International Volunteer Trips Available through Lutheran Hour Ministries

missions1Are you interested in serving your Lord by being a participant on a international volunteer trip? Lutheran Hour Ministries is organizing servant mission opportunities in Argentina, Cambodia, Guatemala, Indonesia, Jamaica, Latvia, Malawi, Mongolia, Nicaragua, Panama, Russia, Thailand, Uganda, Uruguay, and Vietnam.

To learn more about these opportunities, visit: LHM.ORG/TEAMS.

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The Process of Bible Translation Explained by a Lutheran Bible Translator

Lutheran Bible Translators // Presentation from AFLC Schools on Vimeo.

You are encouraged to learn more about the work of Bible translation by visiting: Lutheran Bible Translators and Lutheran Bible Translators: Canada.

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Inspirational Children’s DVD’s Available through The Voice of the Martyrs: Canada

VOMC is providing an opportunity for you to purchase two or more of August’s featured animated DVDs for only $10.00 each (regularly priced at $15.00 each).Voice

You will be encouraged by the inspiring testimonies of these honoured ‘women of faith’ whose obedience to the call of God on their lives have touched the hearts of many around the world — including those who openly opposed them and their faith.

Discover how Corrie ten Boom overcame the torment of her enemies through the power of forgiveness. Be challenged by the relentless conviction of the young mother Perpetua who stood true to the end. There are also DVDs that share the compelling stories of Amy Carmichael and Gladys Aylward.

To check out this summer clearance sale, visit: www.VOMCANADA.com.

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Embryo Adoption — Kim Laube

National Lutherans For Life had an educational retreat for the Board of Directors, State Federation Presidents, Regional Directors, and staff at Reiman Gardens in Ames, Iowa, on Friday, June 24, 2016. During the day, there were sessions on embryo adoption, human trafficking, gender identity, and physician-assisted suicide.

In this presentation, Kim Laube, B.A., Director of Pregnancy Counseling and Adoption at Lutheran Family Service in Urbandale, Iowa (www.LFSiowa.org), discusses embryo adoption.

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Affirming Mission — Rev. Klaus Detlev Schulz

sentRev. Klaus Detlev Schulz writes, Mission is thus the activity by which God puts His salvific intentions into practice.  That is, God intentionally uses His Word and Sacraments as signs and testimonies of His will toward man, ‘intended to awaken and confirm faith in those who use them.’ [AC XIII 1)  Thus God does not forego these means but uses them to bring about His work of salvation.

We affirm that mission is a kerygmatic activity of the Church. For God effects faith through the Gospel, not beyond or apart from it (Rom 10:14).  Here again, scholars often question whether God can and will also save those who have not yet encountered Christ through the means of grace … Lutheran theology insists on the normal arrangements by which God calls believers to faith, and it dismisses circumstances outside of such normal arrangements. To suggest otherwise would mean that God would contradict Himself and would undermine and destroy the assurance and promise He has given with His Word.

From: Mission from the Cross: The Lutheran Theology of Mission by Klaus Detlev Schulz, St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 2009:153-154.

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The Euthanasia Deception Video will be Released Internationally on August 29.

EuthanasiaThe Euthanasia Prevention Coalition (EPC) in association with DunnMedia is pleased to announce that the International release of The Euthanasia Deception will be August 29, complete with interactive website and resource materials at: www.vulnerablefilm.com.

Purchase The Euthanasia Deception for $30 for 1 copy or $100 for 4 copies or $200 for 10 copies. You can pay (online) or order by emailing: info@epcc.ca or by calling toll free: 1-877-439-3348.

The fifty-two minute documentary features powerful testimonies from Belgium and Canada, exposes the three main deceptions used by the assisted dying lobby:

•Euthanasia & assisted suicide are falsely promoted as a form of compassion or mercy.
•Euthanasia & assisted suicide are falsely promoted as a form of autonomy.
•The myth that safeguards can protect people is exposed.
Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

To learn more about The Euthanasia Deception video, click here.

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Why A Church in a Laundromat? — Rev. Dr. Robert Scudieri

Why would there be a church in a laundromat? Why would a missionary come from Venezuela to the United States? In the country from which Rev. German Novelli came, faith in God and love of family were high priorities. laundryBoth provided safety and comfort. When he came to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, he found these two things so essential to a blessed life in Venezuela were not high on the list of many Americans – even those who came from other cultures in Latin America where faith and family were also important. He found this challenge the first time he invited Miguel to worship.

The first time the missionary invited him, Miguel politely refused because “He had to go to the laundromat.” I suppose this is a take on the excuse some of us may have heard when being turned down for a date, “Sorry – I have to wash my hair.” So, what did Missionary Novelli do?

He persevered. At first he thought of offering to start a church in the laundromat where Miguel went on Sunday mornings.

To continue reading, click on: Church in a Laundry.

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Leadership and Loneliness by Rev. Scott Gress

lonelinessRev. Scott Gress writes,

It’s lonely at the top. Really. Whether you are the pastor, a president or the person who is looked to for the answers due to the organizational chart or the pecking order, it is (or can be) lonely at the top.

What are you going to do with that? You always have a choice.

Sure there might be other people around but there’s often a challenge. The
truth is that others say things to the leader that they a) think you want to hear b) avoid saying what they think you don’t want to hear c) what they hope will make you like them more, for a lot of reasons d) make you go against someone they don’t like e) or say anything else for any number of reasons. Often without even knowing it! So who do you trust?

Or maybe you like lonely! Lots of leaders are introverts so for many of them that’s just fine. Yet those are sometimes the ones who can be even more vulnerable to self deception. Another way to put loneliness is that whether you are an introvert or not, as a lonely or isolated leader you are being isolated from good information. Left alone to drift in this sea of uncertainty or unreality the leader can lose their bearings. That’s when “mission drift” happens. Sometimes a leader may not even be aware that what they are hearing may not be 100% accurate. A grain of salt is always a good thing to keep on hand when hearing things. All the more reason that the leader can’t be holed up in their offices staring at a computer.

To continue reading, click on: Leaders and Loneliness.

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Supporting our Christian Brothers and Sisters in South Sudan

The Sudanese Lutheran Mission Society is a missional organization established by South Sudan, who came to U.S. for resettlement to take the Gospel back to refugee camps and to their home country of South Sudan. sudanese Now, South Sudan has been at war after its independence and the economy has tanked with an increase in inflation to 661.3%. Many families have suffered a lot and it is very difficult for them to support their own families. Many people are traumatized and also dying because of the war and diseases that take place in their country. They need the comfort of God’s Word the most, which is rich in every human’s life. They always need your prayers and support as brothers and sisters in Christ.

God’s Word reminds us, “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ lives in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. (Gal 2:20)

Sudanese Lutheran Mission Society has been successful since it started, and many churches and lay leaders have been trained and ordained into the pastoral ministry.

SLMS has been raising funds to help build churches, train leaders, buy Bibles, song books and much more. This year, the SLMS Board of Directors and the Representatives decided that in order to help the Evangelical Lutheran Church of South Sudan and Sudan, we would like to set up a long term plan to send Pastors and Lay leaders to the Seminary for higher education so they will be the future teachers of the church. Through the leadership of Rev. Simon Gatluak Geng, Dean of the Greater Upper Nile; the Upper Nile Deanery request for help, the SLMS has raised funding to send four (4) students to Ethiopia Lutheran Church, Maor Theological College in Debre Zeit, in Ethiopia. Below is the picture of the four students at the Seminary.

To receive a newsletter or to learn more about this mission, contact:

Rev. Wichieng T. Wetnyangran, President: SLMS
Associate Pastor of African Immigrant
Peace Lutheran Church
941 Bedford-Euless Road
Hurst, Texas 76053
817-284-1677 office ex 203
817-501-1798 cell
Wichieng@peacechurch.org

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Register Now! 2016 Lutherans for Life National Conference, October 21-22

Lutherans for LifeREGISTER NOW! Our 2016 Lutherans For Life National Conference is set for October 21-22, 2016, at St. Michael’s Lutheran Church in Bloomington, Minnesota. Scheduled speakers include: Dr. Jean Garton, Frank Runyeon, Jānis Diekonts, Pastor Don Richman, Deaconess Kimberly Trombley, Barbara Lyons, Allen Quist, Stephenie Hovland, Rev. Doug Merkey, Laura Davis, Col. John Eidsmoe, Rev. Fredric Hinz, Dr. Sheila Page, John Hawkins, Rev. Michael W. Salemink, Heather Salemink, Betty McGuire.

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