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By admin / August 29, 2016

Overcoming toxic thoughts!

Are your thoughts poisoning your emotions? Do you struggle with self-condemning thoughts? Does your thought-life bring you anxiety about your future? Do you have disturbing, imaginary conversations with others that bring you anguish? Does your thought-life bring you to a place where you feel you will never “measure up,” always leaving you feeling inferior? Do you despise yourself because of your shortcomings? Do you wonder if God truly loves you? If you said yes to any of these questions, I have great news for you! Please read on. What should we do when toxic thoughts come into our mind? First, never lose sight that God loved you even before you said yes to Jesus. God revealed His love even while we were still sinners by sending His Son to the...

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By admin / August 29, 2016

“Love will always find a way!”

Jesus said that we would have many trials while living on earth. He also said that anyone who truly followed Him would be persecuted. Until Jesus throws satan and his minions into hell, evil will exist in our midst. Evil has filled many hearts to bring harm of every kind and to every place on earth. However, Jesus said it’s possible to walk in His blessings no matter the severity of our trouble. Jesus stated, “I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world (John 16:33).”

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Mark’s Monthly Blog

By admin / August 29, 2016

Overcoming toxic thoughts!

Are your thoughts poisoning your emotions? Do you struggle with self-condemning thoughts? Does your thought-life bring you anxiety about your...

Read More
By admin / August 29, 2016

“Love will always find a way!”

Jesus said that we would have many trials while living on earth. He also said that anyone who truly followed...

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Spirit of Hope Ministries

Invite us!


We would be honored to come to your Church, or Organization, to preach, teach, conduct a Healing/Revival meeting or Glory Evangelism Seminar.

Below are some key concepts what we teach in our Glory Evangelism Seminars!

Glory Evangelism Seminar

Curriculum – We teach anyone can be an effective witness for Jesus – no matter his or her personality, age, or color. Many people that have attended our seminar have shared wonderful testimonies of how God used what they learned from our workshops to bring others to an eternal relationship established in Jesus!

    • Growing in Christ-like compassion for the lost (the most powerful ministries are those that are compelled by love)!
    • How to share the Gospel with those of other “faiths” (Do’s and don’ts when witnessing)!
    • Evangelism and the “Power Gifts” of the Holy Spirit!
    • Keeping your ministry pure (discerning all the influences that could defile your ministry)!
    • The importance of “Spiritual Warfare” and Evangelism!”
    • The dynamics of leading a “Mission Team” into a Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu, etc. village!
    • How to turn around setbacks and defeats into successes!
    • Prayer and time for “Impartations”

    Pastor Mark Strandjord – 612-594-2311
    Pastor Kathy Strandjord – 612-850-3615

Spirit of Hope Ministries

Our Mission


We have ministered all over the world however, we focus our ministry in the following regions:

Malaysia – Bangladesh – Brunei – Cuba – Thailand – Indonesia – Minnesota

Evangelical Outreaches:
Empowered by Holy Spirit and compelled by compassion, Spirit of Hope Ministries brings the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the “Unreached People” groups of the world. We go into their villages and communities to declare the “Greatest” News of the Universe – forgiveness of sins, abundant life, and an eternal relationship with God – established by faith in Jesus as our Lord and Savior!
Our goal is to proclaim the “Gospel of Salvation” in all its fullness everywhere we go. We do so by following Apostle Paul’s example and focus on 3 key areas of evangelism (see Ro 15:18-19, 1 Co 2:1-5):

  1. Preaching the Gospel
  2. Witnessing Christ-like sacrificial love through acts of compassion, and by sharing the sufferings and triumphs, as they were our own!
  3. Performing miraculous signs and wonders (see Ro 15:18-19; 1 Co 2:1-5).

Establishing “Home Churches” and making “Disciples”
Jesus commanded us to make disciples, not converts! And it’s a great joy teaching those we have brought into God’s Kingdom on how to be successful, productive and happy children of God.
Conducting Evangelism Seminars  (Both locally and internationally)
It’s a great joy to see others equipped to do “good works” for God! We teach that no matter who you are (what age, personality type, or color) you can be a powerful witness for Jesus (see Acts 1:8). Click on the “Invite Us” link to see our Evangelism Seminar curriculum.

Leading Mission Trips
We lead international and local mission trips teaching others how to share God’s love in the same manner Jesus taught His disciples – through a “hands-on” approach. Jesus brought “Heaven to Earth” by boldly declaring “God’s truth,” demonstrating “miraculous healings and signs & wonders,” and  “sacrificially loving sinners.” Compassion was the force that moved Jesus. We model our ministry after the lifestyle of Jesus and His Disciples.

Conducting Healing/Revival Meetings
We conduct healing/revival meetings everywhere we travel. Our joy is to see God’s children being touched and moved by His goodness.

Conducting Pastoral/Leader Workshops
We conduct workshops with the purpose to encourage and strengthen Leaders. We have done so in Malaysia, Indonesia, and Cuba!

Spirit of Hope Ministries

About Mark & Kathy Strandjord

We are crazy in love with Jesus! It comes with great joy and honor to serve our King wherever He sends us! Our passion for Jesus and our compassion for others is what compels us to persevere through many trials, death threats and persecution.

God blessed us with four amazing children (now adults) and five adorable grandchildren. Additionally, we have spiritual children all over the world.

We received our ordination at Hosanna! Church, Lakeville MN. At Hosanna, we served as Pastors of the Prayer ministries, which included equipping &, mentoring the “Prayer Ministers; ” overseeing the Prayer Chapel; conducting “Inner-Healing/Deliverance Workshops; ” and conducting “Healing

Kathy and I are former drug/alcohol addicts. While seeped in sin, Jesus met us with His mercy and compassion. By the transformational power of Holy Spirit, we are now a “New Creation” and it is our honor, privilege, and joy to serve our King for all the days of our lives.

Pastor Mark Strandjord – 612-594-2311 –
Pastor Kathy Strandjord – 612-850-3615 –

Spirit of Hope Ministries

Our Statement of Faith


The Word of God

We believe that only the sixty-six books of the Bible are the inspired and, therefore, inerrant Word of God. The Bible is the final authority for all we believe and how we are to live. (Mt. 5:18; Jn. 10:35; 17:17; 2 Tim. 3:16–17; 2 Pet. 1:20–21)

The Trinity

We believe that the one true God exists eternally in three persons—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—and that these, being one God, are equal in deity, power, and glory. God is infinite in love, perfect in judgments, and unchanging in righteousness and mercy. We believe that God not only created the world, but also now upholds, sustains, governs, and providentially directs all that exists, and that He will bring all things to their proper consummation in Christ Jesus, to the glory of His name. (Ps. 104:1–35; 139:1–24; Mt. 10:29–31; 28:19; Acts 17:24–28; 2 Cor. 13:14; Eph. 1:9–12; 4:4–6; Col. 1:16–17; Heb. 1:1–3; Rev. 1:4–6)

God the Father

We believe the heavenly Father is the source of all that exists, whether of matter or spirit. With the Son and the Holy Spirit, He made man, male and female, in His image. By intention He relates to people as Father, thereby forever declaring His goodwill toward them. In love He both seeks and receives penitent sinners. (Ps. 68:5; Isa. 64:8; Mt. 5:45; 7:11; Jn. 3:17; Rom. 8:15; 1 Pet. 1:17)

God the Son

We believe that Jesus of Nazareth is the Christ (Messiah), the Son of God; that He is God incarnate, fully God and fully man; that He was eternally preexistent with the Father and the Holy Spirit; and that He was conceived and born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, and offered Himself as a penal, substitutionary sacrifice for sinners. By His blood shed at the cross, He obtained for us eternal redemption, the forgiveness of sins and life everlasting. He was raised bodily on the third day and ascended to the right hand of the Father, there to make intercession for the saints forever. He will return to earth again to reign in righteousness. (Mt. 1:18–25; Jn. 1:1–18; Rom. 8:34; 1 Cor. 15:1–28; 2 Cor. 5:21; Gal. 3:10–14; Eph. 1:7; Phil. 2:6–11; Col. 1:15–23; Heb. 7:25; 9:13–15; 10:19; 1 Pet. 2:21–25; 1 Jn. 2:1–2)

God the Holy Spirit

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ baptizes believers in the Holy Spirit, in whom we are also sealed for the day of redemption. The Holy Spirit regenerates, forever indwells, and graciously equips the Christian for godly living and service. Subsequent to conversion, the Spirit desires to fill, empower, and anoint believers for ministry and witness. We also believe that signs and wonders, as well as all the gifts of the Spirit described in the New Testament, are operative today and are designed to testify to the presence of the kingdom and to empower and edify the Church to fulfill its calling and mission. (Mt. 3:11; Jn. 1:12– 13; 3:1–15; Acts 4:29–30; Rom. 8:9; 12:3–8; 1 Cor. 12:12–13; 2 Cor. 1:21–22; Gal. 3:1–5; Eph. 1:13–14; 5:18)


We believe that salvation is by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone. No ordinance, ritual, work or any other activity on the part of man is required or accepted for his salvation. This saving grace of God, through the power of the Holy Spirit, also sanctifies us by enabling us to do what is pleasing in God’s sight, that we might be progressively conformed to the image of Christ. (Jn. 1:12–13; 6:37–44; 10:25–30; Acts 16:30–31; Rom. 3:1–4:23; 8:1–17, 31–39; 10:8–10; Eph. 2:8–10; Phil. 2:12–13; Titus 3:3–7; 1 Jn. 1:7, 9)


We believe that Satan, originally a great and good angel, rebelled against God, taking a multitude of angels with him. He was cast out of God’s presence and is at work with his demonic hosts to establish his counter-kingdom of darkness, evil, and unrest on earth. Satan was judged and defeated at the cross of Christ and will be cast forever into the lake of fire which has been prepared for him and his angels. (Isa. 14:10–17; Ezek. 28:11–19; Mt. 12:25–29; 25:41; Jn. 12:31; 16:11; Eph. 6:10–20; Col. 2:15; 2 Pet. 2:4; Jude 6; Rev. 12:7–9; 20:10)


We believe that humanity, male and female, was originally created in the image of God, righteous and without sin. As a consequence of disobedience, all persons are sinners by both nature and choice, and are, therefore, spiritually dead and justly condemned as children of wrath in the sight of God, wholly unable to save themselves. (Gen. 1:1–3:22; Ps. 51:5; Isa. 53:5; Rom. 3:9–18; 5:12–21; Eph. 2:1–3)

The Church

We believe that the Church is God’s primary instrument, through which He is fulfilling His redemptive purposes in the earth. To equip the saints for the work of ministry, God has given the Church apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers. We also affirm the priesthood of all believers and the importance of every Christian being joined with and actively involved in a local community of the saints. We believe that women, no less than men, are called and gifted to proclaim the gospel and do all the works of the kingdom. (Mt. 16:17–19; Acts 2:17–18, 42; Eph. 3:14–21; 4:11–16; 1 Tim. 2:11–15; Heb. 10:23–25; 1 Pet. 2:4–5, 9–10

We believe that water baptism and the Lord’s Supper are the two ordinances of the Church, to be observed until the time of Christ’s return. They are not a means of salvation, but are channels of God’s sanctifying grace and blessing to the faithful in Christ Jesus. (Mt. 26:26–29; 28:19; Rom. 6:3–11; 1 Cor. 11:23–34; 1 Pet. 3:21)

Missions and Service

We believe that God has called the Church to work together in unity and honor in preaching the gospel to all nations, in making disciples, and in remembering the poor and ministering to their needs through sacrificial giving and practical service. This ministry is an expression of the heart of the Lord Jesus Christ and is an essential part of the kingdom of God. (Isa. 58:6–12; 61:1; Mt. 5:1–7:28; 28:18–20; Lk. 4:18; 21:1–4; Gal. 2:10; 1 Tim. 6:8)

Eternal Reward and Punishment

We believe that when Christians die, they pass immediately into the blessed presence of Christ, there to enjoy conscious fellowship with the Savior until the day of the resurrection and the glorious transformation of their bodies. The saved will receive eternal rewards and forever dwell in blissful fellowship with their great triune God. We also believe that when unbelievers die, they are consigned to hell, there to await the Day of Judgment when they shall be punished in the lake of fire with eternal, conscious, and tormented separation from the presence of God. (Dan. 12:2; Mt. 25:46; Lk. 16:19–31; Jn. 5:25–29; 1 Cor. 15:35–58; 2 Cor. 5:1–10; Phil. 1:19–26, 3:20–21; 2 Thes. 1:5–10; Rev. 20:11–15; 21:1–22:15)