Mission of the Month
“So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith”
Galatians 6:10

The purpose of our Mission of the Month is to increase awareness of individuals and organizations that are part of the LCC synodical family, performing mission work locally, across Canada, or around the world. We may also include some organizations that are part of our community which share the gospel and serve the needy.

Each month we will feature a different mission highlighting the work our church body is doing and giving our members an opportunity to engage with and support with time, talents, and resources. If you would like to support any of the monthly missions, you can give through normal Saint James offering options indicating “Mission of the Month” or give directly to the mission organization using the information provided.

Mission of the Month support is intended to be in addition to regular offerings. Together with all other congregations across Synod, our congregation already uses a portion of all offerings to support the work of Lutheran Church-Canada. We hope and pray that as we are blessed, we continue to be a blessing to others.

November’s Mission of the Month – Oromo

It may be surprising to know this but Ethiopia is home to the largest Lutheran Synod; Ethiopian Evangelical Mekane Yesus. First established by northern European Lutheran missionaries in the 19th and 20th centuries. A vast majority of Oromo’s were raised in the Lutheran church. As so many of our members at Shalom are the same and were hungry to have a Lutheran Oromo church in city of Winnipeg. 

Shalom Oromo Lutheran Church was established in 2020. A handful of faithful Lutheran left our former fellowship to follow our conviction of Confessional Lutheranism. Led by our faith SOLC has been able to provide holistic work in the Winnipeg area. Providing for the needs of newcomers and new Christians. Teaching the word and catechizing new Christians (two being Muslim converts). With the support of LCC’s Mission Director Reverend Mark Smith there is also a young adult program to reach the next generation in our church in English.

The Oromo People

Oromo people make up over 50 million of the population of Ethiopia. With 12 distinct clans Oromo’s have a rich and deep culture that is diverse and beautiful. Oromo people speak Afaan Oromoo which is an Afro-asiatic language of the Cushitic people. It is spoken not only in Ethiopia but has spread now to northern Kenya. Historically a nomadic tribe, a majority remain in Ethiopia while the nomadic branches are continuing now to Kenya and Djibouti. Although the majority in the country Oromo’s have historically been heavily oppressed. With political unrest and injustice it caused a large influx of immigrants and refugees to flee the country. Many of those immigrants now live in Canada and the USA but they also are found in countries all over the world.