Tuesday, January 12, 2010

January FM News and Budget Report

…. behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest. John 4:35

Dear Monthly Readers! God’s Peace! May God Grant you a most Blessed New Year!
December News:

• Pastor Dennis Hilman returned from an extended mission trip to South Africa.

• Final plans for Mission trips to India, Sri Lanka, Ghana, Togo, and Liberia were made.

• Skype sermons were done to India and Pakistan

• Foreign Mission trained indigenous pastors proclaimed His Word!

• The Guatemalan ALC held vacation bible school with about 100 youth in attendance.

• Special Christmas services were held in many countries that the FM works in, with live translated sermons done to two of these gatherings by Pastors in the USA.

• Weekly Spiritual Blogs and emails were sent into all the world!

• For all other Foreign Mission news, feel free to check in at anytime during the month at www.themisssionsite.com or at any of the other links below and click around! You are most welcome and encouraged to take part in the Mission!

Feedback from December Budget/News email sent in early December: No response was needed last month since we had met our financial needs and that email was only informational! Thank you!

Note: The budget of Your Foreign Mission has been set up to support the mission trips, pastors training, foreign pastors support stipends, literature mailings, Skype sermons, etc, that the Foreign Mission board has prayerfully deemed as priorities. If the income from the month prior, (December in this case) does not meet the budget, then several of these very important priorities have to be slashed for the month.

The chart below indicates the December Income and the January Budget needs.  (seen only in email form)
As you can see, unfortunately we are $6285.25 short this month. Would you help?

Here is an exciting new way to easily contribute:  CLICK HERE TO DONATE   Here you can very easily donate electronically from either your checkbook or credit card. You can also set up recurring monthly donations should you desire.

Point of interest: if 300 people would donate just $21, the budget gap would be closed for the month!

Note: if donating in response to this request, please indicate as such: For Jan 2010 Budget gap

Contact and Resource Information:

Just click on the links below!

Donate online: http://themissionsite.com/needs.html     PayPal or Credit Card

Website: http://www.themissionsite.com/  See all the new updates!

FM News blog: The FM news updated regularly


FM Spiritual articles: sent to foreign contacts via email


The Foreign Mission Store: A place to buy gifts! CD's, Books, pens, shirts etc.!




Donate via PaySimple:  CLICK HERE TO DONATE  electronically by check or cc., incl. recurring

To Donate by check in response to this email: The Foreign Mission 1601 NW 4th Avenue Battle Ground WA 98604 Please Write on check: for Jan 2010. Budget gap

Other programs available for special funding by request * Indigenous Pastor support * Full time Missionary support * Orphan and children support * Bible and other book purchase * Bicycles for pastors * Pastor and mission training Emai: Foreignmission@comcast.net for more info!

Friday, January 8, 2010

Foreign Mission Fact Sheet

Name: The Foreign Mission of the Apostolic Lutheran Church of America

Tax Status: 501c3 Under ALCA All donations are tax exempt.

Mission Statement: (Short Form)
The Mission of the Foreign Mission of the Apostolic Lutheran Church is to be obedient to the words of our Lord Jesus Christ when he said in Mark 16:15 Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. Going forth with The Word of God by His Grace is the reason the Foreign Mission exists. In the Gospel of John Chapter 20, verse 21-23 Jesus says: Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you….

We hold that the Holy Bible is the inerrant Word of God and is the standard to which all oracles of faith and conduct are to be in subjection. Jesus Christ in the chief cornerstone of our faith.

It is with this message that we desire to go forth as Jesus said in Mark 28:18-20 All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.

Cost what it may cost, this is our mission.

Foreign Mission Structure:

 Nine Foreign Mission Board Members: The Foreign Mission board is one of the mission boards formed under the Central Board which represents what is commonly known as the Federation but is actually the Apostolic Lutheran Church of America. This group consists of almost 60 churches in the USA.

One Full time Administrator: John Ruotsala

Reporting: Administrator Reports to FMB constantly.

The FMB reports to the Central Board through various communication.
Foreign Mission Operating Procedures: (very brief)

The FMB wants that all the people in the ALCA would know and understand that this is their foreign mission. The FM Administrator has been asked by the Foreign Mission Board to visit all of the ALCA congregations, plus other churches that have interested Christians that are willing to support the work of the FM.

The Foreign Mission does the following as part of operations:

• Work in fellowship with over 1100 churches around the world. The membership in these churches is believed to be around 140,000 not counting outreach.

• Train indigenous pastors in numerous countries.

• Financially support indigenous pastors

• Plan and execute mission trips around the world

• Supplies and sends a whole variety of Christian literature. Millions of copies have been distributed including 4 million of the Follow Jesus Prevent Aids booklet alone.

• Facilitate, assist, and preach at, but do not own orphanages.

• Offer Sermons via phone, internet, CD, and other methods around the world.

• Help distribute Proclaimers (the Bible on Solar and Crank Devices.) to the impoverished unlearned around the world. (in native language)

• Supports Children’s feeding programs

• Outreach into remote and impoverished villages. 10’s of thousands reached this way.

• Much more to list, (see a call to service later in this submission) however:

• Most importantly: Preach! We are endeavoring to be obedient to our Lord when He said; Go ye into all the world, and preach the Gospel to every Creature!
More information is available at:

http://www.themissionsite.com/   Main Foreign Mission website.

http://www.foreignmissionnewsblog.blogspot.com/  (or get there with the green button on themissionsite.com)

http://foreignmission.blogspot.com/   (or get there by the orange button on website)

http://foreignmissionstore.blogspot.com/  Here you can buy many gift items while at the same time supporting the FM!

• Youtube channel (on website, center, top of homepage)

• Where He Leads Me newsletter (available on website, or have it mailed to your church or home)

• CD’s of Mission work

• By emailing or calling the administrator. Contact info below.

Note: some of the below may be a repeat of above, but I wanted to include this entire article since it is pertinent to our current discussion.


The Foreign Mission Board (FMB) of the ALC would like to inform you of the many things that the Lord is allowing your Foreign Mission to do in His vineyard around the world. The goal and mission of the Foreign Mission of the ALC is to endeavor to be obedient to the words of our Lord when He said: Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. (Mark 16:15) Thus, we are sending this call to encourage you to help us in the Lord’s work.

Each person has talents, skills, and a certain level of resources that are given by God. The work that we are engaged in is not the Mission Board’s work or the mission of a few people, it is the mission of all of God’s children. We need your help with both your talents and financial gifts in order to accomplish this mission. In order to spread the word about our Foreign Mission work more effectively, the Foreign Mission Board is continuing to expand its communication with the various congregations. This is being done, for example, through the installation of church liaisons, church visits by the Foreign Mission Administrator, and installation of associate members of the Foreign Mission Board.

Primarily because of the severe downturn in our economy, we are making a plea to please consider supporting the Foreign Mission work of the ALC, if you are not already doing so. We all are subject to the same Lord who has instructed this work to be done. The Lord did not say to spread His Holy Word only in times of abundance. If each of us would “pitch in” even in a small way, this work could continue and be expanded as the Lord so wills.

Current Foreign Mission Programs

• Preaching the Gospel (mission trips); includes outreach into villages and remote areas, teaching at orphanages and Mission Hospital (India) Training of indigenous pastors

• Monthly support for indigenous pastors in many countries

• Supporting a full-time missionary (Dennis Hilman); supporting a full-time administrator

• Telephone sermons to pastors in foreign countries via Skype or telephone

• Distribution of Where He Leads Foreign Mission Newsletter (by mail and email). Currently distribute 2300 copies

• Distribution of Proclaimers (New Testament on solar and crank device in local languages)

• Weekly spiritual blog and email to foreign countries

• Publish and distribute Follow Jesus, Prevent AIDS booklet (published more than 4 1/2 million copies thus far for 12 countries – has reached an estimated 40 million people; currently funded by special donations or grants)

• Construction of church buildings (usually by special donations)

• Mission Training Seminars in USA

• Group Mission Trips (Guatemala in June, for example)

The Foreign Mission works in fellowship with over 1100 churches (more than 140,000 members) in foreign countries.

Ways to Support the Foreign Mission

• General Monetary Donations. (By check, cash, or online with Paypal, credit card, at www.themissionsite.com.) Also pay through PaySimple by automatic checkbook deductions with email notices. The physical donation mailing address is below.

• 12-Month Pledge of $10 a month minimum. Pledge packets are available. (Your church Foreign Mission Liaison can provide you with one, or contact the Foreign Mission Administrator. If all ALC members gave only $10 per month, we could double the spreading of God’s Holy Word.)

• Encourage your church to take regular collections to benefit the Foreign Mission effort.

If you desire to help in a more individual or personal way, here are some ways that you can do this:

• Earmarked donations (not preferred, but accepted)

• Indigenous pastors support program ($30 per month per pastor)*

• Bibles ($3 each, 10 Bibles minimum)*

• Bicycles for pastors ($75 each – many pastors have more than one church)*

• Hymnals and other books (price varies)

• Endowment Funds (The principle is never spent. Large minimums apply. Contact the administrator for more information.) Memorial donations

*Names, pictures, and other information will be provided upon request.

In an effort to save money and make your tax deduction easier, we have decided to send out receipts only one time each year (in January).
Other Important FM Facts
• The FM welcomes active participation from all sincere Christians.

• Encourages communication on all issues (direct to administrator first)

• Engages equally with all ALCA churches that have an interest in FM work.

• Encourages former ALCA members to remain involved in FM work and support.

• Invites all to training seminars

• Desires to have an open dialogue with both church boards, mission boards, central board, foreign church boards and associations, and Christians in general.

Contact Information:

Administrator: John Ruotsala

• Phone 603-878-9878

• Email foreignmission@comcast.net or jthree16@comcast.net

• Address: 63 Poor Farm Road, New Ipswich, NH 03071

• www.themissionsite.com

Donations Address:
• The Foreign Mission 1601 NW 4th Avenue Battle Ground, WA 98604

Tuesday, January 5, 2010


Here is an update of the Mission Trips planned in coming months by Your Foreign Mission.

Please pray for these missions and contact us at foreignmission@comcast.net if you have questions, comments, or interests!

Sri Lanka:  Carl Lamppa will be leaving Feb. 15 and will stay until March 1st.

India: Pastor Dennis Hilman will be going in early Feb.  He will be joined by John Ruotsala who will lead a group from the USA and Canda that will be leaving on Feb. 14th.  As always on all trips the focus is on spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ.   There will be medical clinics on this trip as well.  The trek home begins on March 6th, Lord willing.

The Philippines:  Pastor Colin Kinnunen will lead a group in early March.

West Africa including Liberia, Ghana, Togo:  Pastor Dennis Hilman will be here for 6 weeks beginning on April 15th, 2010

Other trips:   Guatemala, Russia, Myanmar, Nigeria, and possibly Vietnam will be scheduled later.

Again, feel free to contact us at anytime!  foreignmission@comcast.net      http://www.themissionsite.com/