Impacting the World
Salem Lutheran Church is an active mission-sending congregation. Our goal is to share the gospel message of Jesus Christ while providing lots of quality humanitarian work including dental, medical, vision, malaria prevention, and other service projects.
Jesus invites all of us, no matter our age, imperfections and all, to boldly step out of our comfort zones and take a risk to try new things and go new places and He said He would go with us and be with us forever. In our mission teams, we engage together in following Jesus’ example of “loving your neighbor as yourself” (Matthew 22:27) and “go and make disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28:19).
Check out our current mission opportunities below. For questions about missions, contact Salem's Missions and Outreach Coordinator.
In 1996, a group of courageous missionaries left Salem for the first dental mission to Honduras. Over the last 20 years, our focus has been to use the health mission as an opportunity to share the gospel. Therefore, each person who visits the clinic is first presented with the gospel message before caring for their medical needs. Over time, our missions have become more sophisticated; alongside our dental team, we now deploy vision, medical, and pharmacy teams that enable us to serve more than 8,000 patients each year!
Honduras - Adult
February 16-23, 2017 | $1100 per person
Team members participating in this trip will serve in a medical, dental and vision clinic.
Registration is closed for this trip
Honduras - High School
June 6-11, 2017 | $1000 per student
This is a great trip for students to have an international mission experience serving in a vision clinic.APPLY HERE
In March 2007, an advance team from Salem Lutheran Church traveled to Kenya to meet with Lutheran Church leaders to explore opportunities for working together to expand the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Kenya (ELCK). Over the past decade, tens of thousands have come to know Jesus through the clinics. Over thirty LCMS churches have joined what is now known as “Vision for Africa.” Almost a quarter of a million Kenyans have had their sight improved with glasses and hundreds more have had their vision restored through cataract surgery. God continues to provide opportunities for us to restore sight to the blind and we are thankful to be able to serve as His hands and feet in Kenya.
Vision for Africa Medical/ Vision Mission - Adult
March 30-April 9, 2017 | $1800 per person
This trip shares the gospel in a vision clinic environment.APPLY HERE
Malaria Nets to Kenya - High School Students and Parents
May 26-June 4, 2017 | $1800 per person
This is the first opportunity for students to go to Kenya. During this trip, you will help give out and educate on the use of mosquito nets to help prevent malaria.
Slovakia is one of Salem's newest missions, starting in 2014. Partnering with Mission of Christ Network, high school and college students help with summer camps for elementary age children. These camps teach American sports while having a gospel time incorporated with them.
Slovakia - High School
June 30-July 8, 2017 | $2000 per person
This camp gives high school students and a parent an opportunity to teach sports and share the gospel during summer camp.APPLY HERE
Slovakia - College Students
July 13-22, 2017 | $2000 per person
This is the first trip that Salem is offering for college students. Like the high school trip, college students will also have the opportunity to teach American sports while sharing the gospel at summer camp.
In addition to international trips, Salem is active with missions within the local community and throughout Texas. These missions usually are opportunities for 5th-8th graders, high school students, and families.
Houston Third Ward - 5th & 6th Graders/Families
March 25, 2017 | $50 per family
Salem partners with Adolphus Church, pastored by Reverend John Ojode, to work on service projects in the community. Volunteers paint, mow lawns, and distributes flyers to the neighbors to promote an evening program of food and fun with a gospel message.
The Rio Grande Valley of Texas - 7th & 8th Graders
June 18-22, 2017 | $155 per student
This trip gives students the opportunity to help with light construction, making meals, and putting together a VBS program.