Since 2004, Soldiers of the Cross has provided emergency support and pastoral care for LCMS church workers based on financial need. Helping church workers retain health insurance is a top concern. “One our Synod’s top priorities must be helping our church workers in their time of need,” said Rev. Matthew C. Harrison, LCMS president. “Many have given a large portion of their lives to serve, very often in modest circumstances. While these are challenging times for many families, we must make every attempt to help our servants of the church.” The needs are growing Since its inception, Soldiers of the Cross has seen the numbers of grant requests exceed the funds available each year. Originally designed to provide short-term help, today Soldiers of the Cross assists church workers who need financial assistance for longer periods. Financial support is needed The Soldiers of the Cross fund, which depends solely on donor contributions, is near depletion. The Lutheran Church Missouri Synod is asking for your help to raise a minimum $300,000 to assist these “soldiers of the cross.” To make a referral Contact your District President, Rev. Dr. Carlos Hernandez, 314-956-2005, or Susan Green, 314-996-1751.
About The Author
Rev. Bernhard Seter has been a Pastor in the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod for over 42 years. He served on the Board of LCMS World Relief and Human Care for ten years and is now the Chairman of the Board of International Missions. He has been privileged to travel around the world and see the churches' mercy work in action. He is convinced it is not only what we are "compelled" to do because of Christ; it is what we have been baptized for. Christ's love compels us, constrains us, and sends us forth.