The Board for International Mission votes to send 21 new missionaries into the field. Many were attending the Synod’s two-week orientation.
The 31 new missionaries will serve in 15 countries, including four where the Synod does not currently have a presence.
That was the goal of the International Endeavor Conference, held May 29 with leaders from the Synod, Concordia University System (CUS) and several CUS schools.
Church leaders — and later, congregations — are receiving a poster to help spread the word about the need for supporting the mission.
From Guinea to South Africa, missionaries sent by the LCMS to Africa leave their respective fields to enjoy spiritual refreshment and Scriptural reflection during a retreat in Kenya.
The Synod is seeking to place 20 short-term missionaries who can teach English as a foreign language at schools and churches overseas.
The February 2014 new missionary orientation culminated in a special Service of Sending Friday, Feb. 14, 2014, at The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) International Center in St. Louis. During the service, the new missionaries received certificates of completion for LCMS Missionary Orientation, and they, their spouses and families were prayed for.
The 16 new missionaries and their spouses will serve in nine countries including Peru, Ghana, the Dominican Republic, Togo and the United Kingdom.
A student at Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Ind., Caitlin Worden, a 24-year-old from Watervliet, Mich., began serving as a deaconess intern — a Globally Engaged in Outreach (GEO) missionary for the LCMS — in Lima, Peru, in 2013. She has committed to two years of service. She works at a community center called Casa de Misericordia— Castillo Fuerte (Mighty Fortress—House of Mercy)
The 21st century missionary is a skilled and trained individual who comes from all walks of life, often lives in a city and helps LCMS partner churches do what missionaries have always done: share the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Delegates encourage The Wittenberg Project, call for a doubling of career missionaries and mandate a new study on mission for the 21st century.
Four LCMS missionaries and the sister of a deceased missionary are honored with a standing ovation.
Delegates adopt three resolutions brought before the 2013 LCMS convention by the floor committee on Witness.