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On this most recent trip to Ethiopia, Rev. Mark Rabe and Rev. Eric Stinnett visited the Mekane Yesus Seminary (MYS) for the first time. Both of them recently received calls from the Board for International Mission (BIM) to serve as theological educators in Ethiopia at the Mekane Yesus Seminary. Watch the brief interview with them.
Pictured (left to right): Rev. Mark Rabe, OIM Theological Educator to MYS and Rev. Eric Stinnett, OIM Theological Educator to MYS.
On Saturday, 30 January 2015, the Association of Lutheran Mission Agencies (ALMA) held a mini-conference on “Facing New Realities: Lutheran Mission in the 21st Century.” ALMA began in 1996 with 10 mission societies; today, ALMA consists of approximately 65 mission societies. The mini-conference began around 1 PM and finished at 4 PM. Dr. Douglas Rutt from Lutheran Hour Ministries served as the moderator. Dr. Albert Collver, Director of Church Relations / Regional Operations presented on behalf of OIM. Rev. Jeffrey Thormodson presented on behalf of the Lutheran Society for Missiology.
Dr. Collver presented on OIM’s strategic plan and how that engages mission in the 21st century. He also discussed the recent CCM opinion regarding the Board for International Mission (BIM) role as the only sending agency of the Synod. Collver indicated to ALMA that the CCM opinion had little effect on mission societies in general. If the mission society wished to send a rostered worker of the Synod they would need to work with the BIM. He also indicated that BIM / OIM would like to work with the mission societies to increase each other’s capacity and to promote the Gospel of Jesus to the world.
Rev. Jeffry Thormodson presented on how mission societies bring innovation and new ideas to the mission field and are able to respond to the changing landscape more quickly than larger organizations. Mission societies also are able to work with groups too small or isolated for larger groups such as the Synod. He indicated how the Internet and social media have changed the world and how we do mission.
Rev. Berhard Seter, Chairman of the BIM, and Butch Almstedt, Vice-Chairman of the BIM, attended the meeting to discuss how the BIM would implement polices based upon the CCM opinion that the BIM is the sole sending agency of the Synod so that mission societies could work collaboratively with BIM / OIM. The OIM’s Regional Directors attended and participated in the Q & A. Over all this was a very good opportunity for the mission societies and OIM to get tougher to discuss how to cooperate.
President Matthew Harrison and Dr. David Erber, OIM Area Director for West Africa
31 January 2015
The Board for International Mission (BIM) honored Rev. Dr. David Erber, OIM Area Director for West Africa, for the 28th anniversary of his arrival in Nigeria. Dr. Erber was in Saint Louis first for the Office of International Mission Regional Directors’ meeting, the ALMA conference, and the BIM meeting, where he spoke how the Gospel of Jesus was being shared in Africa by the LCMS. Yesterday, while attending the ALMA meeting, Dr. Erber mentioned that his wife sent him an email, “Happy Anniversary.” Everyone, of course, assumed he spoke of his wedding anniversary to his wife, Joyce. David explained, “Not my wedding anniversary, but my 28th anniversary from when I deployed to Nigeria as a missionary.” The BIM wanted to honor Dr. Erber for his service.
President Matthew Harrison, Dr. David Erber, Rev. Bernie Seter, Chairman of the BIM
The BIM heard that Dr. Erber wished he could own a copy of the Concordia Commentary Series. With the help of Dr. Bruce Kintz and Concordia Publishing House, the BIM was able to present Dr. Erber with the entire Concordia Commentary Series. Congratulations to Dr. Erber and his wife Joyce for their many years of faithful service in the mission field!
Dr. Erber presents to the BIM about challenges and opportunities in West Africa.
30 January 2015
The Board for International Mission (BIM) held its meeting at Concordia Publishing House, which also hosted the Office of International Mission (OIM) Regional Directors earlier in the week. Rev. Bernie Setter, chairman of the BIM, called the meeting to order and held a devotion on Matthew 4:18-25, highlighting the missionary task of all Christians. After President Harrison gave his report on the state of the synod, the BIM entered executive session to discuss candidates to be called for missionary service. After prayer and deliberation, the BIM issued 16 calls or appointments as career or GEOs to serve in Africa, Asia, Eurasia, and Latin America, with the potential to consider more on Saturday. The Office of International Mission staff and the Regional Directors are contacting the candidates to inform them of their call to serve the mission field. Call documents will be sent in the near future. After issuing the calls the BIM sang the Doxology. We thank the Lord of sending laborers into the ripe harvest field.
Mr. John Edson, secretary of the BIM, speaks during the BIM.