Serve with Us Globally

God’s love knows no boundaries and He calls us to serve all. GSLC members and friends have participated in U.S.-based relief efforts, particularly related to Hurricane Katrina.

As a practical matter, much of our global assistance is financial donations to organizations that work within communities to meet needs with an accompaniment model. We support the work of the church around the world through the groups below and invite you to join us.

Interested in learning more about any of these organizations or spear-heading an effort? Learn more at the links below or contact Pastor Jen.

Companion Synods & Sister Congregation

Good Shepherd, with the other churches of the Metro DC Synod, is a companion synod with synods in El Salvador, Namibia and Slovakia.

We are a sister congregation with Onangalo Lutheran church in Namibia.

ELCA World Hunger

ELCA World Hunger is uniquely positioned to reach communities in need. From health clinics to microloans, water wells to animal husbandry, community meals to advocacy, gifts to ELCA World Hunger make it possible to respond, supporting sustainable solutions that get at the root causes of hunger and poverty.

Lutheran Disaster Response

Lutheran Disaster Response brings God’s hope, healing and renewal to people whose lives have been disrupted by disasters in the United States and around the world. When the dust settles and the headlines change, Lutheran Disaster Response stays, providing ongoing assistance to those in need.

Lutheran World Relief

Affirming God’s love for all people, Lutheran World Relief works around the world to end poverty, injustice and human suffering.

Missionary Support

Through regular financial support and prayer, Good Shepherd supports Stephen Deal, an ELCA pastor serving as a missionary in Central America, stationed in Costa Rica. Pastor Deal connects with our congregation when he is in the U.S. and sends periodic letters:

(Received Sept. 15, 2017)

Dear Friends in Christ,

Greetings to all of you on Central American Independence Day here in Costa Rica. The long holiday weekend gives me a chance to send a missionary update that I’ve been trying to complete for some time.

For our sponsoring congregations in the mid-Atlantic region, this is not the first time that you have heard me refer to ELCA’s comprehensive AMMPARO strategy – adopted overwhelmingly at our Churchwide Assembly in August 2016.

It was the central topic of my home assignment visits in August 2016 (mostly in the state of PA) and again at the beginning of 2017 (in the Washington, DC, area).

For those of you in other parts of the U.S., I hope you have heard about AMMPARO through other channels. If not, I have the privilege of being the bearer of this Good News. If you are interested in more information read the AMMPARO News from Central America newsletter (pdf) or feel free to ask.

Finally, Marta and I continue to be grateful for your prayers, offerings & other expressions of support that make it possible for us to serve as ELCA missionaries here in Central America.

With peace,


AMMPARO News from Central America newsletter, Sept. 2017 (pdf)

Visit the ELCA Global Mission website to learn more.