Mission Focus for January:
“World Mission Month”
We were fortunate to have Dr. Douglas Rutt, Director of the International Ministries division at Lutheran hour Ministries participating in our worship this weekend. Dr. Rutt oversees the International Ministries division, in St. Louis, Missouri. As well as the staff of more than 30 ministry centers around the worldwide. He is responsible for setting the division’s vision and planning; evaluating programming and training; stimulating healthy growth of local support in each country where LHM has an office; maintaining productive working relationships with local board and partner church leadership; and maximizing the number of responses and congregation referrals around the world by directing, coaching, and supervising area counselors to prepare and empower the ministry centers to proclaim the Gospel message appropriately to their local populations. Welcome, Dr. Rutt!
LHM’s International Ministries operate in more than 30 countries. These ministry centers use radio and TV programming, print and Internet materials, Bible courses, dramas, music, mass evangelism, and other culturally appropriate methods to share Christ’s message of hope with those who need to hear it. If you would like to go the LHM website and see more click on http://www.lhm.org/default.asp
Grace’s annual mission meal held on Sunday, Jan 29 was a great success. The Congregation enjoyed authentic foods from Nicaragua to help support our first mission ambassador, Hayley Johnson, for her mission trip in April. Haley prepared enchiladas, gallo pinto (rice and beans), Nicaragua coconut fudge, and Cuban snack candies. The Mission and Evangelism Board joined forces to make chicken tortilla soup, arroz verde (green rice), tacos and fruit salad. The children enjoyed taking turns hitting piñatas while the adults cheered them on. New members were welcomed and a great time was had by all. Hayley says “muchas gracias” to all who helped with the meal including the behind the scenes workers who included the Hospitality Committee, Elders and spouses and significant others of committee members.
Hayley will travel to Managua to work with a Christian school, local outreach programs for theyouth in the community and use her skills as a nurse to help with preventive health services. Nicaragua is second only to Haiti as the poorest country in the western hemisphere. Hayley has already gathered health and school supplies to distribute to the children in the Christian School where she will teach Bible classes and assist in a health clinic. Part of the money raised through the Ambassador program will be used to help defray the cost of Hayley’s trip and to purchase Spanish Bibles and other religious teaching materials for the school. Watch for more about the progress of Hayleys trip in web postings.
Will you be Grace’s next Mission Ambassador?