Global Missions

Global Missions at St. John’s, also known as Open Door Missions, works to share the Gospel through mission and service beyond the local community and hopes to involve every member of St. John’s in mission through prayer, provision, or participation.

I know your good works. See, I have set before you an open door, and no one can shut it.—Revelations 3:8b
Meetings are held the first Tuesday of each month, 6–7:30 PM, in the Conference Room (421). We invite you to join our team!

Deanne Eytalis, Ministry Team Leader

Ecuador Mission Trip

This mission is in its tenth year of building churches and sharing the love of Jesus with the Quichuan villagers in the Andes Mountains. Dr. Manuel Avila, a medical doctor, is the contact each year and provides the next mission. He is passionate about bringing the Gospel and Christian resources, as well as desperately needed medical attention, to the men, women, and children of the villages. These one-week trips take place in the summer, and are open to all members and friends!

2017 Ecuador Mission Trip Information


Lutheran World Relief

St. John’s volunteers provide more than 300 quilts and 1,000 care and school kits through LWR each year. These quilts and kits are distributed worldwide to those coping with war, disaster, poverty, disease, and suffering. St. John’s ministry groups and individuals buy supplies, make quilts, and assemble kits throughout the year. St. John’s also hosts an annual Ingathering, where 97 churches from the region bring donations to be loaded by our volunteers onto a semi-truck for delivery to LWR headquarters. From headquarters supplies are sent to people in need in more than 34 countries. Donations of time, talents, donations, and money combine to make these projects successful. Contact: Vickie Robertson, (309) 663-6336.

See where the quilts and kits were sent in 2016.

Hopedale Growing Project

Hopedale Mennonite Church, in Hopedale, Illinois, raises a crop each year on 34 acres that are dedicated to the Growing Project. Several Hopedale farmers donate their time and equipment to plant and harvest the crop, and another party donates the seed and chemicals. St. John’s members donate money to pay the rental on the land. After expenses, the money earned from the crop is sent to Foods Resource Bank (FRB). They direct the money to a program in Zambia that supports small farmers. Each October members of this partnership are invited to Hopedale Mennonite Church for a potluck and family-friendly activities to celebrate the harvest.

New Horizons Orphanage

New Horizons Orphanage, a ministry in Lusaka, Zambia, cares for orphans who have been living on the street. Each year St. John’s sends funds to support the girls’ basic needs, including clothing, food, and health care supplies.

Operation Christmas Child

Every November, empty shoeboxes are filled by members of St. John’s. Every gift-filled shoebox is a powerful too for evangelism and discipleship—transforming the lives of children and their families around the world through the Good News of jesus Christ! This shoebox is the first gift many children have ever received. The treasures and personal letters communicate that someone cares for them and give them an opportunity to experience the love of God.

Zambia Pastor’s Children Education Fund

Each year, St. John’s assists pastors of the ELC–Zambia synod by sending a financial gift to help with their children’s education expenses. The pastors have called this their greatest need. This helps them to spend time building their congregations and spreading the Gospel in Zambia.

Love Packages

Love Packages is an organization that accepts used bibles and other Christian material and sends it to places around the world where people—sometime even pastors—don’t have their own Bible. St. John’s is a community collection center for Love Packages. Donations can be dropped off in the Giving Center, in the Fellowship Hall entrance, during open building hours.