“He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season.” (Ps. 1:3)
Trees bearing fruit — planted in the waters of Holy Baptism, fed by God’s life-giving and forgiving Word — are mercy-bearing trees. Where does one find such trees? You, dear reader, have only to look in the mirror to see such a magnificent tree!
Our Lord works through you in the many vocations in which He has placed you, including your vocation as a member of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. Through your prayers, your service and your offerings to your local congregation and to the Synod for our collective witness and mercy work, you are bearing marvelous fruit.
This issue of Lutherans Engage the World tells stories of witness and mercy — particularly the ongoing work through the church and in the home where “trees” are watered and then naturally bear merciful fruit.
You’ll read about a congregation in Wisconsin where the culture of catechesis and prayer flowing from parish altar to family altar in members’ homes has produced a forest of fruit-bearing trees in their life together.
When too much water flooded communities this past Christmas, trees loaded with merciful fruit responded with prayers, donations and volunteer service — an amazing effort that continues even as you read about it in these pages.
You’ll learn how a pastor and vicar are planting trees of faith and watering them with God’s Word amongst a Hispanic population in Sheboygan, Wis., even as they are revitalizing an entire community.
Equipped with medical supplies, medicines and hearts eager to care for others, Mercy Medical Teams provide body-and-soul care in remote areas of the world.
And that’s not all; there’s much more than these few pages can contain! All of these stories, by God’s grace and favor, are of your faithful fruit-bearing as you stand alongside tall trees of faith in this forest we call the Church. Thanks be to God!
Pamela J. Nielsen
Associate Executive Director,