Christianity has been in Ethiopia for nearly 2,000 years. It became the state religion in 330 A.D. when Archbishop Athanasius of Alexandria sent a bishop to Ethiopia, resulting in the birth of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church, and it remains the predominant religion to this day.
Deng Jock Kier is a pastor in the Ethiopian Evangelical Lutheran Church Mekane Yesus (EECMY). Kier shared his journey from the tribal lands of western Ethiopia to the seminary and back to shepherd his people as a pastor in the largest Lutheran church in Africa with Pamela Nielsen, who was part of the visiting LCMS delegation to Ethiopia in November.
Forums, or “foros” as they are known in Latin America, have been created to provide a platform for LCMS entities in the United States to plug into the mission of the church abroad.
The Rev. Dale Kaster and his wife, Suzanne, began serving as LCMS career missionaries to Ghana in May 2014. In the article, Kaster speaks about his ministry, life in Ghana and the support that helps them continue their work.
The Synod’s two auxiliaries — the International Lutheran Laymen’s League and the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League — play a vital role in extending the ministry and mission of the LCMS.
Constructed in 1947 with the intention of serving all of Latin America, Seminario Concordia, Buenos Aires, Argentina, has been forming men into confessional Lutheran pastors for not just Argentina but for other parts of the Spanish-speaking world.
Daniel Fickenscher, a Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod missionary in Latin America, was interviewed on Oct. 18, 2014, by KFUO Radio about Castillo Fuerte (Mercy House) in Lima, Peru. Castillo Fuerte provides a safe place for slum children in Lima to play, study and learn about the Gospel.
Dr. Daniel Harmelink, executive director, and Becky Wells, museum curator, of Concordia Historical Institute (CHI) talk about the new Papua New Guinea exhibit on display now at the Institute.
The free exhibit — “Bringing Christ to the Highlands” — runs through 2015 at Concordia Historical Institute in St. Louis.
Madison McKinney, a college junior, was part of an LCMS Mercy Medical Team trip to Kenya in June.
Sixty years after being started by LCMS missionaries, Urawa Lutheran School in Japan is still sowing Gospel seeds. In January, the school will open at a new location, where it will be able to expand ministry and increase enrollment.
The latest class of missionaries — laypeople and teachers, as well as pastors and deaconesses — will serve in 15 countries.
The Board for International Mission votes to send 21 new missionaries into the field. Many were attending the Synod’s two-week orientation.
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