Lutheran Witness: November 2015

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From the editor

Not long ago, I was speaking with a young pastor in a small town who was disheartened by his congregation’s indifference, manifested in part in its lack of desire to bear witness and show mercy to the community. He was downloading books to his iPad on the subject and researching options with fellow pastors, but he was still clearly frustrated. I asked if he’d spoken with the Rev. Todd Kollbaum, director of LCMS Rural & Small-Town Mission, to learn what resources the Synod could provide. He hadn’t. “I didn’t even think of that option,” he admitted.

But that’s exactly what Rural & Small-Town Mission, and the other ministries of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, exist to do: to point you to Christ, and in so doing, to all the ways He enables you to care for and serve your neighbor. That’s why, in this issue of The Lutheran Witness, you’ll get an in-depth look at the LCMS ministries, resources and people ready to serve you. You’ll get a clearer look at the work the Lord is accomplishing both nationally and internationally. And you’ll see the challenges we face, the Synod’s financial status and recent trends in giving.

From LCMS Black Ministry to the Global Seminary Initiative, from LCMS Urban & Inner-City Mission to LCMS Disaster Response, the Lord is working good for His people. There is much to pray about, to be sure, but there is also great cause for giving thanks. It’s my hope this issue of the magazine will cause you to do both.

For you!

Adriane Heins, Managing Editor
The Lutheran Witness

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