About CAN-DO

CAN-DO Missions

Created in 1992 and introduced at the 1993 GLORYBOUND (the Texas District Youth Gathering), CAN-DO Missions is a vehicle to actively involve the youth and adults of our congregations in Christs great commission to Go and make disciples of all nations." 

Through short-term mission trips to locations around the United States and the world, CAN-DO provides opportunities for youth and adults to support specific missions with their financial gifts and volunteer hands-on labor. As a result of these experiences, the lives of youth and adults are changed significantly and a greater passion for missions is ignited.


Some of the benefits for your congregation are:

  • Joining forces with a large number of other Christians in sponsoring a major mission endeavor for Christ that could not be accomplished alone or by one congregation.
  • Involving people in meaningful ministry as they make a difference for Christ locally and/or globally.
  • Building self-confidence and spiritual maturity.Training people for mission-minded leadership.
  • Serving as an opportunity to recruit people for full-time service in the church as parish professionals or missionaries.

 

"I CAN-DO all things through Christ who strengthens me." Phil. 4:13

CAN-DO Missions History

Created in 1992 and introduced at the 1993 GLORYBOUND (the Texas District Youth Gathering), CAN-DO Missions is a vehicle to actively involve the youth and adults of our congregations in Christs great commission to Go and make disciples of all nations." 

Through short-term mission trips to locations around the United States and the world, CAN-DO provides opportunities for youth and adults to support specific missions with their financial gifts and volunteer hands-on labor. As a result of these experiences, the lives of youth and adults are changed significantly and a greater passion for missions is ignited. 

History of CAN-DO

 

October 1992 Bd .... For Parish Services approves concept for "Youth Great Commission" Project as presented by Dist. Exec. Ray Schkade
November 1992 District Board of Directors approves funding for project.

January 1993

Synod Board for Mission Services agrees to underwrite cost of survey team trip to Russia.

February 1993

Task Force forms to develop "Youth Great Commission" project. Committee decides to 'launch' project at

District Youth Gathering, Glorybound '93

March 1993

Survey Team selected to investigate possible mission trip sites in Slovakia and Russia. Team includes:

  • DCE Kevin Pieper - Salem, Tomball
  • Ms. Diane Hemff - Mount Olive, Corpus Christi
  • Scott Vystercil, youth - Lord of Life, Plano
  • Christy Fuchs, youth - Grace, Arlington

Project CAN DO (Christ Among Nations - Disciple Outreach)chosen as official name of the project.

Job description developed and three candidates for director are identified.

Three congregations selected to 'pilot' Can-Do campaign:

  • Small church - Lord of Life, Plano
  • Mid-size church - Our Savior, Austin
  • Large church - Salem, Tomball
May 1993 District Board of Trustees issues call to Randy Potts as first Project Can-Do Director.
June 1993

Survey Team makes trip to Slovakia and Russia to identify potential mission work sites for Project Can-Do. New Director Randy Potts accompanies team replacing Diane Hemff who could not attend.

July 1993 Ray Schkade submits proposal to Wheat Ridge Foundation for $90,000 3-year grant to underwrite "Youth Great Commission" project.
 August 1993  DCE Randy Potts officially installed as new Project Can-Do Director at Texas District Bd. of Directors meeting.
November 1993 Project CAN-DO officially offered to the youth and congregations of the Texas District at GLORYBOUND '93, the district youth gathering.
 May 1995 Board of Directors approved changing 'project' status to full Texas District Mission status.
 June 1996  Director Randy Potts accepts call to serve as the Minister of Youth and Assimilation at Christ the Shepherd Lutheran Church in Alpharetta, GA.
July 1996

DCE Ron Scherch from Bethel, Dallas, accepts call to be the next Director of CAN-DO Missions.

Ron served faithfully from July 1996 through April 2007 when he received a call to be Director of Recruitment Services for LCMS World Missions in St. Louis, MO.  During Ron's leadership Can-Do facilitated trips to numerous domestic locations and 10 international locations.

2006 Concordia University Texas adopts Can-Do Missions and moves their office form the Texas District to Concordia University.
August 2007  Patricia Fick accepts the call as Can-Do Missions Director.
August 2011 Can-Do adds medical mission trips to accomodate the requirement for Concordia Bachelor of Science nursing students to participate in a medical mission trip before they graduate.
Present  Can-Do continues to provide Junior High, Senior High, College, adult, family (intergenerational), and medical mission trips.

 

Director's Corner

 

Pictures of Director

No Way, YAHWEH!

 

I am writing this article after spending the past week doing Bible School in a Cu'pik village in southwest Alaska.  We gather twice a day to celebrate Jesus with the children and then offer evening Bible studies for the youth, men, and women of Chevak.  At the end of one of my women's Bible studies, Norma Tunutmoak asked if she could share a testimony of God's power and faithfulness.

When Norma's son Joseph was 12 years old he became very ill and his skin started to turn yellow. Medical treatment is not readily accessible in many villages in Alaska so they flew to a bigger village called Bethel to see what could be done for Joseph.  From there they chose to medevac Joseph to Seattle, Washington, the closest facility that had doctors who deal with liver failure.  It was determined that Joseph needed a liver transplant, so the search began to find a liver with a compatible blood match.  

During the months of waiting, Norma felt that she would surely have to watch her son die.  She was overwhelmed with that thought and wanted to run away and never come back.  Then the Holy Spirit began to work powerfully, encouraging her to pray and give her problems to God.  "TRUST IN HIM AT ALL TIMES, O PEOPLE; POUR OUT YOUR HEART BEFORE HIM; GOD IS A REFUGE FOR US," Psalm 62:8.

Norma cried out to the Lord, "I give my son to you Lord, do whatever you will.  If you need him, take him.  I will praise you no matter what happens!  You are great and I will trust you!”

The next morning the doctor came to tell her that they had found a liver that was a blood match. Wow!  Upon closer examination the doctor decided not to use that liver because it was not in good shape.  What a roller coaster of emotions.  

Two weeks later the doctor found a liver that wasn't a blood match but it was in good shape, so he gave the orders to go ahead with the transplant.  Would Joseph's body accept the liver that was not a match?  Well, when the world says, "No way!" Christians can say "Yahweh!" 

After spending a total of four months in Seattle, and another month in Bethel, he was able to return home to His family and community in Chevak.  Once a year he visits Seattle just to make sure everything is ok, but he is alive and well, and Norma is still praising Yahweh!  (Yahweh is a Hebrew name for God, the great I AM!)

What do you need to trust God for today?  "Once God has spoken; twice have I heard this:  that POWER belongs to God, and that to you, O Lord, belongs STEADFAST LOVE," Psalm 62: 11-12a.  Thank you Yahweh for your power and love!

Peace, Pat

Contact Us

We are located at Concordia University Texas:

CAN-DO Missions
11400 Concordia University Drive
Austin, Texas 78726
 

Fax Number: 512-313-3999

Pat Fick, Director
E-mail: patricia.fick@concordia.edu
Phone: (512) 313-4331

Andrea McDonald, Administrative Assistant
E-mail: andrea.mcdonald@concordia.edu
Phone: (512) 313-4332
Office hours: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Toll free number 866-254-8546

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