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“Foundations for Farming” at the School of Hope

Our mission partner, the School of Hope in Zambia, has embarked upon a new program of agricultural training for youth and young adults. This agricultural training program is approved by the Zambian government and includes the principles of the “Foundations for Farming” initiative. The focus of the program is to provide training for young people by giving them the knowledge and skills to become effective small-scale farmers so that they can feed and support their families. In a country with

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Zion Mission Team members Annie & Caley in Zambia

Future Mission Trip Opportunities

For many years, Zion has provided global travel opportunities to participate with our mission partners in Jamaica and Zambia.  These mission trips combine a service project with time for reflection and spiritual rest. The Mission trip schedule has been alternating between odd and even years between Jamaica and Zambia. Participating in one of these mission trips is a great way to serve others and surround yourself with people of different cultures. The next planned trips are expected to be in

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Supporting Mission Partners

There has been a lot of excitement and activity around Zion related to the support being provided to the Ukrainian refugees in our community. A valid question: What effect do these efforts have on the long-standing commitments of Zion’s Global Missions Committee to support All Kids Can Learn, International in Zambia; Redeemer Lutheran Church in North Minneapolis; and Mission Jamaica? The answer is: Hopefully, none. The Global Missions Committee is fully supportive of the Ukrainian project and prays that members

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Lenten Giving 2023

Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, February 22 Lent is a season of forty days (not counting Sundays), beginning with Ash Wednesday through Holy Saturday, leading up to Easter Sunday. It is a time of repentance, self-examination, reflection, and preparation for the coming of Easter—a time to grow spiritually in our relationship with God. During Lent, some may wish to give up something or take on something new, such as regular Bible reading or reaching out to find new ways of

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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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