The Nicaragua Project is a mission of Bethlehem Lutheran Church, which provides assistance to children and their families in the Somoto Nicaragua community.
Founded in 1999, it has had several areas of emphasis over the years. Today the majority of our effort is concentrated on the continued operation of the children’s project, started in 2008, and scholarships to high school and university students.
The children’s project provides both a preschool and after school learning.
The preschool has 85+ preschoolers, almost all from very impoverished backgrounds. At the preschool, the children daily receive two healthy meals and two snacks. This is often their only meals for the day.
Please visit our Nicaragua Mission page to learn about the many ways we support this project.
In Matthew 28:19-20 and many other biblical passages, God calls us to participate in God’s mission by sharing the good news of Jesus Christ in word and deed. “Global mission” refers to the way the ELCA responds to God’s call to mission outside the United States. Our monies go specifically to support Pastor Samuel Wolff and his wife Cynthia, serving a congregation of 240 in Germany. Pastor Wolff is also the Director of Lutheran Field Service-Europe and is responsible for all Lutheran Worship and Christian Education (ELCA) in Europe.
ELCA World Relief Programs
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America’s (ELCA) commitment to supporting people who live with chronic hunger and poverty around the corner and around the world is carried out by ELCA World Hunger through relief, development, education, and advocacy. The ELCA annually disburses about $12 million in World Hunger Funds for international health, development, and relief programs sponsored by Lutheran World Relief, the Lutheran World Federation, ecumenical agencies, and companion churches. Bethlehem supports this program with budgeted donations and special offerings.
Lutheran Disaster Response is the disaster response ministry of the ELCA. We help bring God’s hope, healing and renewal to people whose lives have been disrupted by disasters in the United States and around the world. Bethlehem periodically has fundraisers or will send quilts and other supplies when disasters hit at home and in the world. For more information, check out the ELCA Disaster Response website.
The mission of the International Habitat for Humanity is to provide simple, decent, affordable housing to those in need around the world. Bethlehem looks for global missions for its members to experience new cultures and adventure while making a positive impact on these communities. We participate through the Habitat for Humanity St. Vrain. Contact our Missions Ministry (email@example.com) if interested in this opportunity.
We are a church that believes God is calling us into the world— together. Companion church relationships enrich and deepen our ministries by exposing us to global challenges and perspectives as we seek to work with one another to build up the body of Christ and the world. Our Rocky Mountain Synod Companion Church is the Malagasy Lutheran Church in Madagascar. We support this mission through our synod and through periodic special programs and fundraisers. We have had visitors from the Malagasy Lutheran Church who have shared their culture and faith with our Bethlehem community.