June/July RSO Spotlight – Amboss, Inc.

The world we take the Gospel to is hostile to that witness and can be hostile to the witnesses themselves.  Amboss was established as a nonprofit organization by LCMS members committed to the defense and assistance to those witnessing to the Word of God as it is confessed in the Book of Concord.  On February 28, 2024, Amboss received Recognized Service Organization accreditation from the LCMS.

As a fledgling organization, Amboss endeavors to strengthen and support the Christian faithful against threats.  The means of support offered are financial, training, material assistance, or help in navigating requests for assistance from secular or government sources.  Many of our members have received training in security operations in previous vocations and/or have emergency health care skills.  We hope to expand leveraging such experiences and skills in the future.  Our website (www.ambossinc.org) offers links to various sites dealing with legal issues, potential physical threats to witnesses nationally and internationally, and assistance information.

Some examples of financial support Amboss has provided in the past include:

  • providing body protection through the LCMS to Ukrainian pastors traveling in order to offer pastoral care within Ukraine
  • offsetting defense costs for a Lutheran pastor overseas who was charged with a hate crime for posting material that adhered to male and female roles as presented in Holy Scripture
  • for physical and/or cybersecurity needs for new mission facilities in Alaska.

Rev. Dr. Matthew C. Harrison, LCMS president, holds up a helmet presented to him by the Rev. Serge Maschewski, bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Ukraine. The LCMS purchased the helmet that later saved Maschewski’s life. (LCMS/Frank Kohn)

Amboss is a recognized federal 501 (c) (3) tax exempt nonprofit organization. If you are moved to support our mission, please send your donation to: Amboss, Inc., 429 E. DuPont Rd #57, Ft. Wayne, Indiana 46825.  For further information, contact Rev. Dr. Jerry Winegarden at vdma2019amboss@gmail.com.