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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 needs remain a struggle. Zambia is facing another year of severe drought. Lake Kariba, the world’s largest man-made lake and the nation’s main reservoir is at the lowest level since it was constructed 63 years ago. This is creating an impending major food crisis for the country. At the Village

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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 married and has two young daughters. Pastor Jen is excited to be in partnership with and lead Redeemer members in ministry and to get to know ministry partners such as Zion. She recognizes how God’s spirit has the power to strengthen relationships and build community. Redeemer is so excited to

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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 enjoying the day while raising funds in support of our Mission Jamaica partner. The 1st place winners of the golf scramble were a foursome of Cliff & Andy Eng, Rod Erickson, and Andy Tscholl. An interesting note was shared by Cliff Eng of the winning team. Cliff is from Cokato

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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, Benedict designed a cage for catching tilapia, and two months ago they used it for their first catch. They emptied the cage and there were enough fish to feed all 70 people in the Village of Hope for one month. The cage went out again the next month and again

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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 at Redeemer and specifically asked that we share Redeemer’s gratitude and appreciation for Zion’s financial support over the years and prayers during these times. Their most exciting news is that they have called a new pastor. Pastor Jen Collins will begin her call at Redeemer in mid-August! Interim pastor, Peter

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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 the past years, Zion members have served on several projects in the Montego Bay, Jamaica area: Ja’Bode is short for “Jamaican Abode.” Mission Jamaica missionaries help make simple, decent, and affordable housing a reality for families with the greatest need. West Haven Children’s Home is a residential facility that is

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AKCLI Update

As AKCLI looks into 2021, please be praying for these upcoming projects: The Lord is bringing more children to The Village of Hope with special needs. These children are a severely unserved segment of the rural population.  The School of Hope wants to build a classroom for special needs students and a classroom for Preschool and Kindergarten children. The Hope College of Education is beginning an intensive agriculture education program to prepare teachers to teach agriculture. Funds are needed to provide scholarships

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Redeemer Update 2022

Our mission partner, Redeemer Lutheran Church, in North Minneapolis is a multicultural and multiracial congregation. Zion and several Lutheran congregations help support Redeemer with prayer, financial gifts, and volunteering. The call process to replace retired Pastor Kelly Chatman was delayed, yet they hope to have a new pastor in place by Easter Despite the challenges of the past two years, Redeemer has found creative ways to still worship and do meaningful outreach to their neighbors. Like at Zion, good weather

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Redeemer Center For Life Thanks

Zion continues to reach out and support our Mission Partners in various ways.  For years Zion has been providing quarterly payments to Redeemer Lutheran Church in North Minneapolis and to All Kids Can Learn International (Village of Hope) in Zambia.  Both of these Mission partners along with Mission Jamaica are three global mission partners that we at Zion support.  For the past few years our annual Zion golf outing proceeds have been distributed to these mission partners.  In 2021 the

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Future Mission Trip Opportunities

For many years, Zion has provided global travel opportunities to participate with our mission partners in Jamaica and Zambia. The schedule has been that for odd years (2019), Jamaica is the destination. During the even years (2020), the travel destination is Zambia, Africa. I have been fortunate to have the opportunity to participate in both of these mission trips and have found it’s a great way to serve others and immerse myself with people of different cultures. With continuing challenges

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