Pastor James Krikava, associate Eurasia Regional Director, speaks about doing mission work in the Czech Republic. He and Rev. Tony Book, Eurasia Regional Director, are based out of Prague working to strengthen Lutheran identity through out Central Europe, as well as working with established and emerging LCMS partners throughout Europe.
Pastor Peter Lange, 1st VP of the Kansas District and pastor at St. John’s Topeka, KS, speaks about his congregation’s partnership with the Office of International Mission for the past 15 years and most recently through its support of Pastor James Krikava as a Network Supported Missionary (NSM) in the Czech Republic.
To support Rev. James Krikava’s work in the Czech Republic (as Pastor Lange and St John’s have) please visit http://www.lcms.org/krikava
Part of the video was shot in the Jesus Church (Kościół Jezusowy) in Polsky Tesin. The Jesus Church holds between 6,000 and 7,000 people. The church was constructed between 1709-1750. It is the largest Lutheran church in the region.
Altar area of the Jesus Church
Looking toward the nave of the Jesus Church.
Rev. Wakseyoum Idossa
Tuesday, Dec. 16, at 4 p.m. CST
Presidents Room, Concordia Seminary, St. Louis
Live stream: www.csl.edu/live
The Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus (EECMY) has a history of struggle and growth, including persecution under communist rule. With well over 6 million members today, the church continues to grow and strengthen its ministry.
Dr. Wakseyoum Idossa, president of the EECMY, will lead a discussion on the church’s holistic model of ministry that has enabled it to respond effectively and compassionately to the needs of its people.
This lecture is free to attend and will be streamed live. Set your browser to www.csl.edu/live to watch and hear the lecture on your computer.
For more information, contact Becky Pagel at 314-505-7377 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For Immediate Release
December 15, 2014
FORT WAYNE, Ind.—The faculty, students and staff of Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Indiana, were pleased to welcome the Rev. Dr. Wakseyoum Idossa, president of the Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus (EECMY), to the campus today, December 15, 2014. The EECMY is the largest and fastest growing Lutheran church body in Africa with nearly seven million members. President Idossa’s visit follows meetings that took place in November in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, that continued the discussion concerning the relationship between The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) and the EECMY. Those discussions were focused especially on partnering in theological education and human care opportunities.
CTS has been providing theological education to Ethiopians for well over a decade with Ethiopian students traveling to study at the Fort Wayne campus and by having members of the faculty teach at the Mekane Yesus Seminary. “We are particularly glad today to celebrate the relationship that is budding between our seminary and the EECMY. We are partnering already with the EECMY in very important ways, especially by working very specifically and intentionally with the Mekane Yesus Seminary in Addis Ababa,” commented CTS President Dr. Lawrence R. Rast Jr.
In his comments to the CTS community President Idossa expressed his thanks. “It is the pleasure of my church body to be partnering with the seminary and with our dear friend, President Rast, who visited us last November to discuss ways of working more closely. We are thankful for your prayers and also for the support you are contributing. I ask you to continue to uphold us in your prayers and also walk together with us as we are engaging in God’s mission to serve the Ethiopian society and beyond.”
Among several participants in the November meetings in Addis Ababa was the Rev. Dr. Albert B. Collver, director of LCMS Church Relations, who commented on the visit, “I am very pleased that President Idossa was able to visit the Fort Wayne seminary. I expect great things to emerge from this and other meetings.”
“We are very blessed to be expanding our working together with the EECMY,” said President Rast. “We look forward to God continuing to bless our relationship.”
Three Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod missionaries from the United States who are serving in Papua New Guinea (PNG) face ongoing attempts by the PNG Minister of Foreign Affairs and Immigration and his department to deport them.
The three — the Rev. Jeffrey Horn, Julie Lutz and Anton Lutz (40 years in PNG among them) — have legal representation and are in contact with the U.S. Embassy.
The three have not been officially served deportation orders nor have they seen complaints lodged against them. The minister has sought to justify the deportation action in national newspaper articles and a full-page advertisement. He alleges the three have breached PNG law and interfered in local and church politics. No investigation involving the missionaries has been carried out. On Monday, Dec. 8, the missionaries were emailed a letter instructing them to leave Papua New Guinea voluntarily by Dec. 12.
According to newspaper reports filed Dec. 5, PNG Prime Minister Peter O’Neill has intervened and ordered the Foreign Affairs Minister, Rimbink Pato, not to deport the missionaries. The prime minister has set up an investigation headed by Chief Secretary Manasupe Zurenuoc. The missionaries have not yet been briefed regarding the scope of the intended investigation.
Because the complaints upon which the deportation is based are unknown, and because due process has not been followed, the missionaries welcome the prime minister’s independent investigation. The missionaries also will request a Committee of Review to look into their case so that the cancellation of their entry permits might be revoked.
As guests of Papua New Guinea over many years, the missionaries seek to abide by all PNG laws and expect public servants and politicians to do the same. They will respect the rule of law.
Posted Dec. 9, 2014
Love the story of the British child whose family was very excited because his grandfather had been elected to a high office in the Church of England, the office of ‘Moderator.’ Going out to play, the child could not keep the news to himself. He blurted out to his friends, “My grandfather has been elected a ‘radiator’ of the church!”
Truth be told, we have all been elected ‘radiators’ of the church. St. Paul writes, “For we who live are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that the life of Jesus also may be ‘manifested’ in our mortal flesh” (2 Cor. 4:11). The life of Jesus will show in how we live out our lives on this earth and, so importantly, in how we regard and treat one another. Again Paul writes, “From now on we regard no one according to the flesh” (2 Cor. 5:16).
We have in our Synod a group of people whose high office and calling is specifically that of ‘radiator.’ Each of our 35 districts has four of them, appointed by their districts’ boards of directors to serve as Synod ‘Reconcilers.’ I have met with nearly all of them over the past 2 1/2 months in regional meetings around the country. I can tell you that they do ‘radiate’ the Gospel, especially when called upon by district presidents, district secretaries, or the Secretary of the Synod to help members of our Synod reconcile differences and disputes.
They are truly a best-kept secret of our Synod, largely because they work quietly and confidentially behind the scenes, going about their business of manifesting the life of Jesus and helping troubled fellow Christians not to regard one another according to the flesh. Reconcilers’ efforts play large part (along with the work of our district presidents and circuit visitors) in maintaining the relative calm that our Synod enjoys.
You will want to find out who your district’s reconcilers are. You may want to invite them to your church to provide a Bible study regarding their work. And should should there be an occasion where a little help is needed to work out some differences in your congregation, you may want to speak to your district president about the possibility of having one of these ‘radiators of the life of Jesus’ provide some assistance.