At Lutheran Indian Ministries (LIM) we are motivated to reach every Native American and Alaska Native with the Gospel while raising up Native people to share the love of Jesus in their own communities. God’s grace compels us to build the capacity of Native people for the sake of Christ’s Kingdom. Jesus told his disciples to “go, and make disciples,” and we take that command very seriously.
LIM has supported Makah Lutheran Church in Neah Bay, Washington for over 20 years. Over the years, Makah Lutheran has helped the Makah people understand that God loves them as the unique people He created them. They have found ways to be more connected to their community and have brought culture into their expressions of worship. They have a vibrant youth ministry as well.
LIM also has a campus ministry adjacent to Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, Kansas. Haskell started as a boarding school, and it is now a place where Alaska Native and American Indians attend college. With all tribes represented, Lutheran Indian Ministries is positioned to share the Gospel in a way that shows the Haskell students that they can be both Christian and Native as God created them to be. LIM’s campus ministry offers many programs designed to engage students, encourage them in their lives, listen and assist with the many challenges for young adults. We also provide lots of food. Everyone knows that the way to reach college students is through their stomach.
Sometimes LIM steps up where there is an unexpected need. Earlier this Spring, Haskell Indian Nations University announced that for the second year in a row, they would be unable to provide a graduation ceremony to celebrate the accomplishment of the Classes of 2020 and 2021. LIM had a student intern who was graduating and was disappointed that he would not be able to have a graduation. Our staff determined that we were going to have a celebration for him. Little did we know what God had planned.
Our planned celebration for one student ended up leading to LIM hosting both the Class of 2020 and 2021 in a graduation celebration followed by a PowWow. Close to 900 people joined in the celebrations that day and witnessed God at work.
LIM is excited to be “mission of the month,” for November 2021 at Faith Lutheran Church. The partnership of Faith Lutheran Church makes it possible for LIM to touch the lives of Native people like the students at Haskell Indian Nations University and the people in Neah Bay, WA. Together, Faith Lutheran Church, and Lutheran Indian Ministries will assist and prepare the next generation of Native people called to serve in ministry.