Spring Garden’s Health Ministry Partnership

Date posted: Saturday 30 April 2022

Like good stewards of the manifold grace of God, serve one another with whatever gift each of you has received. Whoever speaks must do so as one speaking the very words of God; whoever serves must do so with the strength that God supplies, so that God may be glorified in all things through Jesus Christ. To Him belong the glory and the power forever and ever. Amen
                   I Peter 4:10-11
You may have heard of the ELCA's Accompaniment Values for Global Partnerships. You may have studied these values in preparation for a visit to Guatemala. The five values are:
  1. Mutuality - the sharing of talents, the giving and receiving of trust;
  2. Inclusivity - inviting all into the fold;
  3. Vulnerability - an openness to creating a relationship;
  4. Empowerment - letting go of our power, or at times standing up to negative power;
  5. Sustainability - giving time and attention to relationships and commitments.


In this recorded Guatemala Friends presentation (4/23) about Spring Garden Lutheran Church’s (Cannon Falls) Health Ministry Program with the ILAG, you will hear evidence of all five values. The fifth value, sustainability, — when time and attention are given to grow and nourish a relationship or a project — this one will shine brightly.


As you listen to the presentation, I ask you to think:
How has this ministry flourished What has fed it? How will it continue to grow? How can each of us "serve one another" with the gifts we have received? How can we use these gifts to sustain this health ministry?


God is working through this team, and God invites all of us to sustain this ministry.


Janet Metcalfe

Synod Guatemala Committee
Augustana Lutheran Church, West St. Paul