Opportunities to Support Our LCMS Missionaries

By the Rev. Dr. Albert B. Collver

Director of Church Relations—Assistant to the President

Nearly 75 years ago, Friedrich Pfotenhauer, fifth president of the Missouri Synod, preached the following words at a mission festival:

To be sure, when we members of the Lutheran Church consider that the treasure of the Gospel, which makes us so rich and happy, should also be brought to others, it should make us willing to do diligent work for the mission. By that mission and through our work, many will be won for the kingdom of Christ! We should ourselves be eager to preach the Gospel to another person and to participate in the mission work of our beloved Synod, while we educate messengers in our institutions and send out missionaries near and far! [“The Duty of the Lutheran Church to Be a Church of Mission,” 1937; At Home In the House of My Fathers (CPH 2011), p. 803].

The Church has always seen the missionary task as a great privilege, duty and gift given by our Lord Jesus. The Lord has called the Church wherever it is located to make disciples by teaching and by baptizing people into the Lord’s holy name—Father, Son and Holy Spirit (Matt. 28:19–20). Jesus calls for His Church to pray to the Lord of the harvest to send laborers into the field (Matt. 9:38). Jesus also calls for His Church to support financially the sending of these laborers into the field. Historically, the people of the Missouri Synod have responded eagerly to the Lord’s call to pray and support laborers in the field.

Last July, the LCMS sent out more than 30 missionaries to 16 countries. In addition to these newly sent missionaries, the LCMS has many in the field who are also in need of prayer and support.

Among the new career missionaries sent out are Rev. Alan Ludwig (www.lcms.org/Ludwig) who serves in Siberia, Russia;

Rev. Tony Booker (www.lcms.org/Booker) who will serve in the Czech Republic;

and Rev. Dr. Carl Rockrohr and Deaconess Deborah Rockrohr (www.lcms.org/Rockrohr), who will serve in South Africa.

Please remember these missionaries, as well as all LCMS missionaries, in your prayers, and consider supporting them as you are able.

President Harrison wrote in his letter that accompanied the May 2011 Lutheran Witness that a generous gift from an anonymous donor provided a matching opportunity for LCMS Mission Outreach. This first matching challenge has been met, and now we have the chance to respond to additional opportunities to send out laborers into the harvest.

Please visit one of the missionary’s links or go to www.lcms/missionaries to learn more about each of our LCMS missionaries and how to support them.

— Rev. Dr. Albert B. Collver, Director of Church Relations