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Join us as we bring the hands and feet of Jesus to the Appalachian region. Mission work and exact location will be dependent on group size and needs of churches. Let Pastor Chris or Stacie Kray know you are interested. All are welcome! 
Interested mission workers under 18 will need to be supervised by an accompanying adult.

GO: St. Francis House

6:15-7:30pm | 6-7 Disciples

Serve the prepared evening meal and then stay and clean up.
All together it takes about an hour and a half.
We need 6-7 people for each date.
Use the Sign-Up Genius to let us know you’ll be joining us.
 

 GO: Food To You

Yes, one can make a difference with one can!
Bring it to Gathering Space before Sept 9. Volunteer to distribute the cans of soups on Thurs Sept 13. All Are Welcome!
 
 
Questions? Contact Pastor Chris:
605-371-3737 | chris.zuraff@gloriadei-sd.org
 

 

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GO Therefore: Be Good for Something

“…be not simply good; be good for something.” Henry David Thoreau

Our mission team from Gloria Dei Lutheran Church returned from Nicaragua a little over a week ago now. It was yet again a faith forming and faith transforming experience. Most trips like this are if you approach them with the understanding that God is already there and already at work ahead of you.

 
For me, the most impactful parts of these trips are the human connections we make. The scenery is certainly beautiful; active and inactive volcanoes stand like sentinels over the fragile landscape. New-to-me trees, grasses, bushes, flowers, and row crops pepper the fields. Free-ranging hens, roosters that can’t seem to tell midnight from dawn, sturdy oxen, gaunt-looking cattle, and tiny geckos are a part of daily life. The birds make different sounds than I’m used to, often mocking me with their familiarity of the warm, blue skies. Meanwhile, I stare up at the sun, which seems to be so strange when I am that close to the equator. Or maybe it seems strange because I am the stranger there.
 
We definitely are the strangers when we travel to Nicaragua. But not unwelcome, even in these days. Familiar faces from past trips are always bright with welcoming smiles, but so are the faces of those we don’t know. Our loud and clumsy Spanish is often met with gratitude because at least we tried to speak the language. We’re never told to go back where we came from, we’re never met with angry or disapproving stares. Instead, we are greeted with a hearty “¡bienvenidos!” or “buen dia.” The welcome feels genuine, sincere, and authentic; all the things I wish Americans could be for those who are visiting or emigrating from another country. The people are warm and friendly human beings who desire real connection with us.
 
Like I said, the humans are the best part of the trip for me. We do medical mission work on our Nicaragua trip. It’s one way that we connect with these beautiful human beings. But it’s not the only way. Believe me when I say that there is plenty to do for those of us who have no medical training. There are young men to joke around with, young women to cook beside, children to sing with, babies to hold, and old women who need someone to sit near them. There are anxious hands to hold, toothbrushes and combs to distribute, and crying toddlers to console. The human connections are so rich, and fruitful, and blessed.
 
The connections are blessed, I believe, because it’s in those connections 
that we meet Jesus. “For where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them,” Jesus said. Jesus also said, “Whoever welcomes you welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me, welcomes the one who sent me.” And once, on Mount Olivet east of Jerusalem, Jesus was teaching his disciples about feeding the hungry, welcoming the stranger, and visiting the sick. Jesus said to them, “Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.” Jesus is there in the human connections. For me, that is the most impactful part of mission trips.
 
Because I do things like mission and outreach work, some people have called me a good person. Those a little bit closer to me, my family or my coworkers for example, know the truth. Yet, Christ forgives me for those times when I fall short of being the good person I ought to be; and then Jesus calls me to do something with that newfound forgiveness. More than good, I am called to be good for something. And that’s what faith in Christ calls us to when we go on trips like this. Come join us sometime!
 
Let’s GO!
Pastor Chris Zuraff
Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, Sioux Falls, SD



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Gloria Dei has a strong relationship with the Lutheran Church of Faith and Hope in Nicaragua. For over 15 years, Gloria Dei has sent a medical mission delegation to work together with the church to provide acute medical care and health education to the population. Take a look back here for our Travel Booklet with the most detailed information about past trips, as well as opportunities as they become available!

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Click the link to view the Travel Booklet and learn about our mission trip.

 

Questions? Contact Pastor Chris:
605-371-3737 | chris.zuraff@gloriadei-sd.org

Our Feb 2018 Team

 

 1st ANNUAL MISSION FESTIVAL

A weekend celebration of God’s mission in and through Gloria Dei. A weekend to give thanks to God for the work of our mission partners. A weekend to connect Gloria Dei members to the amazing mission work God is doing through this congregation. A weekend to be present to how God might be calling you to serve the world.

 

The 1st Annual Mission Festival was a successful Event! A huge THANKS to all who helped make it a great day!

(See Ministry by the Numbers updates in RED)
○  Worship Saturday 5pm, Sunday 9am and 10:30am – Guest preacher – Pastor Rebel Hurd
– Mission Developer for Church on the Street, at all 3 worship services
– Special Offering during worship for Church on the Street $1402.67 collected for Church on the Street
 
○  Chicken or Pork Tamales, Oh Yum! For sale from Pueblo De Dios!  To preorder your dozen(s) click here!
– Come help out and learn to cook with Pueblo de Dios on Friday, April 20th at 6pm   2,250 tamales made raising over $3,400 for Pueblo De Dios Youth going to the National  Youth Gathering in Houston, summer 2018
 
○  Get to Know our Mission Partners!
– Stop by the Gathering Space to learn about our mission partners before or after all services 8 partnership ministries were on hand having caring conversations
 
○  Nicaragua in a Nutshell
– Learn about the recent trip from those who went, while enjoying a plate of tamales and sides Sun Apr 22.
– Lunch plate is $12 and will be served at 11:30am in the fellowship hall.
 
○  Nicaragua Medication Fundraiser
– Sat Apr 21 at Vance Thompson Vision – Food & Drink, minimum donation $25 per person