Why do we do this?
The person of Christ compels us. He died for us, giving us forgiveness of sins we do not deserve. Out of our great joy, we share this message of his great love for us to others, and we also share our material blessings with those who are suffering. We note these Scripture passages: “If you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will become like the noonday.” Isaiah 58:10 “Go and make disciples of every nation.” Matthew 28:18
More than twenty years ago the extreme poverty suffered by children and youth living in northern Mexico touched the hearts of a few Christians living near the Mexican border south of Tucson, Arizona. They saw an opportunity to share food and the good news of the forgiveness of sins that comes through Jesus Christ our Savior.
In 1989, Mission to the Children started with a few bags of food delivered to one border town and over the years Mission to the Children volunteers were invited to visit and serve poor children in 13 Mexican towns and villages.
Two of the villages now have churches with full time Iglesia Evangelica Luterano Confessional pastors (WELS is in fellowship with IELC churches). Besides food, Mission to the Children assists with school supplies, vitamins and special needs medical services.