Lutheran Church and School

Missionary Monthly News

JULY 2017

Rev. Edmund and Cherie Auger:  Rev. Auger and Cherie gathered with other ministry partners in Panama and addressed the group on “topics of FORO (Spanish for forum) integrity.”  They also travelled to various ministry sites in the former Panama Canal Zone area and joined Native Cuna Lutherans for Divine Service at Dios Es Grande congregation.  “Strategic

Planning in the Panama FORO calls for focus on: 1) church growth through catechesis, 2) church planting, 3) theological education.  Additionally, inactive ministry sites have been identified for revitalization.”  In late May, the Augers travelled to Guatemala for a series of ministry activities in partnership with the Lutheran Church in Guatemala (CONLUT).  The Lutheran Church in Guatemala is celebrating 500 years of the Reformation and 70 years of mission partnership with LCMS in 2017.  In June Rev. Auger had heart surgery.  Additional information has not been received at this time.  Pray for Rev. Auger’s complete healing and the ability to return to his ministry.

Bill and Marci Hoover:  Bill and Marci Hoover, Christian World Outreach missionaries serving in Zambia, will be at Shepherd of the Hills on Sunday, July 30 to share their ministry with the congregation.

Joe And Viya Stotlenow:  Praise and thanksgiving for the birth of Raymond Joseph to Joe and Viya.

John and Jenn Wolf:  John writes:
God gives opportunities to lean on Him

Trust in the LORD with all thine heart, and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths (Prov 3:5,6)

I have a friend in the US who shared a simple formula to calculate the time to complete his home projects. Given the amount of time he estimated, he’d multiply that by seven, and maybe result in the actual time take to finish his projects.

The same seems to hold for Kenya as well.  Although it’s not comfortable to talk about one’s self, we are encouraged by fellow missionaries to sometimes share what life is like in the field. We get used to dodging potholes, cows, and people on the roads, stocking up on supplies, things taking more time, and locking up the house early at night. We learn to be flexible. Yet sometimes God gives us “opportunities” to rely on Him rather than ourselves. As our fiscal year ended, things became busy with finalizing the status of projects, identifying needs, coordinating support, posting online, preparing for the next year, writing thank yous to project donors, visiting project sites, etc. Family life continued with school, weekly chapel with missionaries, after-school sports/activities, boy-scouts, and evening devotions. Life’s humming along, and we’re running to keep pace. Then our truck stops working. For a week, mechanics troubleshoot while the vehicle remained in the office parking lot. Between borrowing cars and taxis, we try to continue family life. (Lord, thank you for diligent mechanics and helpful friends)  Then a sad event within a partner church.  We coordinate with missionaries as we work with church and community leaders. The days were filled with emotions, grief, delicate discussions and prayers. (Lord, please heal this community)  Then, the water heater breaks (This will take two weeks to fix?) – the uphill water tank springs a small leak (Drain water from house?) – a visa for a trip is now required “before” I depart in two weeks (Lord, please give the embassy workers time to help me) – when driving home from the most wonderful ballet ever (ok, I’m biased, three kids and Jenn were deeply involved in it), I made a wrong turn into a less than stellar neighborhood, and my GPS quits (God please lead us out) – our international driver’s licenses become due for renewal (Lord, we trust You’ll provide help) -plus a few other challenges (Lord, please grant us patience).

Then I got sick, flat on my back. And all the tasks must be done before I depart to visit our missionaries and projects in West Africa. I had read Psalm 27 the week prior and some images came to mind: “In the day of trouble… conceal me under His tent…Lord is my stronghold…army camped against me…I will not fear…Wait for the Lord, be strong, and let your heart take courage, wait for the Lord!” Through all of this, God was showing me to trust Him and put all things into His hands.  It had been years since I had taken a long hot bath, but suddenly it seemed like a good idea. Huffed four large kettles of hot water upstairs (remember, the water heater broke)…but now aching muscles were able to move. A friend helps to drive, so I’m able to apply for visa. I get stuck in the same bad neighborhood again, but God provided an easy way out. Problems become easier to deal with. Setbacks with drivers license occur…come back Monday…but the psalmist says “take courage, wait for the Lord!” Although our primary role is telling people about Jesus, there are many blessings and challenges that are part of missionary life. Even long-term missionaries encourage us as they share stories of blessings from situations they experienced. Roadside vehicle assistance, trustworthy relationships with local mechanics and community leaders, helpful people in government offices, prayers from friends, among others, were unexpected blessings. It’s not just those we serve who need Christ…our missionaries joyfully rely on Him too!”

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.