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CPH Missionary Gift Registry

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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.

 

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The CPH website helpfully shows the regions of the world where the LCMS works and provides the name of the regional director.

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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.

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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

Visit to the Silesian Lutherans (Bohemia)

Left to Right:  Deaconess Dorothy Krans, Deaconess Grace Rao, Rev. Peter Lange, Rev. Tony Booker, Rev. Dr. Albert Collver, Rev. James Krikava, Kay Kreklau

Left to Right:
Deaconess Dorothy Krans, Deaconess Grace Rao, Rev. Peter Lange, Rev. Tony Booker, Rev. Dr. Albert Collver, Rev. James Krikava, Kay Kreklau


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)

Dr. Collver Presenting to Slezská diakonie on Theology of Mercy

Dr. Collver Presenting to Slezská diakonie on Theology of Mercy

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).

Silesian Diacony

Silesian Diacony

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.

Rev. James Krikava

Rev. James Krikava

 

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 Lange and Rev. James Krikava in Poland

Rev. Peter Lange and Rev. James Krikava in Poland

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

 

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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.

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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

There Is Only One Life

What do you think of that statement?  There is only one life.  In some ways it sounds wrong.  Is this all there is?  Is our present life on this earth the only life we get? 

Many naturalists and secularists would agree.  Our natural, physical life here and now is all we know.  You are born, you live and you die.  Hopefully you can give your life some meaning and purpose by what you do, but don’t look for anything more.  This is all you get.  There is only one life. 

What’s the matter? Have I lost my faith?  No, not at all.  But I still say, there really is only one life.  You may be thinking that I am referring to a distinction between physical life and spiritual life.  Yes, but not entirely. 

You see, there is only one life, and that is the life God gives.  When you were conceived in your mother, your life was worked by God (Psalm 139:14f).  Every breath you take is a breath God gives you.  You are alive because of God. 

Yet we still die – life ends. “Sin pays off in death,” the Scripture says (Romans 6:23).  Death contradicts God’s work of life.   It even seems to have the last word, for we all die.  No one is excepted. 

In the face of this reality, the Scripture says of Jesus Christ:

“In him was life, and the life was the light of men.  The light shines on in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” (John 1:4-5). 

There is one life death could not destroy.  Oh, death thought it had Him (if we can speak of death thinking) when Christ was dead and buried.  But death could not hold the one who is the Resurrection and the Life (John 11:25-26).  God’s gift of life cannot be extinguished, for Jesus lives, and lives forever. 

Now Jesus promises,

“This is eternal life, that they know You, the only true God and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.” (John 17:3). 

There is only one life – this life, the life of Jesus Christ.  Knowing Him you have His life.  Anyone who does not have Jesus has no life (1 John 5:12).

“The thief,” Jesus says, “comes only to steal and kill and destroy.  I have come that they may have life, and have it abundantly.” (John 10:10).

So, you see, there is only one life, the life God gives, the life that is ours in Jesus.  It begins now but continues forever. 

“Truly, truly, I say to you, he who hears my word and believes Him who sent Me, has eternal life;  he does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life.” (John 5:24).

Eternal life is a present possession for the believer in Christ.  And when Christ returns, this eternal life will be revealed in the resurrection of the body. 

One more thing.  You probably already know that Jesus gives this life wherever people come together to hear His Word and to receive His body and blood.  But do you know anyone else who does not know or trust in Jesus?  Who is not close to Him?  Without Jesus, they have no life. 

You have this life.  Did you know you can give it away?  Tell them about it.  Tell them what you have.  Bring them into the worship of the Triune God where life is given.  For there is only one life.  His name is Jesus. 

Did you know that your congregation is a mission outpost?  A place where Jesus gives His life for you and for others?  You also are sent by God to bring life, to invite people you know to receive life in Jesus.  As Jesus promised,

“Truly, truly, I say to you, the hour is coming and now is, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live” (John 5:25). 

So it’s true.  There is only one life – eternal life in Jesus.

+Herbert C. Mueller
First Vice President

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