Here We Stand – November 2016 Update

The Future Was Then. Today, Here We Stand

Back in 2009, my family had just been called to the foreign mission field, and we were just beginning to raise support. We had a lot of joyand faith, and very little funding. Long story short, I asked the Michigan District to partnerwith me in the Gospel, and they replied, “Yes! The Future is Now.” Thanks to the sacrificial gifts of Michigan Lutherans, their love of the Gospel, and the leadership of the Michigan District, we were given a generous grant through The Future is Now campaign that helped get usto the field. It was the wind in our sails just when we needed it. We deployed shortly after that, andGod blessed our ministry there.

Looking back over our time in Asia, my family and I are overwhelmed with thanks for what the Lord accomplished. We had open doors to share the Gospel, disciple local Christians, and train church workers. We witnessed a harvest as people confessed their sins and became God’s children in Baptism. We saw the Holy Spirit draw new believers together into newly planted churches. We saw impoverished communities
grow in their capacity to teach and share the faith in sustainable ways. We look back and say, “Wow! Look what God did!” We also look back and say, “Thank you Michigan for your loving support through The Future is Now.”

Now we are back in the U.S. in the great state of Michigan. The “future” was then. And now, Here We Stand with a new opportunity to support the mission of the church. We are so grateful to have been on the receiving end of generosity then. Now, in grateful response to what God has done for me, I’m excited to be on the giving end—to be the wind in someone else’s sails. Here We Stand for the next missionary family joyfully going where God calls. Here We Stand for church planters right here in Michigan; for urban missionaries bringing hope and healing to broken communities; for young men and women hard at work studying as they answer God’s call to serve the church in various church work vocations. For the love of the church and those who serve her, my congregation and I will joyfully support “Here We Stand.”

One lesson learned from the mission field is that the church fulfills its calling better when we stand together. For the glory of Almighty God and the love of His church, my prayer is that every congregation and individual will embrace Here We Stand together.

Rev. Stephen Wiesenauer
Christ Our Savior Lutheran Church – Holland
Former missionary to Asia

Campaign Progress

Over $2.2 million gifted to date.

Resource Tip

Is your congregation trying to decide how to participate in the Here We Stand campaign? Here are a few suggestions:

  1. Adopt an education and stewardship plan with:
    1. an appeal with personal visits;
    2. “cottage meetings” that ask for pledges; and/or
    3. a “Commitment Sunday;”
  2. Choose your own fundraising plan;
  3. Tithe a portion of an upcoming local campaign;
  4. Agree to add new funds to your budget and make special contributions to the campaign.

You can find the HWS PowerPoint, HWS video, bulletin inserts, pledge forms, and more on our HWS website. Visit herewestand.michigandistrict.org to download materials today.

Need campaign booklets? Contact the Development Office of the Michigan District at 888.225.2111 ext 265 or by email at linda.ekong@michigandistrict.org.

Congregation Highlights

We would like to thank St. Martin, Birch Run for their recent gifts to the campaign.

We would like to also thank St. Matthew, Walled Lake and Shepherd of the Lakes, Brighton for their recent pledges to the campaign.

Download this November Newsletter