We have been building relationships with inner-city Chicago ministries through Chicagoland Lutheran Educational Foundation [CLEF], Lutheran Church Charities [LCC], and multiple individual ministries.  The partnership with these organizations, churches, and schools has opened up doors for more ministry possibilities and given us new connections each year.  Our faith family continues to grow in Chicago and we truly feel called to keep our efforts focused where relationships are being built!

Our overall desire and purpose is:

  • Encourage our brothers and sisters in the ministry
  • Connect members of the communities in which we serve to a local ministry
  • Involve our own congregations
  • Grow Spiritually

Participants can expect to serve alongside 250 other people from a variety of churches to bring the love of Jesus to the people of inner city Chicago.  While on the trip, participants will participate in powerful worship experiences, eat marvelous food, and share many fun experiences along with the work they do.


UKANDU is a Christian mission organization dedicated to helping youth and adults become the heart and hands of Christ to those in need around the world.  Our proactive philosophy lives in Scripture and is reflected in our unusual name.  “I (You) CAN DO all things through Christ who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:13)  And, “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” (Ephesians 2:10).

The work of UKANDU is to reach out to as many of God’s people in all places and in all circumstances as the loving, caring and merciful hands of Christ.  We believe in helping youth and adults experience the joy of fulfilling the “good works” prepared by God for them to do by creating mission trips that serve  God by serving His people here on earth.

UKANDU upholds the Bible as the inspired, unchanged Word of God, which has revealed to us God’s rich plan of salvation through the death and resurrection of Christ.  It is out of this awesome gift of grace that we, as leaders and participants of UKANDU, feel led to serve God in any manner possible and to demonstrate what the Lord has done in our lives to those we meet.