We here at St. Martin’s understand ourselves as both servants participating in God’s ongoing work in the world & a regional hub sharing the narratives of local and global ministries being done. Listed below are some of the many organizations doing great work whom we partner with in our mission and ministry. We encourage you to look into these ministries, prayerfully consider where you might be feeling called to plug in and serve, and join us in these discipleship opportunities.
Upbring is a leading Texas-based, faith inspired nonprofit organization raising the standards for child welfare across Texas. At Upbring, we believe that every child deserves to be deeply treasured. Inspired by faith, Upbring delivers transformative programs and services including foster care, supervised independent living, adoption, education, residential treatment and community services, enhancing life outcomes by producing strong, brave men and women into adulthood. Nearly 30,000 families yearly are supported because of our organization’s unrelenting mission to break the cycle of child abuse. Partnering with community groups, small businesses and large corporations and churches like St. Martin’s Lutheran enables Upbring to create a brighter future for children here in Austin and across the state.
To learn more, please visit Upbring’s website: https://www.upbring.org/
Austin Helps Honduras
Founded in 1999 by members of Riverbend and St. Martin’s Lutheran Churches to help with relief after Hurricane Mitch, Austin Helps Honduras has focused on construction and education. Currently there are no construction projects, however, AHH is committed to providing the best educational experience available for the young people of Colonia Solidaridad.
- Constructing of 75 houses in Colonia Solidaridad (Juticalpa, Olancho), and an elementary school, Escuela Solidaridad.
- Establishing a scholarship program for children to go from grades 6-12, including tutoring and career counseling – over 600 scholarships have been given since 2002.
- Providing scholarships to local colleges and universities for graduates of AHH scholarship program.
- Training for teachers at Escuela Solidaridad.
- Organizing groups of medical professionals for two mission trips to provide much-needed services to residents of Colonia Solidaridad and surrounding villages.
To learn more, please visit AHH’s website: http://www.austinhelpshonduras.org/
Cross Trails Ministry
Cross Trails Ministry is a year-round camp and retreat ministry in Southwestern Texas. Two sites are at the heart of this ministry, Lutheran Camp Chrysalis in Kerrville and Ebert Ranch Camp in Harper. Both camps are accredited by the American Camp Association. In addition to these two sites, Cross Trails Ministry offers a variety of off-site and congregational programs and events throughout the year. If you’re looking for a summer camp, a retreat to attend, or place for your next getaway, Cross Trails offers programs for all ages and all people. Follow your Cross Trail…let our camps and programs be stops on your journey.
To learn more, please visit Cross Trail’s website: http://crosstrails.org/
Oaks Indian Mission
The Oaks Indian Mission, by God’s grace, partners with Christian communities and tribal nations, preparing Native children to lead and serve. This is a ministry that serves the children of tribal nations, preparing them for a life of service. We are residential, three cottages, boys and girls, with the age range, currently, 9 to 17. The Christian witness here is avowedly Lutheran, our emphasis being on the Good News of God’s love, and bold in its expression. The majority of our staff is Cherokee, but we serve children from many tribes. Our financial support is over 90 percent faith-based gifts, from congregations and individuals.
To learn more, please visit Oak’s website: http://oaksindianmission.org/
Austin City Lutherans
Austin City Lutherans (ACL) is a non-profit social ministry organization supported by the fourteen ELCA churches (including University of Texas ELCA Campus Ministry) in Austin that brings together faith communities to live out their gifts in shared ministry and mission, in neighborhoods, across the city, and across borders. ACL operates the Bread For All Food Pantry and is in the process of establishing a early childhood development center, with a two-generation emphasis, in SE Austin.
The First Sunday of every month, we collect non-perishable food for the Bread for All Food Pantry. Collection bins are located in our lobby and on First Sundays additional bins are located in the Narthex of the church. Volunteer opportunities are available at the Bread for All Food Pantry.
To learn more, please visit ACL’s website: https://austincitylutherans.org/
Agua Viva Lutheran Church in El Cenezio, Texas began as a mission outreach of the ELCA. From the beginning, St. Martin’s has been involved in supporting this mission, including financial support to provide a church building; physical assistance in building, repairing, and improving properties; as well as School Supply and Christmas Gift drives for children of the community. The median income for a household in the community is $13,333, with about 68% of the population living below the poverty line. Agua Viva is one of eight churches in El Cenezio, but the only one providing outreach programs daily for the community, including Bible studies, an after school program, internet study access, food pantry, clothing resource, and a sewing room. There are many ways to become involved in supporting this ministry.