The Global Mission Team promotes the work of the ELCA and other global ministries important to the congregation. It is the task of this team to educate the congregation about ELCA involvement in global mission and how we partner with the ELCA. Through our offerings and benevolence, along with over 10,000 other congregations, CTK helps support the global mission efforts of the ELCA. Through the ELCA Global Mission unit, the ELCA supports missionaries and companion church ministries in over 90 countries. If interested in finding out more about ELCA Global Mission go to this link: www.elca.org/globalmission
CTK supports the following global mission programs:
Missionary Sponsorship: Christ the King has sponsored a number of missionaries throughout the years through the ELCA Missionary Sponsorship program. CTK presently sponsors Rev. Dr. Philip and Lou-Marie Knutson, and their two daughters, Lindi and Thandi. They are based in Johannesburg, South Africa. Philip is the ELCA Regional Representative for Southern Africa. He also helps in the development of curriculum for Christian Education materials for the Southern Africa region. For further information on ELCA Missionary Sponsorship go to this link: www.elca.org/missionarysponsorship
South Africa Task Force: Strengthens the mutual relationship with our brothers and sisters in South Africa. This Task Force is a separate group under the umbrella of the Global Mission Team. It reports to the GMT, yet makes decisions and proposals on its own. The SATF has been instrumental in organizing two “Journey of Learning” visits to South Africa by CTK members, in 2002 and 2009.
Global Health Ministries: GHM continues the healing ministry of Jesus Christ by enhancing health care programs of Lutheran churches in other countries. This is done by gathering and shipping useful donated health care equipment and supplies as requested by Lutheran health care programs; by funding approved health care projects; by granting scholarships; by recruiting nurses, dentists, doctors and allied workers for overseas service in training and consultation; and by advising synods and communicating to groups and congregations about the needs, issues and opportunities of the church’s overseas health care programs. For further information, their website address is: www.ghm.org Christ the King supports GHM through the Gifts of Love offering.
Peace Center for the Blind, Jerusalem, Palestine: The Peace Center for the Blind is an academic and vocational training center for blind Palestinian women. All of the students at the Center come from Jerusalem and West Bank families who are at or below poverty level. The women are provided training in basic academic subjects; in life skills such as Braille reading, housekeeping and personal care; and in marketable vocational skills such as hand and machine knitting, crochet, weaving and crafts. The Center is financially supported by the ELCA, other international organizations, individual donors, and Christ the King congregation. Their website address is: www.pc4b.org
Feed My Starving Children: Feed My Starving Children is a non-profit Christian organization committed to feeding God’s children hungry in body and spirit. The approach is simple: children and adult volunteers hand-pack meals specifically formulated for malnourished children and the meals are then shipped to nearly 70 countries around the world. Christ the King supports this ministry through the Gifts of Love offering, and by volunteering to pack meals. Their website address is: www.fmsc.org
ELCA Good Gifts Catalog: Distribute catalogs during Advent encouraging the congregation to purchase portions of various ELCA supported programs as Christmas gifts. For more information go to: www.elca.org/goodgifts
Equal Exchange Coffee Exchange Program: This is a program of Lutheran World Relief along with a Fair Trade partner called Equal Exchange. It involves direct sale of coffee, tea, and chocolate products, allowing a fairer return to growers. LWR helps coffee and tea grower associations in Latin America, Africa and Asia bring their delicious products to the U.S. market. This program operates independently of the Global Mission Team. Their website address is: www.lwr.org then click on “Get Involved” and then on “Support Fair Trade”.
The Global Mission Team seeks to promote the work of the ELCA and the various global ministries listed above in a number of ways including:
-the distribution of informational materials
-scheduling speakers for Adult Forums
-sponsoring various Gifts of Love projects and doing Briefing the Ministers
-suggesting prayer concerns to be included in the Sunday bulletins
-writing articles for the Herald newsletter on a monthly basis
-promoting special emphases such as “Campaign for the ELCA ”
-bulletin board displays