In The World
“Jesus came to them and said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. So wherever you go, make disciples of all nations: Baptize them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Teach them to do everything I have commanded you. And remember that I am always with you until the end of time.”
Serving the World
At Cross Lutheran, we are dedicated to serving all of God’s children, both locally and internationally. Through our efforts, we ensure the Holy Spirit is with those who are less fortunate, lost or have not discovered the Word of the Lord, no matter where they are located.
Through The Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod, Cross supports the Lord’s mission in over 60 countries worldwide. This helps us serve the Lord at every corner of the world, touch countless cultures and spread the love of Christ with others. How do we reach so many lives throughout the world? A minimum of one tenth of our income goes towards missions or ministries outside Cross itself.
Deaconess Caitlin and JeanCarlos Ramirez
LCMS, Dominican Republic
Deaconess Caitlin Ramírez serves the Lord through The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) as a deaconess missionary in the Dominican Republic. She works as a congregational deaconess alongside the pastors. She serves as a mentor for the formation of Dominican deaconesses and works with the seminary in the Dominican Republic to train them on a congregational level. She also supports the work of the mercy houses in this country, seeking to strengthen their relationships with the congregations. She specifically works with the program Amigos de Jesus, “Friends of Jesus,” which is a disabilities outreach ministry.
Rev. Jonathan and Anita Clausing
Rev. Jonathan and Anita Clausing serve the Lord as missionaries through The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) in Eastern Africa, based in Tanzania. Jonathan serves as a theological educator at St. Peter Theological Seminary in Himo, Tanzania, teaching a variety of courses in multiple departments.
Rev. Chuck and Karen Tessaro
Lutheran Bible Translators, Nigeria
Rev. Chuck and Karen Tessaro first set foot in Nigeria, where there are over 500 different language groups, in 1985. They serve with multiple local translation teams including the Old Testament teams for the Ikwerre, Yala, Kukele and Gokana languages. These teams also promote literacy and serve in their local community as teachers and helpers. Since finishing the Eleme New Testament in 2002 and assisting with the consultant checking of the Ikwerre New Testament in 2010, Chuck and Karen are principally responsible for mentoring LBT’s International Associates in Nigeria and training and consulting with various Old Testament translation teams.
Deacon Bob and Deon Prue
Sacred Ground Haskell, Kansas, Lutheran Indian Missions
Lutheran Indian Ministries proclaims the Gospel of Jesus Christ with Native American peoples, disciples Native leaders to share the Gospel with their brothers and sisters, and assists in the healing of pain, sorrow, and suffering in a way that values Native cultures. Sacred Ground Haskell is located across the street from Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, Kansas. Nearly 1,000 students from 145 tribes attend the university. Deon, with the help of full-time volunteer, Bill Paris, and team member Sam Riding In, strive to develop meaningful relationships with these young adults at a time when they are searching and forming their core values and beliefs.
LINC equips local leaders to bring hope to our cities. LINC is a nonprofit dedicated to the work of empowering local (often overlooked) ministry leaders so that their influence will grow, their communities will thrive, and more people will be introduced to the good news about Jesus.
The Lutheran Church of Norway
Bishop Torkild Masvie has worked to start a confessional Lutheran church body in Norway. They are part of the Lutheran Church in Norway, registered with the Norwegian authorities as a church in 2006. Bishop Masvie has a heart for reaching those far from Jesus, making international mission work a part of this new church body.
The goal of Mission India is to equip India’s Christians to plant reproducing churches. They come alongside indigenous worshiping groups and missions throughout India, equipping them to do the work God has called them to do. They provide the training, resources, and accountability to help them be self-sustaining and successful. Through Mission India, Cross supports one church planter and one adult literacy teacher each year.