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Sharing the History of an Untold Chapter in Lutheran Missions

The Missouri Evangelical Lutheran India Mission (MELIM)

Concordia Historical Institute (CHI) is committed to sharing the history of this important missionary work and the Lutheran pioneers who gave witness to the free Gospel of grace in Christ. Primary source documents and photographs that chronicle the history of MELIM are in danger of being lost and the window of opportunity for recording the history of those directly involved in MELIM is rapidly closing.

Moreover, the costs of actively maintaining (retrieving, cataloging, digitizing, translating and uploading) these historical treasures are substantial.
Currently the goal is to increase Concordia Historical Institute’s MELIM project fund in order to sustain this project for the next 10 years.
The goal is to make primary source documents from CHI’s collection, whether they be documents, photos or books, available online for study.

Please join us in furthering an appreciation and clearer understanding of an untold chapter in Lutheran missions: the work of MELIM missionaries and their families.

Please contact CHI to learn how you can help secure the ongoing funding of this important historical archive project. You can call 314-505-7900 or send an email to chi@lutheranhistory.org

Click here to obtain a brochure on the project.

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