The March 2021 Mission of the Month is Lutheran Special Education Ministries (LSEM)
(www.luthsped.org) LSEM is a Christian non-profit mission that serves schools, churches, and families to advance the success of children who have learning needs.
For over 140 years, LSEM has been helping children in need. First as an orphanage, then as Lutheran School for the Deaf, and then, as the national focus of special education moved toward including children with unique learning needs in regular education settings, Lutheran Special Education Ministries began establishing satellite programs in Christian partnership schools. Pastor Jon Reusch has been on their Board of Trustees for many years.
Lutheran Special Education Ministries national office is based in Ann Arbor, Michigan. They now partner with Lutheran and Christian schools in 15 states and an International school in Hanoi, Vietnam. Here in Michigan, LSEM supports 23 Lutheran Day schools, 2 Lutheran High Schools, and 2 Lutheran iCAN Learning Centers (Pontiac and Detroit).
The Individualized Christian Achievement Network (iCAN) program is designed to be a partnership with local Christian churches and/or schools to assist them with community outreach, while providing a safe, Christ-centered learning environment for children and youth. The mission is to support spiritual and academic growth among at-risk inner-city children using after-school or summer programs.
About 1 in 5 children struggle with traditional learning methods. LSEM partners with schools and churches to provide academic, spiritual, and organizational support. LSEM operates Resource Rooms around the country and provides teachers and resources to reinforce concepts and assess success. Students who learn differently receive a Christian education that addresses their learning needs.
To learn more, please visit their website (www.luthsped.org) Here is a video from their website (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0XjJlg-9k3U&feature=youtu.be) called “Building a Brighter Future”.
Please support Lutheran Special Education Ministries (LSEM) as our March Mission of the Month either online at the church website (the giving tab), or at a Sunday worship service in March.