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Opportunities in Africa (Ethiopia) for Theological Education (GSI)

Opportunities in Africa (Ethiopia in this case) abound for theological education. Opportunities exist both for a person who wants to travel overseas to teach a class and for students who are taught at a local insinuation or who receive a scholarship to study at Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, or Concordia Seminary, Saint Louis.

The video highlights how the Global Seminary Initiative (GSI) is helping connect qualified volunteers with teaching opportunities overseas and students with opportunities to study locally or possibility at an LCMS seminary. Two students are interviewed: a future deaconess who has been accepted to Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne and a PhD student who has been accepted for study at Concordia Seminary in Saint Louis. Two instructors are interviewed about their experience at Mekane Yesus Seminary. Finally, Rev. Shauen Trump, Area Director for East Africa, speaks about how theological education is the single largest request he receives in Africa.

For more information about the Global Seminary Initiative please visit:


Lutheran Confessions at the Mekane Yesus Seminary

Dr. Fred Baue mentors a student at MYS in the Lutheran Confessions

Dr. Fred Baue mentors a student at MYS in the Lutheran Confessions

3 February 2015

After arriving at the Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, we went to the Mekane Yesus Seminary (MYS). Once on campus, we went to the Lutheran Confessions class taught by Dr. Fred Baue. This is Dr. Baue’s second time teaching at the MYS seminary. His first teaching stint lasted six months. This time Dr. Baue will remain for four months teaching the Lutheran Confessions and English. He also will be composing some liturgical music. The Global Seminary Initiative (GSI) helps send professors to teach at seminaries around the world. It also helps provide books for the class room.

CPH Readers Edition of the Book of Concrod

CPH Readers Edition of the Book of Concord

The Lutheran Confessions class makes use of Concordia Publishing House’s Readers Edition — Pocket Edition of the Book of Concord. The EECMY church subscribes to the unaltered Augsburg Confession and Luther’s catechisms. Until recently, the church body did not have the entire Book of Concord in Amharic. At the MYS seminary, in the Lutheran Confessions class, Dr. Baue uses the entire Book of Concord.

Rev. Shauen Trump, Beza Tefera, Gideon, Daniel Brege sit in the Dean of Theology Office

Rev. Shauen Trump, Beza Tefera, Gideon, Daniel Brege sit in the Dean of Theology Office

Dr. Daniel Brege came to Ethiopia for the first time to teach the Psalms at MYS. Today will be the first day he teaches. Prior to his teaching, we met in the Dean of Theology Office to print copies of his syllabus and assign the class room. Rev. Shauen Trump, East Africa Area Facilitator or the Office of International Mission, helps oversee the LCMS’ work in Ethiopia.

Beza Tefera and Gideon at the MYS Cafe -- Ethiopian Coffee

Beza Tefera and Gideon at the MYS Cafe — Ethiopian Coffee

After meeting with people we took a coffee break at the MYS Cafe. Coffee is a must in Ethiopia and facilitates discussion and friendship. Over coffee we planned the rest of our day.

Dr. Albert Collver at MYS Campus wearing LCMS U Shirt in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Dr. Albert Collver at MYS Campus wearing LCMS U Shirt in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

LCMS U has managed to reach Ethiopia — at least the LCMS U shirt has made it to Ethiopia. Looking to a very good visit in Ethiopia this week.

BIM Honors Missionary for 28 Years of Service in Africa


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.

Latvia Guest in Regional Directors Meeting at CPH


Pictured (left to right): Rev. Tony Booker — Eurasia Regional Director, Deaconess Grace Rao — Director of Deaconess Ministry, Rev. Andris Kraulins — Board Member from the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Latvia, and Rev. Dr. Albert B. Collver — Director of Church Relations / Regional Operations.

During the Regional Directors’ meeting held at Concordia Publishing House, Rev. Andris Kraulins visited from Latvia and met with the regional directors, in particular Rev. Tony Booker, Eurasia Regional Director.

Rev. Andris Kraulins a board member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Latvia, an LCMS partner church, and dean (circuit counselor) of the district of Jurmala visiting LCMS international center, St. Louis, January 25-27. Rev. Kraulins, who studied theology at Luther Academy, gave a presentation at IC, discussed the conservative church of Latvia in times of challenge. The presentation was informative and interesting and the audience received it well. At IC he was able to meet and have a brief talk with Rev. Bart Day, interim chief missions officer, Rev. Dr. Ray Hartwig, secretary of the synod, Rev. Larry Vogel of CTCR, associated executive director of CTCR. Later he was interviewed by KFUO, followed by a visit to CPH, where he was invited by Rev. Dr. Albert Collver, director of church relations, and assistant to the president to meet all the regional directors of office of international mission. Here too, Rev. Kraulins talked about the Latvian church its structure and the challenges. Also, he brought the greetings from Archbishop, and the congregation at large.

Prior to his visit, he was at CTSFW who participated at the Lenten workshop, and the exegetical symposia, Jan. 18-21. At the seminary he had an opportunity to meet Rev. Dr. Timothy Quill, Rev. Dr. Masaki and Rev. Dr. Detlev Shulz. Subsequently, he was invited by ONM to attend the Life Ministry Conference and participated in March for Life at Washington DC, Jan.21-24.

Rev. Kraulins is here to strengthen the church partnership and is interested in building the theological educational needs for pastors, and diaconal workers. LCMS welcomes Rev. Kraulins and looks forward to support and assist our Latvian partner church to reach out in mercy and compassion to those in need, motivated by Christ and His Gospel according to the Lutheran confession of the faith.

On Wednesday 28 January, the Regional Directors’ meeting concluded with budget and strategic planning. After the conclusion of the Regional Directors’ meeting, the RDs along with OIM staff attended the ALMA Conference on Thursday and Friday.


Concordia Publishing House hosted the Regional Directors’ meeting. A special thanks to Dr. Bruce Kintz and the staff of CPH for providing the Regional Directors with one of the most productive and peaceful from hustle and bustle meetings that they have had in recent memory. The close relationships that the Regional Directors have forged with CPH and the partnership between CPH and OIM have been and continues to be a blessing for the international mission efforts of the church. We are looking forward to many other joint ventures in the future for the benefit of the mission field.

CPH Missionary Gift Registry Video

Introducing the Concordia Publishing House Missionary Gift Registry, featuring Dr. Bruce Kintz – President and CEO of CPH, Rev. Theodore Krey – Regional Director of Latin America, Rev. Tony Booker – Regional Director of Eurasia, and Dr. Detlev Schultz – Dean of Graduate School and Director of Missiology Program at Concordia Theological Seminary Fort Wayne.

The CPH Missionary Gift Registry connects you with mission opportunities where CPH Products can assist LCMS Missionaries on the field. Check out CPH’s Missionary Gift Registry.

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