Our Dominican Republic team has been in partnership with people around Santo Domingo since 2003. While primarily focused on serving with a local church in medical missions and eye glasses, the team takes people of all types of gifts and skills as they provide resources and work with the children of the communities in which they serve.
This team visits annually in June. Each year there are first time mission volunteers. To learn more about the Dominican Republic mission or to hear the stories of the trips, check out their team’s website here.
Since 2007, our NOLA mission team has been helping with the continued rebuilding that is still needed because of the wide-spread devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina. Each January, our team works with the St. Bernard Project and members of the Original Morning Star Full Gospel Baptist Church, working with the homeless and helping to rebuild homes.
Our mission trips would not be possible without the incredible fundraising support and generous donations of our St. John’s congregation, and we are truly grateful for your ongoing support. To date, over $50,000 has been raised to support our mission to rebuild homes and lives. As a result, our teams have helped to bring several families back home and a devastated church to be reborn.
Please consider becoming a part of our NOLA team family, no special building skills needed! One thing is for sure: everyone who has been on our trips has had an uplifting and life-changing experience. Ask any member of our NOLA team, they will tell you it will be one of the most joyful and rewarding weeks you will ever have. Our NOLA team travels in February.
Our middle school mission team partners with Crucified Ministries in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. The Johnstown area is severely economically-depressed but Crucified partners with a range of ministries and churches to help bring hope and resources to the city. Since 2015, our teams have helped to do basic home repair, build a halfway house, build a farm into a place where missionaries can be trained in sustainable agriculture and more!
Our middle schoolers go on this 5-day trip each year in the last week of June. Signups happen in the fall.
High School Mission Teams
Our high school mission trips rotate to a new location each year, giving young people a variety of mission experiences. These trips help young people grow in their gifts and passions as they learn more about how serving others is fundamental to faith.
Our high schoolers plan their mission trip for the week after July 4th. Signups for youth mission trips happen in the fall.
Amazing Grace Lutheran
Since 1996, St. John’s and Amazing Grace Lutheran have been two churches in partnership. As an intentional multi-cultural congregation, Amazing Grace seeks to be a healing presence through action and advocacy to address poverty, hunger and violence in their McElderry Park community.
How Amazing Grace serves:
St. John’s helps support Amazing Grace and its Center for Grace-full Living in their mission “to be a gathering place for a healthier East Baltimore, working collaboratively with neighbors and partners to bring wholeness and wellness to the community in all its dimensions.” The Center serves the community by holding spiritual healing bible studies, providing a meeting site for Trees for Public Health, garden club for children, youth groups, client choice food pantry, produce drops, HIV Testing, counseling, Panera bread sharing, monthly wellness classes that include resume building, healthy cooking, acupuncture, homeownership workshops through Habitat for Humanity, after school programs and summer camp.
Opportunities to serve:
- Providing monetary support through BUMP (Baltimore Urban Mission Project) and donations
- Providing food for the food bank and support for the monthly Produce Drop
- Summer Camp
- Coats, hats & mitten collections in the winter
- Backpack collection
Click here to go to Amazing Grace’s Website.
Amazing Grace Lutheran is an ongoing partnership and is always looking for people to join in serving.
Kevin and Nicole Fuhr serve in San Pedro, Guatemala. The Fuhrs serve their community in a wide variety of ways in an effort to meet needs and teach people about Christian faith. St. John’s partners with Kevin and Nicole to bring fair trade coffee to the Jacksonville area.
Your purchase of fair-trade coffee brings living wages to the people of Guatemala. Find this coffee for sale on Sunday mornings in the Sweet Air Cafe!