Raising Funds to Build a Seminary and Rebuild Communities


African continent and South SudanIt is wonderful to be able to share the good news that the three thousand copies of the Bible in the Nuer language have arrived in Addis Ababa for South Sudanese Refugees in Ethiopia Rev. Jordan Long reports, “With such a profound joy, words cannot carry enough weight to thank our brothers and sisters in Christ who give generously to the printing of these Bibles.”

The printing of the Bibles cost $21,000; $7 a Bible. We were happy to help with this work. Due to the ongoing and lengthy civil strife in South Sudan, the Nuer Bibles ran out of print. Not only did the congregation in the refugee camp in Ethiopia have only a few copies of the Bible, even the Anglican bishop reported that many of his congregations have only two or three. The printing took place in South Korea through Ethiopian Bible Society and with assistance of American Bible Society. Thank you again to our generous supporters.

With the celebration of that goal's completion, we begin our capital campaign to raise $48,000. This will allow us to buy the construction equipment pictured here. This amazing brick making machine that uses dirt and Portland cement mix to make blocks is made by Dwell Earth and Vermeer. We visited their place in Denver and actually made some bricks, one of which we took to our table at the Annual Gathering for Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ.

We need your help in raising the funds to buy the mixer and brick maker. Please send your donations c/o Zion Lutheran Church, Des Moines. Please share this news with your church. Please share it on social media.

This is a game changer for the Lutheran Church of South Sudan and the Sudanese People. Can you imagine the gospel message in these bricks? "Hello, we're followers of Jesus. We understand that war has destroyed your village. We'd like to rebuild it with you." That's the gospel in a building block. Please help.

bricks being madeWe are sending a mission team to South Sudan on October 26. Teachers from the Institute of Lutheran Theology are going along with a health care worker. They are carrying medicines and musical instruments, Bible software and other education materials. A training for pastors will take place as well as health care and distribution of the Nuer Bibles.

We ask for your prayers for the safety of the team and the provision of the $48,000. If you are able to send a gift of any size, please send your offering to::

To support the mission of the LCSS, please contact:

LCSS U.S.A., c/o
c/o Zion Lutheran Church
4300 Beaver Ave.
Des Moines, Iowa 50310
Phone: (515) 270.8142

You can call and speak to Rev. John Kline at (515) 270-8142 for more information on this project.