Global Health Ministries
“Global Health Ministries continues the holistic ministry of Jesus Christ by partnering with Lutheran efforts globally to enhance and sustain the health and well-being of the communities served”


Annual Conference Highlights

GHM's Annual Conference on October 18 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church was a success! Thank you to ALL who attended! This year's theme was "Dying of a Very Little Thing." Drs. Paul Mertens, Steve Friberg, and Martha Aas shared information and stories about basic, fundamental barriers to individual and community health in the countries where we work, and what can be done about it. You can download the PowerPoint from Dr. Paul Mertens. Click here.


Kairos Appeal Begins New Era in Mission

A joyful dinner gathering of Global Health Ministries' supporters at Calvary Lutheran Church in Golden Valley was the setting for the kick-off of the Kairos Mission Appeal on May 28th.  The two-year appeal will raise $270,000 to enhance congregational and individual involvement in the healing ministry of Jesus, expand health care management consultations with partner Lutheran Churches to strengthen their sustainability and effectiveness in improving community health.  

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About Get Involved

Where do you want to make a difference in the world?

There are many ways to get involved in the mission of Global Health Ministries.

We invite you now to explore the possibilities through the options presented below.


GHM Board Approves New Strategic Plan

Global Health Ministries’ President, David Page, closed the May board meeting by commending the board for its work over the last year in developing and now adopting a challenging and timely new strategic plan for the organization's mission through 2019.

Read more: GHM Board Approves New Strategic Plan


Select a Project for Support

Global Health Ministries continues the healing ministry of Jesus Christ through support of the health care programs of Lutheran Churches in 30 countries of the developing world. Requests for project funding are regularly by these Churches and approved for solicitation and funding by the GHM board of Directors. Click here to download Projects for Funding brochure (PDF). They represent the priority needs of our partners to maintain and strengthen their capacity to provide hope and healing to the poor. We are pleased to present them to you as opportunities to be instruments of God's grace and engage in global health mission with general or specific project gifts.

Read more: Select a Project for Support


Dental Missions

Dental clinics overseas often receive old, inappropriate, or incomplete equipmet from donors with good intentions. Instead of sending more of the same, GHM is committed to sending reliable and effective dental equipment and supplies to our partners overseas.

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Shipping Campaign

Thank you for making 2014 a great year for GHM Shipping! We loaded and shipped 10 containers (20' & 40'), 2 air freight shipments to Liberia, partnered with others to ship 2 x 40' containers of food (Rice/Soy) to Liberia in support of the Ebola Treatment Centers, multiple pallets & trailer-loads to other Christian organizations doing medical missions (TECH), and over 75 suitcases and hand carry items by travelers going overseas. Over $1,688,462 worth of medical supplies and equipment! Praise God!

In 2015, we are hoping to do more! 15 container shipments are planned, and we are already busy filling suitcases and sourcing priority items for our partners. These items are of immeasurable assistance to Lutheran health care programs overseas, often making the difference between continuing or closing. GHM's goal is to raise $253,850 for the shipping program. Please consider a generous donation in support of GHM Shipping. Project 99-S0000 Shipping.

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Fine Sort Volunteers Needed

GHM has an urgent need for more fine sort volunteers in our warehouse. We have a surplus of medical supplies already sorted by category, but need to be further sorted and inventoried.

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Volunteer Medical Professionals Needed in Fight Against Ebola

In all the news about the Ebola crisis in West Africa, it is clear that the health care systems of the affected countries have been overwhelmed, and there is little likelihood that illness and death on a disastrous scale can be avoided without outside assistance from governments, NGOs and individuals.

Read more: Volunteer Medical Professionals Needed in Fight Against Ebola


GHM/ELCA Companion Synod Collaboration in Global Health Mission

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America established years ago the Companion Synod Program that pairs synods of the ELCA with Church bodies in other countries.  There is tremendous potential for enhancing hope and healing for the people of your companion synod overseas when medical mission becomes a component of these church-to-church relationships.  Read on if you would like to learn how Global Health Ministries can collaborate with you in developing this emphasis in global health mission.

Read more: GHM/ELCA Companion Synod Collaboration in Global Health Mission


Volunteer Locally

Volunteer locally at Global Health Ministries. We are growing in mission and there is a place for everyone at GHM!

URGENT: GHM has a need for more volunteers in help with our newsletter. The last Wednesday of every other month volunteers are needed to collate the newsletter that is sent to over 13,000 GHM supporters. Please join us for 3-4 hours, which includes coffee, treats, and conversation, starting at 9am. We will be doing a special mailing on November 5 and then the regular mailing on November 19, 2014. Collate dates for Year 2015 will be posted early January. Please call Wanda @ 763-586-9590 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it if you are interested. Thank you!

URGENT: GHM has a need for more fine sort volunteers in our warehouse. We have a surplus of medical supplies already sorted by category, but need to be further sorted and inventoried. Our fine sorting room is clean and well organized, but is missing YOU to help us fulfill our mission and the critical needs of our partners overeas. Background in nursing is ideal! Please join us Tuesdsay, Wednesday, or Thursday from 9am to 2pm, Tuesday evenings from 5-8pm, or other hours/days if available. Please call the GHM office at 763-586-9590 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Thanks!

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Short-Term Missions Through Global Health Administration Partners

Our partners often identify practices in health care administration and governance that they would like to learn more about or strengthen. One way in which GHM responds to requests for such assistance is to send qualified teams of volunteers to provide training and consultation services. We regularly assess the need for and then recruit and send people with expertise in every facet of health care services and hospital management for training and consultation missions when asked by partner churches overseas.

Below is a report from John Carrico, Systems Director for Supply Chain Operations at Fairview Health Services, on a recent visit to Madagascar.

Below is a presentation by Magdeline Aagard, EdD, MBA, RN, President of GHM and GHAP consultant, during a recent visit overseas.

The GHM program that manages this service is called Global Health Administration Partners (GHAP). Often, a companion church will benefit less from money than from the knowledge and encouragement imparted by a professional who can assist them to grow in capacity to serve their people and manage their health ministry. In fact, if you work just about anywhere in a hospital or health care program, chances are there is an overseas Lutheran hospital or health care program that could benefit from your training, gifts and experience. For more information, visit the GHAP website at or call us at 763-586-9590.



GHM Delegation Pays Courtesy Call On Liberian President Ellen Sirleaf

(from May 7, 2013 All Africa News)

A delegation from the Global Health Ministries, headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, paid a courtesy call on President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf on Tuesday, May 7 while on its mission to assess how best to partner with the Lutheran healthcare programs.  

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Join the Community-Based Primary Health Care Interest Group

The purpose of the Community Based Primary Health Care (CBPHC) Interest Group is to gather and share information, experiences and resources on CBPHC, and to learn from mutual consultation and analysis, regarding implementation/application of CBPHC in and with GHM’s various partnerships and projects.

The CBPHC Interest Group is open to any interested persons. We’re interested in adding to the membership of this Interest Group (names on list serve for email, and invitation to join teleconference calls). Please forward this to others that you think may be interested. To join the list serve, just go to: , pick a password and complete the form. Then you’ll receive news of future calls.

The CBPHC Interest Group also has a facebook group page to reach out to a broader audience and to facilitate communication between teleconference calls. Put “Community Based Primary Health Care – GHM” in the search line of your facebook page and you should see a “request to join” option. Click on it and the request will get accepted.

The CBPHC Interest Group is guided by GHM’s CBPHC Advisory Group, which also makes recommendations to the board and staff of GHM regarding CBPHC matters. The membership of the Advisory Group is listed under the “People” section below, along with the small steering group which plans and schedules teleconference calls.

Read more: Join the Community-Based Primary Health Care Interest Group