Holy Shepherd strongly believes in Christ’s words of the Great Commission, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” (28:19).
Our congregation financially and prayerfully supports outreach and mission initiatives on three different continents outside of the US. The families we sponsor are a part of LCMS World Mission as well as Lutheran Bible Translators. For more information, visit the LCMS internation missions pages.
Grace Circle is composed of women who meet monthly for devotions, fellowship and mission planning. The scripture verse they chose to represent themselves is 1 Peter 4:10, “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms…” Click Here to learn more.
The Union Gospel Mission provides temporary housing and food to the homeless of Tarrant County. We send volunteers down to the Mission several times a year to serve food to the homeless. Please Visit www.uniongospelmissiontc.org
Holy Shepherd members have worked with People of the Book Lutheran Outreach. POBLO focuses on sharing the Gospel with people of the Islamic faith. We share the Good News of Jesus with people one on one and we help to provide childcare for families coming to the church to take English as a Second Language classes (ESL).
Open Arms Home provides long term housing for women and children fleeing domestic abuse. We collect food for Open Arms Home around Thanksgiving and Christmas. We also periodically send volunteers over to do some work on their facilities.
Angel Tree is a ministry that reaches out to the children of inmates and their families with the love of Christ. It seeks to transform the lives of these families and to reconcile them to their Heavenly Father and each other. We collect gifts for this ministry near Christmas time. Plese visit www.angeltree.org
In loving response to Christ, the Servant, the Orphan Grain Train movement encourages and enables God’s people to share personal and material resources in bringing Christ’s name and character to needy people both far and near. Holy Shepherd has sent care packages to children in Vietnam Please visit www.ogt.org
Voice of the Martyrs is an organization that publishes a monthly magazine about where Christians are being persecuted in the world today. Last year, Holy Shepherd confirmation students made parachutes for Bibles and Christian literature to be dropped in guerilla strongholds in Columbia, South America.
Clarion was born and raised in Panama. Joel hails from the great state of Texas. Our three adopted sons were born in Russia. Through our backgrounds, interests and journeys to adopt internationally, the Lord has opened doors for us to serve as missionaries in the Dominican Republic. Currently we live in Illinois. Joel just completed almost five years of service as Pastor of Zion Lutheran in Staunton, IL. Clarion served the past four years as an elementary school teacher at St. Peter's Lutheran School in Prairietown, IL. In May 2014 Joel received a divine call to serve as a church planter in the Dominican Republic. Over the next 6-9 months as our family prepares for this major life change, we will be going from place to place to share our story, the story of the mission in the DR, and invite God's people to partner with us through prayer and financial support. We would love to visit with you and/or with your congregation to share how you can be a part of what the Lord is doing in the Dominican Republic.
Tim and Michelle Miller and their children Ellyn, Joel and Sarah serve in Thailand as literacy and multilingual education specialists among minority language groups there. The Millers’ role involves encouraging and supporting the efforts of local minority language communities to develop multilingual education programs. In this capacity they provide guidance and training in program planning, curriculum development, teaching methods and teacher training. Several minority languages in Thailand already have vernacular Scriptures, and Bible Translation is being done in several other languages. The Millers assist Christians in minority language groups to have access to these Scriptures through literacy skills.