, as individuals or groups, are welcome to volunteer. Participants will only perform tasks within their ability and comfort level. There are 3 types of volunteers needed, with a real need for experienced carpenters.
Volunteers who stay 15 days or more, and work on homes 40 hours each of the 2 weeks, will have their airfare, transportation, room and board paid for by the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Volunteers are welcome for 1 week trips, but will be responsible for their expenses. Registration and travel arrangements are coordinated with UMVIM and FEMA. Saturdays are the expected Arrival and Departure days. The team will be staying at a former Christian elementary school.
A link to a Frequently Asked Questions document can be found at the Disaster Recovery Effort page at www.lutheranmeninmission.org The FAQ document applies to 2019. 2020 FAQ’s are being created.
For additional details regarding available remaining 2020 dates, volunteering, registering and travel, please email Lon Buss at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you for considering to help with this vital ministry.
The LMM Synod Task Force has purchased a complete sample set of guides and participant manuals for Rev. Tim Wright’s Following Jesus – A Heroic Quest for Boys to loan to interested congregations in our synod for their review before they purchase the complete package. Pastor Wright serves an ELCA congregation in Arizona and was a keynote speaker at the LMM Gathering in July. Interested persons should call or text Jim Schieble at (920) 763-3433.