Martin Luther College

Thalassa Prize


This award is given to recognize a Martin Luther College student or graduate who expresses clearly and beautifully, in image and word, a personal reflection on a ministry experience overseas.

2016-winner2016 Winner: White Robes

Johannah Crass MLC ’14
Johanna taught 31 fifth-grade students in Antigua in 2015-2016. The previous year, 2014-2015, she served in another international mission, teaching English Bible studies in Novosibirsk, Russia.

Since then . . .
I am hoping to be assigned to serve a school in May 2016. God willing, I will start out on an all-new adventure in my very own country. I want to encourage the children I teach to consider mission work. Travel not just to see things, but to do things and to experience something that will change you and others forever. I am confident that the Lord used these challenging experiences to shape me to serve his will. What a blessing it is to be one of the harvesters!

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Purposes of the MLC Thalassa Prize

  • To express gratitude to God for the opportunity to serve him in international venues.
  • To provide an opportunity for MLC students and graduates in international ministry to share their stories.
  • To motivate and inspire current MLC students to consider serving overseas.
  • To bring glory to God through excellence in the arts of photography and creative writing.
  • To reaffirm through image and word the dignity of the entire human race and the desire of God to save all people.

Entrance Requirements

  • Open to all MLC undergraduates and graduates who have done ministry or are doing ministry outside the United States.
  • Each entry must include
    • A completed entry form.
    • A color digital photograph taken in a foreign mission field.
    • A personal reflection on ministry in that foreign mission field.
  • Entrants may submit as many entries as they wish.
  • Deadline for all submissions: April 30, 2017
  • Check out photo and essay specifications, judging criteria, and tips for entrants here.


  • The Thalassa Prize recipient will be announced in May or June.
  • The prize will be divided equally between the winner and an international mission of the winner’s choice.