Photo essay: Powerful Moments — A Year in Review

The Rev. Pablo Dominguez, pastor of a Hispanic mission in the LCMS Central Illinois District, baptizes Ian Terrero-Toribio, who is being held by Pedro Perez, during an Oct. 1 service at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Beardstown, Ill.

Story by Megan K. Mertz

Photos by Erik M. Lunsford (unless noted otherwise)

During the past year, God has been at work mightily through The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod.

In Kenya, in Sri Lanka and in other corners of the globe, LCMS missionaries are bringing the Gospel and Christ’s mercy to those who are hurting or in need, as they also work to equip local pastors and church leaders to go out and serve their own people in Christ’s name.

Meanwhile, here in the United States, the Lord is using LCMS church workers and congregation members to bring new believers to the font, provide for immigrants, care for those who are ill or infirm, and so much more.

These photos provide just a glimpse of the wonderful ways the Lord was at work through His people in 2016.

Megan K. Mertz ( is a staff writer and managing editor of Lutherans Engage the World with LCMS Communications.

Erik M. Lunsford ( is managing photojournalist for LCMS Communications.

Posted December 8, 2016

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