Directed Giving for Mission in the World exceeded $174,000 in 2003, accounting for about half of the core budget for the ELCIC world mission program. These funds were provided by individuals, congregations and Evangelical Lutheran Women's groups. Here is a summary of how the donations were designated:
|World Mission (unspecified)
|| 26 %
|Patagonia Mission Sponsorship
|| 14 %
|Partner Church programs
|| 4 %
|Good News Partner program
|| 3 %
Missionary Sponsorship support remained strong in 2003. There was an increase in the World Mission (unspecified) donations which were used throughout the budget making it possible to continue a varied world mission programs (see the March 2004 Mission in the World Update). 2003 was the first year for Patagonia Mission Sponsorship and over $24,000 was contributed.
Opportunities for Mission in the World Directed Giving in 2004 are as follows:
- World Mission (unspecified)
- Rev Katharine Bergbusch, Long-term Missionary, Peru
- Rev Brian Rude, Long-term Missionary, El Salvador
- Bonnie Weppler, Long-term Missionary, Papua New Guinea
- Lori Endress, Short-term Missionary, Thailand
- Patagonia Mission Sponsorship: Rev Gustavo Gomez and Rev Sergio Utz
- Peru Pastors: government social security benefits for the seven pastors of the Peruvian Evangelical Lutheran Church
- El Salvador—Quetzalcoatl Foundation: HIV/AIDS ministry in prisons.
- Cameroon: Garoua Boulai Bible School & Seminary
- Papua New Guinea: Partner Church programs
In addition to the total of $174,000 received for Mission in the World Directed Giving in 2003, other funds were put to work for world mission as follows:
- Support for individual Volunteers in Mission which is normally raised by their local support groups.
- Support for ELCIC missionaries from outside agencies including the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the Danish Sudan Mission and the United Board for Christian Higher Education in Asia.
- Funds forwarded to overseas churches for specific purposes not originated by Mission in the World office but often as part of the Companion Synod Program.