A New Outreach Opportunity

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Women’s Prison Ministry

A new focus of ministry is coming to Sovereign Grace Church. This growing ministry emphasis concerns the oppressed, disenfranchised, and the least. It is a focus on ministering the gospel with mercy. Beginning July 8th Sovereign Grace Church will begin a prison ministry. Our goal for doing prison ministry is tied to our overall mission: We exist to make disciples who delight, display, and declare the gospel of Jesus Christ.

The first part of our mission statement fulfills the commandment to make disciples (Matt. 28:19). This commandment is not directly tied to a specific location or tells us what specific people we are to pursue. We are to simply go and make disciples. As a result we want to make disciples who delight, display, and declare the gospel of Jesus Christ. This is our goal for engaging women who are in prison. We read in Scripture a need to do ministry to those in prison. Hebrews 13:3 could not be more clear.

Remember those who are in prison, as though in prison with them, and those who are mistreated, since you also are in the body.

The meaning of this text is that if you are still in the body we should minister to those in a physical prison as if you are also there.

In addition to ministering at a physical prison we want to see women set free from their spiritual prison. In partnership with Interchange Faith Initiative we are able to do this at the Minnesota Correctional Facility in Shakopee, MN at least twice annually. This is a ministry to women at the facility and for women to participate. Another Scripture which stirs my heart for this ministry comes from Isaiah 61:1.

The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the poor; he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound;”

Ministering to women in prison is an excellent opportunity to show the grace and mercy of Jesus Christ. Many women in prison have hurt. Many women have been hurt. Many women in prison have been separated from their family. Many women in prison have been abused by men. All the women at the Minnesota Correctional Facility in Shakopee need to experience the grace, mercy, and love of Jesus Christ.

There are many women at Sovereign Grace Church who are called to minister to the poor, broken hearted, and the captives by participating in women’s prison ministry. If you are one of these women contact me at spowers@sovgracemn.org. I would love to see you set free to do the work of the ministry (Ephesians 4:12).

Garage No Sale Donations

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Want to clean out your closet and help those in need at the same time?  It’s time for our inaugural Garage No Sale outreach event!  At this “sale” everything is FREE to those in need. Invitations to the event will be distributed to low income areas of Burnsville, clients of Amnion Crisis Pregnancy Center, and other ministries in the Burnsville community. 

Donations will be received on Tuesday, June 17 through Thursday, June 19 from 9:00am – 5:00pm at the church office.  

Donated items should be clean, in good condition, and sorted by category (housewares, toys, clothing by gender and age, etc.). We can’t accept donations early and don’t accept CRT computer monitors.  

We need lots of volunteers to help with set up and the actual sale.  If you can volunteer please sign up here or contact Erica Danielson. 

Sights From the Bolivia Ministry Trip

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Below is the slideshow from May 25th Sunday Celebration. Hopefully this is a taste of the joy it was to serve in Bolivia. The Lord moved in a powerful way in and through everyone who went. Please continue to pray for Casa de Esperanza and Lilly Fluharty who is serving this orphanage faithfully.

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Mission and Ministry in Bolivia

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At the end of last March and into April SGC, in partnership with two sister churches, spent time in Bolivia to do ministry at Case De Esperanza, an orphanage in Caranavi. It was a time of sharing the Gospel with our words and living out the Gospel with our hands.

The purpose of this blog post is not to recount the events of the trip but to express the desire of the SGC mission to delight in, display, and declare the glory of the Gospel of Jesus Christ in Bolivia. This mission statement motivates SGC to do ministry across the street and when called, around the world.

For several years the relationship between SGC and Case De Esperanza has grown. In partnership with Case De Esperanza SGC is able to live out our mission statement in conjunction with James 1:27.

Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.

Christian ministry is motivated by the Gospel and through the Gospel comes mercy. Mercy is a response to another person in a desperate or hopeless situation. The call by James to visit orphans and widows in their affliction is call for the church to demonstrate mercy. The recent trip by SGC to Bolivia is a recognition that we demonstrate Christian mercy (and love) at Case De Esperanza. Roofing projects, wood staining, plumbing projects, playing soccer with children who do not know a biological mother and father, sharing the Gospel in love, all contribute to the overall mission of SGC.

Perhaps what is difficult about this ministry is that, for most, it is short term. Short term ministry trips are designed to temporarily take people to a place of need only to see them return. It hard to serve orphans at Case De Esperanza only to get back on a Boeing 755 headed for America. A variety of emotions arise from leaving a context of service and I consider these emotions as a positive part of the experience. Some people will realize there is a world beyond their own context. Some will feel called to future short-term ministry trips. And a few will be called to pack their bags and move. Regardless of how one person responds the mission of SGC is being worked out: We exist to make disciples who delight, display, and declare the gospel of Jesus Christ. We want to see this done in the Twin Cities and around the world.