Big City Mission: Tools for School



[Jesus said,] ‘Just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples.’ ” (John 13:34–35 ESV)

Did you know that most people in North America live in cities? No matter where you live, there are things that make life good and other things that make life hard. Boys and girls who live in urban areas face different problems than those people who live in the suburbs or in farming areas.

America’s inner cities are made up of people from all over the world. They come here with very little money, and they might not even speak English. They live close together and might not have a yard to play in. Some areas are dangerous. People who live there might not be able to afford to live in a house or buy three meals a day. Kids are often left at home alone while parents go to work. All these things can make life stressful and challenging. Most importantly, many of these kids do not know how much Jesus loves them.

Help Kids Discover Jesus!

Through the Big City Mission project, The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod can show the love of Christ to all different kinds of people living in the inner city — including kids just like you!


$5 can provide a lunch for a hungry child


$25 can provide a backpack and school supplies to a child in the inner city


$100 can help provide basketballs and playground equipment for an inner-city school


$500 can help pay for a child to go to a Lutheran school


How You Can Help

Gifts and offerings to the Big City Mission project help kids and adults learn about how much Jesus loves them. By providing something simple like a lunch or backpack, those involved in urban ministry can build relationships that allow them to tell people about their Savior, Jesus!



Send offerings to: 
The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod
P.O. Box 66861 
St. Louis, MO 63166-6861




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