2016-2017 Mission Project
Trinity Lutheran School’s Mission Project:
The Apache Lutheran Mission field is located in eastern Arizona on the White Mountain Apache Reservation and the San Carlos Reservation. Between the two reservations there are 8 churches, one preaching station, and two elementary schools. The Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS) has been serving the Apache nation in Arizona since 1893 and holds the honor of being the first world mission of the WELS.
Currently the mission field includes 5 missionaries, 9 teachers (3 Apache), 2 full-time native pastors, and 3,595 baptized members. The 8 Apache Lutheran churches are currently training future leaders for work as evangelists, teachers, and pastors through the Apache Christian Training School located in East Fork where about 100 students are enrolled. Each location continues to focus on building Christian leaders for the long-term stability of the church.
There are two Apache schools at East Fork (K-10th) and Peridot (K-8) with dedicated staffs of teachers who are sharing God’s Word with about 146 students on the northern reservation and about 90 students on the southern reservation.
Trinity Lutheran School will collect mission offerings all throughout the year from the students and staff and all monetary gifts will go directly to the Apache Lutheran Mission Field to further their endeavors to preach and teach the Good News of our Savior Jesus!
The preschool children can bring in their mission banks (the Altoids containers) whenever they’re able and all money will be added to our classroom bank and given as an offering to Jesus during Chapel time.
Throughout the year, we hope to have a mission board set up with pictures and display materials of their vast mission field. We hope to connect with a missionary in Arizona and talk with him firsthand of his experiences there. Very soon the students in the 7th and 8th grade rooms will be setting a yearly goal that we hope to reach by mid-May. One or two classroom coin drives will be set up this year. Whether we meet our goal or not, the important thing is we’re giving from our joyful hearts and supporting Christ’s mission work being done in the Apache Mission Field. All gifts are wonderful offerings to our Lord!
In His Service,