Partners in Ministry

The Partners in Ministry Designated Offering Program at Grace is one of the ways that we are Reaching Out in Christ's Love. Each month, we pass the plate for an organization that aligns with our Mission, and about whose mission our members and friends feel passionately. Our impact is doubled thanks to the Grace Foundation, who match every gift dollar for dollar, up to $2,000/month.

September 2021: Himalayan Development Foundation



Himalayan Development Foundation (HDF) is organized for relief of the poor, the distressed, or the underprivileged specifically within the countries of the Himalayan Mountain region.

 

The topography is one of verdant hills, deep gorges, rushing rivers and the breathtaking scenery of the Himalayan Mountains.  People make their livings through subsistence farming, with each family farming its plot of land for sustenance throughout the year. They are Sherpa people, humble by nature and live in the Buddhist tradition of welcoming visitors among their midst.

 

Over the years the HDF has sponsored projects such as earthquake rescue and rebuilding, sky lights for local schools that have no electricity; compostable toilets and educational supplies. The largest project has been the Medical Mission at Taksindu, where Grace member Marci Roschke served.

 

Due to the pandemic the Mission was not held in 2020 and will not be held in 2021.  Yet the need continues and through Grace's support we can be God’s presence to our brothers and sisters in Nepal.

October 2021: Grace Asylum Ministry Fund



Grace Lutheran Church has a long history of helping refugees and asylum seekers, and the Asylum Ministry Fund sets aside resources for direct aid to individuals in and around Boulder on a case by case basis. Longtime members may remember when Grace provided resettlement assistance to Vietnamese refugees. At present, this fund is dedicated to providing support for Emmanuel Rusaka, who came to us at Grace in 2017. Currently, his asylum case is moving through the US legal system and he is pursuing an education at DU that will help him achieve his dream of making a difference for his country. Your donations contribute to his legal fees and education, and enable us to give his family in Congo stability during ongoing turmoil in that country.

 

Most recently, his sister Esther graduated from university in Uganda, and writes to us, "Thank you, Grace Church. I hope to one-day fellowship with you in Boulder; Emmanuel has told me how supportive you’ve been to him. Back here, he is who we look for when we need anything, and he has always been there for us no matter what. He is a good brother to us, and we can’t wait to be reunited one day." With the recent crisis in Afghanistan, we also want to note that there is the possibility that we may get new requests for assistance, and we hope to keep this ministry an active part of Grace's aid to the newest residents of Boulder in the future.

November 2021: Lutheran Family Services



Lutheran Family Services Rocky Mountains is a faith based, non-profit human services agency providing adoption, foster care, older adult & caregiver, prevention, and refugee services since 1948. they provide help and support to children and families during their most challenging times regardless of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation or age. At LFSRM, we believe that all people, from the newborn to the most elderly, are valued members of our community.

 

They serve Albuquerque, Colorado Springs, Denver, Fort Collins, Greeley, Las Cruces, Salt Lake City, and Colorado’s Western Slope. They partner with communities to meet the unmet needs affecting their most vulnerable populations. LFSRM strives to recognize areas in need and to find ways to serve those who have seemingly become invisible. Every day, hundreds of people turn to LFSRM for refuge, help and hope.



Below are the organizations we have contributed to over the past few years through our designated PiM Offering.