Join the excitement! The Evangelical Church of the Augsburg Confession in Poland, through its Center for Mission and Evangelism (CME), is again requesting teams of Lutherans from the United States to come and help them reach out to the lost in their communities in July 2011. Also, Concordia Middle School (CMS)and Concordia English Language Academy (CELA) are looking for missionaries to serve as English-as-a-Foreign-Language teachers.
“This Farsang, I talked to one student about her aspirations for future service in the church. Getting to know people opens up doors of friendship and doors to share Jesus where there were none before. I pray that these times of fellowship lead to greater times of Gospel proclamation…”
This story was shared by GEO missionary Elliot Derricks, who serves in Slovakia. (GEO missionaries are globally engaged in outreach and serve in locations around the world for 1-2 years.)
“Miriam is a girl I met in my first month here. She invited me over to her home for lunch after church one Sunday afternoon. We talked about common interests such as music and I asked her about traditional Czech customs. She expressed her interest in learning more…”
“During the same divine service in which Willy Gaspar was ordained, a moment was taken to sign a protocol document between the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Argentina (IELA) and the LCMS and its Dominican mission.”
“I came to Odessa, Ukraine, in mid-March at the invitation of Dr. Norman Threinen from our partners in Lutheran Church—Canada (LC—C). My task was to teach two courses at the seminary built by the LC—C for the Synod of Evangelical Lutheran Churches in the Ukraine (SELCU).”
“Ninety-eight lay leaders and pastors gathered at St. Stephen’s Church in Baguio Feb. 7—11 for the Second National Lutheran Church in the Philippines (LCP) Lay Leaders’ Training Conference. With almost 100 churches and only 33 ordained pastors, the LCP depends heavily on lay leaders to do much of the work of the church. LCMS World Mission provided support to conduct the first lay conference in 2009, as well as this second conference.”
LCMS World Mission is seeking members of a short-term team to serve on a vision trip to an undisclosed location where the LCMS has been working for the last two years. The team has been learning about the country, the people and how we can share the Good News of Jesus. LCMS World Mission is also seeking a homeschool teacher who will provide vital support to a team serving in Central Asia.
“Sometimes, an opportunity to share the Gospel comes in rather unique ways. A couple nights ago, I [Ivan] was awakened at 11:20 p.m. by an intercom call from one of our security guards. He was reporting to me that a white pickup with four men dressed in black had parked on the shoulder of the main road just outside our compound. They were trying to remove a manhole cover to gain access to underground telephone lines. He called out to them, asking what they were doing. They told him they were policemen. As this is not the normal activity of policemen near midnight, he was not about to believe them.”
Rev. Mark and Rose Krause serve the Lord as missionaries in the Baltic nations of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia. They reside in Latvia, where they interact with the expatriate community, as they share in this story.