Since 2006, Messiah has been sending high school teams  in the summer, and more recently, adults during the winter to serve in California at Gleanings for the Hungry.  Gleanings is all about reducing food waste in this country, and sending that food to people in need.  Along with the food, Gleanings assures that the gospel of Jesus Christ is presented.  Messiah has had over 300 different volunteers spend a week at Gleanings since that first trip in 2006.
God has led us to work alongside the Siouxland Tanzania Education and Medical Ministries (STEMM) for several years now. This relationship began when we had the privilege of having guests from Tanzania join us for worship during their stay in Lincoln, as a child recovered and rehabilitated after a major accident that took place in Tanzania. We’ve had teams travel to Tanzania for medical missions and to help at the STEMM orphanage.
Messiah has a long relationship with the people of Haiti through the Haiti Lutheran Mission Society, and we’ve sent many mission teams to help build churches, orphanages and schools. Due to political unrest, we haven’t sent a team in a few years, but we continue to pray for the people of Haiti and look forward to being able to return to their country and continue to grow our relationship with the Haitian people.

Clara is thrilled that her her lifelong love of language, words, and conversation will be put to use with Mission of Christ Network as an English teacher at Evanjelické Gymnázium Tisovec in Slovakia. As she works to build authentic relationships with her students and share the hope and peace that Jesus gives, Clara prays that God will shine His light brightly through her and continue to make his faithfulness known to the people of Tisovec.

We serve from 27 locations located across the United States.Orphan Grain Train has volunteers in 27 regional locations across the United States who gather clothing and other relief supplies for destitute people around the world. They also raise the money to send these relief goods and food where most needed. Find a location near you to climb aboard the train and serve those in need.

Rev. Arthur and Deaconess Eva Rickman serve the Lord through The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) as missionaries in Latin America, based in Panama. Arthur serves as a facilitator, building and strengthening relationships with LCMS partners, helps administrate theological education opportunities, and manage diaconal work throughout the area. He also serves the local church in Panama.

Serving as a deaconess, Eva assists with deaconess formation. She encourages and supports the mercy work that is happening throughout this region.


Rev. James and Angela Sharp serve the Lord as missionaries of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) in Uruguay. James plants new churches and works to support mercy outreach projects around the country. Through Word and Sacrament ministry, he partners with local church leaders to form and develop groups of believers into mature, self-sustaining and self-replicating congregations. James also teaches Lutheran theology courses to help train individuals in the Lutheran faith and to develop local leaders to carry on God’s mission.

Angela focuses on education. She teaches English-as-a-Foreign-Language (EFL) classes to people of all ages. She organizes, directs and provides content for Sunday schools throughout the country and conducts workshops for training new teachers and educational leaders. James and Angela also seek to build relationships through Bible studies and other community activities. Through these interactions, they are given opportunities to share the Gospel.


Rev. Dr. John Loum serves the Lord through The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) as a missionary in the Gambia. His work is in partnership with Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, where he continues to serve as the director of the Ethnic Immigrant Institute of Theology (since 2006). This unique partnership makes it possible for John to serve part time in the Gambia under LCMS’ Office of International Missions.

In the Gambia, John serves as a theological educator, catechizing and teaching the Lutheran faith to adults and children. He instructs lay leaders on key Lutheran doctrine. He also equips members and youth with evangelism tools and guides them on how to communicate the Gospel to their Muslim neighbors and friends. John also organizes weekend workshops for lay catechists, evangelists and Lutheran teachers/educators where the Lutheran message is shared.


Rev. Dr. John and Melinda Bombaro serve the Lord through The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) as missionaries in Latvia, based in Riga. John serves as assistant to the regional director of the Eurasia region in the area of theological education. In this role, he works to plant an English-speaking congregation in Riga. He teaches Lutheran theology and mentors seminary students in a Bachelor of Divinity program at Riga Luther Academy (the Latvian Ev. Luth. Church’s seminary). He assists in the re-accreditation of the seminary, not only as a Latvian seminary but also as an English-speaking seminary accredited throughout the European Union. He builds confessional and strategic relations between regional partner churches and synods. With Melinda’s help, John also coordinates conferences around Eurasia for pastors and other church workers.


J.P. and Aimee, along with their children (Celeste, 12; Bella, 9; and Isaac, 2), have served in southeast Asia for 12 years, currently in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. J.P. serves the Cambodia Lutheran Church (CLC), a growing collection of Lutheran congregations. J.P. travels throughout Cambodia to equip and empower the leaders of the CLC with informal mentorship and formal theological education, that they might boldly announce and demonstrate the Gospel to the people of Cambodia.

Aimee serves as the Mercy Manager for the Asia region. She supports the other personnel serving in this region and works with local church partners to coordinate mercy work. In Cambodia, she supports the efforts of Concordia Welfare and Education Foundation (CWEF) as it works with communities to improve education and health, particularly for Cambodian children. The rest of J.P. and Aimee’s time is spent learning Khmer language, whizzing around on motorbikes with their daughters, and chasing their toddler son up and down the house.


Rev. Dr. John (Hans) and Gretchen Trinklein serve the Lord through The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) as missionaries in Seoul, South Korea. Hans teaches at Luther Theological University (LTU) and Luther Seminary. He also works with LCMS’ partner church, the Lutheran Church in Korea (LCK), helping them with their strategic vision and planning, with church planting and with continuing education for their pastors.