Missions


We are a church centered on the unique Gospel of Jesus Christ, animated by missions and evangelism, grounded in the 2,000 year tradition of Christian faith, and organized chiefly to serve our congregations.  The NALC is a renewed Lutheran community moving forward in faith, focused on living out Christ’s Great Commission to go and make disciples in North America and around the globe.”

Spirit of Truth believes in tithing of our offerings.  Three percent is given to the NALC (North American Lutheran Church, www.thenalc.org ) with the other 10% being given to the 3 different regions the Bible calls us to; local, regional & national, and international).  What a privilege we have to be part of such a giving congregation and a “mission-driven church family in the NALC.

Acts 1:8 – But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” 

Our mission is to reach out to our local area, our state and national missions and overseas (to the end of the earth).  Thus, our missions include local organizations such as Brandon & Garretson Food Pantry, Meals on Wheels, Faith Temple Food Giveaway, St. Dysmus prison ministry, St. Francis House, The Center of Hope, Sioux Falls Ministry Center, Serve Sioux Falls, and the Union Gospel Mission, all in Sioux Falls etc.  We also reach out to our state through missions on the Indian Reservation(Hands of Faith and White Eagle Academy), Pickerel Lake Bible Camp, Christian Radio, Teen challenge of the Dakotas, and Feeding South Dakota Backpack program for Brandon. We reach out to the world through Voice of the Martyrs, Samaritan’s Purse, the Gideons, Salvation Army, Mission Haiti, Samaritan’s Feet, Robin’s Nest children’s home, Jamaica Christian school for the Deaf. and Green Heights church in an impoverished area of Jamaica. We try to send a mission team to Jamaica each year and also serve at the “Feast of Nations” on the Rosebud Reservation. 

Matthew 28: 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,  20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

SALVATION ARMY – www.salvationarmyusa.org

History of the Salvation Army
William Booth embarked upon his ministerial career in 1852, desiring to win the lost multitudes of England to Christ. He walked the streets of London to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ to the poor, the homeless, the hungry, and the destitute.
Booth abandoned the conventional concept of a church and a pulpit, instead taking his message to the people. His fervor led to disagreement with church leaders in London, who preferred traditional methods. As a result, he withdrew from the church and traveled throughout England, conducting evangelistic meetings. His wife, Catherine, could accurately be called a cofounder of The Salvation Army.  In 1865, William Booth was invited to hold a series of evangelistic meetings in the East End of London. He set up a tent in a Quaker graveyard, and his services became an instant success. This proved to be the end of his wanderings as an independent traveling evangelist. His renown as a religious leader spread throughout London, and he attracted followers who were dedicated to fight for the souls of men and women.  Thieves, prostitutes, gamblers, and drunkards were among Booth’s first converts to Christianity. To congregations who were desperately poor, he preached hope and salvation. His aim was to lead people to Christ and link them to a church for further spiritual guidance.  Early Salvationists were subjected to violence and ridicule.  In 1867, Booth had only 10 full-time workers, but by 1874, the number had grown to 1,000 volunteers and 42 evangelists, all serving under the name “The Christian Mission.” Known as the “Hallelujah Army,” the converts spread even to other cities.  Booth was reading part of the 1878 annual report when he noticed the statement “The Christian Mission is a volunteer army.” Crossing out the words “volunteer army,” he penned in “Salvation Army.” From those words came the basis of the foundation deed of The Salvation Army.
From that point, converts became soldiers of Christ and were known then, as now, as Salvationists. They launched an offensive throughout the British Isles, in some cases facing real battles as organized gangs mocked and attacked them. In spite of violence and persecution, some 250,000 people were converted under the ministry of The Salvation Army between 1881 and 1885. In 1879, the first meeting of The Salvation Army was held in America. The Salvationists were received enthusiastically. In 1880, commissioners were sent to assist.  At their first official street meeting, these pioneers were met with unfriendly actions, as had happened in Great Britain. They were ridiculed, arrested, and attacked. Several officers and soldiers even gave their lives. President Grover Cleveland received a delegation of Salvation Army officers in 1886 and gave the organization a warm personal endorsement. This was the first recognition from the White House and would be followed by similar receptions from succeeding presidents.  The Salvation Army is active in virtually every corner of the world.  General Booth’s death in 1912 was a great loss to The Salvation Army. However, he had laid a firm foundation’ even his death could not deter the ministry’s onward march.
Salvation Army provides support for adults, children, families, and disaster relief all over the world.  They provide adult rehabilitation, veterans affairs services, prison ministries, elderly services, assistance in combating human trafficking and help in finding missing persons.   http://www.omahakroc.org/

 “ST. DYSMAS” AT PENITENTIARY
(Spirit of Truth worships with St. Dysmas at least once a year)
Our tangible gift was the yarn collection for St. Dysmas               http://stdysmas.net/
“Jesus, remember me!” – Luke 23:42. The thief who hung on the cross beside Jesus and cried out for mercy was one of these. Through tradition he has come to be known as St. Dysmas. “Today you shall be with me in paradise,” Jesus said to him.  Today a congregation named in honor of St. Dysmas is changing the lives of the incarcerated at St. Dysmas of South Dakota, a fully chartered mission congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). Organized within the walls of the South Dakota State Penitentiary in Sioux Falls, St. Dysmas is a pioneer in establishing bona fide “churches behind bars.” Inmates “own” the program and, through a council elected from their membership, direct its ministry.  Just like other congregations, St. Dysmas parishioners participate in worship, Bible study, choir, and take part in special projects.  Though incarcerated, these are our brothers and sisters in Christ, members of one body together with us.

FAITH TEMPLE GOOD GIVEAWAY  (http://www.faithtemplefood.com/ )
After seeing need in the Sioux Falls, SD area, co-founders Pastor Jeff and Josh Hayes organized the Faith Temple Food Giveaway. The food giveaway started in May of 2009, in the parking lot of the church. The first week of the giveaway we had 69 people and gave away less then 2,000 pounds of food. As the weeks went on, hundreds of people showed up for the for the weekly giveaway. The church parking lot was filled to its capacity, resulting in people parking blocks away. When the weather started to get colder in October of 2009 we moved to the W.H. Lyon Fairgrounds Armory. When we are at the amory we are able to drive the truck into the building and unload in the heated atmosphere. We have even had special guests visit the giveaway. One special person we had was Donna Douglas who played Ellie May Clampett on the “Beverly Hillbillies.” Even though we start the giveaway at 4pm, people start to form the line as early as 8am in the morning. Since we have had the Faith Temple Food Giveaway we have helped struggling families and individuals get about thirty pounds of food a week and help save each family about $250.00 a month. In 2013 the Nordstrom and Johnson families donated the funds to build a building at the Sioux Empire Fairgrounds for the permenent location of the giveaways.

FOOD PANTRIES IN BRANDON (582-7001) & GARRETSON (594-3901).                                                                        
BRANDON, SD –
Brandon Area Food Pantry Director Linda Weber say the number of people she serves has taken a sharp increase in recent months.  “People who have been cut down on hours, lost some of their medical, people who just can’t make it, just can’t make it. So we’ve been very busy,” Weber said.  The pantry serves the Brandon area and she says while need is up, the people who make what she does possible are more gracious than she could ever ask for.  “I’ve got to tell ya the people in the Brandon Valley area are the most supporting people that there are. I get phone calls that say what would you like? What do you need? What can we do for you?” Weber said.  But help is always needed. She says food donations are more than welcome but money can go much further. With only $5 she can buy 26 boxes of cereal and around 25 pounds of turkey.  “It means everything to families. It means everything to families. And it’s just a good feeling they leave.  I carry out their groceries and they have food to feed their kids, their parents or anybody else. This time of year, everyone needs to be fed. Everyone needs to be fed,” Weber said.  The pantry accepts people in need who have a referral card from a school counselor, churches in Brandon, Volunteers of American, the VA Center, or the Department of Social Services. They are open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m.

GARRETSON, SD – 
The food pantry in Garretson is located on Main Avenue.  Kris Frerk helps run the food pantry in a building that was empty, owned by First Bank & Trust.  All they ask is $150 a month rent which the bank has helped with along with area churches and organizations.  The Legion supports the food pantry by providing funds to pay for utilities and other bills to keep the facility open.  The businesses, churches, and organizations of Garretson are strongly committed to this type of community program. It is a crucial means to provide outreach to those in need in our own community. It is great to see businesses and organizations helping to keep food on the table for individuals in need.

CENTER OF HOPE – http://centerofhopesf.org/
Our mission statement is “reaching out with God’s love and grace to people who have difficult life issues.” Our motto is “Sowing seeds of God’s love. . .physically and spiritually.” We offer various programs to do just that. Some include: Bike-to-Work program, Bible Studies, Restored 2 Life Church, Mother-Baby Baskets, Visitations, and more!
We use I Corinthians 3:6 of the Bible as our ministry verse. “I (apostle Paul) planted the seed, Apollos watered the plant, but it was God who made the plant grow.” This verse gives our staff and volunteers encouragement. Many people we meet have heavy stories that are filled with hurt and anguish. This verse encourages us as we share in their story and offer an encouraging word. The ministry verse says that God is the boss here; he is the heart surgeon and we are his nursing staff. He is in charge. Knowing that keeps us going.
The Center of Hope has been ministering among people who struggle with difficult life issues since July 2000. Each person has their own struggle. We care about each struggle including family concerns, relationship strains, addictions, financial concerns, joblessness, incarceration, hospitalization, spirituality questions, or feelings of hopelessness. The Center of Hope is a place where people can come, be listened to, encouraged, and refreshed.
  If you have any questions please feel free to call 334-9789 or email info@centerofhopesf.org.   
If you are cleaning out, – Center of Hope would appreciate all sizes of used coats, mittens, scarves, boots, (infants to adults and esp. the largest sizes) heavy jeans, and bicycles.  Our supply of these clothing items is very low and although the cold weather is leaving us, our cupboard is bare.  Therefore, we have no back up for the future.  Also people who live on the streets are often cold in the evenings and nights all year around.  Thank you so much for your partnership and generosity in the past and for your willingness to pray and provided for Center of Hope.

 PICKEREL LAKE LUTHERAN BIBLE CAMP   http://pllbc.wordpress.com/about/
Pickerel Lake Lutheran Bible Camp is located on Pickerel Lake by Grenville, SD.  This is the camp where our youth attend in the summer. Because of donations, they have been able to keep the price of the camp very low compared to others.  It is $75.00 for the week.  Senior High Week (for students who have completed 8th-12th grades) is last week of June and Junior High Week (for students who have completed 5th-7th grades) is last full week of July.
ABOUT THE CAMP:
STAFF:
We have a mostly volunteer staff so the specifics vary from year to year, but we have consistently had 1 counselor per 8-10 students. Counselors are with the students at all times, participating in activities with them and staying in the rooms. There will be at least one counselor per room of students, larger rooms will have more than one counselor; there is also a camp dean, two assistant deans (1 male, 1 female), 2-4 kitchen staff, 1 or 2 guest speakers to lead morning and evening Bible sessions, a camp nurse, a life guard, and occasionally miscellaneous staff who help as needed.  Some churches send one or more adults that can help as counselors/staff throughout the week, but not all do–it’s not required, but we always appreciate more help for the week!
HOUSING:
We have room for approximately 100 students, but we average between 50-60 students per week of camp.  For the girls, we have a dormitory building with 4 rooms that can each house 15 students, although we usually only have to use 3 rooms during camp. There is a restroom in the dorm that has 5 showers.  For the boys, the dormitory building has 2 rooms–one can house 25 people and the other can house 12. There are two boys’ restrooms that each have 2 showers. There are additional guest/staff restrooms/showers in our Fellowship Hall building. None of our buildings have heat, but our weeks of camp are often quite warm—sleeping bags, or the equivalent, are adequate for staying warm at night and it would be a good idea to have jeans and sweatshirts to wear during campfire time.
There are also fans in each room that help keep everyone cool during exceptionally hot weeks.
SCHEDULE:
Our basic daily schedule includes morning announcement/devotions (8 a.m.), breakfast, room clean-up, morning session (includes a time of praise/music and Bible teaching), small group activities (games), solitude time (personal time for devotions), large group games/free time, lunch, quiet time (in the rooms), afternoon rec/swimming/crafts/canteen, supper, evening session (includes praise/music and Bible teaching), canteen/free time, campfire, dorm/room devotions, bedtime (10:30 p.m.).  We have a volleyball court, a basketball court, and plenty of open space for outdoor games.

PINE RIDGE INDIAN RESERVATION, HANDS OF FAITH MINISTRIES http://handsoffaithministries.org/

 Curtis and Bonnie Hoyt (Tim Hoyt’s parents) have been spreading the word of God on the Pine Ridge Indian reservation since 2003. They were originally called here through a church group.
The Pine Ridge Indian Reservation is an Oglala Sioux Native American reservation located in South Dakota. Pine Ridge was established in the southwest corner of South Dakota on the Nebraska border and consists of 3,468.86 sq mi (8,984.306 km²) of land area, the eighth-largest reservation in the United States, larger than Delaware and Rhode Island combined.
Although Pine Ridge is the eighth largest reservation in the United States, it is also the poorest. Unemployment on the reservation hovers between 80% and 85%, and 49% live below the Federal Poverty Level. Adolescent suicide is four times the national average. Many of the families have no electricity, telephone, running water, or sewerage system. Many families use wood stoves to heat their homes. The population on Pine Ridge has among the shortest life expectancies of any group in the Western Hemisphere: approximately 47 years for males and 52 years for females.  Despite the lack of formal employment opportunities on Pine Ridge, a considerable agricultural production is taking place on the reservation, yet only a small percentage of the tribe directly benefit from this. According to the USDA, in 2002, nearly $33 million in receipts from agricultural production on Pine Ridge. Less than one-third of that income went to members of the tribe.
 

ST. FRANCIS HOUSE –     http://www.stfrancishouse.com/
The St. Francis House is an ecumenical emergency shelter for the homeless offering hospitality, fellowship, and support to those who have nowhere to sleep.  They provide a warm bed, showers, laundry, food, and other referrals.  They offer special services for reaching long term goals including employment, independent housing, and addiction recovery.
Those served at the St. Francis House include tired travelers, those coming from hospitals, treatment centers, and prisons, families looking to relocate, and anyone looking for a chance to start over.  Guest have ranged from newborn infants to the elderly.  They are open 24 hours a day seven days a week including holidays.
The St. Francis House depends entirely on private donations for its operating funds. Various grants from private foundations and the state of South Dakota have funded some new programs and renovations to the house, however, these grants are a one-time gift and the improvements they funds must be maintained through our regular budget.
Small groups from our congregation have volunteered there by cooking them supper and serving it to them.  It is a very easy thing to do and due to the size of their kitchen, the group must be small.
Our Mission Statement: The St Francis House: An Ecumenical Ministry, Moving People from Homelessness to Hope!

UNION GOSPEL MISSION
(taken from an article in the Argus, website not working)
Fran Stenberg is the executive director and says their mission is to help people like Morris. “We begin to deal with them on that premise is that, ‘Hey, we’ll help you if you are willing to be doing something for yourself,'” Stenberg said.
The Union Gospel Mission offers three meals a day, a bed, clothing, nightly chapel services, and classes to anyone who needs help. Those who stay at the mission need to stay sober and do something to help themselves.  Fran Stenberg, the executive director, states: “We begin to deal with them on the premise that, ‘Hey, we’ll help you if you are willing to be doing something for yourself.’ “When people seeking help do come to the Union Gospel Mission they make sure they are a better person when they walk out.  “We do not want a place for the troubled individuals, whatever the trouble may be, to flop. We want to see them become productive and we’ll help them become that if they cooperate,” Stenberg said. Stenberg says the Union Gospel Mission is also a secure facility. All the doors are locked at 10 p.m. at night, they have separate buildings for men and women and children to stay in, and someone is always there watching the facilities 24 hours a day.

 

 MISSION HAITI       http://www.mission-haiti.org/
Pam Plasier, supported by her husband Mike and family, founded Mission Haiti.
Ever since her first trip, Pam regularly visited the country. In 2005, Mission Haiti officially became a 501c3 non-profit ministry. That same year they built the original orphanage house on the current Mission Haiti property. Pam’s first trip to Haiti came in 1995. A missionary who visited her local church asked the congregation if anyone was willing to go and help a poverty stricken area in the country of Haiti. Pam volunteered.
The Plasier family spent over 20 years starting Mission Haiti with the goal of honoring and glorifying God by servicing the people of Haiti. Pam resigned as the Executive Director in January of 2015 with ambitions to pursue her next calling from God in her life.
We thank the Plasier family for their years of dedication and willingness to respond to God’s calling to serve “the least of these”.
ABOUT MISSION HAITI
Mission Haiti is a 501c3 non-profit organization. Our vision is to always be a ministry that glorifies Jesus Christ in all we do. We also want to provide people with the opportunity to fulfill the command God has given us in Matthew 10:7: “As you go, preach this message, the kingdom of heaven is near. Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received, freely give.”
We desire to reach the people of Haiti one village at a time for the glory of the Lord. We encourage you to learn more about us. We thank you for the time you spend with us and pray you are blessed through this site. We look forward to hearing from you.
Mission Haiti Motto:
Love Jesus, Love Others, Make Disciples
Mission Haiti Theme Verse:
“But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.”

SCHOOL SUPPLIES – During the month of July, we collect school supplies for area children who are in need.

ROBIN’S NEST CHILDREN’S HOME – JAMAICA
website for Robin’s Nest
Robin’s Nest, an orphanage dedicated to the spiritual, educational and physical needs of children who are abused, neglected, or orphaned.  Two of our members serve on the board of directors at the Nest and we have had teams from our church volunteer there.
ABOUT THE NEST:
The story begins with an obedient servant’s heart and a love for children. Some of us are called to serve locally while others feel led to serve internationally. And that is exactly what founder, Michelle Robinette, did in 1997 when she went on a mission trip to Montego Bay, Jamaica. Little did she know the trip would change her life forever. She spent time visiting children at a local orphanage and soon felt led the following year not only to care for hurting children on the island, but desired to start a new place where more kids could call “home”. Provide a safe, loving and Christ-centered environment where each child could grow physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. To care for the orphans, the hurting, the helpless. Give them hope and show them an unconditional love . . . because He first loved us.
OUR MISSION: We pray that Robin’s Nest Children’s Home will provide a nurturing, loving, safe, Christ-centered atmosphere in which all children will grow at their own speed – physically, mentally, and spiritually – so they may develop their own individual gifts, talents and abilities and become the person who God intended.
OUR VISION: Our Vision is to provide a safe and secure Christian environment for the children God places in our care while providing basic needs, medical care, unconditional love, and education they need to grow. Our goal is to transform hurting children into spiritually, physically, and mentally healthy believers prepared to impact the world around them.

GIFT BOXES TO MILITARY & COLLEGE (spring and fall)  
Please give Connie Matsuda or Jane Andersen the names and address of your students and military.  Suggestions for the boxes; magazines (prefer sports), puzzle books, batteries, gum, any individual packaged items such as: Rice Krispie bars, cookies, granola bars, candy, variety pack of chips; variety packs of cereal, Mac & cheese, fruit snacks, applesauce, drink mixes( the stuff you can just add to bottle water), peanuts or nuts of all kinds,  beef jerky & beef sticks, microwave popcorn.

LIFE RADIO 96.5 FM & FAITH RADIO 1270 AM
Christian Radio in Sioux Falls has been around for a long time thanks to Northwestern College Media from the University of Northwestern College in St. Paul, MN.  Northwestern opened on October 2, 1902 as Northwestern Bible and Missionary Training School.  Northwestern’s second president, Rev. Billy Graham, launched KTIS in 1949.  Today Northwestern Media owns and operates 15 stations in eight markets in six different states (96.5FM & 1270AM in Sioux Falls, SD). Our radio signals reach more than 950,000 listeners each week across the Midwest and thousands more through live Internet streaming. The Faith Radio Network offers a blend of preaching, teaching, and compelling conversation to help connect faith to life. Whether it’s faith, family, or finances, Faith Radio offers encouragement and insight every day.  Our mission is to lead people to Christ and nurture them in their spiritual growth through Christ-centered media.
LIFE 96.5FM features contemporary Christian music, engaging on-air talent and a focus on involving and serving the communities they reach.  FAITH 1270 AM schedules are available on the back table on Sundays.

 

WHITE EAGLE CHRISTIAN ACADEMY, MISSION, SD Taken from http://www.whiteeaglechristianacademy.com/
Along with the opportunity for us to physically go serve at the “Feast of Nations”  in November, we also will be sending part of our tithe to the school there run by Pastor Jack Moore of Christian Life Fellowship and founded by his father.
WHY WHITE EAGLE ACADEMY
The Rosebud Sioux Indian Reservation was established in the 1800’s.  Examining the conditions of the Native Americans today is a matter of “fact vs. fiction”.  To understand the spiritual, socio-economic status of our Indian population living on Indian Reservations, the non-Indian must look beyond the traditional stereotypes and shallow media information.  The National statistics regarding nearly two million Indians living on 300 different reservations, all within the U.S.A. paint a very grim picture.
Over 51% unemployment – 1990 census lists Todd County, which encompasses the Rosebud Sioux Indian Reservation, as the fourth (4th) poorest county in the United States.  Christian Life Fellowship is located in the middle of Todd County, SD.
50% of the reservation population, and that of the entire Indian population in South Dakota, are in their teens or younger.  This growing population creates greater challenges for the agencies that serve them – Federal, State, and Tribal.  This group is also one of the greatest challenges to confront modern day Evangelical Christianity.  Issues such as teen pregnancy, alcoholism and substance abuse, illiteracy, gangs, and domestic violence, along with other social dysfunctions, are significantly compounded by existing problems associated with poverty.
Education: The U.S. average dropout grade among Native Americans has hovered around fifth (5th) grade for the last 50 years.
Many are without a strong sense of family. Many of them have lost faith in government agencies which has disenfranchised them from the decision making process that will affect their lives.  Many of them are without the power of a vision, and most important they are without hope.  We must not and cannot lose another generation to political and social dysfunction.  White Eagle Christian Academy is a Bible based kindergarten through eighth (8th) grade educational center.  We have received full accreditation from the South Dakota Department of Education.  Our outreach to this reservation is in progress.  This is a multi-phase program that will embrace the 21st Century with Christian based ministries while preserving the integrity of cultural values and God’s promise for every nation and every person.
HELPING WHITE EAGLE CHRISTIAN ACADEMY
PRAYER Our school was, and will always be, based on our belief that for us to remain true to our mission of educating children in a positive, loving environment where their God-given potential is realized, we must continually ask for His guidance. We ask that you, as someone with an interest in W.E.C.A., to greatly help us to that end by offering your own prayers for our ministry to children. Please pray for our students, that they may be led always to strive to attain their God-given potential, and may remain strong in their faith and academic effort. Please pray as well for their families and their neighbors, as we extend this vision and hope not only to our children but to our community as well. We also humbly ask for prayer for our teachers and staff as we work daily to fulfill our duties as educators, caretakers and moral examples to God’s smallest and most vulnerable people. Finally, please pray that our school will continue to grow, to thrive, and to become not a sheltered oasis but a veritable force of God that ensures the brightest possible future for our children.
FINANCIAL SUPPORT The annual cost of one school year at White Eagle Christian Academy is $3,600.  We are pleased by that, because within such a small budget (especially by private school standards) we are able to offer an outstanding Christian education, as well as hot meals, field trips, as well as all of the “extras” that help to make school exciting, welcoming, and challenging. However, our tuition of $1,260 per year does not, of course, cover even half of our expenses. Also, our policy is to never turn away a child because his or her parents are unable to cover the tuition. As you can see, we are truly relying on God and His people to help sustain our school and its growth.  We are very grateful for any support we receive.

SAMARITAN’S PURSE – http://www.samaritanspurse.org
Each year, we have the opportunity to be a part of “Operation Shoe Box” by filling a box for a hurting child to be given to them at Christmas. Since 1993, more than 100 million boys and girls in over 130 countries have experienced God’s love through the power of simple shoebox gifts from Operation Christmas Child. Samaritan’s Purse works with local churches and ministry partners to deliver the gifts and share the life-changing Good News of Jesus Christ.
One of the greatest stories of how a shoe box can make a difference is available to you on their website:
http://www.samaritanspurse.org/operation-christmas-child/alex-story/
 
Besides the “Shoe Box” project, Women’s Programs
Women all over the world face the dark reality of abandonment, exploitation, and abuse. Samaritan’s Purse works to reach the most vulnerable of these with the light of the Gospel. We meet the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of women through programs like abuse prevention, safe migration and trafficking awareness, general and maternal health, vocational training, family counseling, and discipleship.
Crisis and Disaster Response
When victims of war, poverty, natural disasters, disease, and famine cry out for help, Samaritan’s Purse is often the first to answer. We specialize in meeting critical needs for victims of war, disaster, famine, and epidemics in the world’s most troubled regions, often working through ministry partners already on the scene of a crisis. In the U.S., we quickly respond when hurricanes, tornadoes, and other storms strike, mobilizing staff and volunteers to provide emergency aid to disaster victims.
US Disaster Response
When victims of war, poverty, natural disasters, disease, and famine cry out for help, Samaritan’s Purse is often the first to answer. We specialize in meeting critical needs for victims of war, disaster, famine, and epidemics in the world’s most troubled regions, often working through ministry partners already on the scene of a crisis. In the U.S., we quickly respond when hurricanes, tornadoes, and other storms strike, mobilizing staff and volunteers to provide emergency aid to disaster victims.
Water, Sanitation & Hygiene
Clean water flows freely from the taps in our homes, to quench our thirst, to wash dishes and clothing, for showers and baths. Sadly this isn’t the case for over one billion men, women, and children around the world who wake up in search for clean water every day. Samaritan’s Purse provides clean water for a thirsty world, while proclaiming the “living water” found in Jesus Christ.
It is estimated that 1.58 million people die each year from diarrheal diseases caused by unclean water, inadequate sanitation and poor hygiene habits. This is equivalent to one person dying every 20 seconds. The majority of these are children in developing countries.
Health and Medical Ministries
Common ailments often go undetected in many developing countries and quickly become a matter of life or death. People who suffer major health issues such as heart defects or AIDS face the real threat of never receiving life-giving treatment. Samaritan’s Purse provides doctors, nurses, medical equipment, and other aid while administering hope through the healing power of the Great Physician.
Treatment from medical professionals, quality care at a hospital or clinic, modern equipment and medicine, and health education are some of the ways that Samaritan’s Purse helps save lives in developing nations and areas that lack access to health care.
Feeding
Hunger is a pervasive, crippling force in developing countries. In some cases, our work is in response to a natural disaster or wartime crisis, and focuses on blanket feeding of a large group of people. Other times, we address a chronic lack of food or nutrition brought on by famine and poverty.
DISCIPLESHIP, EDUCATION AND TRAINING
Learning how to read and write or acquiring a trade or skill is invaluable for children and adults struggling to break the cycle of poverty caused by a lack of resources, access, and opportunity. Samaritan’s Purse is working to teach not only literacy and trades, but also the Gospel along with programs to help new believers grow in their faith. “Instruct the wise and they will be wiser still; teach the righteous and they will add to their learning
(Proverbs 9:8-10 NIV).
Construction Projects
Samaritan’s Purse helps to build communities by constructing houses, schools, hospitals, and churches. Our projects provide shelter for families who lost everything in disasters, education opportunities to help break the cycle of poverty, facilities for physical and spiritual healing, and places to build up the body of Christ.
Children’s Ministries
Forgotten by much of the world, millions of boys and girls struggle to survive under the most desperate of circumstances. Many must eke out a living on their own, begging on the streets, scavenging through trash, or working in sweatshops. Samaritan’s Purse gives these children a fresh start on a better life, while offering a new beginning in Christ.
Animals, Agriculture & Livelihoods
About 2.6 billion people around the world depend on agriculture for their livelihoods. Many of them produce just enough food to survive. Families engaged in subsistence farming often live in chronic poverty and malnutrition, lacking the skills to get the most out of their small patches of land. Others have seen their livelihoods wiped out by drought, disaster, or war.
Thousands of impoverished farmers, herders, and fishermen have received the resources and training they need to feed their families and even obtain a modest income that can be used for education, medical care, or other needs.
Operation Christmas Child
Since 1993, more than 100 million boys and girls in over 130 countries have experienced God’s love through the power of simple shoebox gifts from Operation Christmas Child. Samaritan’s Purse works with local churches and ministry partners to deliver the gifts and share the life-changing Good News of Jesus Christ.
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 victims of war, poverty, natural disasters, disease, and famine with the purpose of sharing God’s love through His Son, Jesus.
“Go and do likewise”… Luke 10:37d
“Let my heart be broken with the things that break the heart of God.” Bob Pierce wrote these now-famous words in his Bible after visiting suffering children on the Korean island of Kojedo. This impassioned prayer is what guided him as he founded and led the ministry of Samaritan’s Purse in 1970. His mission for this organization was “to meet emergency needs in crisis areas through existing evangelical mission agencies and national churches.”  After World War II, Bob Pierce traveled throughout Asia as an evangelist and journalist with Youth For Christ. While on a university lecturing circuit in China, he stumbled across some courageous women who were living among lepers and orphans, sacrificing everything to share the love of Jesus Christ. Through their selfless love, God gave Pierce a vision for ministry. He dedicated himself to finding and supporting other such Christians who were caring for the poor and suffering in the distant corners of the world.   In the summer of 1973, Bob Pierce met his eventual successor, an adventurous young student named Franklin Graham with a growing heart for world missions. Intrigued by his many stories from the field, Franklin began to spend more and more time with the seasoned Christian statesman. In 1975, he accompanied Bob on a life-changing tour of some of the world’s neediest mission fields. Franklin saw the poverty of pagan religions and the utter despair of the people they enslave. God had captured his heart for missions.
Bob Pierce died of leukemia in 1978, and a little over a year later, Franklin Graham took over the leadership.  Through almost 40 years of earthquakes, hurricanes, wars, and famine, Franklin has led the ministry in following the Biblical example of the Good Samaritan all across the globe.  “Go and do likewise,” Christ commanded after explaining the parable of the Good Samaritan in Luke 10. Samaritan’s Purse travels the world’s highways looking for victims along the way. We are quick to bandage the wounds we see, but like the Samaritan, we don’t stop there. In addition to meeting immediate, emergency needs, we help these victims recover and get back on their feet.  No matter where we go or what we do, we offer more than help. We offer hope. To suffering people in a broken world, we share the news of the only One who can bring true peace—Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace.

SIOUX FALLS MINISTRY CENTER        www.sfministrycenter.org
The origin of the Sioux Falls Ministry Center was a four-year journey that one Ministry Center visionary said could be compared to Jesus feeding the 5,000. On that day Jesus fed a multitude with a handful of fish and a few loaves of bread and still had several baskets full of leftovers (John 6: 1-15). Similarly, the concept of the Sioux Falls Ministry Center began with very little, but quickly transformed into something great.  “We spent a little and God gave us a huge concept,” the SFMC visionary said.   In 2007, Pastor Fred Wilgenburg of Center of Hope sensed a call from God to relocate Center of Hope to a more central location in Sioux Falls. Sensing “that God would bless a facility that not only housed Center of Hope, but other complementary ministries,” Wilgenburg gained board approval for $100,000. He then began the search of purchasing a 14,000-square-foot building.   Soon thereafter, a family stopped by the Center of Hope inquiring about connecting their children into other cultures within the community. This family began volunteering at Center of Hope. Following several conversations, Wilgenburg and the family began to see a common thread – a ministry mall concept with Center of Hope, a day care and several other complementary ministries located in a centrally-located facility in Sioux Falls.  “The vision was to bring like-minded ministries into one building to serve those in need,” he said.  Within six months, Wilgenburg had gathered a group of individuals, mostly unknown to one another, who had similar visions to form a board of directors. In 2008 they began praying and working through the paperwork to become a nonprofit entity as well as viewing potential properties.
Purchasing the 30,000-square-foot Stewart Building was a leap of faith. Not only was the building nearly three times the size than what they were looking for, but the asking price was over budget and major renovations needed to be done to accommodate the ministry mall concept. Following much prayer, the SFMC board decided to move forward with the vision and the expectation that God would provide.  Not long after the board decided to purchase the Stewart Building, a major donor came forward and gave over $1 million to purchase the facility. God took a small number of people with a small dream and a small amount of money and turned it into a God-sized concept. We praise and worship a “big” God!  Since its opening, many individuals have passed through the Sioux Falls Ministry Center doors and experienced peace in their lives through the hands and feet of Jesus by the ministries in the SFMC. We praise Him for His faithfulness, provision and look forward to His direction for our future.
Our Ministries

“There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit gives them. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord is served…Now to each one the presence of the Spirit is given for the common good.” – I Corinthians 12:4-7

Creating a “one-stop ministry mall” requires building partnerships with ministries providing a broad spectrum of services to a diverse community of people. By providing lease rates well below the market and allowing ministry leaders to focus on what they do best, we believe The Sioux Falls Ministry Center will improve the services provided throughout our community.  In 2013 we are challenging our supporters to assist us by donating a day or more of operational costs – Daily Bread – to the Sioux Falls Ministry Center (SFMC).  Your donation assists us in maintaining low tenant rates. This donation benefits not only the SFMC but the nine ministries within the building by allowing them to put more funding towards people and programs.  Our goal is to raise $95,000 in 2013. With an annual budget of $190,000, approximately one half of our funding comes from tenant rent ($95,000) and the remaining portion from donations. Currently our daily operational costs are approximately $250.

Center-of-Hope – The Center of Hope focuses on reaching out to people in difficult situations. Programs offered include weekly bible studies, clothing ministries, and a care center with computer access, bike-to-work program, mother/baby baskets, sports night, 12 step recovery program, children’s summer camp and the Restored 2 Life Worship hour. http://www.centerofhopesf.org/

Community Outreach – The Community Outreach provides services to those in poverty through support with housing, utilities and transportation. The 18-week Genesis program matches a mentor group with an at-risk family to assist in housing, employment, transportation and personal goals.    http://thecommunityoutreach.org/

Compassion Child Care – Compassion Child Care is a place where children experience the compassion of Jesus and hear the good news of Jesus. Scholarships are provided to low income families in order to alleviate the financial burden of child care.    http://www.compassionchildcare.com/

Priority Associates – Priority Associates’ mission is to present Christ and develop spiritual leaders in the marketplace, who through God’s empowerment, will bring about city transformation.

Destiny Outreach After Hours Clinic – Destiny Outreach After Hours Clinic is a free outreach acute care clinic for the uninsured on Thursday evenings from 6-8:30 p.m. DOAHC strives to minister to the health care needs of all patients and at the same time offers spiritual care and support by sharing biblical principles and truths with, and praying for patients and families. If you do have insurance, Medicare or Medicaid, please visit the main clinic, Destiny Family Medical Clinic, at 2701 S. Minnesota Ave.   http://www.destinyclinic.com/afterhoursclinic.cfm/

New Haven Ministries – New Haven Ministries offers biblical counseling for individuals and groups as well as counselor and discipleship training.  They offer crisis pregnancy counseling, relationship counseling, parenting classes, as well as addiction counseling.   http://www.newhavenlighthouse.org/

New Roots – New Roots ministers to the immigrant and refugee populations of Sioux Falls and provides physical, emotional, and spiritual support.    https://www.facebook.com/pages/New-Roots-Ministry/103142493055922

 

LOCAL CHRISTMAS SPONSORSHIP

Each year, we will be supporting 2 local families in need of assistance.  Part of our tithe for November will be going towards this.

 

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