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Friends of Madagascar Mission

Friends of Madagascar Mission (FOMM), financially supports the mission and ministry programs of the Malagasy Lutheran Church (FLM).  We do not sponsor or run our own programs, but “walk together with” the FLM. Currently we support six programs:

  • Prison Ministry – Now in 10 prisons and adding new ones each year.
  • Ejeda Hospital Nutrition Program and Emergency Medical and Food Programs
  • Evangelists – Currently support 35 evangelists from two synods.
  • Bible Schools – Currently support three Bible Schools: Manasoa –Betioky Synod; Mananovy – Betroka Synod; and Manatantely–Faradofay Synod.
  • Tandroy Bible Translation and Printing Project – Awaiting approval to print this labor of faith for the past 16 years, translating the Bible into the Tandroy dialect.
  • Drip Irrigation Project – A new program beginning in 2017 to teach people in the arid southwest part of Madagascar (in the Ejeda Hospital area)  how to provide for their food supply during the droughts.

One hundred percent of a contribution goes to the mission project selected, with nothing taken out of the gift for administrative costs. The gift is sent quickly to the selected mission project in Madagascar. Contributions may be designated separately to apply toward FOMM’s administrative costs. Contributions come from individuals, congregations, grants, wills and endowment earnings.

Contact: David Lerseth
Phone: 847-445-8177
Email: friendsofmadagascarmission@gmail.com
Website: www.madagascarmission.org


Grace Tanzania Fund

grace-tanzania-fundSeeking to provide spiritual and material support to the Bariadi Lutheran Church in Tanzania for its ministry to orphans of Home of Peace Orphanage in Bariadi, Grace Tanzania Fund is located in Ohio and affiliated with Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church, an NALC congregation in Jackson Center, OH.

The goal of the orphanage ministry is to provide knowledge so these children can be educated and lead productive lives. They attend a Lutheran-based school on-site. “Children at the orphanage are taught to pray, study the Bible, participate in Lutheran church services by singing and reciting Scripture. They are taught the catechism and encouraged to apply their faith to their lives while helping grow and spread God’s Kingdom.”

Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church of Jackson Center is the Fund’s fiscal agent. Grace Fund is separately incorporated and receives annual grants of about one half of the orphanage’s expenses through Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church and other congregations and individuals.

Contact: Marjorie Beam
Phone: 937-596-6516
Email: bibimarge@embarqmail.com
Website: www.jcgracelutheran.org

Click here for a form to “adopt” Grace Tanzania Fund and send direct support.


Pastor Didi Panzo

Wife, Serfina, and daughters, Nicole and Sarah

Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)



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Visit Pastor Panzo’s blog


Christian Outreach in Refugee Empowerment (CORE) Mission Center at Adjumani Refugee Camp, Uganda and St. Luke’s Theological College in South Sudan

Due to the 2013-14 civil war in South Sudan, St. Luke’s Theological College in Bor was temporarily closed but reopened in Nimule in 2015. During the time that St. Luke’s Theological College was closed, the Christian Outreach in Refugee Empowerment (CORE) Mission Center, with the aim of addressing the needs of South Sudanese refugees in Uganda, was established. Its particular focus is “hope, healing and help to South Sudanese children and youth in the Adjumani Refugee Camp.”

Contact: Frank Rothfuss
Phone: (616) 828-5402
Email: frothfuss@comcast.net

Click here for a form to “adopt” CORE Mission Center at Adjumani and send direct support.


Congo Lutheran Mission

Under the sponsorship of Reformation Lutheran Church (NALC) of New Bern, NC, two mission projects in the Democratic Republic of Congo are seeking support, with the objective of proclaiming the Gospel through prayer, preaching, Bible Study and small group faith-sharing.

Contact: Rev. Stephané Kalonji
Phone: (252) 633-3711
Email: kalonjist@aol.com


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Stephen Katterhenrich

Wife, Rachel, and children, Hope and Scott

Mbeya, Tanzania


Growing up at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Grove City, Ohio, Stephen and Rachel were blessed to learn the value of knowing and serving God, as well as serving others. The Katterhenrichs have been serving with Wycliffe Bible Translators in Tanzania since 2011, working in the city of Mbeya where 13 different language groups are working together on Bible translation. They work primarily with the Bungu language, doing analysis of the language and developing a writing system for Bungu. Stephen enjoys working as a translation advisor, assisting in the translation of God’s Word into the Bungu language.

Visit Stephen and Rachel’s blog.

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