Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church Missions Action committee sponsored a world evangelization seminar, Harvest Focus Workshop, on January 14.

Reverend Bill Moberly, workshop speaker, discussed, “Bringing Fresh Focus to Your Role in God's Call to the Nations.”
The Harvest Focus workshop is a tool to mobilize people for the work of missions. It focuses both on the personal and congregational level as it builds on a Biblical understanding of missions. 

Moberly is the founder and director of Awakening Lives to World Missions (ALWM). 
He travels to churches across the US, assisting to broaden their world mission vision and involvement. He is the author of  “Igniting a Passion for Missions.”

SOTH Partnering with Amazing Grace Church's Jail Minstry

Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church has been partnering with Amazing Grace Lutheran Church in Glendale, Arizona; in support of their Jail Ministry Program. This unique program brings church services directly to the inmates.  Amazing Grace Lutheran Church is truly amazing as they have brought tremendous spiritual growth to the men and women who have in turn formed prayer circles and Bible studies, bringing others to know Christ. 

Women from SOTH have participated in the program by writing to inmates and praying for them as well as providing needed clothing and hygiene items.  Some volunteers have ministered in the jail and have helped to coordinate medical and dental treatment.

Besides witnessing and showing compassion for the inmates, there is a real need to help women transition from incarceration, back into the real world.   When the women are released from the Lower Buckeye jail, there is nothing but a field across the street and a Circle K on the corner,  a few blocks from the jail. Sometimes the women are released in the middle of the night and they have no place to go.  Pastor Robyn Bezanson has made it her mission to find safe housing for these women. Once they are in a safe place; they can receive spiritual counseling, employment assistance, housing assistance, and other services that will help them transition back into a productive life outside of prison.  

Through this prison ministry, there is hope for those who have lived without hope.  It is Pastor Robyn’s dream, to be able to open her own halfway house where more coordinated support can be provided in a safe and secure environment. Currently, Pastor Robyn is trying to find funding which will allow her to purchase a home that could be used as a halfway home. If you have an interest in helping to support the work of prison ministry, whether as a volunteer, or providing financial support; please contact Pastor Robyn Bezanson at bezanson2@cox.net or by phone at 602-320-4767.

American Indian Christian Mission

One of the missions supported by Shepherd of the Hills is the American Indian Christian Mission (AICM) located in Show Low, AZ. The boarding school has been in existence since 1985, where they provide a quality Christian education to Native American children.  The Mission has 25 students in grades three through eight who live on campus during the school year. 

The Mission also shares God’s work through the Blue Bus Ministry that goes to neighborhoods throughout the Fort Apache Indian Reservation bringing God’s word to the people. 

Several teams from churches around the country participate in this ministry, doing VBS like programs for kids on the reservation. AICM also works with the White Mountain Apache Christian church which is located on the reservation.

In 2013, they started a program called New Vision in Outreach to help Native Americans with both spiritual and physical needs. Since they started this program, they have helped repair homes, sponsor community events, and help start businesses. If you would like more information on this mission, go to www.aicm.org

Relay for Life

Team "We Are Family"

Team “We are Family” supported by many SOTH/WinGS members took to the track on Saturday April 28th from 4pm to 5am Sunday, for the American Cancer Society, Relay for Life at Fountain Park.  Relay for Life is a community event where teams come together for one night in Fountain Hills to fight against cancer.  We walked the track throughout the night in support of all of those who have fought against cancer.  “Cancer never sleeps and for one night neither will we in our fight against cancer.”  The funds raised go toward the fight against all types of cancers. At the event we CELEBRATED cancer survivors through the Victory Lap and REMEMBERED those who lost the fight against cancer through a moving Luminaria ceremony.  The event raised over $30,000 and “We are Family” raised $6,244 which was the top fundraising team at the event. Many heartfelt thanks to all who supported this event with monetary donations and those who came to the park to cheer us on.  SOTH was also recognized as event sponsor for providing meeting rooms for all Relay for Life meetings and the use of the parking lot to host a fundraising rummage sale.

Matthew Community

Picture: left to right: Shepherd of the Hills (SOTH) Missions Action Team co-chairperson, Sue Bye, and SOTH Grant sponsor Gail Hanson, present check to Weekender Food Bags project members Regina Vernaskas and Mary Lou Cecilio.

Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church (SOTH) presented ‘Matthew Community’ members of the Catholic Church of the Ascension in Fountain Hills a check for $1,000 to support the Fountain Hills Weekender Food Bags project. The SOTH Foundation has also contributed $700 to the project.

This project delivers food bags to local schools each Friday to provide nutritional food for children on the weekends.  It costs about $1,000 a month in donations to fund the Fountain Hills program.

Food is delivered to FH elementary, Middle School, Charter School, and FH High School students.  The ‘Matthew Community’ works with Arizona Brainfood, a non-profit organization in Mesa.  Each week a group travels to Mesa to assist Arizona Brainfood and its packing operations.  To volunteer to help in the program, contact Regina Vernaskas at 837-2407.

Tumbleweed, Phoenix Youth Resource Center Click Here - Tumbleweed provides basic needs for homeless and at-risk youth ages 12-25.

Mission Grant Request Guidelines Click Here – Defines the process to request a donation to a charity or mission project

Mission Action Team Grant Request Form Click Here - Form to request/suggest a charity or mission project for consideration of a donation

Mission Gift Catalog Click Here – Organizations which have been reviewed and identified as good, reliable organizations for individual mission donations.
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