This post was originally shared by the Lutheran Church Mission (LKM) blog, from the Independent Evangelical-Lutheran Church (SELK) in Germany, a partner church of the LCMS.
“Whenever someone is reading the Bible, wherever God’s word is proclaimed within the Divine Service, every time – He gives himself to us within the Sacraments, this is part of His Mission: God is with us.”
“It is task of every mission society to carry this mission into the world. The Lutheran Church Mission (LKM) has been partaking in this mission for 120 years. It is doing so as a Lutheran Mission, because it is telling people about this freedom, which men only experience if they have God as their companion, or rather, by letting God use it as a herald of this Good News” This was shared by Roger Zieger, the current director of the LKM in his introduction to the annual report before the general meeting (AGO) which took place on the 14th and 15th of March.
“In the presence of about 30 members of the AGO from all parts of Germany, as well as national and international guests [including the LCMS regional director for Eurasia, the Rev. Dr. Brent Smith], Zieger gave an account of the mission’s work in different regions of the world. According to Zieger, the main fields of work are, up to the present, the southern parts of Africa. He also pointed out that LKM also focuses on mission work back in Germany, especially with post-Christian Germans and emigrants from Iran.
“Zieger encouraged the assembly to look confidently into future with a view, guided by God. ‘This is as well part to Christian stewardship as thorough financial planning is.’
The Rev. Dr. Brent Smith and Rev. Roger Zieger distribute the Sacrament.
” A highlight of the AGO was a Divine Service in the house’s own chapel where the meeting was held. While Zieger preached, Rev. Brent Smith from the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, regional director for Eurasia, lead the congregation in absolution. The prayer took up different prayer requests, sent in from the mission fields – thus uniting AGO and mission congregations from all over the world in forgiveness of sins, prayer and Holy Communion.
“The Lutheran Church Mission [in German, Lutherische Kirchemission (Bleckmarer Mission) e.V.] has its office in Bergen-Bleckmar and is the mission of the Independent Evangelical-Lutheran Church [in German, Selbständigen Evangelisch-Lutherischen Kirche] (SELK). Missionaries of LKM are currently working in South Africa, Botswana, Brasil, Belgium and Germany.”