International

New Work in an Ancient Land

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.

From Herdsman to Shepherd

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.

Forging Mission Partnerships through God’s Grace

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.

10 Questions with the Rev. Dale Kaster

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.

Extending Ministry and Mission

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.

Video: A Partnership of Formation

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.

Audio: KFUO World Lutheran News interview – Castillo Fuerte in Lima, Peru

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.

Audio: KFUO ‘His Time’ interview – Papua New Guinea exhibit at CHI

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.

Responding to Persecution

Persecution for faith in Christ is never worthless suffering.

Papua New Guinea missionary exhibit opens at CHI

The free exhibit — “Bringing Christ to the Highlands” — runs through 2015 at Concordia Historical Institute in St. Louis.

Extending Mercy in Rural Africa

Madison McKinney, a college junior, was part of an LCMS Mercy Medical Team trip to Kenya in June.

Early Mission Efforts Still Bear Fruit in Japan

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.

LCMS equips, ‘sends’ new missionaries

The latest class of missionaries — laypeople and teachers, as well as pastors and deaconesses — will serve in 15 countries.

BIM calls missionaries, reviews mission work

The Board for International Mission votes to send 21 new missionaries into the field. Many were attending the Synod’s two-week orientation.

Synod to provide resources for monthly emphases

The resources will be available free to districts, congregations and schools to use at any time during the month.

Mercy Moment: Philippines Update

Mercy Moment update on Philippines