World Missions

Lutheran Partners in Global Mission

LPGM is committed to supporting the 1500 students each academic year in India. If you’d like to support the program, we are accepting a one-time gift of $100 to Project Education India. We can provide you with a student’s name so you may pray specifically for him or her.  Website: lutheranpartners.org/sponsorship for more information or call:  612.823.5058. St. Luke’s sponsors several children and proceeds from the annual Fish Fry cover these expenses.

Eastern European Missions Network (Now known as Spiritual Orphans Network)

EEMN is an evangelical, inter-Lutheran 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. EEMN seeks to mobilize American churches: connect them with ministries abroad.  EEMN works in close relationship with indigenous believers, often Lutherans, in Belarus, Czech Republic, Latvia, Poland, Russia, Slovakia, Ukraine and Turkey (St. Luke's connection), Bible Schools, seminaries, lay training, evangelism, discipleship, church planting and prayer are the tools for developing this long-term rebuilding.  Please note: The Russian Ukraine political atmosphere is creating great tension for all ministering in Eastern Europe.  (SL supports the TAT Seminary in Estonia)  

Tartu Academy of Theology is in need of $75,000 before year end.  If you are able to make a donation, please make out your check to:  Charity Lutheran Church  120 Aspen Ave   Bismarck ND 58503  Put in the MEMO: Estonia

Charity Lutheran Church has a direct deposit into the TAT account so as not to risk loosing the funds in the mail system.  Your donation is also tax deductible.

Operation Christmas Child - shoebox gifts with the Billy Graham Association

LCMC Men in Mission



 Local Missions

  • Adult/Teen Challenge
  • Caring Hands Dental
  • Douglas County Hospice
  • Elder Network
  • Food Shelf
  • Gorecki House
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • KBHL Christian Radio in Osakis
  • Local Salvation Army 
  • Lutheran Vets Assistance
  • Ronald McDonald House
  • Someplace Safe
  • Titus II House

Benevolence and Missions of St. Luke’s 

Benevolence” is a gift of money that is given to our parent organization (Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ LCMC) to support the work of LCMC operating expenses of the parent organization. The amount we designate as benevolence is decided by the congregation. It is not an amount fixed by LCMC or a “tax” imposed by someone else. At the annual meeting we did give an additional gift to LCMC over and above what was budgeted. We also support several local organizations with our church budget.

Praise Live Osakis is the Christian radio station that has helped all of us by the programming and worship they provide everyday of the year.

Central Minnesota Elder Network in Alexandria was founded in 1996 and is recognized as a leading provider of volunteer support to adults age 55 and older in Douglas County dedicated to helping older adults with the challenges associated with aging. The services at Minnesota Elder Network are provided by highly trained, compassionate volunteers and coordinated by a staff of professionals. All services are kept strictly confidential. They are a volunteer-based organization. Sr. Graduation Party and Prom activities in the Brandon-Evansville and Alexandria Area High schools provide a safe, drug and alcohol free setting so our high school students will have the opportunity to “party” safely.

MN Adult Teen Challenge was established in 1983 as a Christian teenage alcohol and drug treatment program. It has now expanded to include adults. MN Adult & Teen Challenge has been restoring hope to people struggling with drug and alcohol addiction. In addition to our effective and affordable residential Licensed Treatment, faith-based Long-Term Recovery and convenient Outpatient program, we have extensive prevention and transitional/aftercare services.

Mission Congregations means we help to support a new congregations here in the USA. The amount we give to a mission congregation—and for how long, is decided by the congregation. Currently we are helping to support Christ the Victor LCMC in Florence, AZ. LCMC Men in Mission also is specifically for helping new congregations get started. The “Buck a Month” is a pledge for each male in LCMC congregations to help with startup costs for new congregations. The “Committee of 100 Club” is for those members who contribute $100 per year for the Mission Loan Fund for congregations needing additional support.

Gideons International is a body of believers dedicated to making the Word of God available to everyone and, together with the local church, reaching souls for Christ. The Gideons International began in 1908 as an Association of Christian businessmen placing Bibles in hotel rooms has evolved into an expanding mission to provide Scriptures to all people in nearly every facet of life. Today, more than 2 billion Scriptures in more than 95 languages have been taken to 200 countries, territories, and possessions across the globe. Gideon’s International exist as an advocate for the lost, to bring them the saving knowledge of the Word through not only placing and distributing Scriptures, but also through personal witnessing and by associating together for service.

Operation Christmas Child/Samaritan’s Purse is a nondenominational evangelical Christian organization providing spiritual and physical aid to hurting people around the world. Since 1970, Samaritan’s Purse has helped meet needs of people who are victims of war, poverty, natural disasters, disease, and famine with the purpose of sharing God’s love through His Son, Jesus Christ. The organization serves the Church worldwide to promote the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. Franklin Graham has devoted his life to meeting the needs of people around the world and proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The eldest son of Billy and Ruth Bell Graham, he serves as President of Samaritan's Purse and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. Samaritan's Purse tries to meet the needs of poor, sick, and suffering people in more than 100 countries. As an evangelist for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, he has led crusades around the world. 

Stephen Ministry offers a proven and effective way to organize, train, and supervise a team of congregation members—called Stephen Ministers. These folks provide high-quality, one-to-one, Christ-centered care to people in the congregation and the community experiencing life difficulties. At St. Luke’s we currently have eleven trained Stephen Ministers.

Love INC. is a partnership of local churches using the Apostle's Creed as a unifying statement of faith. Since the beginning of Love In the Name of Christ movement in 1977, Christ has been central to bringing together a broad base of Christian churches in a community to minister to the needs of that community. Together, local Christian churches focus not on theological or doctrinal differences, denominational practices, political or social agendas, but on our shared belief in the death and resurrection of our LORD Jesus Christ. Working in a coordinated way, these churches actively demonstrate love In the Name of Christ.

The following missions are supported through various congregational events and the money generated from the interest of the Hilma Sanstead/Linser account and Thrivent choice dollars:

Lutheran Partners in Global Mission--LPGM was founded in 1995, in Minneapolis MN, out of a pressing need to connect people with opportunities around the world and to share the Gospel. LPGM provides access to quality education for people at the margins–especially women and girls. LPGM works together with global partners to listen, respond to local needs and priorities. LPGM focuses on Partnerships, Education, and Empowerment, to help those in need. 1,375 students were sponsored through Project Education India in 2019. LPGM has expanded to partner with 12 countries worldwide. Over 85% of your donation is used directly for these programs. Your gift allows LPGM to expand outreach efforts to engage younger adults and youth in our global ministry. LPGM is committed to wisely steward all of the resources received in order to best serve the needs of our partners locally and overseas. We pledge to be intentional and efficient with every dollar donated and are truly grateful for your generosity. St. Luke’s was one of the founding congregations in 1995 and we support six children in India with the proceeds from the annual fish fry. cost to sponsor a child is $360 per year.

Faith Comes By Hearing has been partnering to provide God’s Word to every person. Jerry and Anet Jackson founded Comes By Hearing in 1972 as a Christian tape-lending library. Thanks to their unwavering commitment to the Word of God, Faith Comes By Hearing is now a recognized leader in Audio Bible production and engagement. Faith Comes By Hearing provides God's audible Word in 1,430 languages, and we press on to ensure that every translated language has Scripture by the year 2033. That means 5.7 billion people need to hear the Gospel in order to understand and accept it. 1 Billion people still do not have access to God's Word in a format in which they can understand and engage. 2033 is the target year to record and freely provide Scripture in every language that needs it, working to fulfill Jesus’ Great Commission in this generation. St. Luke’s is directly involved with the Military Bible Sticks program, providing God’s recorded word for our military men and women. The Pie and Ice Cream social proceeds are used for Military Bible Sticks.

Estonia We at St. Luke’s have been part of the great story of establishing Home of Hope in Tartu Estonia. It is part of a much longer story of generations of continuity throughout four generations of the Haamer family. We first met the Haamer family through Eastern European Mission Network now called Spiritual Orphans Network. It has placed career missionaries in Poland, Latvia, Ukraine, Russia, Hungary, Albania, and Turkey. SONetwork strives to equip the indigenous Church and lay leadership to serve as missionaries within their own culture. Each summer, short-term mission teams serve with these long-term missionaries and ministry partners. Spiritual Orphans Network is a confessional, evangelical, Christian mission organization that connects partners with indigenous Christians living in former communist and Soviet bloc nations. SONetwork is confessional in Lutheran tradition. As a result, SON partners with conservative, evangelical Christians who share in these core values. SON is headquartered in Albuquerque, NM. Estonia has historically been a Christian Lutheran protestant nation. After Soviet occupation only a remnant of the church survived. At present less that 20% of the population calls themselves Christian. We partner with Tartu Academy of Theology to train pastors to bring the Gospel to the people of Estonia. Part of that endeavor has been to establish the Home of Hope, a building to train pastors, educate people to become Bible literate, and house a Christian radio station. Here is direct link https://youtu.be/lQzGlwQFNIE to view the mission work in Estonia. Voice of the Martyrs (VOM) is a nonprofit, interdenominational missions organization that serves persecuted Christians around the world. Founded in 1967 by Richard and Sabina Wurmbrand, VOM is dedicated to inspiring believers to deepen their commitment to Christ and to fulfill His Great Commission — no matter the cost.

China Service Ventures is a mission to work for the welfare of the Chinese people in mainland China and in the USA. One focus is for Stay Behind children in rural Henan and work to provide a bright future for them with enhance learning environments by establish libraries for rural primary schools, financial aid to help subsidize room and board costs to enable rural students to attend school, provide innovative learning activities to inspire a child to life-long learning through peer leadership and mentorship programs staffed by university and local volunteers administered by our Chinese staff, facilitate faculty and student exchanges to foster professional and educational development, facilitate cultural programs and summer camps to broaden students’ international perspectives, facilitate relational friendships. Christianity is forbidden in China making it difficult to evangelize. China Services Ventures ministers & evangelizes the Chinese people through the establishment of friendships, athletic camps, and educational tutoring.

Chosen People Ministry exists to glorify God, proclaim the Gospel to the Jew first and also to the Gentile, and develop resources and programs to accomplish this task. God’s provides for the Mission through the prayer and financial support of fellow believers. The mission was founded in Brooklyn, New York in 1894 by Rabbi Leopold Cohn, a Hungarian Jewish immigrant with a zeal to share the knowledge of Yeshua (Jesus) the Messiah with God’s chosen people. Today, Chosen People Ministries serves in eighteen countries across the globe. Our outreach programs include evangelism and discipleship, Messianic Centers and congregations, equipping the local church for Jewish evangelism, digital evangelism through our Isaiah 53 Campaigns and I Found Shalom videos, and benevolence work. With your help, we will continue proclaiming the Good News through Jesus the Messiah to Jewish people around the world.

Water to Thrive’s first water project was funded in 2008, after a Bible study group at Triumphant Love Lutheran Church in Austin, Texas, learned about the staggering cost of the global water crisis. The group raised enough money to fund two wells. After just 90 days, they had ultimately collected enough money to build 12 wells in Ethiopia. Dick Moeller was inspired by the success of that first campaign. He realized that if one church group could raise enough money for 12 wells, others could do even more. Motivated by the desire to bring clean water to those who so desperately need it, Dick founded Water to Thrive. After a number of projects in Sierra Leone, work was expanded to Uganda and Tanzania. Water projects are located largely in rural, agrarian communities, located centrally to area farms, providing clean, safe water to hundreds of people in a region. At present more than 1,000 water projects in four countries have been funded, bringing clean, safe water to more than half a million people.

  July 2021  
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