Sagrado Corazon De Jesus, Garden City, KS
Sagrado Corazon De Jesus is a Hispanic community whose worshippers come mainly from Central America; El Salvador in particular. Many have little formal education and face the obstacles of poverty, family disintegration, lack of employment and health insurance. On June 1, 2015, the ministry began under the leadership of pastor Odir Flores, who was officially received onto the roster of the ELCA at the synod assembly in June of 2017. Ministries include a school that nurtures spiritual formation, a youth group that helps teens become leaders, and leadership training through educational opportunities. On Sundays approximately 100 adults and children gather for worship.
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Rev. Odir Flores performing a baptism
Parroquia Divino Nino, Dodge City, KS
This ministry is also served by Odir Flores and currently meets in a Presbyterian church. Ministries include a prayer house and a school that nurtures spiritual formation and offers guitar classes.
Mision San Juan de Dios (formerly known as Partners), Wichita KS
This ministry is led by Ivan Gonzales; a former Roman Catholic priest and candidate for ordination in the ELCA. The ministry is located in the Planeview area of Wichita, an impoverished area of the city. The San Juan community is committed to becoming a hub for Latino ministry in Wichita and south central Kansas. Approx. 45–60 people gather each Sunday for worship in a church building they share with their United Methodist brothers and sisters. The congregation also concentrates on being a community center to the neighborhood and offers Zumba classes, hosts the neighborhood association meeting, and other gatherings.
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Pastor Ivan instructing the children on assisting with worship
Kansas City Oromo Mission, Kansas City, MO
KC Oromo Mission is housed at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church under the leadership of Pastor Melaku Tizazu. The congregation's mission is to serve Oromo Ethiopian-speaking immigrants by offering worship in their own language and to help them resettle by assisting them in finding jobs, schools for their children, drivers education, etc. KC Oromo Mission gathers for worship each Sunday with about 22 children and adults participating. There is a weekly Bible study at members' homes as well as fellowship opportunities. The pastor also leads an online ministry to study the Word and support people in prayer.
South Sudanese, St. Joseph, MO
In April, 2006, the South Sudanese Worshipping Community of St. Joseph began offering worship services in Dinka, the language of the largest ethnic group in South Sudan. The congregation is a partnership of First Lutheran Church, St. Joseph, MO. Pastor Roger Lenander serves as mentor for the congregation's pastor, part-time mission developer and seminary student Philip Deng.
"We opened with a prayer service on April 1, 2006 in the same building we are still now. Our background was Episcopalian, as the Anglican church is more visible in South Sudan. Then we realize that we are all believers in one God and we asked the Central States Synod if we would be able to join them and they said, "Why not?
The congregation averages 30–50 in worship and supports new South Sudanese residents in the St. Joseph area. As there are new Sudanese continually moving to St. Joseph, the mission field is strong.
South Sudanese leaders with Pastor Philip
The Bridge, St. Charles, MO
The Bridge is an ecumenical ministry sponsored by the ELCA and the Reformed Church in America with three foci: a non-profit coffee house, fair trade market, and a faith community. The Bridge began in New Town, St. Charles in 2008 selling fair trade products and opened the coffee house in 2009. The ministry is served by Ella Moehlman, an intern from PLTS. It is a sacred place where people can come to commune, gather, and be known by name, as Jesus knew and called his disciples by name. The community ministers to many un-churched and de-churched people and the pastor and business managers consider themselves pastors to the whole community of New Town.
Learn more here: www.thebridge-online.org.
Worship in the coffee shop at the Bridge
Gathering Table, Kansas City, MO
Gathering Table invites people of the neighborhood in for food, clothing and a shower and they discover acceptance, fellowship, and hospitality. Through missional encounter, the Holy Spirit starts working and people find themselves at the Lord’s table accepting grace. Pastor Ann Rundquist was called in 2013 to served as Pastoral Leader at the former Children’s Memorial Lutheran Church, Kansas City and now Gathering Table Worshipping Community. Worship is at 10:30 am on both Saturday and Sunday mornings, followed by a hot meal. A shower and clothing room are also available.
More information can be found at http://www.gatheringtablekc.com/home.html.