The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod held a “Service of Sending” for its new missionaries on Thursday, July 2, at the International Center in St. Louis. Twenty missionaries and their 40 family members attended a two-week orientation to prepare for service abroad.
The missionaries will serve in a variety of roles for the LCMS ranging from international-school chaplains to nurses in 13 countries in Asia, Africa, Eurasia and Latin America. The LCMS now has about 110 career missionaries as it moves closer to a 2016 goal of having 136 career missionaries in the field — a doubling of career missionaries as requested by the 2013 Synod convention.
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