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Missouri Synod “sends” new missionaries in special service set for Friday, Feb. 14
What: Special “sending service” for new Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) missionaries being sent to the four corners of the globe. The Rev. Kevin Golden, pastor of Village Lutheran Church, Ladue, Mo., will officiate at the Divine Service with Holy Communion at the LCMS International Center in St. Louis.
Who: 16 missionaries and spouses ranging in age and experience, including recent college graduates, couples and second-career professionals from across the country. Among the places where the new missionaries will serve are:
- Dominican Republic
- Hong Kong
- United Kingdom
- Sri Lanka
These missionaries join a global mission team of some 500, which includes short-term missionaries, military chaplains, international educators and other mission staff.
When: 2 p.m., Friday, Feb. 14
Where: LCMS International Center, 1333 S. Kirkwood Road, St. Louis, Mo., 63122
Why: “An isolated Church is the devil’s delight,” said the Rev. Randall Golter, executive director of the LCMS Office of International Mission, the missionary sending and support arm of the church. “Missionaries serve to bridge the ‘Gospel gaps’ in bringing God’s Word to where it has not been preached.”
The LCMS has been involved in mission and outreach since 1851, when it established its first mission board. In the early years, the church focused domestically on mission outreach among Native Americans. The LCMS’ first overseas missionary was sent in 1895 to India. Today, the LCMS trains, sends and supports called and appointed missionaries throughout the United States and in various countries around the world where there are mission stations, partner churches, schools and other mission relationships.
About The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod
The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod is a biblical, confessional, witness-oriented Christian denomination with 2.3 million members – 600,000 households – in 6,200 congregations. Through acts of witness and mercy, the church carries out its mission worldwide to make known the love of Jesus Christ. Learn more at www.lcms.org.