St. John Lutheran Church's current Mission Services have evolved
through its partnership with Pastor Bezaleel Hernandez and Cristo Rey
Mexicana Luterana in Reynosa, Mexico and the Southwest Texas Synod
Frontera/Border Ministries program. Operational funds have been
received from private donors and grants from Thrivent, Southwest Texas
Synod, ELCA, and Wheat Ridge Ministries.
Mission emphases include:
1. St John mission educational outreach in colonia in north Edinburg TX
and in colonia in Alamo TX.
2. Non-profit small business, CCC: Women of Faith & Creativity to market
craft products made by women from churches in Mexico and South Texas.
3. Wellness clinics that include vision, blood pressure, blood sugar and other
nursing assessments needed by presenting patients. Prior to 2010 clinics
were held in border towns in Mexico, but due to the increased drug violence
clinics are now only held in South Texas colonias or Parroquia Mexicana
Luterana Cristo Rey in Mission TX.
4. Vacation Bible School (2012) at Parroquia Luterana Cristo Rey (Mission
5. Coordination with northern churches seeking immersion learning/mission
experiences in Mexico. Visiting northern churches are St. Paul Lutheran from
Grand Island NE (2010), Faith Evangelical Lutheran from Waconia MN (July
16-22, 2011, July 2013 and June 2014), Redeemer Lutheran Church from
Minneapolis MN (July 2013 and June 2014), and St John Lutheran Church
from Kasson MN (July 2013 and June 2014).
6. Food, clothing, and home furnishings distribution to needy families in
South Texas communities.
7. Construction assistance has been offered to needy families in South
Texas. THANK YOU, Waconia Faith Youth AND St John members.
THANK YOU, RGV Chapter of Thrivent.
|Waconia Faith working
in home repair in
Eduardos Colonia # 4
Mission TX, July 2011
|ST. JOHN LUTHERAN CHURCH / IGLESIA LUTERANA SAN JUAN
|Waconia Faith and St
John Youth Night
Group, July 2011
|"I was hungry and you fed me, I was thirsty and you gave
me a drink, I was homeless and you gave me a room, I was
shivering and you gave me clothes, I was sick and you
stopped to visit, I was in prison and you came to me."
|To contact CCC: Women of Faith & Creativity, email them at
Selected products are sold on www.etsy.com under the
WomenFaithCreativity business site.
|CCC Artisans from
|Eva and Tina cutting
plastic for upcycled