15 countries. 35 new missionaries.

Missouri Synod “sends” new missionaries in special service set for Friday, June 27

Media Advisory

June 26, 2014

Pamela Nielsen
Associate Executive Director, Communications
The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod

What: Special “sending service” for 35 new missionaries who have completed two weeks of training at The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) International Center in St. Louis before they are sent to the four corners of the globe. They will join approximately 140 other missionaries around the world.

Who: The 2014 range in age and experience and include recent college graduates, clergy and retirees. The missionaries will serve in 15 countries including Kenya, Hong Kong, Czech Republic, Spain, Uruguay and Puerto Rico.

When: 2 p.m. Friday, June 27 Where: LCMS International Center, 1333 S. Kirkwood Road, St. Louis, Mo. 63122

Why: Missionary orientation is the first major step in a missionary assignment. It provides information, experiences and study materials that will help establish a solid foundation on which new missionaries build as they prepare for missionary service. It provides specific training for their ministry assignment and an introduction to the LCMS staff and structure that will support missionaries during their international deployment. Because of an increasing number of missionaries being sent abroad, the LCMS began offering missionary orientation twice a year this year — once in the winter and once in the spring.

The LCMS has been involved in mission and outreach since 1851 when it established its first mission board and sent its first overseas missionary to India in 1895. Today, the LCMS trains, sends and supports called and appointed long-term and short-term missionaries throughout the United States and in various countries around the world where there are mission stations, partner churches, schools and mission relationships. To find out more about the missionaries, or to support their efforts, download their prayer cards from the LCMS website at www.lcms.org/prayercards.

About The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod
The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod is a biblical, confessional, witness-oriented Christian denomination with 2.2 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.About The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod


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