Lutheran Church Charities Disaster Relief
Help to provide the mercy, compassion, presence, and proclamation of Jesus Christ to those who have suffered and are in need following natural disasters.
CareNet Pregnancy Services of DuPage
Reaching Women In Crisis: Compassionately Caring for Women is the Heart of CareNet -CareNet is the first step for women facing an unplanned pregnancy. They provide free pregnancy tests, confidential consultations, ultrasounds, and practical resources.
Lori Wilbert, Prison Ministry
Lori Wilbert has spent 32 years as a deaconess, with 30 years in prison ministry teaching classes, facilitating group discussions, performing chaplaincy duties, and more. Wilbert developed a hospice ministry in 2016. Another new program at Statesville serves the severely mentally ill living in segregation. These inmates are now allowed to leave their cells for mental health and chaplaincy programs. Wilbert teaches and leads discussions about empathy, spirituality, choices, and meaning in light of God’s love to a class of seven to nine men. Wilbert’s work “behind the wall” is informed by a very simple statement: God is always working among us even in the most difficult places we may find ourselves.
Interfaith Community Partners
The mission of Interfaith Community Partners is to help older adults live independently in their community. They schedule and arrange accompanied transportation to medical appointments, therapies, grocery shopping and other life-enhancing errands to sustain independent living. Volunteers give physical and emotional support that older adults need to stay in their homes, and supply much-needed personal contact to allay isolation.
Hicham Chehab, Salam Christian Fellowship
Hicham pastors Salam Christian Fellowship, an LCMS church in Lombard carrying the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the Arabic community in our area. St. John’s, La Grange was one of the founding contributors in establishing Salam nearly 10 years ago.
Old Schoolhouse Community Garden, Immanuel LC, Hillside
Their mission is to connect the community, growing relationships and nutritious food through sustainable agriculture and environmentally friendly practices. The Old Schoolhouse Community Garden offers plots to neighbors within the Hillside & Westchester neighborhood, fosters positive social interaction within the community, produces nutritious food, beautifies the neighborhood, and provides opportunities to grow and donate food to local food pantries. They also provide youth gardening and will provide educational programs and workshops on topics like permaculture, organic gardening, herbal product making, canning, woodworking, garden walks/talks and more.
Haitian Lutheran Mission Project, Christ LC, Orland Park
The mission at Christ Lutheran began in 2001 with a mission trip to LeCayes, Haiti where they became interested in the ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Haiti and decided to sponsor Pastor Isaac of the Jeremie district in 2004. Pastor Isaac is responsible for 18 other congregations and several Lutheran schools that he started in some of the more remote villages that surround the city of Jeremie. These schools are so important because public school in Haiti is not free and most people cannot afford to educate their children. Pastor Isaac’s most important mission, however, is bringing the Gospel to the people of Haiti. HLMP continues to support Pastor Isaac and his ministry and plan to take others to Jeremie so that they can bring the joy of serving the Lord back home with them.
Walcamp Outdoor Ministries and Retreat Center is a year-round outdoor ministry offering facilities and a variety of programs for youth and families, churches and other groups. At Walcamp Outdoor Ministries, Jesus Christ shares Himself through relationships and Creation to declare His love to every person. Walcamp’s vision is to transform lives through effective Christian programming, led by exceptional staff in quality facilities, supported by an engaged alumni and donor base.
Santiago family from Puerto Rico
Until recently, Diego Santiago was living and studying at home in Puerto Rico until Hurricane María destroyed his community. This disaster led his family to move to the Chicago area to live with relatives who attend St. John’s. He is now a special scholarship student at our school. We can mutually bless each other as he shares his perspective with classmates and receives the education he needs.