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Japan  - Patrick & Jackie Benke


People's Church in Bemidji


In partnership with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, FLC supports Patrick and Jacqueline Bencke in Kumamoto-she, Japan.


They are a husband/wife team with a family. Patrick and Jackie Bencke have served in Japan since 2006. They are both faculty at Kyushu Lutheran College in Kumamoto, Japan, a city of 700,000 located about 1000 km southwest of Tokyo.

Patrick serves as a teacher of English at the college and Jackie serves as an assistant with music programs (organists, choir, etc.) Both of them work with the Lutheran church community, serving two parishes with music ministries and related support work.

People’s Church of Bemidji, MN is our Mission Partner Congregation. It is a multicultural congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church with a special emphasis on outreach to people living in poverty.

Peoples Church offers ministries in worship, referral, hospitality, food, clothing, and other basic needs as well as our unique bike ministry. 

Lutheran World Relief

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First Lutheran Church is actively involved in supporting the Lutheran World Relief Ministry through the making of quilts and collections of school & personal care kits.


The quilters meet on the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month to assemble quilts.  The FLC quilts go to support both local and global missions including the Lutheran World Relief Ministry.

School & Personal Care Kits


First Lutheran supports the Lutheran World Relief Project Promise by donating supplies for school kits and personal care kits.


Donation of supplies to Project Promise help:

  • Personal Care Kits are shared with people who have lost everything from a natural disaster or life-threatening violence.

  • School Kits are sent to places where even the few required school supplies may be more than a family can afford. Pencils and paper can help write a positive future.

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