What Do We Do?

We enable Lutheran congregations (or associations of congregations) to send Lutheran missionaries worldwide. From anywhere - to anywhere. From Korea to Norway. From Brazil to Canada. From the United States to Nigeria. Simply put, we are your Lutheran “easy button” for sending missionaries.

Global Lutheran Outreach is not calling agency. GLO is a sending agency - we enable and facilitate the sending of Lutheran missionaries who have been called, commissioned, or appointed by their church.

In our globalizing world, we believe that it is neither efficient nor effective for every Lutheran church (or church body) to build their own missionary sending apparatus. Our mission is to do that work for you, so that missionaries can focus on what God has called them to do, and so that the Body of Christ can focus on loving and supporting their missionaries!

GLO serves missionaries by:

  • Identfying opportunities for missionary service
  • Facilitating travel documents: passports, visa, other legal paperwork
  • Providing a financial infrastructure, including:
    • Establishing and monitoring a field budget
    • Accepting and acknowledging donor contributions (contributions to your missionary through GLO are tax-exempt, within the limits of the law)
    • Monitoring support levels
    • International and national currency transfers
  • Providing for missionary well-being
    • Health insurance / medical evacuation
    • Providing personal support and counseling (if called for)
    • Ensuring that the missionary family is cared for
    • Adequate rest and personal time
    • Furloughs and repatriation support
  • Negotiating agreements with national churches, partners, and other stakeholders
  • Assisting in the development and maintenance of adequate support networks
  • Providing legal support
  • GLO serves churches by:

    • Assisting in identifying potential Lutheran missionaries
    • Helping to identify appropriate locations for missionary service
    • Helping to build partnerships with national churches and other stakeholders
    • Assisting congregations in raising mission awareness and involvement
    • Mission education
    • Continuing information through newsletters and other information sources

    Contributions to Global Lutheran Outreach will be acknowledged with a tax-deductible receipt. Global Lutheran Outreach is recognized as a non-profit organization under section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Service code. Your contribution may be tax-deductible in accordance with Federal guidelines.