In 1990, Augustana began a global mission emphasis, living out our faith through the shared practices of prayer, presence, and projects. Today, we celebrate global mission two Sundays every spring. Over the years we have raised more than $1.5 million to share with our global partners in Tanzania, Guatemala, and the Middle East. At least once each year groups from Augustana travel to Tanzania or Guatemala to strengthen our relationships with our brothers and sisters around the world.
The practice of prayer, with and for one another, is the first pillar of our global partnerships. Many of our partners say this is the most important practice that we share. Prayer shapes the heart and soul of our relationship with our brothers and sisters globally.
The practice of being present is the second pillar of our relationships. We grow closer to God and one another through the intentional exchange of people, stories, and shared experiences across continents and cultures. Designed not as work projects but as opportunities for cross-cultural education and immersion, these trips expose visitors to the reality, lifestyle, and cultures of these countries.
Projects are the third pillar of our relationships. Working with one another to achieve builds and strengthens relationships between individuals and communities. While projects vary from year to year, all proclaim God’s presence in the world. From education to healthcare and economic development, we work together to achieve community sustainability.