Heartland Mission



“CONTRIBUTE TO THE NEEDS OF THE SAINTS”                               Romans 12:13

There is a small town in rural Ethiopia called  Kararo. The town never had a strong Christian influence. In fact, there were only about 10 Christians there only a year ago. Kararo was mainly Muslim. But that began to change when a man from the town   traveled outside that community and was touched by the Gospel and became a follower of Jesus. He partnered with the Mekane Yesus Church (our Lutheran partner church) and explored the possibility of putting a Christian school in the town. It would be a school that welcomed girls and even would have a separate bathroom for them. The school has really taken off.  More and more people became followers of Jesus. In fact 17 people were baptized on one Sunday. There are now well over 100 believers in that small community. 

There are so many children at the school that it now needs 3 more classrooms. The total cost is estimated at about $17,000. This is daunting goal for one church.  However First Lutheran of Floresville, Texas has invited Bethel to join them in raising this money. Bethel is hopefully going to use their Lenten midweek offerings to join the cause. Here’s my challenge as your Dean. What if we as a District joined our resources together? What if it was our support that helped this town turn to Jesus?  Do you think that God might just bless this effort beyond measure? If mission driven is a CORE VALUE OF OUR NALC, well then here is a perfect opportunity to make that possible. If you would like more information, or want to sign on, please contact me at 317 727-0612. Know that we will grow the church as we grow God’s people!

Dean Doug Gast


Volunteers from the HMD Disaster Response Warehouse plan to travel to every congregation and mission to pick up Disaster Response donations during the month of March. (Click here for event poster.) Pickup can be on any day and not just Sundays. Everything on the NALC Kits listing or components are acceptable. For NALC Kits list, click here. Depending of the volume of donations, instead of a 26′ box truck we may be bring a just a pickup or a pickup with a trailer. If you are going to donate more than 500 complete flood buckets, I need to know as soon as possible for that will take multiple vehicles or trucks with a trailer due to weight. (Dan would love to have this problem.) For Pickup Registration form, click here.

Currently the only black out date is March 9, 2024. On this date, Disaster Response Training will be hosted at Peace Lutheran in Connersville 9:00 – 4:00. Click here for training over overview and registration form. Training is open to anyone whether they are an NALC member or not. RSVP to Dan Richardson March 9, 2024 or Mary Bates (740-509-1132) so we have a count for materials and food. Course “Fee” per person is a gift card, which will go to the Disaster Response Warehouse. If an overnight room is needed for the training, Peace

Lutheran parishioners do have some rooms availability at no cost. Call Dan (317-435-2768) to arrange.