About CAN-DO

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 Bd. 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.

ILWML does not choose Project Can-Do as one of their mission projects.

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.

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



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