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The Rev. Dr. Edward Naumann, LCMS missionary to Sri Lanka, presents Vicar P. Gnanakumar with a certificate of ordination for the holy ministry following his examination at the first convocation of the Ceylon Evangelical Lutheran Church, Sept. 1. (LCMS/Roy Askins)

Built on the rock: New church, pastor, publishing house in Sri Lanka

The Ceylon Evangelical Lutheran Church (CELC) held its first convocation Sept. 1-2.

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New LCMS missionaries pose for a group photo in the International Center chapel during the July 3-14 orientation in St. Louis. From left are Carl and Karen Cecil (who will serve in Germany), Dr. Arthur A. Just Jr. (Dominican Republic and Spain), Cindy Zirbel Wrucke (Czech Republic), Nichelle Dykema (Peru), Rachel Meyer (Uganda), Deaconess Kim Bueltmann (Germany), Deirdre Christiansen (Germany), Natalie Howard (Dominican Republic) and Kevin Kong (Hong Kong). (LCMS/Erik M. Lunsford)

Missionaries blessed for service in seven countries

After a two-week orientation, 10 missionaries are “sent” to serve in Germany, the Czech Republic, the Dominican Republic, Hong Kong, Peru, Spain and Uganda.

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The Rev. Micah Glenn, LCMS national missionary to Ferguson, Mo., greets members of Trinity Lutheran Church in Cape Girardeau, Mo., after serving there as guest preacher April 2. (LCMS/Erik M. Lunsford)

‘A global perspective’ — linking congregations, missionaries

A story from “Lutherans Engage the World” that addresses opportunities for LCMS congregations to support LCMS mission work.

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‘Now is the time’ for Gambia mission

Native Gambian Rev. Dr. John Loum is called to part-time missionary service in a partnership between the Synod and Concordia Seminary.

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Religious freedom advocate Katrina Lantos Swett, right, leads a panel for the opening of the In Defense of Christians national convention Sept. 7 in Washington, D.C. (RNS photo by Adelle M. Banks)

Activists: West ignoring genocide of Middle East religious minorities

Religious freedom advocate Katrina Lantos Swett calls the crisis “perhaps the great moral challenge of our time right now.”

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Latvian Lutherans reinstate male-only clergy

Although leaders of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Latvia ceased ordaining women in 1993, the change in practice was never made official church policy until this year’s synod.

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