Young Adults in Global Mission (YAGM)

This year, more than 70 young adults will have the opportunity to take part in the ELCA's Young Adults in Global Mission program. Volunteers are placed in a variety of roles in one of eleven different countries across the world. As they share their gifts of service, young adults receive gifts of hospitality from the ELCA's companion churches who host them. Get to know some of the 2014-2015 Young Adults in Global Mission. Learn more or apply at:

Beginning in August of 2015 Aliyah Richling, a member here at First Lutheran, will join 75 other YAGMs as they are sent off to various locations around the globe for their year of mission work. Aliyah will be making her new home in Békéscsaba, Hungary, and will be working in parish/music ministry and ministering to the Roma people. 

You can follow her ministry here:

With a total cost of approx. $11,000, Aliyah has made a commitment to raise $4,000 herself and the ELCA seeks sponsors for the remaining $7,000. Please consider supporting Aliyah on her yearlong journey:

  • By check: make payable to "First Lutheran" with "Aliyah Richling" in the memo line. These can be sent to the church office or placed in First's offering plate.
  • By credit or debit card: Call 800-638-3522 and specify “Aliyah Richling GCS3163”.

Companion Synod in Peru


The La Crosse Area Synod along with the ELCA support many ministries throughout the world. Our synod is blessed to be in a companion relationship with the Peruvian Evangelical Lutheran Church (ILEP).

To make a donation to our companion relationships, you can download a PDF file of the donation form and send your donation to the synod office.