Memorial takes very seriously our Lord's call to preach the Gospel to all nations, and make disciples by baptizing and teaching. Read about some of our outreach and evangelism efforts below.
Memorial sends a short-term mission team to Nicaragua every summer for 10 days. These mission trips are centered on the Synod of Nicaragua's seminary in Chinandaga, Nicaragua. Each trip includes worship in one or more of our sister churches, a medical, construction, and teaching mission component, and visits to some of the picturesque locations in this beautiful central American country. Memorial also sponsors 100 children with school scholarships each year.
The sponsorship provides enrollment in the local public school, the required school uniform, shoes, books, supplies and backpack. More importantly, each child receives two hours of catechism and two hours of supplementary math instruction in the church each day. Your donation provides hope for a child and for that child’s family.The cost of a single student sponsorship is $120 per year.
The Nicaragua general fund is used for all the other mission work that we provide each year. That would include building churches, school buildings, houses, providing medical teams, providing theological information to the Pastors, providing theological teaching to the Pastors, providing Sunday school information to the Deacons and Deaconesses, and providing English lessons to members of the Nicaragua Synod.
Those interested in donating towards our mission work in Nicaragua can make checks payable to Memorial Lutheran Church with the notation "Nicaragua Child Sponsorship" or "Nicaragua General Fund" in the memo field and mailed to Memorial Lutheran Church 5800 Westheimer Rd. Houston, TX 77057. Donors receive contribution statements for tax purposes in January/February of each year.
Members of Memorial support the Rev. Charles Wokoma as he trains future pastors in Nigeria and other areas of Africa. Pastor Wokoma, who worked with Memorial for a time, has been serving in Africa since the fall of 2012. Pastor Wokoma's LCMS Missionary webpage is located at https://www.lcms.org/rwokoma.
Memorial has made several trips to the Evangelical Lutheran Church in England's seminary in Cambridge, England. Westfield House is affiliated with Cambridge University, and members of Memorial have helped rebuild and renovate much of the facility. Memorial also supports Friends of Westfield House, a support network for the ELCE's seminary.
Rev. Charles and Deborah St-Onge are serving Montreal, Canada and the Caribbean with the LCMS International Missions department.
To signup for the St-Onges newsletter or send them a note of encouragement, please visit their website In The Way. You can donate to their mission via the LCMS website at: https://www.lcms.org/stonge.
Rev. Sagar Pilli has started a Telugu-speaking ministry right here at Memorial Lutheran Church. Telugu is an Indian language spoken in the southern part of India. It is the official language of Andhra Pradesh, a state in southern India that has a population of 84 million, according to a 2011 census. Telugu is the second most popular language spoken in India. Currently, there are approximately 200,000 Telugu Indians living in Houston.
The Telugu Ministry was established to meet the spiritual and other needs of Telugu people in the Houston area. Our regular worship services with Holy Communion are at 8:15 and 11:00 AM on every Sunday. Telugu Bible Study is at 9:45AM on every Sunday between the worship services. It takes place in the MLC Church Library.
You may view our current MLC Telugu Ministry Brochure by clicking here.
If you would like to learn more, please contact Rev. Sagar Pilli.
Memorial works with Lutheran Blind Mission to provide a monthly luncheon and Bible study for the visually impaired of the Houston area. Anyone with a visual impairment is invited to our lunches, which take place the 3rd Saturday of the month from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Lunch is preceded by a time of sharing, prayer, and a bible study.
Memorial supports West Houston Assistance Ministries through financial donations and regular donations of food and clothing. You can drop food donations off Sundays or during the week in the Commons area of the church facility.