LLL Mission Outreach Grants
In 2020 there have been three Mission Outreach Grants (formally called Mission Stimulus Grants) awarded to projects in South Australia and Victoria. Unfortunately, some applications and evaluations have been delayed due to COVID-19.
South Australian – Northern Territory District
Pilgrim Lutheran Church, Magill and the Adelaide Deaf Community Church
The $15,000 Mission Outreach Grant has enabled the installation of a video system capable of live-streaming and recording services held at Magill in AUSLAN (Australian sign language) and English.
This is potentially the only Adelaide deaf church in Australia which will be broadcasting its services online, offering a valuable ministry to the 30,000+ AUSLAN users in the country.
St Peters Lutheran Church, Loxton
A $10,000 Mission Outreach Grant will enable St Peters Lutheran Church to establish a toy library on its premises.
The Loxton region currently has no such facility. The toy library project will provide a much-needed community service and create another opportunity for the congregation to connect with young families in the area.
When announcing these grants earlier this year, Pastor Stephen Schultz (Assistant Bishop for Mission SA-NT District) commended both these projects and wished the congregations “every blessing as they continue to share the good news of Jesus with their communities”.
“Once again we are grateful to the Lutheran Laypeople’s League for their generous provision of $25,000 for use in our SA-NT District to encourage mission initiatives,” Pastor Stephen said.
Victoria – Tasmania District
Wyndham - Hobsons Bay Lutheran Church (WHBLC)
WHBLC is a sending church and is in the process of developing a Church planting team to ultimately launch a new church congregation in 2024. The $25,000 grant will enable WHBLC to employ a Local Mission Facilitator: Church Planting Leader, who will be responsible for recruiting, training and leading a Church Planting team. In its application, WHBLC said its desire is “to grow existing and pioneering new missional communities in the Wyndham area so that they may be the basis for this church plant”.