We are privileged to be able to support the mission of sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ, both here at home, and also around the world through our Lutheran Church— Missouri Synod and other Lutheran ministries.
We rejoice that we have had the opportunity to help provide support for Pastor Todd Roeske at the Alaska Mission for Christ. Now that he and his family have left the mission field, we are excited to consider which other Michigan missionary we might help support.
Please take time between now and Sunday, May 5– our Stewardship Commitment Celebration Sunday— to pray for all of them and for their work. Please also consider which we, as a congregation, will commit to supporting for the coming year.
It is always worth pointing out that it is your offerings that make this support possible. Thank you!
Yours in Christ,
2nd Sunday of Easter, 2019
Serving in: St. Petersburg, Russia
Position: EFL Teacher and Church Support worker
Home Congregation: Christ Our Savior, Livonia
Alyssa Anders currently serves in St. Petersburg, Russia. She works with the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Ingria (an LCMS partner church) enabling them with English as a Second Language skills.
View the LCMS missionary page for Alyssa Anders: https://www.lcms.org/anders
Rev. David & Joyce Erber
Serving in: Gambia, Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone
Position: Area Facilitator for English-speaking West Africa
Home Congregation: Trinity, Jackson
Rev. David and Joyce Erber serve the Lord as missionaries in Africa, based in Accra, Ghana, West Africa. As a theological educator, David provides special training opportunities for Ghanaian and Nigerian pastors. Presently, he is working with a team of senior pastors in Ghana to develop a training program for men who are already employed but have time during the week and on weekends to study and serve as pastors. David also works with a group of Nigerian pastors who are conducting research in evangelism in their local communities. Joyce serves as the business manager for the Africa region. She is responsible for managing the financial and accounting dynamics for 30 LCMS missionaries and 82 mission projects in Africa.
View the LCMS missionary page for the Erbers by going to www.LCMS.org and searching for “Erber”
Rev. Roger and Amy James
Serving in: Philippines
Position: Theological Educator
Home Congregation: Zion, Marshall
Rev. Roger and Amy James serve the Lord through The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) in the Philippines, where Roger serves as a theological educator at the Lutheran Theological Seminary and Training Center (LTS) in Baguio City. This institution is the seminary of LCMS’ sister church the Lutheran Church in the Philippines (LCP) and welcomes students from other Lutheran churches in Asia. In his work at the seminary, Roger supplements the work of the Filipino faculty in raising up new pastors and helps to provide continuing education for current LCP pastors.
View the LCMS missionary page for Rev. Roger and Amy James at www.LCMS.org/jamesfamily
Dr. Jim and Susan Kaiser
Serving in: Ethiopia
Position: Jim serves as a translation consultant with projects in five languages.
Home Congregation: St. Peter, Macomb
Missionaries Dr. Jim and Susan Kaiser are excited to be part of a partnership between Lutheran Bible Translators and the Ethiopian Evangelical Church. This church is Mekane Yesus (EECMY), which is the largest Lutheran church in Africa. They are helping make the Good News of God’s Word available to the people of Ethiopia in their heart languages.
Read their bio at www.LBT.org/project/jim-susan-kaiser/
Serving in: Haiti
Position: President of Caribbean Children's Foundation
Home Congregation: Holy Cross, Jenison
Nora Léon, Executive Director of Caribbean Children’s Foundation, lives and works in Les Cayes, Haiti for several months each year.
Nora established the Caribbean Children’s Foundation in 2003 with the initial purpose of obtaining sponsorships for children living in orphanages of the Caribbean. Their outreach has grown due to additional needs that have come to their attention. CCF now works to obtain sponsors for the education of children and young adults and to obtain medical care for critically ill children. They are also working in a remote community to construct a school, an orphanage and a medical facility.
Visit the Caribbean Children’s Foundation website at www.caribbeanchildrensfoundation.org
Rev. Steven and Martha Mahlburg
Serving in: Sri Lanka
Position: Pastor/Strategic Mission Developer
Home Congregation: Zion, Tawas City
Rev. Steven and Martha Mahlburg serve the Lord through The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) as career missionaries in Sri Lanka. Steven seeks to build and maintain relationships with the Ceylon Evangelical Lutheran Church in Sri Lanka. He provides support for raising up pastors and grounding congregations in Lutheran doctrine and practice. He works with other LCMS personnel to provide pre-seminary training. In addition, Steven serves as a pastor at Emmanuel Lutheran Mission Church in Sri Lanka’s capital city of Colombo.
View the LCMS missionary page for the Mahlburgs at www.lcms.org/mahlburg
Rev. Larry and Tina Matro
Serving in: Papua New Guinea and Oceania
Position: Area Facilitator for Oceania
Home Congregation: Immanuel, Leeland
Rev. Lawrence and Tina Matro serve the Lord as missionaries in the Oceania area of the Asia region, based in Papua New Guinea. In this role, Lawrence helps to develop and implement a mission strategy for this area and works to establish and maintain partnerships with other regional church bodies. He also works with other LCMS missionary staff serving in Papua New Guinea and is involved in theological education at Martin Luther Seminary in Lae.
View the LCMS missionary page for the Matros at www.LCMS.org/matro
James and Christel Neuendorf
Serving in: Puerto Rico
Position: Pastor and church planter (James) / Deaconess (Christel)
Home Congregation: St. Paul, Ann Arbor
Rev. James and Deaconess Christel Neuendorf serve the Lord through The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) as missionaries in Puerto Rico.
James serves as a church planter and pastor in the city of Ponce, establishing a Lutheran presence which will meet the physical and spiritual needs of the community. He engages daily with community members to share in their lives and to bring them into the life-giving presence of Jesus in Word and Sacrament. He is also working to train local leaders, well-grounded laity, and future pastors who will be able to continue to spread the Gospel.
As a deaconess, Christel coordinates the long-term disaster relief efforts at the mission’s “mercy houses” where they offer food, water and other basic necessities to people affected by the hurricane.
View the LCMS missionary page for the Neuendorf at www.LCMS.org/neuendorf
Rev. Chuck and Karen Tessaro
Serving in: Nigeria
Position: Translation Consultant with Lutheran Bible Translators
Home Congregation: Redeemer, Fremont
Missionaries Rev. Chuck and Karen Tessaro first set foot in Nigeria in 1985. Since then, they’ve been helping to get God’s Word out. They have been doing this by getting the Word into people’s hands and hearts by working with local people to successfully translate the New Testament into the Eleme language. They serve with multiple local translation teams including the Old Testament teams for the Yala, Kukele and Gokana languages.
Learn more about the Tessaro and their work at www.LBT.org/project/missionaries-chuck-and-karen-tessaro/
Caitlin Worden de Ramirez
Serving in: Dominican Republic
Position: Deaconess mentor
Home Congregation: Salem, Coloma
Deaconess Caitlin Worden de Ramírez serves the Lord through The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) as a deaconess missionary in Santiago de los Caballeros, Dominican Republic. She serves as mentor for the formation of Dominican deaconesses; works alongside the seminary in the Dominican Republic to train them on a congregational level; supports the work of the mercy houses in this country; and seeks to strengthen the relationships between them and the congregations. She also works with the program Amigos de Jesus, “Friends of Jesus,” which is a disabilities outreach ministry. In addition, Caitlin supports the women and youth of missionary families in this country through emotional and spiritual care.
Check out Caitlin’s LCMS missionary page at www.LCMS.org/ramirez
Serving in: Liberia
Position: Lutheran Bible Translators
Becky began serving with LBT in 1985 as an assistant to the language program manager in Liberia, West Africa. She then became the manager for a short time before being assigned as translation advisor to the Bandi people of Liberia in 1989. The civil war in Liberia delayed the project several times as Becky evacuated for lengthy periods. However, she was eventually able to return to Liberia and the translation was completed in 1996. After several years in the U.S., Becky’s LBT service resumed in July 2012. She is currently involved with various translation projects in Liberia, particularly for the Gola, Dan, and Maan people. Becky assists translators via internet communications and teleconferencing, with periodic in-person visits to Liberia.
Learn more about Becky and her work at www.LBT.org/project/becky-grossmann/
What Are We Asking of You?
Please join us in praying for these missionaries; for the work of countless other men and women working to serve people and spread the gospel; and the 38 partner churches that our Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod is in fellowship with around the world.
Please also prayerfully consider which of these missionaries we as a congregation will commit to supporting for the coming year.
Finally, we also ask that you prayerfully consider your giving for the coming year. It is your offerings that enable us to support mission work like this, both here at home and around the world. Please consider what level of giving you are able to commit to for July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020, in preparation for our Stewardship Commitment Celebration Sunday on May 5.
Thank you for your partnership in the Gospel!