Global Mission Description:

Near the end of the Baptismal liturgy, a lighted candle is often given to each of the baptized and either the pastor or congregational representative will say, “Let your light so shine before others that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” In the same liturgy we learn that God calls us, seals us, and marks us with the cross of Christ forever. We are claimed in Baptism. We are marked with the cross of Christ sent to glorify God.

As the baptized people of God serving in the congregations of the Southwestern Washington Synod, we desire to build global awareness by working in partnership with our companion Synod in Namibia, and networking with local congregations to promote mission opportunities of service and education. Through prayer, service and witness we hope to learn what congregations are doing locally and globally.

Serve with us:

  • as we walk together with our Companion Synod partner in Namibia
  • as we walk together and nurture other Global relationships in Tanzania and China
  • as we promote missionary support and Young Adults in Global Mission (YAGM)
  • as we advocate for the work of the Lutheran World Federation, Lutheran World Relief, and Fair Trade
  • as we encourage mission trips that support accompaniment which recognizes the gifts of each global partner
  • as we become responsible global citizens empowered to care for God’s world in healthy relationships

Finally, join with the Southwest Washington Synod and our mission efforts… so our light may shine before others that they may see our good works and glorify our Father in heaven.


Our Relationships:

Namibia Task Force

A toddler receives care at a Lutheran-run hospital in north Namibia. Photo taken by Rachel Pritchett.

A toddler receives care at a Lutheran-run hospital in north Namibia. Photo taken by Rachel Pritchett.

A giraffe in Etosha National Park.

A giraffe in Etosha National Park.

A girl hitting the books at Oshigambo High School.

A girl hitting the books at Oshigambo High School.

Sustaining and growing our official ELCA companion relationship with churches in Namibia is the charge of the Namibia Task Force.  Members meet to plan trips to Namibia, raise funds for Oshigambo High School and host visitors from the country, located in southwest Africa, while mutually growing in faith and global understanding.  To get involved in the synod’s most vibrant and growing expression of global outreach, contact Rachel Pritchett, chair at rachelpritchett@msn.com or (206) 498-0920




chinaconnectconnecting people through service

china1Though youth culture and service projects, teaching English as a Second Language, serving poor rural children and their families, and supporting local student Christian fellowships, chinaconnect continues to share Christ’s love with the Chinese people through
china2service and relationships. Perhaps members of your congregation and youth group would like to join with us as we share the love of Jesus Christ with the people of China.







3086544SAFI- Tanzania 

Safi School Project is a non-profit organization with the mission of empowering and improving the lives of young people in Tanzania through education.

Safi is in its 9th year working with its model school, Ngateu, in Arusha, Tanzania. With more funding we will help more schools.

9382242Website:  SafiSchoolProject.org

Contact: mdi09nelson@gmail.com







Young Adults in Global Mission (YAGM)

The ELCA Young Adults in Global Mission (YAGM) program invites ELCA young adults ages 21-29 into a transformative, year-long journey in international service. As they offer themselves in service, ELCA young adults are shaped by the witness of our global neighbors. They share in the journeys of companion churches and organizations in one of nine countries around the world. – See more at: http://www.elca.org/en/Our-Work/Global-Church/Global-Mission/Young-Adults-in-Global-Mission#sthash.q7Em4TQy.dpuf

Three recent graduates of PLU have been selected to serve in YAGM in 2014-2015.




Emily Bishop

Kigali Rwanda

Blog address: http://emilybishopyagm.blogspot.com/








Ashlyn Dell’Osa

United Kingdom

Blog address: http://ashlyndellosa.blogspot.com/








Caitlin Zimmerman

South Africa

Blog address: http://caityzim.wordpress.com/





Upon return after their year of service, the young women will be available to share their experiences. For more information contact YAGM at 1-800-638-3522, ext. 2520, or the synod office at swwsynod@plu.edu. The YAGM website, www.elca.org/YAGM, has further information and a link to promotional videos.


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