LCMS Missionaries Receiving the Rite of Sending

On 6 July 2012, sent twenty-nine people to serve as overseas missionaries to fourteen different countries, including China, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, Germany, Hong Kong, Jamaica, Kenya, Kyrgyz Republic, Macau, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Singapore, South Africa, and Sri Lanka.

The service followed the order of Divine Service One. First Vice President, Rev. Dr. Herbert Mueller preached on Matthew 16:13 – 20. Rev. Dr. Kevin Golden, Pastor of Village Lutheran Church in Laude, Missouri served as the presiding minister. Rev. William Weedon, LCMS Director of Worship and IC Chaplain assisted. LCMS Missionary to Eurasia, Rev. Dr. Christopher Ahlman, was both sent and served as the organist for the service.

Rev. Dr. David Birner noted that the past two years have seen more missionaries sent than in recent memory.

The outgoing class of missionaries, who completed a rigorous fourteen days of orientation, are being sent not only to new mission fields such as Singapore for the LCMS but also to long establish fields such as Papua New Guinea, where LCMS missionaries arrived after the end of World War II.

Despite the economic challenges facing the Nation and the ongoing LCMS restructuring efforts, the Lord has continued to bless his church, particularly the Lutheran Church — Missouri Synod, by providing laborers for the harvest. Please remember these missionaries as they prepare to serve overseas.

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