Archive for March, 2011

LCMS President announces grants for Japan

President Harrison announces that The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod is sending $200,000 to two Japanese Lutheran church bodies and he encourages everyone to respond with prayer and financial support for our brothers and sisters suffering from the effects of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

For more information, visit

Can’t watch the video?  Read a transcript.

LCMS Japan Disaster Relief "War Room"

President Harrison led the discussion this morning at the second disaster relief “war room” meeting at the International Center since the quake and tsunami hit last Friday.

Reports and information were coordinated and shared from the following departments and individuals–either in person or by phone.


  • John Fale
  • Dennis Fangmann
  • Glenn Merritt
  • Darin Storkson
  • Al Dowbnia
  • Hans Springer
  • Chrissy Thomas


  • Dave Birner
  • John Mehl
  • Kama Bernabo
  • Travis Torblaa
  • Stacey Grapengater


  • David Strand
  • Jim Heine
  • Adriane Dorr
  • Joe Isenhower
  • Melanie Ave

President’s Office

  • Matt Harrison
  • Jon Vieker
  • Kim Vieker


  • Blake Tilley

For the latest information on LCMS relief efforts, check back often at

Following chapel this morning, staff at the IC gathered to wish President Harrison a happy birthday.

Ordination at Amigos de Cristo in Dominican Republic



Yesterday on 13 March 2011, we participated in the ordination of Willy de la Rosa Gaspar, the first Lutheran pastor ordained in the Dominican Republic. The service was held at “Amigos de Cristo” (Friends of Christ) Evangelical Lutheran Church, where Pastor Gaspar was called. 


Pastor Sergio Fritzler, President of the Lutheran Seminary in Argentina, preached on Matthew 20:18-20. At the very end of the sermon, a partnership agreement between the LCMS and our sister church in Argentina was signed for joint theological education and mission work in the Dominican Republic.


Willy Gaspar in the ordination rite, pledged himself to the canonicity of the Old and New Testaments. He confessed the ecumenical creeds and pledged himself to the Book of Concord.
At Willy Gaspar’s ordination, the congregation sang, “Sostennos Firmes,” Lord Keep Us Steadfast in Your Word.


A number of people were present at this joyous celebration, I am afraid I would fail at listing all of the names but Mario Lehenbauer from Brazil, John Willie, DP South Wisconsin District, Jack Preus, Daniel Preus, Carlos Hernandez, Timothy Quill, Albert Collver, David Birner, and others…


David Birner who is the Interim-Executive Director of World Mission attended Willy Gaspar’s ordination. Dave was here visiting Ted Krey, Regional Director for the LCMS in Latin America.

President Harrison encourages prayer and support for Japan

LCMS President Matthew C. Harrison offers comfort and encourages prayers and support for the people of Japan in the aftermath of an earthquake and tsunami.

For more news, information and resources regarding the LCMS response to the Japan earthquake, visit

Can’t watch the video?  Read a transcript

Fourth Annual Emmaus Conference

Many of our readers may be interested in a conference that is taking place in Tacoma, WA, May 5–6, 2011. It is the fourth annual Emmaus Conference. The lecturer this year is President Mark Schroeder of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod, speaking on the topic: “Walking Together with Jesus.”

The reactors to President Schroeder’s paper will be President Matthew Harrison of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod and President John Moldstad of the Evangelical Lutheran Synod. This is no doubt an important historic event in American Lutheranism among Lutherans from the former Synodical Conference.

The Emmaus Conference is open to pastors and laity alike.  For more information go to the website:

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