Mission Opportunities

ELCA World Hunger Mission

More than 800 million people ó thatís 1 in 8 people in our world today ó are hungry.

As members of the ELCA, we are called to respond. We are a church that rolls up our sleeves and gets to work.

Working with and through our
congregations, in the United States, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands Lutheran churches overseas and other partners, ELCA World Hunger is uniquely positioned to reach communities in need. From health clinics to microloans, water wells to animal husbandry, community meals to advocacy, your gifts to ELCA World Hunger make it possible for the ELCA to respond, supporting sustainable solutions that get at the root causes of hunger and poverty. Learn More.

Hunger facts

868 million people Ė thatís 1 in 8 Ė are chronically hungry and cannot lead active daily lives.

1.2 billion people live in extreme poverty, living on less than $1.25 per day.

In the United States, more than 50 million people do not know where their next meal will come from.

46.2 million Americans are living in poverty.


Lutheran Disaster Response

Lutheran Disaster Response brings Godís hope, healing and renewal to people whose lives have been disrupted by disasters in the United States and around the world. When the dust settles and the headlines change, we stay to provide ongoing assistance to those in need. Learn more.

Where Lutherans are responding:


U.S. Spring Storms

Nepal Area Earthquakes: 6 months later

U.S. Flooding

Chile Earthquake

U.S. Wildfires

Middle East and Europe Refugee Crisis

Ebola Outbreak Response

Unaccompanied and Migrant Children

South Sudan Conflict

Young Adults in Global Mission

The ELCA Young Adults in Global Mission program invites ELCA young adults ages 21-29 into a transformative, year-long journey in international service. As they offer themselves in service, ELCA young adults are shaped by the witness of our global neighbors. They share in the journeys of companion churches and organizations in one of nine countries around the world.

A year of service through the Young Adults in Global Mission program invites young adults to become the hands and feet of Jesus in the world, providing critical support to ministries and projects in communities of need. It also invites volunteers into a journey of self-reflection, providing space to consider their sense of identity, Godís work in the world, and their place within it all.

Young adults serve in the spirit of accompaniment, walking alongside global companions in a manner that practices mutuality, interdependence and solidarity. Areas of service include, but are not limited to, health and development, congregational ministry, human rights, education, homelessness, addiction recovery, womenís issues and children and youth. All site placements provide opportunities for young adults to confront issues of wealth and poverty, racial privilege, economic disparity and globalization, all through the lens of faith.

Candidates for Young Adults in Global Mission apply to the program at-large rather than to a specific country. Applicant preferences are taken into account but the final decision about where volunteers serve is made by Global Mission staff and YAGM country coordinators in mid-April. Current YAGM country programs include: Argentina/Uruguay, Cambodia, Central Europe (Hungary), Jerusalem/West Bank, Madagascar, Mexico, Rwanda, Southern Africa and United Kingdom

Applications for the program open on December 1, and are due Feb. 15 each year, for service beginning that same August.

We are a church that believes God is calling us into the world Ė together. Come, imagine yourself in the world!

To learn how you can support Young Adults in Global Mission, visit their sponsorship page here.

For further information contact YAGM at 1-800-638-3522, ext. 2446 or by email.