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The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod is working with its districts to spread to Gospel domestically through national missionaries. Just as the work of our international missionaries is specific to the place and context in which they serve, so also the districts of the LCMS best understand the needs of their mission field.

As part of the Mission Field: USA initiative, individual LCMS districts employ the national missionaries serving within their region. Under this model, donations can be made directly to the district in support of its missionaries.


Mission Field: USA–Gary

Through Mission Field: Gary (a part of the LCMS Mission Field: USA initiative), the Rev. Delwyn Campbell serves the LCMS Indiana District as a national missionary in Gary, Ind. Campbell works to foster the health and growth of the current Lutheran population in Gary through Word and Sacrament ministry at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church and other area congregations, while also focusing on bringing the Gospel to the many unchurched members of the community. In addition proclaiming the Gospel through his ministry, he also brings Christ to the people of Gary by ministering to their needs. Campbell is also working to help establish a Lutheran school in Gary, that will serve the population of northwest Indiana.

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Mission Field: USA–Baltimore

Through Mission Field: Baltimore (a part of the LCMS Mission Field: USA initiative), the Rev. Martin Schultheis serves the LCMS Southeastern District as a national missionary in the Sandtown-Winchester neighborhood of Baltimore. In this neighborhood plagued by the worst poverty rates in Baltimore, as well as high incarceration rates, gang and drug activity, Schultheis brings the hope of Christ through relationship building and crisis care services, as well as a workforce development program which offers small business training and experience for men. Schultheis also brings the Gospel through his ministry at Emmanuel Lutheran Church and School, Catonsville, Md.

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Mission Field: USA–Madison

Through Mission Field: Madison (a part of the LCMS Mission Field: USA initiative), the Rev. Ryan McDermott serves the LCMS South Wisconsin District as a national missionary in Madison, Wis., and the surrounding areas by reaching out to deaf members of the community with the Gospel of Christ. McDermott serves as the pastor of Our Savior Deaf Lutheran Church, Madison, which offers Sunday worship and weekly Bible studies in sign language. Through and with the congregation, McDermott is also involved in intentional outreach efforts to deaf community members throughout Dane County, Wis., and surrounding areas.

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