On October 13, 2012, a group of Chinese and Korean singers and musicians shared Christ with an international audience at Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany through their music and a special message from the book of Isaiah by The Rev. Dr. Brent Smith, regional director for the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) in Eurasia. This opportunity to witness in Mainz was organized by a Chinese Bible study group being led by Luke Zheng, a PhD. student and fellow Lutheran.
Zheng is a student at Gutenberg University. He is from southwest China and working on a doctorate in the written works of Martin Luther. Luke spent two years studying at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis. In fact, he has been studying Luther and Theology for ten years.
The Rev. Dr. Brent Smith shares a message during the concert from Isaiah, chapter 61.
While in Mainz, Luke was asked to nurture a Bible study with 30-40 Chinese in and around the Mainz and Wiesbaden area. As this group has grown not only in numbers but spiritually, Luke has relied on help from LCMS clergy in the region to provide additional teaching and insight into what it means to be Lutheran. Smith as well as Rev. Robert Flohrs, pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church, an international English speaking congregation in Frankfurt, have been actively involved in teaching and sharing with the group as well as learning from Luke about sharing the Word, particularly with the Chinese.
The night of music and message dedicated to sharing the Good News was attended by more than 100 German-, English-, Chinese- and Korean-speaking guests. This event is also an example of how the “face” of Europeans is changing and how Lutherans like Luke are encouraging the LCMS and partners to reach people of all ethnicities in the region.
Check out a video highlighting the concert: