Ministry Partners

  Ministry Partners  
Divine Savior is one of many congregations that belong to the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS). As part of this larger organization, we support each other by sharing in the work, sending support and volunteers as each congregation has the ability. 

We recognize that as a single congregation, we are unable to do all the work that God has called us to do, but by pooling our resources we are able to accomplish much greater things than one congregation by itself. By working together we rely on others to share the Gospel in places were we are unable to get to and they rely on us to share the Gospel in places that they are unable to get to (like Shawano). 

We can also work together as a large group of congregations to make sure that our pastors are trained well in the Bible. Our congregations are confident that their pastors have been thoroughly trained in what the Word of God says so that when the Gospel is preached we can be assured that it hasn't been altered in any way.

For more information on the WELS visit wels.net.
 

Our congregation supports the WELS East Fork Lutheran Elementary School at Whiteriver, Arizona with monthly contributions.  Our contributions are used to assist Apache children that wish to attend the school, even though their family is unable to pay the high tuition costs.  This year tuition assistance has enabled 14 students to enroll that could not have in previous years.  This school is the oldest WELS mission in the world, which began in 1896 when missionary Plocher began teaching the Apache children.

This school not only teaches a high level of academics, but more importantly, teaches the children about their Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  The children are explained what Jesus accomplished for all people, when he willingly died on Calvary’s cross for the forgiveness of all sins, for all who believe, including them.  This sacrificial love of Jesus opens the door of heaven to all believers like themselves.  It’s our hope and prayer that these children will witness to their friends and family about their love for Jesus, and what he’s done for them, so we can train future Christian leaders of the Apache people.  Along with our monthly support from our church budget, we encourage our members to make personal donations toward tuition assistance to make a real difference in the lives of these children, both now and for eternity. 

Early this year our congregation hired a filming company to go to the East Fork School and produce a 5-6 minute video of the school and children, which we distributed to 1200 WELS congregations throughout the country.  It’s our hope and prayer that with the assistance of many congregations we can double the size of this school, and make Christian education available to all the Apache children.  If you’d be interested in seeing this video simply click on the link below.  
Fox Valley Lutheran High School (FVL)

Divine Savior is a Federation member of FVL. We support the high school with monthly contributions because we strongly believe that teenagers need to grow academically, emotionally, socially, physically and spiritually. FVL encourages students to make the most of their God-given talents and abilities.

For more information visit fvlhs.org or
call 920-739-4441.
 
Our congregation also supports the work of the Kingdom Workers each month from our budget.  Kingdom Workers is an organization that coordinates Lutheran volunteers from the CELC (which includes the WELS and ELS) who wish to do “hands on” mission work throughout the world.  Kingdom Workers is divided into three areas of ministry as follows:  (1) Builders for Christ, (2) Faith in Action, and (3) Lutheran Health Alliance.

Builders for Christ involve volunteers that build churches, church additions, parsonages and other projects throughout the world.  Groups of volunteers come together in these construction jobs, and donate their time, thus eliminating the high cost of labor.  Kingdom Workers provides the planning of the project and the scheduling of the numerous volunteers, who may help for a week or two or the entire project.  Over 700 volunteers have contributed their time to 135 projects over the past 25 years, and volunteers range from trades people, handy people, or just people who want to help any way they can.

Faith in Action ministry puts volunteers into communities to assist WELS affiliated churches with spreading the gospel, such as canvassing neighborhoods to promote a special event at church.  Faith in Action teams are also involved with coordinating various summer activities such as summer Bible camps, sports camps, and youth projects.  Many of these volunteers are WELS high school and college students that relate better with children and youth.  These projects usually last from 1-4 weeks and everything is organized and scheduled by Kingdom Workers. 

Lutheran Health Alliance is the Kingdom Works newest outreach ministry, whereby professional medical trainers are sent to congregation to create a way to assist local communities with medical needs.  On a global scale, Kingdom Workers sends out medical professionals to assist countries with medical needs, and currently is active in Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa, and Southeast Asia.  Much of this is done by WELS volunteers from the medical profession and coordinated by Kingdom Workers .  Kingdom Workers sends 700-800 volunteers a year to various mission projects in the U.S. and around the world. 

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