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Global Missions



Members and friends of Mount Olive are strong supporters of the global mission of the Church, through our prayers, our hands-on work, and our pocketbooks, seeking partnership with our sisters and brothers in the body of Christ around the world.

On Sundays, the Missions Committee sells fair trade chocolate, tea and coffee as part of a larger Lutheran effort to promote fair wages and environmental sustainability. Once a year it sponsors a Taste of a Nation event, celebrating a particular country’s food, music and culture. One purpose is to raise awareness of global problems and to feature stories of how Christians in particular countries are working to solve them. Recent Taste Of events have featured Guyana, Nigeria, El Salvador, Palestine, and Chile.





Bethania is a Christian mission that brings hope and wholeness to poor, disabled and abandoned children in South India. Mount Olive has been a significant supporter since the mission’s beginning in 1997. Bethania’s board members have committed to personally fund all administrative costs so that 100 percent of gifts from others go directly to help children. The ministry includes four homes for boys, three for girls, nine kids’ centers (including one for children with disabilities), a home for adults with disabilities, and a pottery business that supports other ministries.






Mount Olive supports the Knutson family through the ELCA’s Missionary Sponsorship Program. The Rev. Dr. Philip J. Knutson was born in South Africa to missionary parents. He is based in Cape Town and serves as ELCA Global Mission Regional Program Assistant. His job is to work with 11 Lutheran churches in 10 countries, as well as 13 ELCA companion synods and several ELCA missionaries serving the region. He is also a resource person for ELCA-supported Christian education projects in South Africa. Pastor Knutson’s wife, Lou-Marie, teaches high school chemistry and physics in Cape Town. They have two children, Lindi and Thandi.







The Displaced People’s Project helps survivors of a West African civil war who have relocated to Grafton, 12 miles from Sierra Leone’s capital city of Freetown. The project teaches displaced women new agricultural skills that increase crop production, both for food and for generating income. The mission also provides day care, early childhood education and relief from trauma for the children of these women. Religious instruction and a weekly religious service are also provided.



Lutheran World Federation Jerusalem


Rooted in Christian values of love, reconciliation and justice, The Lutheran World Federationís Department for World Service (DWS) responds to human need throughout the world, serving all people irrespective of ethnicity, gender, religion, race or political conviction. The Lutheran World Federationís Jerusalem Program has been running projects related to health, education, and humanitarian aid in the occupied Palestinian territories for over 60 years.





Mount Olive supports the Haug family’s work in this Eastern European capital. Arden Haug, a former Mount Olive intern, is the ELCA Global Mission Regional Representative for Europe. The organization builds relationships with companion churches and the international congregation throughout the continent.







Only one of four Salvadoran adults is literate. That’s a direct consequence of the civil war (1980-92), which interrupted the education of many children. Educating the children and grandchildren of the war’s illiterate survivors gives hope for a more secure future. Mount Olive sponsors Katthya Araya Montalvo, a computer science student at the Lutheran University of El Salvador. The school offers academic training to those from poor communities based on the philosophy that leaders from disadvantaged backgrounds can more effectively serve the poor.





Mount Olive also supports Lutheran World Relief, Common Hope, and the Global Missions Institute of Luther Seminary.

Mount Olive has also developed strong relationships with ministries around the world.

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