Serving Our Communities

Mission Field Nebraska ministries build partnerships that address critical needs within the Nebraska Synod by caring for those in need; providing a spiritually welcoming place for newcomers to our communities, our state and our nation; and seeking to share the Gospel in places where the Church has traditionally been unfamiliar.

Nebraska Synod Funded Groups

Seeking the Spirit Within
Seeking the Spirit Within

Ministry Leader: David Pinkston
Location: Statewide

Seeking the Spirit Within is the Nebraska Synod’s response to an ever-increasing need for qualified individuals to help provide spiritual direction and lead spiritual retreats. Spiritual direction is an ancient form of strengthening and encouraging one another in our personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Spiritual direction seeks to attend to God’s activity in the lives of both director and directee. While recognizing and honoring the spiritual beliefs and practices or other faiths, Seeking the Spirit Within is a Christian-based approach to spiritual direction.

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Followers of Christ
Followers of Christ Prison Ministry

Ministry Leader: Rev. Rob Corum
Location: Lincoln
Through our Followers of Christ Prison Ministry, we reach out to help prisoners in the Nebraska State Penitentiary System to know the transformational love of Jesus Christ. The Synod’s prison ministry has touched countless lives and helped provide much needed spiritual support to those who have participated, particularly those who transition back from prison life to society at large.

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San Andres
Igelsia Luterana San Andres

Ministry Leader: Pastor S. Omar Vila
Location: Omaha
Iglesia Luterana San Andres is a redeveloped congregation that serves the immigrant Latino population in south Omaha. San Andres seeks partnerships with other Nebraska Synod congregations.

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Lakota Lutheran Center & Chapel

Ministry Leader: Pastor William Voss
Location: Scottsbluff
Lakota Lutheran Center and Chapel was established in 1989 in partnership with the Native American community of Scottsbluff and Gering Nebraska. Lakota Lutheran Center serves as a congregational-based social ministry, emphasizing culturally appropriate worship and prayer, children’s education, and pastoral care.

Sudanese Outreach Ministry

Locations: Omaha and Ralston
Nebraska is home to the largest Sudanese population in the nation and the Nebraska Synod is responding. Sudanese outreach ministry is underway at Nile Lutheran Chapel in Omaha and Messiah Lutheran Church in Ralston. They provide Sunday worship opportunities in their tribal languages (Nile- Nuer and Messiah- Dinka). They also provide Bible study, fellowship, and service opportunities.

Non-Funded Groups

Barnabas Community

Executive Director: Dwight Thiemann
Ministry Leader: Pastor Sarah Ruch
Barnabas Community seeks to provide a space in the Belmont area of Lincoln where people can gather to support one another. They offer a free store to all that walk through their doors with clothes, books, toys, and household goods. In addition, they provide two free meals a week, a Thursday night worship service, and a monthly vision clinic

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Lutheran Service Corps

The mission of Lutheran Service Corps is to expand peace with justice in greater Omaha by developing an intentional community of volunteers. LSC lives out its mission by looking for people willing to invest a year as a full-time volunteer in Omaha. Volunteers, who live together at Hillstrom House, located in Omaha on North 30th Street across from Miller Park, spend one year serving full-time at local nonprofit organizations. By doing so, they provide skilled labor to community organizations at a cost much lower than a paid full-time employee, increasing the organizations’ capacities to expand services to clients, to offer new programs, and to enrich the lives of the populations they serve. The volunteer experience is transformative for those who participate as volunteers. It provides them with both valuable work experience and an opportunity to reflect on community issues and their contribution to enhancing the community. LSC provides a non-denominational setting open to volunteers committed to living in
intentional community, practicing simple and sustainable living, and exploring spirituality. By bringing together volunteers and community organizations in the Omaha metropolitan area, LSC engages the community, forming and strengthening alliances among people of many cultures and communities, striving to intentionally dismantle racism within LSC, the church, and society.

The next Lutheran Service Corps service year will begin in August 2023. Applications are accepted year-round at the LSC website. Early bird matching starts March 15th, second round matching starts April 15th , and the final application deadline is June 15th.

Serving Hands of Hope Foundation

Location: Omaha, NE
Ministry Leaders: Vicar David Mayen and Rev. John Badeng
Serving Hands of Hope Foundation strives to create education opportunities for the children of South Sudanese refugees in foreign lands and children without opportunities within South Sudan. This Foundation also helps people who need medical and food assistance in South Sudan and in other places where South Sudanese are residing.

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Downloadable Resources

If you are interested in supporting the Mission Field Nebraska ministries of the Nebraska Synod, please visit our online giving site.

Staff Contact:

Deacon Timothy Siburg

Director for Mission, Innovation, and Stewardship