WNALC - Women of the North American Lutheran Church

2018 - 2019 Proposed Mission Bank Recipients

Missions, what does that really mean to you? Have you thought about it in your personal life? It’s meaning in your church life, or as a Woman of the NALC? 

Some may first think of Mission Impossible the TV show that ran weekly from 1966 to 1973, others may think of the Tom Cruise movies. Two definitions come up when you Google mission:

1. An important assignment carried out for political, religious, or commercial purposes, typically involving travel. "a trade mission to Mexico" Synonyms: assignment, commission, expedition, journey, trip, undertaking, operation;

2. The vocation or calling of a religious organization, especially a Christian one, to go out into the world and spread its faith. "the Christian mission" synonyms: vocation, calling, goal, aim, quest, purpose, function, life's work "her mission in life". 

As we are moving towards the Gathering in Denver, take time every day to focus on your personal Mission. Be intentional on thinking of ways we can do a better job of representing Women of the NALC by spreading our faith, setting goals to change at least one human condition for the better. How do we as women purposefully impact our congregations, our church, our country, and all of humanity? We aren’t called to be all things to all people. With purpose and intent, we can represent the hands, face, and spirit of God to those in the greatest need to have a Kingdom experience. 

My prayer is that we gather together in Denver, celebrate who we are, and make our Missions work laser focused. We will be selecting two new Mission Bank recipients, one national and the other international. While we would love to have the resources and energy to help every good cause there is, we simply cannot. Our first mission is to be good stewards with your prayers and involvement. We can and will accomplish great things together for the Kingdom of God.

​The two Missions that we will seek your approval for 2018-2019 are: 

National: NALC Disaster Response
The NALC Disaster Response should be familiar to everyone and the work they do to help impacted people is priceless. 
Visit their webpage for more information, www.thenalc.org/nalc-disaster-response/

International: Water Mission
Water Mission has been fully vetted by the NALC as a Recognized Ministry and has a proven track record of serving areas of the globe that need of clean sustainable water.
Visit their website for more information, www.watermission.org 

While we are in Denver, I hope to see everyone reading this there (male or female). Let us greet each other with a hug and a statement of our personal mission plan. A new way to break the ice would be to say “Hi, I am Jacqui and my personal mission is to __________.”  You have to see me in Denver to find out.

In Christ,
Jacqui El Torro
WNALC Council & Missions Team
Mission Bank checks can be made out and sent to:

WNALC                                                                                                 c/o North American Lutheran Church

2299 Palmer Drive, Suite 220

New Brighton, MN 55112-2202
Write “WNALC Mission Bank” in Memo Line.

In Christ,
Jacqui El Torro
WNALC Council & Missions Team


​​2016-2017 International Mission Bank Recipient:
Malawi Orphan Care Project - $4,613.25

2016-2017 National Mission Bank Recipient:
Lutheran Military Veterans and Families Ministries, Inc. - $4,613.25 

2017-2018 International Mission Bank Recipient:
NALC Global Workers, the Ekka Family
(Half of all money collected designated for Mission Banks until May 31, 2018)

Pastor Nijhar Minz‐Ekka serves in North Central India with her family. She is married to Pastor Neeraj Ekka. They are thriving with their four children. The Ekkas have lived in this part of India most of their lives and feel blessed to return to work there. Together, they serve in the North Western Gossner Evangelical Lutheran Church, primarily at Navin Doman Theological College.

2017-2018 National Mission Bank Recipient:
NALC Disaster Response
(Half of all money collected designated for Mission Banks until May 31, 2018)

Please send your contributions to: 

c/o North American Lutheran Church
2299 Palmer Drive,

Suite 220
New Brighton, MN


My Mission Bank.

Please remember to send in your WNALC group's Mission Bank Contribution by the

MAY 31 deadline. Be sure to put "Mission Bank" on the memo line of the check.

We will vote at our Annual Gathering each year as to which mission we want our "Mission Bank" money to support. Each church who has a representative at the Annual Gathering will have a voice, a vote.