world missions

MISSIONS TO SOUTHEAST ASIA - Lutheran Asian Ministries (LAM) is a missions organization based out of MLC. LAM exists to share the good news of Jesus and the love of God with the people of Southeast Asia and to pursue and establish relationships with their governments and the churches leaders in those countries. LAM works in Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Myanmar, and Vietnam. 

The people in Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, and Vietnam are among the poorest in Asia. More than 25% survive on less than $2 per day. Although the Church is growing in incredible numbers, less than 1% are Christian. 

LAM works throughout the Southeast Asian nations to help the poor and improve life. LAM cooperates with the Lao, Vietnam, and Myanmar governments to help in the development of religious, educational, and well water objectives. LAM accomplishes this by funding and staffing projects in Southeast Asia that partner with others to help people in need. 

As we meet physical and spiritual needs, we strive to demonstrate the love of Jesus Christ with each person we meet. Lutheran Asian Ministries is a growing organization with numerous projects occurring at the same time. We invite you to partner with us in projects which speak to your heart. Contact Pastor Tom LoVan for more information at

MISSIONS TO TANZANIA, EAST AFRICA - MLC sponsored a mission trip to Tanzania in the summer of 1996 with 12 people. That trip resulted in the formation of STEMM in March of 1997. STEMM has been doing mission work in Tanzania ever since!

STEMM stands for Siouxland Tanzania Educational Medical Ministries and since its founding STEMM has been very involved in Educational and Medical outreach, sponsoring over 11,000 students through secondary school and beyond, and performing well over 1,000 surgeries, including the knee and hip replacement surgeries in Tanzania.

But STEMM has expanded beyond that to include orphan care and agricultural development. The STEMM Children’s Village, in Mbuguni Village, includes 4 orphan homes with a total of 51 orphaned children, 80 acres of farmland, and a large guest house to accommodate mission partners of all kinds (typically small groups of short-term missionaries from churches, schools, and universities).

To learn more about STEMM and how you might get involved, either here in Siouxland, or in Tanzania, contact Pastor Jon

MISSIONS TO GUATEMALA (HELPS INTERNATIONAL) - For more than 10 years, MLC has sent mission teams to serve in Guatemala on medical missions trips. Medical teams include physicians, nurses, surgical assistants, dentists and medical and dental aides, along with kitchen staff and interpreters. Clinic physicians will see up to 2500 people in a week, surgeons will perform around 125 procedures, and dentists will see up to 300 people in a week.  Other teams will install 50-60 indoor stoves for families in need, helping to prevent devastating burns to both adults and children that occur around cooking fires.

MISSIONS TO HAITI - Adults and youth from MLC share the love of Jesus with the people of Haiti. Once one of the wealthiest of the European colonies in the world, Haiti is currently the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. MLC has sent out teams through the Praying Pelican organization to partner alongside local pastors and churches to encourage the Hatian people, both physically and spiritually.

MISSIONS TO MEXICO - Mexico Missions International exists to bring the Good News of Salvation to the people of Mexico with the Lutheran perspective in the power of the Holy Spirit so they may experience the true love of God through Christ. MMI's mission is to plant and organize healthy congregations in the Northeast area of Mexico, with a sound theology based on the Scriptures and guided by the Holy Spirit, so they may become powerful tools of God to expand His kingdom. Spirit of Joy Lutheran Community Church was MMI’s first congregation established in Monterrey, Mexico 12 years ago by Pastor Enrique Estrada. For more information please contact MMI at

MISSIONS TO THE UNITED STATES - High School and Middle School youth spend portions of their summer each year ministering to people in various parts of the United States. The youth partner with several different mission-sending organizations, ministering to people's physical as well as spiritual needs through construction, painting, yard work, work at food shelves and soup kitchens, organizing VBS programs, and much more.