We are fortunate in the strong passion for mission in the Moravian Church in North America. Because of the great geographical distance between churches groups have come together to form regional mission societies. They are, by region:
Each year, the Mission Society helps send approximately 125 youth and adults on short-term mission trips in the U.S. and abroad. This is through their Partners in Mission Scholarships offered to Moravians in the Southern Province. In addition to short-term missions, it helps support 12 long-term missionaries who serve in the U.S. and around the world, as well as the new ministry in Cuba, Peru, and Sierra Leone. Through its financial contributions, it further supports global missions through the work of the Board of World Mission, and often responds to other pressing mission needs as they arise.
The Mission Society offers two educational events in the Southern Province each year. In June, guest speakers share about their recent mission experiences after a delicious fellowship meal provided by a local congregation. The Annual Celebration Lovefeast is in November of each year. The Lovefeast speaker offers an inspiring message during the worship service. Everyone enjoys inter-generational music by guest musicians, anthems by the congregation’s choir, and a band prelude by the Provincial Band.
NORTH EAST PENN
The Northeast Pennsylvania Moravian Mission Society is comprised of interested members of the Moravian Churches in the Lehigh Valley, the Pocono Mountain, and Reading areas. The purpose of this group is to provide leadership in the building of inspiration and education for mission in local congregations and to support initiation of endeavors for mission together. The group has offered prayer and financial support to many over the years. Their influence has impacted local, national and global mission.
For more information, contact President Bob Stewart, Sr. at firstname.lastname@example.org .
CANADIAN MISSION SOCIETY
The Canadian Moravian Mission Society (CMMS) participates with the Board of World Mission in its vision to support Moravian mission worldwide through prayer, financial support, and supplying workers to the mission field. Becoming incorporated in 2004 has enabled CMMS to access government and other granting agencies for funding of mission projects. Here are a few of the things that CMMS does: disaster relief, sending missionaries, local outreach, addressing the HIV/AIDS pandemic, supporting orphaned and destitute children of Rajpur, India.
For more information, contact the Canadian District: www.moravian.ca
SOUTHERN WISCONSIN MORAVIANS FOR MISSION
Southern Wisconsin Moravians for Mission (SWMM) represents the seven Moravian churches of southern Wisconsin, sharing a common goal of mission in our backyard and around the world. Financial support goes to, but is not limited to, Likewise AIDS Ministries a ministry working toward HIV and AIDS education and awareness; Adopt-A-Village which supports orphans in Western Tanzania; Ahuas Clinic in Honduras with medical equipment and supplies; MAF Mission Aviation Fellowship serving Haiti, and other causes world wide. A mission opportunity closer to home is Marquardt Village in Watertown Wisconsin, a senior living facility with many areas of care available. Short term, short notice mission projects also receive financial and prayer support. We find comfort knowing God uses our gifts, however small.
We invite the members and friends of the seven congregations each quarter to an “Afternoon for Mission” to hear of on going mission projects and opportunities to serve.
An annual Love Feast is held, usually in September, at one of the seven churches where a presentation and business meeting takes place. Currently the committee is served by co-chairs Janice Ellis and Deb Kappel, Treasurer Erna Kiessling and Secretary Douglas Rabbach.
SWMM can be reached either by email to Deb Kappel at email@example.com or her cell 608 609 8025.
NORTH DAKOTA MORAVIAN MISSION SOCIETY
The North Dakota Moravian Mission Society was formed in response to a need to help and encourage congregations and members to participate in the continuing worldwide Moravian Christian mission service. To fulfill this need, the Mission Society promotes awareness of worldwide mission work, encourages both short and long term participation in mission field service and sets up communication channels with other mission societies.
We send $1000 each year to support orphans in the village of Udongo, Tanzania. The money is used to purchase the children food, bedding, school fees and uniforms, medical care and other personal supplies.
We are seeking volunteers to help with the building of a local church parsonage in the summer of 2012.
We sent many to work on a youth camp in Jamaica.
We have developed a strong relationship with Labrador, with the most recent project helping to send a team to work with the people of Nain.
We did additions and repairs to the Nokomis Day Care Center in Fargo, ND and sent teams and financial support to Northwood, ND.
Minot, ND Project
We are continuing to send mission teams to Minot for clean-up and recovery from the 2011 floods.
Mississippi Gulf Coast Project
We have sent teams to help with the ongoing cleanup and rebuilding from Hurricane Katrina.
Nicaragua Hurricane Relief
We have sent financial support to help purchase well drilling equipment and would like to send a team to continue to help with ongoing rebuilding and cleanup from Hurricane Felix.
For more information, please contact:
John Buchholz, President
4255 153rd Ave SE
Durbin ND 58059
Kim Hoglund, Sec-Treas
15583 45th St SE
Mapleton, ND 58059-9601