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Global Mission

Welcome to the Florida-Bahamas Synod Webpage for Global Mission!

Facts about FBSynod Global Mission Table and Program

The ministry of the Global Mission Table (GMT) is to foster growth and deepen relationships with our Companion Churches and institution using the ELCA model of Accompaniment.  We pray for our Companions, listen to them, and learn from them, as we share Christ and His love in our various contexts and cultures.  When feasible, we visit each other to worship together and experience each other’s countries and cultures.

The Florida-Bahamas Synod has 5 Companion Relationships:

  • The ELH – Eglise Lutherienne d’Haiti
  • The ELCG – Evangelical Lutheran Church of Guyana
  • The ELKS – Evangelical Lutheran Kierke in Suriname
  • Iglesia Evangelica Unida en Cuba – Sinodo Luterano ( IEUC-SL) – Cuba (For more information about our relationship with Cuba or to be a part of this Global Mission Team -please contact: The Rev. Dr. Russell Meyer, rmeyer@floridachurches.org)
  • The United Theological College of the West Indies (UTCWI) in Jamaica, a primary training facility for Lutheran clergy in the Caribbean

Our mission statement is as follows:

The Global Mission Table of the Florida-Bahamas Synod seeks to ignite and empower its congregations in boldly sharing Christ, passionately making disciples, and faithfully doing justice through accompaniment with our companion churches. Through these partnerships, we strive to encourage one another in faith through relationships, education, advocacy and service in witness to God’s love.

The Global Mission Table is made up of a roster of 18 members, including one of the Assistants to the Bishop.  In addition, each companion relationship has a Team that focuses on just that relationship and reports to the Global Mission Table at their bi-monthly conference calls.

We welcome any and all individuals who may have a desire to work with our global church partners to join us in this ministry.

For more information about joining the Global Mission Table or any of the companion Teams – please contact, PJ May, Chair, Global Mission Table at pjnrusty@yahoo.com or call 239-738-6943.

 

FBS Global Mission Committee Photo Directory (6.2018)

Updated GMC roster (JANUARY 2019)

Interested in leading/joining a Global Mission Trip? Click here to find out more.

Lent 2020: Support the Classroom Renovation at the Seminary in Jamaica

The Jamaica Team and Global Mission Table are reaching out to the rest of the Synod at this time and asking individuals and congregations to consider adding to this amount during the season of Lent.  Perhaps there would be an opportunity to share the poster and information with your congregation, Bible Study group, youth group, or Mission outreach team – and/or take a special collection for the seminary. Attached is a poster created to help donors see what is needed and how much each item will cost.  Even small donations can help us reach our goal. Learn more about this project.

Global Mission Sunday–October 6, 2019

Sunday, October 6th (the first Sunday in October), has been set aside by Bishop Suarez to bring attention to Global Mission, our Companion Churches and seminary, and our partnership work together.

WHY?  Projects and programs of the Synod’s Global Mission Committee are not funded by the Florida Bahamas Synod budget.  The Global Mission Committee seeks to raise awareness and money for supporting projects presented to us by our companion relationships.

WHO? The Global Mission Special Projects fund supports four Companion Churches – Cuba, Haiti, Guyana, Suriname, and the Union Theological College of the West Indies in Jamaica.

WHERE will the money raised go?

  • To provide for bringing companion church representatives to Synod Assembly and the Lake Yale WELCA Conference
  • Help to cover the costs for the tri-annual Caribbean Consultation
  • Support the International Companion Program that brings a youth from a companion church to attend ELCA Youth Gatherings
  • Cover projects that do not fall under a specific companion church category or do not have a designated funding source.

Can my church collect money for the Global Missions Fund on another Sunday?

Yes!  Of course.  However, we are asking that all donations for Global Mission be sent in by Nov. 18, 2019.

Where do we send the collections?

Florida Bahamas Synod Office – 3838 W. Cypress Street, Tampa, FL  33607  Attn: Kim Raymond

How do we designate the Global Mission Sunday funds?

Note it on the MEMO line:  FB Synod Global Mission – Global Mission Sunday

Can I designate THRIVENT Choice Dollars?

Absolutely!!  Designate your THRIVENT Choice Dollars online to the FB Synod and then send an email to Kim Raymond (kimr@fbsynod.org) stating that you want your designated Choice Dollars to go to Global Mission.

Global Mission Fund-Day Ideas

  • Have Sunday School, Bible study class, or Youth Group do display on one or more of our companions – Cuba, Jamaica, Haiti, Guyana and Suriname
  • Include music from our companion countries (or other countries) in worship service
  • Lift up our companions and the Synod Global Mission committee in the prayer of the church
  • Have a luncheon or social hour following worship to include foods from our companion countries
  • Apply for Thrivent Action Team project and get $250 to buy foods for a luncheon or social hour and have people donate money that would go to Global Mission Special Projects Fund
  • Take up a special collection for Global Mission Special Projects, or a companion project (please contact PJ May for ideas)
  • Invite a former YAGM to do a presentation

Speak with your pastor, church council, worship & music committee or others to start planning now for your congregation and/or conference to increase awareness and keep Global Mission ALIVE