2022–2024 Mission Grant
Description and Prayer


The Garden Young Adult Ministry, North Texas


Check presentation to mission grant
The first payment of $2,500 was presented on January 29, 2023. (pictured) LWML Texas District Convention Coordinator Michele Tate (left) presents the check to Matt Schaefer, Lainee Irvin, Clayton Harris (present and former leadership), and Mark Schaefer, pastor of Water’s Edge Lutheran Church, Frisco.

Young adults between the ages of 18–30 are disappearing from our churches. The Eternity Matters Most Network trains young adult leaders to reach unchurched and de-churched peers through The Garden Young Adult Ministry. This mission grant will provide the ability for these leaders to receive practical and theological training to fulfill this mission.

Our loving Father, You call us to “equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ.” We thank and praise You for the young adults who are gathering together to learn and grow in faith so they can reach out to unchurched and de-churched peers. Please use this mission grant to strengthen and encourage them in their work. Bless this program and allow it to do Your will. In the precious name of Jesus. Amen.

Funded through November 2023: $10,000

Mission Grant Spotlight — (not available)

Matt Schaefer is the director of The Garden Young Adult Ministry at Water’s Edge Lutheran Church in Frisco, Texas. 
When Olivia was invited to The Garden she was far away from Jesus. God used the relationships at The Garden to ignite her faith in Jesus. She is now being discipled and helps lead worship at The Garden. 
Pastor Will
Pastor Will is one of the mentor pastors who helps train and equip the young adult leaders of The Garden.
group of youth on mission trip
Pastor Mark enjoys time spent with the group on a summer mission trip. 
students on summer mission trip
A group shot from a summer mission trip called Spoke Folk. Spoke Folk is a mission trip that trains and equips young adults and high school students to be missionaries in their everyday lives.
students on mission trip
Pastor Mark joined young adult leaders on a summer mission trip. 
young adult leaders
Some of the students who are a part of The Garden Young Adult Ministry. 
young adult leaders
Young Adult Leaders of The Garden with Pastor Mark Schaefer and Pastor Anthony Celia. Several young adult leaders from The Garden have been trained and equipped to help facilitate the Middle School and High School Discipleship Training Experiences (DTX) at Water’s Edge Lutheran Church.

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