Border Area Mission Ministries (BAMM)
Our Savior Lutheran Church
Border Area Mission Ministries consists of various areas of ministry.  The Sharing and Caring
Committee (social concerns, food pantry), and BAMM group event support.

What's your passion?  Do you enjoy helping others?  Our Savior Lutheran Church may just be the place
for you to live your dream.
The Sharing and Caring Committee formed to spread outreach in our church and
consists of both year-round residents as well as Winter Texans.   At the present time we are giving support
to Cristo Rey Lutheran Church in Las Milpas.  We furnish items such as food, clothing, school supplies,
quilts, household goods, hygiene supplies, labor for building repair, and a great number of other items too
numerous to list here.  We also have started a
Neighborhood Pantry for people in need in the area
immediately surrounding the church property once a month, usually on the 3rd  or 4th Saturday, from 9:00 to
10:00 a.m.  If you would like to donate or help in any way, please call the church office.

Join us and see the smiles on happy faces when we show up with needed supplies.  The committee
meets the first Thursday of each month.  Through this committee, working with the congregation, we have
supported several outreach programs including a local hospice, battered women's shelters, colonias
(neighborhoods of substandard housing), and orphanages in both the United States and Mexican border

The congregation has provided support through donations of money, material goods and volunteer labor.  
One of the groups that falls under the Sharing and Caring Committee is the "Piecemakers", a quilting
group.  The Piecemakers, on an annual basis, distributes quilts to children and adults in great need.

During some of our outreach projects, we have formed relationships with several other churches.  We are
committed to continuing and growing these outreach ministries.

Border Area Mission Ministries also provides low cost housing for groups who would like to
volunteer in the Rio Grande Valley. Various organization utilize volunteers to accomplish goals on the
border between South Texas and Mexico.  The culture is a blend of both north and south, providing a unique
experience for groups from all over the United States.  Our Savior Lutheran has supported this ministry
since 1996.

Groups are encouraged to contact these organizations for servant opportunities on both sides of the
border.  Mission activities include helping in area colonias (areas of substandard housing), working with
children's orphanages,
Habitat for Humanity, the Food Bank of the Rio Grande Valley, Mujeres
Unidas/Women United (local women's shelter), remodeling projects, tutoring, and other projects.
Get a list of organizations  that need volunteer help.

Our Savior provides reasonably priced accommodations at the Living Faith Center.  We welcome groups to
attend our worship services during their stay with us.  The LFC has a fully equipped kitchen with pots, pans,
dishes, cooking appliances, and refrigerator.  Stores and restaurants are within easy walking distance.  
The downstairs bathrooms for males and females have 2 showers in each, and are handicapped
equipped.  A washing machine and dryer are provided.  The LFC has about 50 cots with mattresses.  
Groups should bring bedding and towels.  The second story classrooms can be used as sleeping areas
and an elevator is available.  The gym has some play equipment for use when it is available, and there is a
downstairs lounge area.

If you are interested in bringing a group to the Valley and want information, please contact Sue at or call the church office.  Groups from all over the United States and Canada
are housed at the Living Faith Center.
Get a group registration sheet.
Or register here on line.

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OSLC ( Our Savior Lutheran Church) also provides  meeting space for local meetings and workshops, the
Rio Grande Valley Concert Band, La Leche League, Girl Scouts,
Alcoholics Anonymous, AlAnon, Narcotics
Anonymous, and MASH (Medical Assistance and Supplies for the Handicapped).  

Lutheran Border Ministries, (La Frontera Ministries International, Inc.), an Evangelical Lutheran Church in
America ministry for the border area, is working in the colonias to improve the lives of families with garden
projects and nutrition information.  
Our Savior
Lutheran --
where God is
seen, love is felt;
lives are changed.
Fox News posted this news item reporting our committee activities on Jan. 8, 2009:
Rick Diaz of KRGV Channel 5 news interviewed our quilters Jan. 13. The report
during the news segment.