"Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous works among all the peoples."
- 1 Chronicles 16:24
St John’s responds to our call to go into the all the world by partnering in life-giving ways with missionaries in South Sudan, Guatemala, and Bethlehem.
“From education comes wisdom, and from wisdom, peace.”
-- James Lubo Mijak, former Lost Boy and Project Manager, Raising South Sudan Collaborative
The new nation of South Sudan continues to struggle with famine, tribal unrest, and limited educational opportunities. Many of the people in South Sudan say they crave spiritual renewal in order to overcome the many challenges they face on a daily basis.
Founded at St. John’s, Sudan Rowan is an ecumenical coalition that joins hands with South Sudanese partners in efforts to achieve peace and education. In 2010, Sudan Rowan began a project called “Raising South Sudan” in collaboration with former Lost Boys of Sudan and Charlotte-based, nonprofit Mothering Across Continents.
Together, we serve communities in Ruweng State, South Sudan, an area greatly affected by years of civil war between what is today the country of Sudan to the north and the independent country of South Sudan, by walking alongside the communities and leadership to help provide education.
La Escuela Integrada is a school that is changing lives in Guatemala. The country of Guatemala does not have a public-school system.
Therefore, if you do not have money to send your children to school, your children do not attend school. This has led to a cycle of generational poverty and illiteracy throughout the country.
The goals of the school are:
“Our aim is that our people, who admire stars, will dare to look up and dream, to believe in goals to strive for, and develop a new sense of hope, community, beauty and faith.”
--Rev. Dr. Mitri Raheb, President, Bright Stars of Bethlehem
The goal of Bright Stars of Bethlehem is to facilitate hope in the lives of Palestinian people. Christmas Lutheran Church, one of the few Christian churches remaining in Behtlehem, seeks to share the Good News with the surrounding Palestinian population.
In September 2019, St. John's and Christmas Lutheran Church of Bethlehem signed a covenant formalizing the partnership between the two congregations.
Bright Stars of Bethlehem is dedicated to educate the next generation of creative leaders in Palestine. Dar al-Kalima, the only Lutheran school and University in the Middle East, promotes creative thinking and hope, and provides a space to explore the issues of vocation and peace.
As part of our Conversations that Matter ministry, a group of St. John’s members meet periodically to discuss the Women Behind the Wall Podcast, a podcast featuring the stories of Israeli and Palestinian women.
In March 2021, St. John's is planning a Pilgrimage to the Holy Land. Journey into the stories of our faith, walking where Jesus walked, boating along the Sea of Galilee, quietly sitting where crowds listened to Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount. You'll also have the opportunity to form relationships through our partnerships with Christmas Lutheran Church and Dar al- Kalima.
Click below to express interest in the Bethlehem Ministry or learn about the Women Behind the Wall Podcast Discussion Group.
In 2018-2019, St. John’s member, Carter Woolly, spent a year serving in Rwanda with Young Adults in Global Missions.
Click below for more information about Youth Adults in Global Mission or to read Carter's blog.
Carter Woolly served in Rukira during 2018-19. Upon returning, he invited the congregation to raise the funds necessary to complete the school. The Lutheran Church in Rwanda (LCR) has completed the Lutheran primary school in Rukira.