Concordia Publishing House (CPH) in cooperation with the Office of International Mission (OIM) has launched a Missionary Gift Registry to benefit the work of sharing the Gospel overseas. In a joint meeting between the LCMS Regional Directors and Dr. Bruce Kintz of CPH, the Regional Directors asked if CPH could find a way to help missionaries get CPH materials onto the mission field, where emerging churches could make use of the material. CPH created a webpage that contains a list of materials LCMS missionaries would like to sue on the mission field with partner churches, emerging churches, and converts to the Christian faith. The web address is https://www.cph.org/t-international-missions.aspx
Each quarter the regional directors will update the list and provide CPH with a list of needed resources. CPH also is working with LCMS missionaries to identify resources to translate into other languages. Please take a look at the CPH site created to help our LCMS missionaries.
The CPH website helpfully shows the regions of the world where the LCMS works and provides the name of the regional director.
This is part of the Latin America list of needed resources. As the image shows, a number of resources have been identified with the quantity required and the amount fulfilled.
Eurasia is looking to get LSB hymnals for the Old Latin School in Wittenberg.
Thanks CPH for working with the Office of International Mission on this. It is a great way to collaborate.
— Rev. Albert B. Collver, Ph.D, Director of Church Relations / Regional Operations
On Sunday, December 14th, a group from the Missouri Synod arrived in Prague for a week long conference with the Silesian Evangelical Church of the Augsburg Confession (SECAC). In 2010, the LCMS and the SECAC, who are not in altar and pulpit fellowship, signed a working agreement describing how the two churches will work in the area of human care (particularly in the area of people with disabilities through Slezská diakonie) and in the realm of theological education and conferences. (Read more about that at http://abc3miscellany.blogspot.com/2010/11/working-agreement-with-silesian.html)
The Slezská diakonie requested that the Missouri Synod present on the topic of the theology of mercy, so that the church can remain closely connected to human care work. Dr. Collver presented on the Biblical view of mercy, both to the Slezská diakonie and to a pastors’ conference at the Silesian Evangelical Church of the Augsburg Confession (SECAC).
Approximately, One hundred of the 600 staff members attended the conference. Deaconess Grace Rao and Deaconess Dorothy Krans also presented to the staff of the Slezská diakonie.
Pastor James Krikava, Eurasia missionary to Czech Republic and associate Eurasia regional director, presented to the pastors’ conference at the Silesian Evangelical Church of the Augsburg Confession (SECAC) in Czech. His paper addressed the topic of mercy in pastoral care through confession and absolution.
Above is a short video (15 seconds) of Rev. James Krikava presenting at the SECAC pastors’ conference in Czech. The LCMS believes it is very important for her missionaries to know the local language. Rev. Krikava, born and raised in the United States, learned Czech at home from his parents and attained fluency during his 15 years of experience as a missionary to the Czech Republic.
Rev. Peter Lang, 1st Vice-President of the Kansas District and Pastor at St. John’s in Topeka, KS, was part of the LCMS delegation to Silesia. Pastor Lang’s congregation has supported the international mission work of the LCMS for the past 15 years, primarily through the Network Supported Missionary (NSM) model. In the video below, Pastor Lang describes how his congregation provides support for Rev. James Krikava in the Czech Republic.
If there is interest to support the work of Rev. James Krikava in the Czech republic please visit: http://lcms.org/krikava
Kay Kreklau, President of from the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League (LWML), came to the Czech Republic and Poland as part of the LCMS delegation. Kay Kreklau was particularly interested in how the LWML can work more closely with the Office of International Mission (OIM) to better support LCMS missionaries and their work.
The future work of the Eurasia team under Rev. Tony Booker, Regional Director for Eurasia, is looking bright with many opportunities for strengthening Lutheran identity in Central Europe. Rev. Tony Booker also serves as the pastor of St. Michael’s English Congregation in Prague.
— Rev. Albert B. Collver, Ph.D., Director of Church Relations / Regional Operations
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.”