Global Ministry

Bethlehem Prayer Service

By Susan Shinn Turner Once again in December, St. John’s will host the live simulcast between Christmas Lutheran Church in Bethlehem and the National Cathedral in Washington, DC. St. John’s welcomes all in the community to join in this annual worship service at 9:30 am Saturday, Dec. 15, in the Faith Center. Prayers, readings and…

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Join Us for Fiesta Guatemala

By Paula Bohland This is Anita. She lives in a family that really struggles to survive. In fact, last week while I was in Guatemala I saw her mom in the city dump foraging for items to resell and food to feed her children. Thankfully, Anita is sponsored by a wonderful family at St. John’s…

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Consider a Gift to the Dar al-Kalima Building Campaign

By Susan Shinn Turner During October, members of St. John’s will have the opportunity to raise money for Dar al-Kalima University College of Arts and Culture in Bethlehem. Dr. Mitri Raheb, former pastor of Christmas Lutheran Church in Bethlehem, founded this institution (see accompanying note from Mitri). He and Christmas Lutheran are longstanding mission partners…

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St. John’s College Students Head to Guatemala

By Paula Bohland Seven college students are traveling to Guatemala May 20-26, to assist the children and families of Escuela Integrada. St. John’s college students include Carter Woolly, Caroline Plyler, Juliana Anderson, and Katheryn Rusher, who will be joined by college students from Bethel Lutheran Church in Virginia. This mission trip was designed and requested by…

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Consider Giving a Kid Your Lunch

By Paula Bohland The children who attend La Escuela Integrada are hungry.  They live in impoverished homes where food is often scarce or not even available. It is hard to learn when you are hungry.  A child with an undernourished brain is more likely to be lethargic and cannot easily process information. They may become…

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Palestine Unlimited Reception and Dialogue

By Mike Connor On March 10, more than 50 people attended the reception and dialogue for the Palestine: Unlimited Photo Exhibit at St. John’s. The enthusiasm of our volunteers, the Peeler Hall and Faith Center layout, background music, and refreshments resulted in a welcoming atmosphere throughout the evening.  In addition to the artwork, people were…

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Palestine: Unlimited Photo Exhibit March 6-25, Opening March 10

By Susan Shinn Turner For the second time, St. John’s will host a Palestinian art show. “Palestine: Unlimited” is a photography exhibit by 10 Palestinian artists. It will be on display in Peeler Hall from March 6-25. The show opening is set for 6:30-9:30 pm on Saturday, March 10. Dr. Susan Lee, a board member…

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Bethlehem: Ministry among Palestinians

  By Michael Connor Promoting awareness of the Israel Palestine conflict and the corresponding impact on life were the major themes of 2017. A spring Senior Season class presented factors contributing to and fueling the conflict. A fall Senior Seasons Academy class covered life in Palestine for vulnerable populations based on my experience on a…

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South Sudan: New life for Dua Monyluak

By Karen Puckett During 2017, our ministry in South Sudan experienced several milestones. Dau Monyluak, who St. Johns’ Endowment Fund sponsored, completed a college degree and is now planning to teach at one of our South Sudan-based schools in Ruweng State. Our project managing partner, Mothering Across Continents, has been approved to provide teacher training…

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