September. Walcamp is a year-round Christian ministry in Kingston, Illinois offering camp programs for youth, families, and groups. They offer youth camps, day camps, weekend family camping, and programs for persons with special needs. Their mission is to provide outdoor ministry where Creation is Explored, Christ is Exalted, and Christians are Equipped for service back home and beyond. Find out more about Walcamp here.
October. Chapel offerings are supporting the Redeeming Life Maternity Home in Carpentersville, Illinois. Deaconess Lori Trinche is the LCMS Northern Illinois District advocate for this ministry. More information about the Maternity Home in Carpentersville can be found here.
November. Faith Comes By Hearing has come alongside the worldwide translation community in a movement to ensure that everyone on Earth has access to Jesus Christ’s Gospel in a format they can understand. The various ministries carrying out this work have entered into an unprecedented time of unity, meaning that at long last, after two thousand-plus years, we can finally see the finish line. Their goal is To work in partnership to see that the Word of God is recorded and freely provided in every language that needs it by the year 2033. More information is available on their website here.
January. LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs are working animals, trained to interact with people of all ages and circumstances who are suffering and in need. The dogs participate in scheduled and special events. Dogs are permanently placed with churches, schools and other ministries involved in Christian human care by LCC. Permanent placement includes full training for handlers and caregivers along with ongoing support, coaching and training. LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs live in the homes of assigned caregivers. The LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs serve every day in the community in which they are placed and are deployed in times of disaster and crisis to bring comfort to all those affected, including first responders and the volunteers who serve them. Visit their website here for more information.
February. Support a Future Church Worker.
March. The ‘Hearts for Jesus’ mission project this school year will be the Belize Mission Society Mercy House Program. Find more information on the Northern Illinois District website here.
April. For 32 years, Deaconess Lori Wilbert has served in a chaplaincy role at Stateville Correctional Center. As she teaches classes and builds community there she continues to see God’s grace and hope permeate the environment. Prison is a place in which God’s spirit dwells and is found in the mundane, obscene, and obscure. Deaconess Wilbert sees the light of God’s love in so many places behind the wall from cards and drawings sent in to growth within individual men both in the small moments and over the long-term. Learn more at nidlcms.org/voice-of-hope-behind-the-wall/.
May. Phil's Friends provides Christ-centered support and hope to those affected by cancer. They are committed to carrying out their mission in a Christ-centered, caring culture dedicated to supporting individuals and families impacted by cancer. They adapt to the dynamic needs of the people they serve by acting responsibly, with a sense of urgency, and a passion for excellence. With integrity, their team serves with compassion, respect, and kindness, offering hope and peace to all.