ELCA World Hunger


Mindekirken supports ELCA World Hunger with their Mission dollars.  If you would like to help with this important mission, there are three ways you can give.       

About ELCA World Hunger
ELCA World Hunger improves the lives of people in need in the United States and around the world by providing immediate relief for people by assisting whole communities through long-term, sustainable development to help alleviate chronic hunger and poverty; advocating for justice by changing laws and systems; and educating members of the ELCA in awareness of issues relating to hunger, poverty and justice.


Your Gifts at work around the world: 
Life-Giving Water
Over 1.1 billion people in the world have no access to safe drinking water and 2.5 billion people lack proper sanitation.  ELCA provides real ways to help from providing water jugs for transporting clean water to digging wells to bring clean water to a village.

ELCA provides seeds and gardening tools to establish community gardens and trains community leaders in agriculture techniques.  


ELCA provides mosquito nets for families in malaria-prone areas, health and dental care for children in orphanages and money for medical services, doctors and essential medicines for people living in remote areas.




Your Gifts at work close to home:
Here in United States, ELCA World Hunger helps neighbors close to home who struggle with hunger and poverty.  ELCA helps low-income seniors with nutritious food and supportive services to improve the overall health of at-risk seniors.  Just a few other examples include an ELCA program in Ohio that empowers disadvantaged youth to create social justice in the world.  And in Montana, ELCA provides support to families dealing with emergency situations.

ELCA is at work everywhere – around the world, in your city and in your neighborhood.  Join Mindekirken is supporting these important and life-giving mission projects.



Marie Sandvik Center

     Marie Sandvik Center

Mindekirken supports the Marie Sandvik Center with mission dollars, quilts and small Christmas presents to fit in a shoe box.   If you want to join Mindekirken in supporting the Marie Sandvik Center, click here donate to Mindekirken Mission Fund.

In 1940 Marie Sandvik, a determined Norwegian immigrant, rented a bankrupted bar on Washington Avenue, cleaned it up, put up a sign saying "Minneapolis Revival Mission", and standing by the bar on opening night announced, "I have come to offer you a new life".

The mission moved to their present location at 1112 East Franklin Avenue where the ministry changed to include more families and children. Here Marie Sandvik and Doris Nye created programs to help the needy of the neighborhood telling the children and adults that they are valuable because God values them.

-Three evening church services and suppers for street people
-Baby layettes (over 400 each year)
-Thousands of donated clothing items distributed
-New shoes for children (over 600 pairs each year)
-Summer Lunch Club for children serves about 1500 children a week
-Thursday Women's meeting with food, quilts and clothes
-Vacation Bible School
-Women's shelter for the homeless (under renovation)
-Adult Bible Studies
-Prison Ministries
-Thanksgiving and Easter dinner (serving 300 plus)
-Children's Christmas party (over 400 receive gifts)
-Christmas Eve Program (over 1,000 guests hear the Gospel and receive gifts)
-Boys and Girls Clubs and Saturday Club offer after school activities, meals and lots of fun

If you want to join Mindekirken in supporting the Marie Sandvik Center, click here donate to Mindekirken Mission Fund.



Mindekirken Quilting

Mindekirken Quilting  Ministry meets on Thursdays at 9:30am to make quilts for local charities and fundraisers.

For generations, pieces of fabric have been lovingly and carefully pieced together to make beautiful quilts.   The quilts may have been to celebrate a life event or simply to fill a household need.  Whatever the reason, quilts offer comfort, warmth and show people someone cares about them. The quilters make and donate quilts to three local charities - Salvation Army, Harriet Tubman Shelter and the Marie Sandvik Center.  Other quilts are sold and the proceeds used for special church projects or monetary donations are made to service organizations such as Community Emergency Services.

You can help in this ministry! No supplies or sewing experience is necessary.  Just bring a bag lunch and join in the fun and fellowship!  The Quilting Ministry group meets on Thursdays at 9:30 am in the Fellowship Hall.

Tubfrim Stamp Collecting


Mindekirken collects used postage stamps and sends them to Tubfrim, a Norwegian organization that sells the stamps and uses the proceeds for charity.   



Postmaster Ditlef Frantzen in Nesbyen established TUBFRIM in 1928. The aim was to collect and sell used stamps and use the proceeds to aid the eradication of tuberculosis among Norwegian children. The first profit was made in 1929 and amounted to NOK 1.500,-. TUBFRIM has made good progress and profits have grown to NOK 650.000,- in 2009.

TUBFRIM is owned by the Norwegian Health Association (Nasjonalforeningen for folkehelsen). Today the profits are used to help handicapped children and youth in Norway, and to finance the efforts to eradicate tuberculosis.

How you can help
Please, never throw away canceled stamps and phonecards. Stamps and phonecards from any country in the world can be used.

Just cut or tear the stamps off the envelopes, leaving a slight margin (approx. 1/2 inch) to keep the perforation intact. Damaged stamps (damaged perforation, edges etc.) are worthless and are to be thrown away. (Damaged phonecards are also to be thrown away.)

Tubfrim also is happy to receive stamp collections, old envelopes, covers and postcards. If envelopes, postcards etc. are more than 50 years old, then please do not cut off the stamp, but send us the whole envelope/postcard!

Bring your stamps to Mindekirken collection baskets located in the lower level bookshelves.   

Tubfrim sincerely thanks those of you who loyally sends stamps and telephone cards, and heartily welcome new collectors.

China Service Venture

  Mindekirken Mission Moments 
China Service Venture

Mindekirken is an organizational partner of China Service Venture and support them with mission dollars.  If you would like to contribute to Mindekirken’s Mission Fund, click here and you will be redirected to “Support Us”.

China Service Ventures (CSV) is answering the call to resume many servant ministries to China’s poorest-of-the-poor that were provided by our missionaries until wars and the 1949 founding of The Peoples’ Republic of China prevented their continuation.

Serving impoverished villagers in south Henan province, CSV seeks to live out Christ’s “not to be served, but to serve,” in word and in deed.  As trusting relationships grow, new doors are being opened in surprising and challenging ways.

The “Bo Ai” (Boundless Love) program enables village children to continue in school or, for the younger in dire circumstances, to receive special assistance.  Ninety Bo Ai youth attend high school every year, a rare privilege for even the brightest of village kids.  To the many “Stay Behind” children whose parents work in far-off cities, we provide much-needed attention  Summer youth camps led by counselors from the US, Hong Kong and China, are literally life-changing for the youth, but also for their teachers and officials who watch closely.

In 2007 CSV introduced the Bethel Bible Series in mainland China.  Over thirty classes in nine regions are underway, with more trainers prepared every spring and fall.  The Bethel Series is becoming a huge blessing as it spreads throughout China’s churches, fast-growing but starved for trained leadership and sound biblical resources, thus often wracked with heresies and extremes. 

CSV is a Lutheran faith mission seeking new partners who will invest their prayers and financial support; also volunteers to teach English in colleges, or do health and development work. 

Call 651-659-1396, write to 1407 Cleveland Ave N, St Paul, MN 55108, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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