Serving the World

July 2021

During 2021, the Board of Stewardship will be featuring one missionary at a time -- 3 or 4 times throughout the year. We hope you enjoy learning more about their work in the mission field.

Jonathan & Cheryl Naumann
LCMS Missionaries
Dominican Republic

Rev. Dr. Jonathan Naumann and his wife, Deaconess Cheryl Naumann  serve through LCMS and are based in the Dominican Republic. Jonathan is the Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) regional chaplain and provides pastoral care to LCMS missionaries and their families in over ten countries. He also teaches future Latin American pastors at the LCMS seminaries in this region.

Cheryl administers the Dominican Republic Mercy Center, teaching women to share the Gospel and to carry out acts of mercy with their neighbors. She also assists with the diaconal work in mission congregations and facilitates the Spanish translation and distribution of Lutheran biblical resources to LCMS missionaries, mission churches and partner churches in this region. Both Jonathan and Cheryl love to speak about Jesus with the people they meet each day.

Jonathan was born in Springfield, Ill., but also considers London, England, to be home. He received a bachelor’s degree from Concordia University, Ann Arbor, Mich., and his Master of Divinity from Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Ind. He earned his Ph.D. from Glasgow University, Scotland. Jonathan served as a missionary pastor for over two decades in East Kilbride, Scotland and Ruislip, England, and then as pastor of Redeemer Lutheran Church and School, Oakmont, Pa. He has worked extensively with the Evangelical Lutheran Church of England and has theologically educated students in the United States and abroad.

Cheryl’s hometown is Bremerton, Wash. She received a bachelor’s degree from Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, Ind., on May 20, 1979, and was consecrated as a Lutheran deaconess that same day. She earned a master’s degree in theology and church history from Glasgow University, Scotland. Cheryl has served as a deaconess at Lutheran Home for the Aged, Kendallville, Ind., and by her husband’s side at congregations in Scotland, England and Pennsylvania. Over the years, Cheryl has worked as a freelance writer and editor, authoring three of her own books, and has taught deaconess students in the U.S., Latin America and Africa. Jonathan and Cheryl have six adult children and 20 grandchildren.

Thank you for your support during the month of july!!

You can learn even more by watching Pastor Aaron’s interview with Rev. Dr. Jonathan.






LWML: Lutheran Women in Mission ... to all the people in the world

The  Lutheran Women's Missionary League (LWML) is the official women’s auxiliary of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. For almost 75 years, the LWML has focused on affirming each woman’s relationship with Christ, encouraging and equipping women to live out their Christian lives in active mission ministries and to support global missions.

The mission of the Lutheran Women's Missionary League is to assist each woman of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod in affirming her relationship with the Triune God so that she is enabled to use her gifts in ministry to the people of the world.

To learn more about the work of LWML in the nation and the world, please visit

Lutheran Women in Mission-Northern Illinois District – Mission Grants for 2019-2021
Your mite box offerings are helping to fund these ten mission grants selected at the LWML NID convention:

Featured Month

2019-2021 Mission Grants

Disbursed to Grantee

Balance to Pay

Aug 2019 Water and the Word for Rural Schools in Kenya — Evangelical Lutheran Church, Kenya $80,000 -0-
Sep 2019 Teach Me Too — Preschoolers with Learning Needs — Lutheran Special Education Ministries $100,000 -0-
Oct 2019 Mission Outreach for At-Risk Young Women in Africa — Lutheran Hour Ministries $100,000 -0-
Nov 2019 God's Grace for This Generation — LAMP Ministry, Inc. $100,000 -0-
Dec 2019 God's Word Changes Everything — Lutheran Bible Translators $95,000 -0-
Jan 2020 Mobile Medical Mercy Mission Bus for Guatemala — Lutheran Church of Guatemala and Child Beyond International $55,000 $45,000
Feb 2020 Restoring Hope for Detroit Children and Families — Camp Restore Detroit   $100,000
Mar 2020 Lights for Christ Scholarships — Divine Savior Lutheran Church, Zacapa, Guatemala   $95,000
Apr 2020 Wind River Indian Reservation Transportation — Wind River Lutheran Mission   $40,000
May 2020 Ministry in Motion — Trinity Lutheran Church, Mobile, Alabama $58,000 -0-
Jun 2020 Touching the Living Word — Lutheran Braille Workers $100,000 -0-
  Women's Witness and Mercy Asia — Mission Central $100,000 -0-
  Digital Media Development — Lutherans For Life   $30,000
  Hope and Healing Hub of Downtown Lincoln — University Lutheran Chapel, Lincoln, Nebraska $50,000 -0-
  Pre- and Post-Seminary Training for Local Church Workers — Mission Training Center, Africa   $62,650
  Preparing Leaders for Tomorrow — LCMS School Ministries   $80,000
  Christ for You, Anytime, Anywhere — KFUO Radio   $60,000
  Sri Lanka Multipurpose Building Construction — Office of International Mission   $50,000
  Making Jesus Known in the United States Ethnic Communities — Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Missouri   $100,000
  Music Outreach, Classes, and Resources on the Border — Ysleta Lutheran Mission Human Care, El Paso, Texas $98,400 -0-
  LCMS Deaconess Ministry — LCMS Office of International Mission   $39,523

Help yourself to a mite box – your whole family is invited to participate. Thank you for supporting our Northern Illinois District and National LWML mission grants – you are a blessing to so many!!!