- Sharing the Stories of Mission in our Communities and Around the World
Invite a Missional Storyteller to Your Congregation
Western Iowa Synod has Missional Storytellers that are willing to come to your congregation and share stories about various mission opportunities and ways your congregation can participate and share these stories as we all work together in the mission that God calls us to!
Our Synod's mission interpreter coordinator is Barb Brennan. You may contact her at 712-260-3364 or via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
One of my goals is to supply stories. My pledge to you is to find a story about a certain ministry that you want to lift up. Another goal is to have a Mission Interpreter in every congregation to share stories as a way to inform our members of the amazing difference we make giving of our time, talents, and treasure.
Seek out someone in your church that can be a Mission Interpreter (storyteller) alongside you or someone who can support you by being your listener and your encourager.
Tell a story. Please. Rebekah Basinger
(taken from Giving Magazine volume 20)
People listen differently when stories are told. Their ears perk up. They smile. They nod. They remember. Stories can move folks from casual givers to joy-filled stewards are those that:
Start with the end in mind. How do you want people to feel? What action do you hope to inspire?
Provide context. Know why you chose the story you plan to tell.
Keep the focus on the givers. Make the changing of lives the focus of the story.
Mission Interpretation (Storytelling)
We are a church that believes God is calling us into the world — together. As members of the ELCA, we use our time, talents and resources to do God’s work in the world. How do we share the stories of our gifts at work? We share these stories through the ministry of mission Storytelling as we call it in the Western Iowa Synod. A variety of communication tools and a network of trained leaders make this possible.
Mission storytelling helps congregations understand God’s work performed together in our congregations, the community and beyond. When people understand their identity as partners in a larger church, they become stronger advocates in supporting mission and ministry, growing as stewards.
Mission-minded congregations are growing in participation and spirit. The following communication tools can aid mission interpretation in your congregation:
Did You Know?
Your financial generosity is changing lives! Your weekly offering support the mission and ministries of the ELCA in the United States, the Caribbean, and more than 90 countries around the world.
Sharing the Stories
Mission Interpreters can share stories to one person at a time, in small groups, and in larger groups. Stories can be told by Mission Interpreters in a variety of ways and each Mission Interpreter can to do it however they are most comfortable. Work with your pastor to develop a plan for telling the stories. Some possible ways are as follows:
Missional Storyteller Newsletters are offered monthly (below) in both word and PDF format for your convenience. Feel free to copy and paste stories to your congregation's newsletter, website, bulletin, etc to continue to share the story of the mission that is happening in and around the synod and world.
May 2019 Newsletter
Edda Is a Resourceful Woman
Edda is a resourceful woman with six children. The oldest is 25 years old while the youngest is only two. Last year she took out a loan for $315 to buy soybean and sunflower seeds and fertilizer to plant on her four-acre farm. She also hired two laborers. Soybeans are very uncommon for farmers to grow but Edda said that the soil seems to be particularly good for soybeans. She sold her soybeans for $630 and her sunflower seeds for $270. After paying back her loan with interest her profit was $630. She paid school fees for 5 children, put electricity into her home, and started a chicken business. She hopes that this chicken business will help her pay school fees in the future. She said that she even has some extra money to help her oldest child who is at teachers’ college.
April 2019 Newsletter
Flood Buckets Distributed in Western Iowa
Emanuel Lutheran, Council Bluffs
15 flood buckets to Missouri Valley
10 to Sidney area
Our Saviors in Council Bluffs
1 to South Omaha,
5 to Pacific Junction through St
John’s in Mineola,
19 delivered to the Council Bluffs
Hope Lutheran in Sioux Center
24 flood buckets to Trinity Lutheran in Moville, who shared them with families in need in Moville, Kingsley, and Hornick
Immanuel in Forest City
10 flood buckets to Algona for surrounding areas
March 2019 Newsletter
John Everts Continues to Serve
John H. Everts, member of Emanuel-St. John Lutheran Church of Lytton, Iowa, is currently a resident at Park View Rehab Center, in Sac City, Iowa. He and his team roll bandages for Global Health Ministries. The bandages are made from white sheets torn into three inch strips. Some of John’s friends tear the sheets and prepare the strips for rolling.