The History of LCMS Mercy Work with African Americans

Rev. WM Eddleman (rear) and school children are pictured on Dec. 1, 1927, in front of Pilgrim Evangelical Lutheran Church in Birmingham, Ala. (Courtesy of Concordia Historical Institute)

by Rev. Dr. Roosevelt Gray, Director of LCMS Black Ministry

The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod has an enduring legacy of using mercy work as a means by which to share the Gospel. This is true for the Synod’s work with and among African Americans as well.

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4 Responses to The History of LCMS Mercy Work with African Americans

  1. Ralph Hough February 21, 2018 at 3:07 pm #

    I finished reading the wonder of Christ’ connection to the Black community in the south through the diligence of both black and white Christians in the LCMS. The churches and schools are God’s good gifts to His people and for the building up of those entrusted to our care. May God continue to raise awareness and the will to strengthen the fervency of the mission of grace under the cross of our Lord Jesus!

    • March 14, 2018 at 1:20 pm #

      Thank you brother Hough! May God keep all of us at the foot of the Cross and the open Tomb with the view to Disciple All Nations for the sake of Christ and the Gospel!!!

  2. Maria Erling March 14, 2018 at 9:36 am #

    Is Rosa Young in the picture?

    • LCMS Church Information Center March 14, 2018 at 2:29 pm #

      Thank you for your comment. Rosa Young is not a student in the top picture. However, on page 8 in the stand alone photo center left she is with Nils Baake at the bottom and on page 10 she is the center person teaching the girls.

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