Global Mission in the 21st century is all about accompaniment. Through the ELCA, St. John’s connects with congregations and church leaders around the world in the mission we share. We provide regular financial assistance through our annual Benevolence budget, welcome missionaries when they are able to visit the U.S., and occasionally go to visit our mission partners to learn more of their work. Every week during our Sunday worship we pray for these ministries.
St. John’s supports El Salvador Lutheran Congregation in El Cocuy Colombia. In addition, we support the work of ELCA Missionaries Curtis and Katie Kline. Curtis works directly with peacemaking efforts in Colombia, and Katie works in the areas of women’s and children’s health. You can read about their work on their blog 8000 feet and Counting.
St. John’s supports ministry in South Sudan through the Southeastern Minnesota Synod. The synod has helped to build a new ministry center in Juba. South Sudan is currently in dire need due to famine and ongoing strife, and this effort is a unique partnership between U.S. and Sudanese churches that transcends tribal lines. You can read more about this effort at our synod’s website.
St. John’s partners with several ministries in Tanzania through the ELCA. We partner with prayer and mission support with Iambi Lutheran Congregation in central Tanzania. We support Randy and Carol Stubbs, music missionaries at Tumaini University Makumira in Arusha. And we have supported various education projects with Operation Bootstrap and Mwangaza Partnership.
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St John’s has supported refugee resettlement for decades. In 2016 we partnered with Christ Church Lutheran in Minneapolis and Lutheran Social Services to support an Ethiopian family who arrived in the U.S. from a refugee camp in Kenya. We provided practical support and financial assistance for their first year in the U.S. Most recently that support included a crew of volunteers helping them move closer to family in St. Cloud.