zion World missions

"Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us, and prosper for us the work of our hands — O prosper the work of our hands!" Psalm 90:17

Zion is committted to making a difference in neighbors' lives, locally and around the world. Among Zion's most active missions are helping those who can't help themselves, giving care to those needing Christian support, serving in worldwide missions, making quilts and shawls for warmth and prayer, and taking action with the everyday needs of church life.


"But now more than ever the word of Jesus spread abroad; many crowds would gather to hear him and to be cured of their disease." (Luke 5:15, NRSV).

 "When the crowds found out about it, they followed him; and he welcomed, and spoke to them about the kingdom of God, and healed those who needed to be cured." (Luke 9:11, NRSV).

Zion has an annual mission to the Philippines to provide medical and dental care, as well as spiritual counseling, serving nearly 2000 patients!

2014 report


2015 report


Mission Jamaica is a short-term "vacation with a purpose" mission experience in which Zion participates with over 35 other ELCA congregations throughout the country. Our missionaries assist needy families in constructing new homes and help with the care of children of disabilities.

            We started the Mission Jamaica program when a couple from our congregation went with Immanuel Lutheran in Wadena in 2005.  Our first year of bringing a group was in 2006 and we have been sending a group of missionaries every year since then!  This year, 2016, we had 32 people on the trip!  Most often we have groups of 22- 32.  In 20112 we began taking youth in grades 11 – 12 on the trip.  This year we had a total of 10 youth (7 from Battle Lake, 3 from Wichita, KS who have come three years in a row with their grandparents and other family members). 

            We serve at the Westhaven Children’s Home—a residence for orphans, children with mental and physical handicaps.  We help with the regular routines of feeding, bathing, and caring for the children as well as playing with them and passing on Christ’s love to them.  There are always maintenance and construction projects for us to work on as well.

            We also have built many homes for destitute Jamaican families and elderly persons while we are there.  We have a strong contingent of folks who work with a program called, “Jabode” which stands for “Jamaican Abode.”  We build a very basic ‘shell’ house that gives the new owner a safe home to raise their family. 

            In addition to our mission activity we also stay at a nearby resort where we return each evening to get refreshed and rested for the next day’s work. There are nightly devotions led by our pastor and other pastors who may be on the trip. We have a couple days to rest and relax or tour Jamaica before heading home.  On our trip we get to know the Jamaican people and develop friendships with them and with missionaries from other parts of the USA which are renewed each time we return.  We worship on Sunday in a native Jamaican congregation which is an enriching experience as we share our common faith in Jesus Christ. 

            This is a very rewarding trip!  We welcome adults from other churches to come with us.  Our sign up time usually begins in late summer with our first deposit (refundable) due in mid-September. Our trips take place the end of January/beginning of February each year.  In 2017 we will be going January28 – February 4.   More information can be found by calling the church office, or emailing Pastor Gronbeck.  Check out the photos of past trips on this website

These are some pictures from 2016.



    jamaica 2020

    Below is a video made by one of our Zion members to capture moments of the 2020 Jamaica Trip


    local missions

    • Food shelves:

      Battle Lake

      The food pantry is open from 2:00 to 6:00 PM on Thursday, and is located in the Senior Citizens Center. Requires proof of address and completion of an application. Must be a resident of the Battle Lake School District (ISD# 542). There is a limit of one visit per month, expect for months with five Thursdays when a second visit is permitted. Alternate phone: (218) 864-1291.


      Every Tuesday from 8:00 AM – 12 Noon.

      First Tuesday of each month from 8:00 am - Noon, and 3:00 PM – 5:00 P.M.

      If you reside in the Perham-Dent School district and are in need of food assistance, you are welcomed to receive a helping hand at the Perham Food Shelf, once per month.

      If assistance is needed outside of these times you can call 218-346-6181, leave a voice message with your name and telephone number, and someone will contact you to make arrangements for an emergency box.

      The Food Shelf will not open on Tuesdays if the Perham School district is closed due to inclement weather AND the week between Christmas and New Years.


    • camp knutson

      “Camp Knutson is dedicated to nurturing the well-being of persons with special needs in a setting which celebrates God’s love for community and creation.” 

      During summer months (June through August) Camp Knutson is an accepting and nurturing camp environment for children with special needs.

      Each year, the camp serves:

      Children with Skin Disease

      Children with Autism

      Children with Down Syndrome

      Children with Heart Diseases

      Families with a member(s) affected by, or infected with, HIV/AIDS

      The camp was donated in 1953 by Minnesota Congressman Harold Knutson to be used as a summer retreat for "neglected, unfortunate, deprived and handicapped children."

      For over 50 years, thousands of children have taken part in the summer programs offered at Camp Knutson. Over the years, others who have been touched by Harold Knutson’s vision continue to support, sustain and improve Camp Knutson for the future.

      Camp Knutson is a service of Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota.


    • Someplace safe

      Our Mission

      To create a safer world for everyone, we work to eliminate violence and oppression through advocacy, education and services

      Call our 24-Hour Crisis Hotline at 800-974-3359

      Someplace Safe is a nonprofit organization working to eliminate violence in West Central Minnesota and beyond. The agency was incorporated in 1979 as a 501(c)3, private non-profit corporation dedicated to serving victims and survivors of domestic violence. Since that time, we have grown and expanded our services to better meet the needs of victims and survivors in our area. Someplace Safe’s programming currently includes: a 24-Hour Crisis Line; Domestic Abuse, Sexual Assault and General Crimes Advocacy services; Parenting Time Centers for parent-child exchanges and supervised visitation; Short Term Emergency Placement Services (S.T.E.P.S.); and two Thrift Stores to help fulfill client and community needs.

    • Richville UMC's Clothes Closet

      Tuesday Clothing Ministry: 1:00pm - 4:00pm
      Wednesday Clothing Ministry: 6:00pm - 7:30pm

      Becker, Otter Tail, Todd, Wadena and Wilkin County

      Richville United Methodist Church offers a clothing distribution to all who need it. Bedding may also be available.

      Donations are also accepted during open hours. Clothing and bedding that is clean, not stained or ripped is acceptable as well as small household items.

      y also be available.

      Donations are also accepted during open hours. Clothing and bedding that is clean, not stained or ripped is acceptable as well as small household items.

    • Humble walk lutheran church


      Humble Walk sets up camp for worship every Sunday at 4:30PM in the West End.

      Come and find us at Sholom Home East, 740 Kay Ave, St Paul, MN.

      October through May we can also be found Monday nights at Art House North or Shamrock’s Pub, talking and singing and listening and doing community together.

      Welcome. You already belong here


    • peoples church

      Peoples Church is a multicultural mission congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church, with a special emphasis on outreach to people living in poverty. Ten years ago Pastor Bob Kelly and Carol Kelly--moved by the spiritual and medical needs of the poor and homeless in the Bemidji, Minnesota area--started the ministry.  http://www.peopleschurch-elca.org/

    • ELCA World Hunger

      More than 800 million people — that’s 1 in 8 people in our world today — are hungry.

      As members of the ELCA, we are called to respond. We are a church that rolls up our sleeves and gets to work.

      Working with and through our congregations, in the United States, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands Lutheran churches overseas and other partners, 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, your gifts to ELCA World Hunger make it possible for the ELCA to respond, supporting sustainable solutions that get at the root causes of hunger and poverty. 

      Learn More.

      Hunger facts:

      795 million people around the world – that’s 1 in 10 – can't access the food they need to live active, healthy lives. [1]

      1 billion people live in extreme poverty on less than $1.25 per day. That's 14.5% of the world's population. [2]

      At some point in 2014, more than 48 million people in the United States were unsure where their next meal might come from. [3]

      46.7 million Americans were living in poverty in 2014. For a family of four, this means their annual household income was below $23,850. [4]