Missionary Monthly News
Pastor Tim and Beth Heiney: The Heineys were in the US for a short time in December to handle some stateside affairs and to attend the pinning of their youngest daughter into the nursing profession. They have not been able to attend any of the graduations of their four children, so they were blessed to be able to attend this ceremony. Their daughter is serving at a hospital in Grand Junction. They will have a three-month home assignment the latter part of this year. We look forward to welcoming the Heineys to Shepherd of the Hills.
Kristin Lange: Kristin writes that she will be concluding her missionary service in Wittenberg this spring. Her fiancé will begin a vicarage upon graduation this spring and then be ordained into the Holy Ministry. They will be married in June and “we will embark on this next phase of life together in his home country of South Africa.” We will pray for God’s blessing to both in their marriage and their new home and ministry in South Africa.
Joe and Viya Stoltenow: Christmas in Cambodia is recognized as a national holiday but not as the birth of Jesus. So, this year all the Bible classes in December at Ray of Hope focused on the Christmas story. The center was decorated with a Christmas tree and ornaments made by the students. After Joe and Viya’s return to Cambodia, they had a Christmas party for the students and their families.
Doug and Tricia Stoner: While serving as Acting Regional Leader for Europe, Doug helps the other 9 Area Leaders and leads the Core Team which serves all of Europe with the Regional Leader. Doug is enjoying this work and “it certainly is an opportunity to trust the Lord for new aspects of ministry.” The Core Team works on various projects that benefit the whole Europe region. In the spring Doug and Tricia are planning to visit many the Area Leaders and Core Team members. “We hope the time we have with people face to face encourages them and helps us understand and serve them better. Please keep praying as we work and trust the Lord to cause more equipped workers to be active in His Harvest.” Doug and Tricia will be in the US this summer and we look forward to spending time with them to learn more about their ministry in Europe.
John and Jenn Wolf: John visited a group of Lutherans in the Nakivale Refugee Camp in southern Uganda. Conflicts in South Sudan displaced this people group to southern Uganda. “For two years, they had worshiped under a thorny acacia tree within the camp. When they learned they could have a church roof if they made bricks, they quickly got to work, despite the approaching rainy season. The Lutheran Church of Uganda has lovingly taken in their Lutheran neighbors from South Sudan – an Ugandan pastor and vicar (only ones in this area) have made 35+ visits over the last couple years-preaching, baptizing, catechizing, donating items, and encouraging this congregation that has chosen the name ‘Alleluia Lutheran Church’ for the church building they completed in May 2017.”
MISSIONS/Missionary Support Ministry
All missionaries must raise their own living expenses. The funds are received from churches and individual donors. You or your small group may, at any time, give to a specific missionary by marking their name on “Other” on your Shepherd offering envelope. Consider individually or as a group adopting one of these missionaries. More information on the missionaries can be found on the church website, or contact Maynard Buck, Mission Ministry Leader.