The Kansas District supports a number of multiethnic ministry efforts in the state, including Haskell LIGHT House on the campus of Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence and several outreach projects in Kansas City and Wichita. The summaries that follow provide a broad overview of these activities; click the highlighted links to learn more.
Haskell LIGHT, Lawrence
Haskell LIGHT Ministry is working to share the love of Jesus with students in the Native community at Haskell Indian Nation University in Lawrence. Haskell LIGHT offers Bible studies and a men’s group and also opens its building to student organizations and study groups, which creates opportunities to share the Good News with students.
Lutheran Urban Mission Agency (LUMA), Kansas City
LUMA helps inner-city churches with First Article support (i.e., necessities of life) and Word and Sacrament ministry. The organization has partnered with Blessings Abound to provide assistance to African refugees and also provides financial support for the ministry at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Kansas City, which offers Spanish-language worship services and ESL classes.
Immanuel Lutheran Church, Kansas City
As noted above, Immanuel is reaching out to the Hispanic community by offering a Saturday evening service in Spanish and ESL classes, which provide an additional opportunity to share the Gospel. The congregation also recently opened a food pantry, which is open every Tuesday. Church leaders are working to promote the spiritual growth of the congregation through new Bible studies and sermons that are more intentionally focused on basic Bible teaching.
Grace Lutheran Hispanic Ministry, Wichita
Grace Lutheran Church is reaching out to the Hispanic community in Wichita by offering weekly services in Spanish. They also meet once a month before church for a meal, hymn sing, and catechism study, using Spanish catechisms and hymnals. Grace also celebrates feasts and festivals (e.g., Candelaria) with a special meal.
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