Please Support the New Mission Outreach in Richmond, Kentucky
Together We Can Make a Difference!
Our Indiana District is attempting to start a new mission outreach in Richmond, Kentucky. The Board of Directors of the Indiana District has boldly stated that they will call a man as a missionary to Richmond, Kentucky, if funding for this missionary is procured. Why Richmond? Consider these statistics:
- Size. Richmond is the third largest city in the bluegrass region of Kentucky, following Louisville and Lexington. Richmond is the seventh largest city in the whole state of Kentucky.
- Growth. Richmond has been growing steadily in population since 2000.
- Un-churched People. Approximately 61% of the population in Madison County, home to Richmond, reports as un-claimed religious status. That means that they claim no affiliation with any religion of any type.
- Campus Ministry Potential. Richmond, Kentucky, is home to Eastern Kentucky University, with an enrollment in 2016 of almost 17,000 students. So not only is Richmond a good possibility for a new mission start, but it also has the added benefit of a potential Campus Ministry start as well.
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So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord. In him you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit. (Ephesians 2:19-22 ESV)
Notice that the building of this mighty church is ongoing. The way that the Christian Church grows is through the waters of Holy Baptism and the preaching and teaching of the Word of God. But how can someone know Christ if there is no one preaching and teaching the Word? How can a person be baptized if there is no one to baptize them? Historically, the church has grown when missionaries such as St. Paul went to new locations and proclaimed the Word of God. But Paul didn’t do this without support. He received financial support, fellowship support, and prayer support from the Christian congregations. It is the same for us today.
If 150 congregations will give a one-time donation of $1000 to the Indiana District for an outreach in Richmond, then the Indiana District Board of Directors can apply for a $100,000 New Ministry Initiative Matching Grant. A total of $250,000 will enable the Indiana District Board of Directors to call a Missionary at Large and place that pastor in Richmond, Kentucky, to begin developing a new congregation. This amount of money should enable the Board of Directors to guarantee the Missionary at Large at least three years of support. Of course, if more money is donated, then more years of support can be guaranteed!
The need for this support is urgent. We want to call the missionary at large as soon as possible. God willing, the money will be donated in a timely fashion so that a missionary might be called this year of 2017 into this mission field.
Please pray for this mission, and if you find that God is moving you to help, please send your contributions to the Indiana District – LCMS and include in the memo line: Outreach Kentucky.
You may mail your donations to:
Rev. Geoffrey L. Robinson
C/O: The Indiana District – LCMS
1145 Barr Street
Fort Wayne, Indiana 46802
Thanks in advance for your prayers and your contributions!