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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: http://www.lcms.org/makeagift/gsi
Last evening, President Matthew C. Harrison asked me to bring additional greetings to you here in Palanga and to the Lutherans in Lithuania on his behalf and on that of the people of the Missouri Synod in the Name of Jesus! It is a great privilege and honor to be here among you today. It is a joy to see this church completed and ready to be used in worship.
For as long as I have served with President Harrison (both as President and when he worked as the director of Diakonia for the LCMS), he has spoken of the need to help our brothers and sisters in Christ who suffered under communism. He said we need to help them, to show mercy to them. Today, we heard Bishop Sabutis say, “This is a house of mercy.” Indeed it is. It is the place the Lord comes and shows mercy.
It is a privilege and honor that the Lord allowed the people of the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod, in particular the Iowa East District, to participate in the building of this church in Palanga. It brings us joy to see this day.
We also heard how after the corner stone was laid in July 2005 how plans were made to dedicate this church in 2007. Yet those plans were delayed and now 5 years later we celebrate the opening of this church. Some may have thought the promise to build the church would not come true. Some may have even thought the Lord failed his promises. Hear this word of Scripture after Solomon finished building the temple, he “Blessed be the Lord who has given rest to his people Israel, according to all that he promised. Not one word has failed of all his good promise.” (1 Kings 8:56)
Indeed, today the Lord has given rest to his people as he has promised. Today he has given you rest in his promises. Not one word of the Lord has failed you. The Lord has given you his precious Gospel and his forgiving gifts. He has given you this sanctuary to worship him.
Today, we celebrate and rejoice with you at the completion of the Lutheran Church in Palanga. We pray that it will be blessing to you and to the people here. Remember that the Lord is faithful to his promise. He will never fail you. It is our duty to given him thanks and praise, for his Gospel and for this place of worship.
The Blessing of God, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit be with you. Amen.”
President Harrison led the discussion this morning at the second disaster relief “war room” meeting at the International Center since the quake and tsunami hit last Friday.
Reports and information were coordinated and shared from the following departments and individuals–either in person or by phone.
- John Fale
- Dennis Fangmann
- Glenn Merritt
- Darin Storkson
- Al Dowbnia
- Hans Springer
- Chrissy Thomas
- Dave Birner
- John Mehl
- Kama Bernabo
- Travis Torblaa
- Stacey Grapengater
- David Strand
- Jim Heine
- Adriane Dorr
- Joe Isenhower
- Melanie Ave
- Matt Harrison
- Jon Vieker
- Kim Vieker
- Blake Tilley
For the latest information on LCMS relief efforts, check back often at www.lcms.org/help.
Following chapel this morning, staff at the IC gathered to wish President Harrison a happy birthday.