One of the things I “get to” do as First Vice President is to work with the Colloquy Committee as its chairman. In that capacity, sometimes we bring the Chairman of the Colloquy Committee for the Pastoral Ministry to the person who has finished a course of study, especially if interpreters are needed. By way of example, we recently held an interview for Wenbin (“Freeman”) Li, a colloquy applicant from China living in the San Francisco area. Freeman Li is working with an LCMS pastor and congregation in the Bay Area and was ready for his interview. Once the process is completely finished, he will be called, God willing, into a Chinese ministry in the same area. The questions were asked in English, explained in Mandarin, answered in Mandarin and then interpreted back into English for the members of the interview committee who don’t know Mandarin. For the convenience of everyone else, the interview was held at the offices of the California/Nevada/Hawaii District in Livermore, California.
On this same trip to California, we also interviewed five colloquy applicants who have been prepared for the process in the Korean language by Korean speaking pastors led by Dr. Shang Ik Moon at Concordia, Irvine, CA. These interviews, held at Irvine, CA, were conducted in Korean, with interpretation into English. We also interviewed an applicant from the Mekane Yesus Evangelical Lutheran Church in Ethiopia, conducting this interview in one of the languages of Ethiopia, Amharic. Soon these pastors will be called to pastoral work in their native languages among various immigrant groups in the USA.
Colloquy is for ordained pastors from other churches who are interested in becoming pastors in the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (see Bylaw 3.10.2ff). Much depends on the individual circumstances as to what might be required, but the Colloquy Committee goes to great lengths to ensure that those who are approved for colloquy share with us in confessing Biblical teaching according to our confessions and are prepared to be pastors in the Synod. Men certified for colloquy become members of the Synod after they are placed in their first call by the Council of Presidents. Most of the time, applicants are interviewed in St. Louis, but when interpreters are needed, we may makearrangements to go to the applicants. If you have questions about colloquy, email Vice President Mueller at Herb.Mueller@lcms.org. Thank you.
We praise God for providing workers for his harvest field, in this case, for people in our country whose first language is not English. Christ tells us to pray for workers because He has promised to hear!
|Snow Covered Kramer Chapel|
Although the 27th annual Exegetical Symposium and the 35th annual Symposium on the Lutheran Confessions (17 – 20 January 2012) began with unusually mild weather on Monday, by Thursday, winter arrived in full force with blustery winds and snow coating the ground.
|Kantorei in Kramer Chapel Balcony|
One of the highlights of the Symposia Series at Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne is the chapel services, in particular the celebration of the commemoration of the faithfully departed. This year the commemoration of the faithfully departed was held on the Confession of Saint Peter, 18 January 2012. Rev. Jon Vieker, Senior Assistant to the LCMS President preached.
|Rev. Jon Vieker, Preaching at Commemoration of the Faithfully Departed|
Rev. Vieker preached on the LSB Hymn 395, “O Morning Star How Fair and Bright,” Stanza 5 and Revelation 21:1 – 7. The service closed with LSB Hymn 676, “Behold A Host Arrayed in White,” (Listen to it below).
Another highlight of the Symposia is the opportunity to meet with church leaders from around the world. This year Concordia Theological Seminary Fort Wayne invited 25 International dignitaries to attend the Symposia. Dignitaries from Russia, Latvia, Germany, Finland, Norway, Tanzania, Nigeria, Haiti, and Indonesia attended.
|President Lawrence Rast of Concordia Theological Seminary Welcomes
International Dignitaries and Introduces President Harrison to them.
The International Guests reported that they found the theological lectures and the fellowship at the Symposia Series very encouraging.
|Rev. Emmanuel Makala (Tanzania) and Dr. Timothy Quill|
Rev. Emmanuel Makala is the assistant to Bishop Andrew Gulle of the East Lake Diocese in Tanzania. He is a new doctorate student at Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne.
|Bishop Vsevolod Lytkin and Adrian Dorr|
Adrian Dorr interviews Bishop Vsevolod Lytkin from the Siberian Evangelical Lutheran Church (SELC).
|Rev. Charles Wokoma, Archbishop Christian Ekong, Rev. Dr. Albert Collver|
This was Archbishop Christian Ekong from the Lutheran Church of Nigeria’s (LCN) first visit to Concordia Theological Seminary Fort Wayne. The Lutheran Church of Nigeria has been a partner of the LCMS for 75 years, one of the LCMS’ oldest partners. Archbishop Ekong stated that the number one way that the LCMS could help the Lutheran Church of Nigeria was through theological education. Archbishop Ekong stated that Nigeria is the third largest English speaking nation in the world.
|Adrian Dorr with International Deaconesses|
|CTS Campus in Winter|
A view from the new CTS Library.
|People Gathered for Lutheran Village Dedication|
Yesterday, Sunday, 15 January 2012, the Lutheran Village in Jacmel, Haiti, was dedicated. The Lutheran Village was conceived by Rev. Glenn Merritt, working with the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Haiti (ELCH), after the devastating earthquake in Haiti on 12 January 2010. The Lutheran Village consists of cinder-block homes constructed around a Lutheran congregation. Hundreds of people attended the dedication on Sunday, including the mayor of Jacmel and two senators.
|Rev. Marky Kessa, President of the ELCH, awards home to applicant|
Senator Joseph Lambert was a government dignitary who attended the dedication of the Lutheran Village. Senator Lambert, himself, was personally trapped under concrete rubble after the earthquake of 12 January 2010. Thirty-nine others were trapped with him, only four, including him, survived. He recounted that when the earthquake struck, he was rendered unconscious almost immediately. Around 11 PM, some six hours after the earthquake, he awoke and thought that life was very short. The sounds of people crying for help brought him to consciousness. He heard people crying, “Senator, please help me, pull the board out that went through my stomach”; “Senator, help me, pull the concrete off my legs.” The Senator said he would spare those gathered from the other horrible sounds he heard as people died. His arm was broken behind his back and concrete pressed on his skull. He said with his good arm he reached back and grabbed hold of a board. Around 2 AM, he heard the voice of his younger brother calling his name. The rescuers pulled the Senator out of the rubble by the “board” he clung to. Once out of the rubble, the Senator saw what he thought was a board was in fact a crucifix. He said that he gives thanks to Jesus every day for delivering him from the earthquake. He thanked the work of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Haiti and The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod for its work to help the people of Haiti. He also thanked Glenn Merritt in particular for traveling to Haiti more than 20 times to make the dream of a Lutheran Village a reality.
|A Home in the Lutheran Village|
A distinguishing feature of the homes in the Lutheran Village from the homes constructed by some of the other relief agencies is the cinder block construction. The mayor of Jacmel contrasted the sheet rock and cardboard homes constructed nearby to the “real homes” constructed from concrete in the Lutheran Village. The quality of the homes in the Lutheran Village were greatly appreciated by Haitian government officials.
|A Lutheran Congregation forms the heart of the Lutheran Village|
|Sanctuary of the Lutheran Congregation|
The people who received homes at the dedication service were very grateful to receive a home.
|People from the ELCH|
After the dedication service, people rode home on the back of trucks.
|A Common Mode of Transportation in Haiti|
Below are pictured Dignitaries from the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Haiti (ELCH), The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, and the Haitian Government.
|Dignitaries at the Dedication|
It was truly a blessing to see the completion of the Lutheran Village.
Today, 15 January 2012, we worshiped at a local Evangelical Lutheran Church of Haiti (ELCH) congregation in Jacmel near the airport.
People singing at worship. The worship at the Lutheran Congregation followed a liturgical outline: Invocation, confession / absolution, Old Testament, Epistle, Gospel readings, Creed, Lord’s Prayer, Holy Communion, and Benediction. The music ranged from hymns to Haitian songs.
Drs. Collver and Just assisted in the distribution of Holy Communion. The elders admitted who could or could not attend Holy Communion– this is the way the ELCH practices close(d) communion. About 350 people attended the service and 200 communioned.
After the service we went to the dedication of the Lutheran Village.
— Rev. Dr. Albert Collver, Director of Church Relations, posted in Jacmel, Haiti.
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