The Anniversary Coin is available in Silver, Merlin-Gold, Antique Bronze,

and Gold.  Each coin is numbered and comes in a commemorative box.

Obverse is Martin Luther and Sola Gratia, Sola Fide.

 Reverse is the Luther Rose.  

See store for pricing and additional information.  

Monies raised from the coin sales goes directly to the

Mission and Ministry of Lutheran World Missions including the

Old Latin School in Wittenberg supporting their education initiatives.

New 30 mm size medallion is now available for each metal.  See store for details.



Ruth International Missions

Our affiliate Mission in Sierra Leone, Africa sponsors 8 girls in Sierra Leone with their educational needs through graduation from High School. RIM also pays for housing so orphans will not be homeless. Ruth International Missions has also joined with Mariatu's Hope supporting abused women and girls in need in Sierra Leone.  Ruth International looks to expand the programs to support more children and families.

Andrew shares the following:  "The Scriptures are the source of doctrine for the Christian faith, bringing life and salvation.  I would like to share with you one that has been meaningful to me as I am in the seminary. 'Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ' (Ephesians 4:15 ESV.)  This text gives two instructions for those preaching the message of Christ:  what must be spoken must in the first place be truth, and secondly, this truth is to be spoken in love.  I am eager to grow in these categories while at seminary."

Update from Andrew on how how he decided to pursue the pastoral office:

​"I was not raised in a Christian home, but I was brought to my home congregation by my neighbor.  It was through attending services and Bible studies at the church that God worked on me with His Word so that I believed in Jesus, the one who 'was delivered over death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification' (Romans 4:25, ESV).  I became very active in volunteering with youth so that they might also experience God's Word working in their lives.

By the end of high school I knew that I wanted to pursue the pastoral office."  

The Paradox of Church and World: Selected Writings of H Richard Niebuhr. 

​by Rev. Dr. Jon Diefenthaler

Adopt a Student

Lutheran World Missions is taking part in "Adopt a Student" at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, MO.  LWMI will be supporting a seminarian through his three years of seminary and one year of vicarage.  We will provide updates for you as we receive them from our adopted seminarian.

LWMI encourages you to sponsor a seminarian either at a Concordia Seminary or a Seminary of your choice.  "By overcoming this challenge you are making an eternal difference as the students you prepare now will proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ today and for decades to come. In faith, these seminarians have come to Concordia Seminary. Now you can encourage them with your prayers and make their preparation financially possible." 

Or, you may join LWMI as we sponsor a seminarian at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, MO.  Contributions can be made through PayPal.  Please note that the donation is for "Adopt a Student". 

Thank you!



Rev. Tibebu Teklu Senbetu, a Ph.D. from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. is a student in the International Graduate Student Program at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis. After he earns his degree from and returns home, Rev. Senbetu will resume his professorship at Mekane Yesus Seminary – the primary theological institution of the Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus (EECMY), which is the largest and fastest-growing Lutheran church body in Africa. To this point in his professorship, he has been teaching bachelor’s-level students. His Ph.D. from Concordia Seminary will enable him to instruct master’s-level students, which is important to the EECMY’s capability to produce the many additional well-formed Lutheran pastors who are needed throughout Ethiopia. In addition to resuming his professorship, Rev. Senbetu will continue to serve concurrently as a pastor and church planter. (He thus far has planted 5 Lutheran churches in different regions of Ethiopia.)


Lutheran World Missions provides grants to qualified

missions and ministries.  
Grant applications should be mailed to 
Lutheran World Missions, Inc.
1101 Pennsylvania Avenue

Third Floor - Evening Star Building

Washington, D.C.  20004.
or email to

Call or email for a grant application.

Rev. Dr. Jon Diefenthaler, President Emeritus of the Southeastern District, LCMS, currently serves as a church-relations advisor for the Lutheran World Relief, as an adjunct professor at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, as a regent for Concordia College—NY (Bronxville), and as a member of the Board of Directors of Wheat Ridge Ministries. 

Says Rev. Dr. Diefenthaler, “Furthering God’s mission in today’s world has been one of the hallmarks of my entire ministry.  God is now creating some exciting new opportunities to devote myself to life-changing ministries at home and overseas, to educating aspiring pastors and other church workers, and to helping a church-related college prepare students for service to their neighbors through their chosen vocations.” 

Rev. Dr. Diefenthaler also has an endowment fund at InFaith Community Foundation.

500th Anniversary of the Reformation Commemorative Coin

   Orphans, who otherwise would be homeless, enjoying their home.

Lutheran World Missions gives grant to Concordia Seminary St. Louis

International Students Graduate School Program!

Forming International Teachers and Leaders.

Lutheran World Missions, with a matching grant from Concordia Lutheran Church of Upper Marlboro, MD, has given a total of a $10,000.00 grant to the International Students Graduate Program at Concordia Seminary St. Louis.  This grant will provide general support to the International Students Graduate Program and "will ensure that the saving Word of God is shared more fully throughout the world."  After obtaining their degrees, these students will return to their home countries and become teachers and Pastors at these nations' seminaries.  "Thus their work to spread the Gospel abroad will have a considerable impact that will reach far into the future...where they will become leaders within their home church and help grow the church in these countries."  Dr. Gerhard Bode, Dean of Advanced Studies states, "When the international students graduate and return home to teach and lead, they will be well-prepared to help carry out the Great Commission."

The Graduate School's students are from 21 countries including Ethiopia, India, Liberia, Kenya, Thailand, Rwanda, Guatemala, Peru, Uganda, Argentina, Paraguay, Taiwan and Nigeria.  

Matthew 28:19-20   Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

Lutheran World Missions is excited to introduce you to our new Adopt a Student - Seminarian Andrew Simpson - newly married to Holly.

Andrew is in the M.Div program at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, MO.  He hails from Michigan and is a graduate of Oakland University, where he met his wife, Holly.  

​LWMI will be sponsoring Andrew throughout

his studies at the Seminary.  

Thrivent Choice Members Give Generously
Many Thrivent members have contributed to Lutheran World Missions through the "Thrivent Choice" program.  Thank you for these gifts.  Your gifts support Lutheran World Missions ministry.  




Legacy Gifts and Charitable Giving
Lutheran World Missions provides seminars on providing gifts through

your legacy and charitable giving.    

Lutheran World Missions assists individuals and organizations with their

goals in giving, and assists with establishing community foundation funds

for you or your organization.  For more information please call or email.  

​Join with Lutheran World Missions as we seek to expand our missions in Africa, Asia, The Middle East and the Caribbean and the United States.   

"Ultimately," or so H. Richard Niebuhr wrote as early as 1929, "the problem of church and world involves us in a paradox; unless the church accommodates itself to the world, it becomes sterile inwardly and outwardly; unless it transcends the world, it becomes indistinguishable from the world and loses its effectiveness no less surely." 
Niebuhr's thought on the paradox of church and world is an essential piece of our understanding of twentieth-century theology in America. In this volume, Jon Diefenthaler collects for the first time over forty writings that trace the lineage of Niebuhr's thought, presents them in a single place, and makes a case for their enduring value in a post-church religious environment. The volume is a treasury of little--known and hard-to-find pieces, making scholarship and understanding easier.

You may purchase this book through

           Isatu Kanu - Sierra Leone 

Lutheran Legal League offering Legal Aid to LCMS Churches, Schools, Ministry, Workers and Members

​​The Lutheran Legal League "exists solely to provide LCMS entities, missions, and congregation members access to lawyers who happen to also be actively worshipping in an LCMS church."   If you are an LCMS Church, School, Ministry, Worker or member in need of assistance, please contact the League Administrator via email at You can also check Lutheran Legal League Facebook and Linkedin pages.

Lutheran Legal League Seeking Attorneys

The Lutheran Legal League is looking for lawyers who are active members of the LCMS.  "There is no membership fee for the attorney to join the Lutheran Legal League. In fact, the League itself does not collect any fee. The League does not require that its member exclusively provided pro bono, although that gift is always welcomed and appreciated. It does not require that its members even discount their services, although again, that gift is most welcomed and appreciated. The terms of engagement, if any, are between the requesting person/entity and the responding attorney. There is no minimum number of referrals the League member has to take and no maximum number of times he/she are permitted to assist. For that reason, the League needs strategically located LCMS attorneys who are ready, willing and able to help God’s people and His Church in their times of legal need. What better way to do so than through a fraternal organization whose hearts are bent on serving our Lord as the League ministers to God’s people through League members by way of their respective legal expertise and knowledge."
If you are an attorney who meets the membership criteria, and you would like to extend your service to God’s people we invite you to join the Lutheran Legal League.  Please contact the League Administrator via email at


Lutheran World Missions, Inc.

The Old Latin School - International Lutheran Center

Wittenberg, Germany

Lutheran World Missions has joined with other Lutherans and Lutheran organizations in supporting The Old Latin School in Wittenberg, Germany.  Lutheran World Missions will provide a portion of the 500th Reformation Medallion coin sale proceeds to this project with the goal of giving $10,000.  Please help Lutheran World Missions achieve this goal!


"The International Lutheran Center at the Old Latin School (OLS), provides a place for people to learn, grow, study, meet, retreat, and experience the Gospel in Lutherstadt Wittenberg, home of the Reformation. The center is directly adjacent to St. Mary’s City Church, or Stadtkirche, where through the countless sermons of Martin Luther and others, the Christian Church was re-formed. Stemming from the new approach to education being taught by the Wittenberg reformers, the Old Latin School was built in 1564, as the city school for boys. It is truly in the very center of the birthplace of the Reformation.

The Old Latin School is managed by the International Lutheran Society of Wittenberg gGmbH (ILSW). This German non-profit organization is a partnership of the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS), the Independent Evangelical Lutheran Church of Germany (SELK), and Concordia Publishing House (CPH). "