Directed Giving for Mission in the World exceeded $211,000 in 2004 (about $37,000 more than in 2003) and accounted for over 60% of the core budget for the ELCIC world mission program. These funds were provided by individuals, congregations and Evangelical Lutheran Women's groups and here is a summary of how the donations were designated:
|| 57 %
|World Mission (unspecified)
|| 29 %
|Patagonia Mission Sponsorship
|| 12 %
|Partner Church programs
|| 4 %
Missionary Sponsorship increased by over $29,000 in 2004 compared to 2003. Almost half of this increase ($14,000) was in response to the special sponsorship appeal to help return Lori Endress to Thailand for two more years as a Short-term Missionary. There was an increase of almost $15,000 in the World Mission (unspecified) donations which were used throughout the budget to help maintain a varied world mission program and respond to some unexpected needs (see Mission in the World Updates). 2004 was the second year for Patagonia Mission Sponsorship and over $25,000 was contributed, an increase of $1,000 from the first year.
Opportunities for Mission in the World Directed Giving in 2005 are as follows:
- World Mission (unspecified)
- Rev Katharine Bergbusch, Long-term Missionary, Peru
- Rev Brian Rude, Long-term Missionary, El Salvador
- Bonnie Weppler, Long-term Missionary, Papua New Guinea
- Lori Endress, Short-term Missionary, Thailand
- Patagonia Mission Sponsorship: Rev Gustavo Gomez and Rev Sergio Utz
- Peru Pastors: government social security benefits for the seven pastors of the Peruvian Evangelical Lutheran Church
- El Salvador—Quetzalcoatl Foundation: HIV/AIDS prison and community ministry.
- Cameroon: Garoua Boulai Bible School & Seminary
- Papua New Guinea: Partner Church programs
In addition to the total of $174,000 received for Mission in the World Directed Giving in 2003, other funds were put to work for world mission as follows:
- Support for individual Volunteers in Mission which is normally raised by their local support groups.
- Support for ELCIC missionaries from outside agencies including the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the Danish Sudan Mission and the United Board for Christian Higher Education in Asia.
- Funds forwarded to overseas churches for specific purposes not originated by Mission in the World office but often as part of the Companion Synod Program.