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Zion's global missions focus on ministry opportunities beyond our local community, sharing Christ's word, strengthening faith and serving those in need.

Partners & Projects

Redeemer Lutheran Church in North Minneapolis

Redeemer Lutheran Church was chartered as a ‘mission church’ in June of 1909, reaching out to the surrounding neighborhoods of Harrision and Bryn Mawr. The congregation was soon able to support itself enough to purchase an older church building, and after 20 years of fast growth was able to build the beautiful church now standing at the corner of Glenwood and Logan in North Minneapolis. The community was primarily Scandinavian working people, eager to find a church home. The congregation grew steadily, reaching peak attendance around the mid to late 1960’s.

After many of the original members had passed on and their children had married and moved away, many of the once single-owner homes were subdivided or torn down, creating a more transient community. Redeemer’s congregation declined, but the members who remained agreed that the community needed a strong church presence, and opened its doors to the whole community as a ‘Beacon of Hope’. With the new more transient membership, Redeemer returned to the status of a mission church.

In the mid 1990’s the Minneapolis Area Synod matched up congregations in need of a mission partner with congregations they thought could help. A lay person from Redeemer came out and talked to Pastor Ed Blair and Pastor John Folkerds, and also preached on stewardship Sunday. Zion then became one of several congregations that partnered with Redeemer.

Mission Jamaica

Mission Jamaica is a short-term ‘vacation with a purpose’ program, which began at St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church in Mahtomedi in 1990.

Mission Jamaica provides Christians a meaningful way to put their faith into action through short-term mission trips to Jamaica. The trip combines a service project with time for reflection and spiritual rest. It allows a person to experience an international mission field that is close to home yet far enough away to immerse into another culture for a week. We serve our Jamaican partners by planning, funding, and implementing Christian teaching, medical care, childcare, and construction projects. Whatever your gifts or talents are, you can use them to serve the Jamaican community. Mission Jamaica provides a way for anyone to love and serve our neighbors just as Jesus taught us through his love and service to others.

Village of Hope in Zambia

The mission of All Kids Can Learn International (AKCLI) is to rescue and care for orphaned and vulnerable children, seeking economic sustainability, to the Glory of God through our Lord Jesus Christ.

The Village of Hope provides orphaned children with quality care, education, Christian discipleship training, vocational training, and employment settings in which to grow and thrive. At Village of Hope in Zambia, these children live in family households with Zambian ‘mothers.’ They attend school, learn basic skills, are discipled as followers of Jesus, and laugh and live in a place of love and caring.

Updates

Thankful Giving

In the United States, we just celebrated Thanksgiving; a time to thank God for all the blessings He has provided to us. In Zambia, we are also grateful, but basic
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Pastor Jen Collins

News from Redeemer 2022.10

Welcome Pastor Jen Collins Pastor Jen Collins was installed as pastor of Redeemer on Sunday, October 16. Pastor Jen comes to Redeemer from the St Paul Area Synod. She is
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Mission Jamaica Won!

We had a great Zion golf outing on Monday, August 29. God again blessed our annual golf outing with a beautiful summer day. We had a total of 56 golfers
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The Village of Hope Tackles Food Security Challenges in Zambia

Twelve years ago at our Global Mission partner, the Village of Hope, Zambia, Benedict Schwartz bought 1,000 fingerling tilapia for the 7 acres of wetlands on their site. This year,
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Zion’s Redeemer Connection

Global Missions welcomed Sally Ankerfelt, Minister of Outreach at our partner church, Redeemer Lutheran in Minneapolis, at the July committee meeting. Sally provided us with an update on the happenings
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Mission Jamaica Update

A Mission Jamaica trip provides a way for us to love and serve our neighbor as Jesus taught us (Mark 12:30-31), and a time for reflection and spiritual rest. Over
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Calendar

Monday, November 21
Redeemer Christmas Store Collection
Tuesday, November 22
Redeemer Christmas Store Collection
Wednesday, November 23
Redeemer Christmas Store Collection
Thursday, November 24
Redeemer Christmas Store Collection
Friday, November 25
Redeemer Christmas Store Collection
Saturday, November 26
Redeemer Christmas Store Collection
Sunday, November 27
Redeemer Christmas Store Collection
Monday, November 28
Redeemer Christmas Store Collection
Tuesday, November 29
Redeemer Christmas Store Collection
Wednesday, November 30
Redeemer Christmas Store Collection
Thursday, December 1
Redeemer Christmas Store Collection
Friday, December 2
Redeemer Christmas Store Collection
Saturday, December 3
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Sunday, December 4
Redeemer Christmas Store Collection
Monday, December 5
Redeemer Christmas Store Collection
Tuesday, December 6
Redeemer Christmas Store Collection

Past Projects

Kelsey in Malaysia: In 2009 and 2010 the congregation helped support Kelsey Mackereth as she spent a year in Malaysia through the Young Adults in Global Missions program with the ELCA. Kelsey’s Blog

Schelleng Congregation in Nigeria: Zion was briefly part of a partnership with a congregation in Nigeria. 

Murnyak Family in Tanzania: Dennis and Meredith Murnyak served as ELCA missionaries in Tanzania from 1983 to 2008. Zion was their home congregation, and one of their financial and prayer sponsors, beginning in 1984.
Zion later helped build a church in Mkurankga, and supported a hospice program in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania.