Bishop Elijah Arok relays his Anglican church body’s interest in gaining a rich and full knowledge of Lutheran theology and one day becoming a Lutheran church body.
The Synod establishes a fund for donations from those who want to help with LCMS mercy ministry and human-care efforts for refugees.
Concordia Lutheran Church in Mozambique — a denomination with 10 congregations and some 1,200 baptized members — ordains its first eight pastors.
Since 2002, Jesus Is Lord Mission donates more than $2.4 million to its only ministry partner — the LCMS.
Twenty-one new pastoral candidates are ordained and seven deaconesses commissioned in a service with more than 1,000 worshipers in Tanzania, East Africa.
In March, 21 new pastoral candidates were ordained and seven deaconesses were commissioned in a service with more than 1,000 worshipers at the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania — South-East of Lake Victoria Diocese’s (ELCT-SELVD) Ebenezer Cathedral in Shinyanga.
The missionaries, their spouses and children — a total of 62 people — will be going to Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean.
The number of Synod missionaries in Africa now approaches 30 — up from 10 or so two years ago. But more are needed.
The collapse of Christianity in the West and the ramifications of America’s changing demographics are among topics presented during the LCMS Mission Summit.
In the extreme southern part of Madagascar, the Malagasy Lutheran Church — known locally as the Fiangonana Loterana Malagasy (FLM) — and the LCMS have joined in a project to install tin roofs on FLM churches around the country.
The first $25,000 in food and water was set for distribution in December in Liberia. Another $75,000 in aid is planned.
Partnerships that began with the Lutheran Malaria Initiative in January are now making the response to West Africa’s Ebola crisis easier.