Today’s global Lutheran mission community is expanding and increasingly interconnected.
President Robert Bugbee and mission executive Rev. Leonardo Neitzel of Lutheran Church—Canada invited Rev. Brent Smith, LCMS World Mission regional director for Eurasia, to Winnipeg to share learnings about LCC’s mission work in the Ukraine and look for additional ways to work together in the region of Eurasia. After Brent preached at historic Immanuel Lutheran Church, Reverend Neitzel and Rev. Richard A Beinert of the LCC invited Brent to the worship service of Lutherans from Ethiopia. Pastor Beinert supervises one leader of the Ethiopian immigrants in the LCC’s P.A.T. (Pastor’s Alternate Training) program. Before moving to Winnipeg, many of the immigrants were members of the 5 million member church body, the Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus—the largest Lutheran church body in Africa. A highlight of the afternoon of worship, food, and fellowship was the baptism by Pastor Beinert of the newest member of the congregation.
Give thanks to God for our partners in sharing the Gospel around the world!