A Brief History of Jesus Is Lord Mission Society

Jesus Is Lord Mission Society proves a small group of mission passionate people can made a big difference.

Since 2002, LCMS Office of International Mission and its global partners have been blessed through the faithful support of Jesus is Lord Mission Society. We now celebrate with JILM and give thanks for how God has used more than $2 million in gifts:

• to equip national workers, pastors, evangelists, and educators;
• to enable churches to be planted and worship centers built; and
• for the Gospel to be shared in 27 nations with many people coming to know Jesus as their Lord and Savior.

Jesus is Lord Mission Society’s name is taken from Philippians 2: “that every knee may bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ Is Lord!” The independent mission society has remained a volunteer organization, directing all of its support—both prayer and financial gifts—toward LCMS Office of International Mission. In this partnership, JILM asks LCMS Office of International Mission to develop a list of projects which JILM can submit to its members who joyfully support these projects with their prayers and gifts.

To date, JILM has contributed more than $2.6 million for work in 27 nations: Afghanistan, Argentina, Chili, China, Cambodia, Dominican Republic, East Africa, Georgia, Ghana, Guinea, Honduras, Hong Kong, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Nigeria, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Philippines, Russia, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Togo, West Africa, Turkey, the United States, Vietnam, and in more than one “closed country".

Dr. Glenn O’Shoney, former LCMS Office of International Mission executive director and Texas District president, explains the humble beginnings of Jesus is Lord Mission Society. “In 2002, four families met in my home in Walburg, Texas, and together pledged to do something to help the mission be about its task of reaching the lost with the Good News of Christ the Savior. The mission society was born and Zion Lutheran Church of Walburg took a bold step of faith and agreed to be our ‘host’ congregation. From there, the founding four couples began making phone calls and writing letters— enlisting other mission passionate people. Today, we have about 550 members in 40 states; and nearly half are pastors.”

Members receive a quarterly newsletter and vote annually by ballot to select the new fiscal year’s projects and elect members to the JILM steering committee.

When asked why he became a JILM member, Pastor Norbert Oesch of Tustin, California, explained, “My wife and I are highly committed to LCMS Office of International Mission! We also recognize that LCMS World Mission doesn’t receive funds for all the work they want to do. We know JILM is directly connected to LCMS Office of International Mission; it isn’t a maverick organization, but connected to the strategic plan of the Synod. We know JILM operates with next-to-no overhead and with a focus on specific projects for LCMS Office of International Mission. And finally, I trust the leadership and know that any investment made through JILM will be handled with the greatest care.”

Dr. Glenn O'Shoney
Founder of JILM



The Four Founding Families of JILM


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