Our Missionary Family

The cross behind the alter at St. Jacobs.




St. Jacob’s partners with ELCA Global Missions to support Rev. Dr. Philip Knutson and his wife Lou in their work in Southern Africa.

His monthly newsletter is printed below.

Dear Friends,

Warm greetings.
What does a missionary look like? What makes you a missionary? It’s not your country of origin, or a plane ticket to a far destination … but your baptism! It is by God’s grace, that whoever and wherever we are, we are called, gathered, equipped and sent to participate in God’s Mission of transformation, reconciliation and empowerment.
In the ELCA we have adopted the “accompaniment” model for mission, understood as: "Walking together in solidarity, that practices interdependence and mutuality. In this walk, gifts, resources and experiences are shared with mutual advice and admonition to deepen and expand our work within God’s mission."
An important insight here is that the church does not have a mission or missions, but God’s mission has a church. It is also important to lift up the five accompaniment values of Mutuality, Inclusivity, Vulnerability, Sustainability and Empowerment.
During the months of July and August I have been visiting sponsoring congregations in the US as part of Home Assignment. These biennial visits were cancelled in 2020 due to COVID. It is a privilege being able to travel again and to share together in worship, conversation and fellowship.
We have been talking about the impact of the pandemic, climate change, conflict, food insecurity, racism and poverty in our communities, and around the world. And we are reflecting on mission accompaniment, what we as individuals, congregations, companion churches and communities can learn and do to participate faithfully in God’s mission, locally and globally.
Thank you for your prayers and support.
Rev. Dr. Philip Knutson
ELCA Regional Representative - Southern Africa / Minneapolis July 25, 2022
My blog page address is: https://southernafricanconnections.wordpress.com/ Please visit my fundraising page. (Note: This fundraising page is set up for individuals’ gifts only.) If you are donating on behalf of a congregation or organization, please visit ELCA.org/MissionaryGiving for online giving.

Rev. Dr. Philip Knutson

ELCA Regional Representative - Southern Africa Johannesburg, April 20, 2021

My blog page address is: https://southernafricanconnections.wordpress.com/

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