Mercy Work

Mercy Work

LCMS World Relief and Human Care

Christ’s mandate and example of love — the Gospel for the whole person — is the supreme example for our life in this world as we care for our neighbor in body and soul.

In tangible ways, at home and abroad, the LCMS continues to bear Christ’s mercy in word and deed. It’s at the very heart of every LCMS World Relief and Human Care gift.

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Today, the LCMS is continuing the mercy work and legacy of LCMS World Relief and Human Care — it’s the same work, the same compassion and the same capacity.

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  • The work hasn’t changed.

    Your contributions to the LCMS, designated for “LCMS World Relief and Human Care,” now reach people close to home through the Office of National Mission and in faraway lands through the Office of International Mission in ways that defy sin, death and the devil in this broken world.

    God’s unchanging love, through many works of mercy, continues to open hearts and minds to the Good News so that lives are changed and souls are brought into the body of Christ for eternity.

    One of the most efficient and effective ways you can support our church’s ongoing work of mercy is through a gift that can do it all — a donation to The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, designated for “LCMS World Relief and Human Care.”

    This straightforward designation affords our national and international ministries the financial agility to apply your donation — whatever the amount — whenever the opportunity for Gospel-centered mercy and human care is most pressing or urgent.

Mercy Booklet Series

In a variety of timely yet timeless essays, Lutheran theologians look at Christ’s mercy and how He showers healing, compassion and forgiveness on His people. Christians will be encouraged to engage in active, joyful lives of mercy in their homes, workplaces, congregations and communities.

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LCMS Mercy Work and Ministries

You can focus your charitable giving on one of the more specific aspects of our Synod’s work of mercy, including:


  = work is done nationally and internationally

Ways to donate


Make a secure online donation today using a major credit or debit card.




To offer support using a credit/debit card, to pledge annual support or to establish a recurring gift plan, please call us:



To offer support via personal or organizational check, please make all checks payable to:

The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod

On the memo line of the check or in an accompanying note, restrict your donation by writing “MERCY” or “LCMS World Relief and Human Care.”

Mail your gift to:

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



To learn more about how you can champion our Synod’s mercy
efforts as a part of your personal or organizational philanthropy, contact:

LCMS Mission Advancement


Questions and answers about LCMS Mercy Work

  • What is the difference between Lutheran World Relief (LWR) in Baltimore and LCMS World Relief and Human Care or LCMS Mercy Work?
  • Q: What is the difference between Lutheran World Relief (LWR) in Baltimore and LCMS World Relief and Human Care or LCMS Mercy Work?

    A: LCMS World Relief and Human Care dollars fund the specific mercy work of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod at home and abroad.

    In line with our Synod’s mission priority that mercy is performed in close proximity to Lutheran Word and Sacrament, these dollars fuel domestic and international mercy work in partnership with LCMS congregations, districts and partner churches, where those served may also receive God’s gifts of Word and Sacrament.

    Among the mercy ministries benefiting from these dollars are Disaster Response, Mercy Medical Teams, Life Ministry, Health Ministry, institutional chaplaincy, disability ministry, older adult ministry and Recognized Service Organizations.

    Lutheran World Relief is a separate, pan-Lutheran international agency working to provide lasting solutions to poverty through agriculture, climate and disaster risk reduction as well as emergency operations.

    LWR projects and dollars are for international work only. LWR does not do work in the United States.

    The LCMS is in a funding partnership with LWR, independently funding specific LWR mercy/human-care projects that benefit and connect with LCMS partner churches around the world.

    Visit to learn more about LWR in Baltimore.

  • How is mercy work done in the LCMS? Are there specific “mercy” ministries?
  • Q: How is mercy work done in the LCMS? Are there specific “mercy” ministries?

    A: The answer to both questions is yes! While we continue to have specific ministries that are, by their nature, largely focused on mercy work, mercy is at the heart of everything we are doing in the LCMS.

    Mercy accompanies our witness when the Church in her life together proclaims the Gospel at home or abroad. Our missionaries across the globe are engaged in both witness and mercy as they work to revitalize our partner churches, plant new churches and reach out with the Gospel.

    Our national efforts at revitalization and church planting, working alongside districts and local congregations, include reaching out with tangible acts of mercy.

    On college campuses; with black, Hispanic and ethnic people groups; in the military; in our schools; with our young people — mercy is at the heart of everything we do.

    Specific LCMS mercy ministries are Life Ministry, Health Ministry, Disaster Response, Deaconess Ministry, Specialized Pastoral Ministry (chaplains), and Soldiers and Veterans of the Cross.

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