History of LM Germany
The Liebenzell Mission is an independent body within the evangelical church. It is a charitable organization and is financially independent of both the church and the state. It operates worldwide as a non-denominational institution and its numerous missionaries reach people with God’s love in many countries around the world. They plant and sustain churches, provide training, give aid in acute emergency situations and teach people how to become self-sufficient.
The Liebenzell Mission was initiated by James Hudson Taylor, founder of the China Inland Mission in England. It was he who asked the evangelical pastor Heinrich Coerper to establish a German branch of the English Mission. Coerper began this task in Hamburg on November 13, 1899. Just seven weeks later Heinrich Witt became the first missionary to travel to China. In 1902 the mission was forced to give up its domicile in Hamburg. When Lina Stahl, a deaconess in Bad Liebenzell, heard of this, she invited Heinrich Coerper to move his base to the Black Forest. In 1906 the newly established mission adopted the name of its new home: the German branch of the China Inland Mission became the ‘Liebenzell Mission’.
The China Inland Mission made the newly founded mission responsible for the Chinese Province of Hunan. In the following years the mission cared for the blind, set up hospitals, schools and orphanages. When the communists took over in China, the missionaries had to leave the country. By this time, however, the Liebenzell Mission had already established further areas of activity. Help had been requested for the South Seas and in 1906 the mission became involved in work on the
2 000 islands which constitute Micronesia. Over the course of many decades, Liebenzell missionaries have managed to preach the Gospel in the most outlying regions of the earth, at the same time providing medical and technical aid.
The mission currently has 230 missionaries working in 26 different countries. Their fields of work include evangelization, planting and sustaining churches, work amongst children, young people and women, social welfare projects, work in schools, care for the sick, mission radio stations and literature published for the ministry, translation work and much more besides.