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Outside, Looking In

Opening Doors for Children When we arrived at Resurrection Lutheran School in Gualan, we saw these two children from the neighborhood… on the outside, looking in. The students of the school were all assembled for a special program on Valentine’s Day. The theme for the day was 1Corinthians 13: God’s great love for us. The […]

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I Love to Tell The Story

“… of Jesus and His Love.” Holy Week draws our attention to the walk that Jesus took from His Palm Sunday entrance, to the cross… and out of the tomb. This week, we see the extent of our Lord’s great love for us: to live, to suffer and die, and to rise again so that […]

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Through the Fire

  Pictured is the cross at the new mission center in Valparaiso, Chile. In 2014, a forest fire erupted on the edge of the city. It quickly spread into the neighborhood on the adjacent hillside, taking lives and destroying over 500 homes. As the Lutheran church of Chile responded (with the aid of LCMS disaster […]

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Sharing the love of Jesus

“… and we like helping you.” I received this note from a Lutheran school student. This year, his class has been doing special projects to collect funds for our project sites in Panama. His school has also been collecting some of their chapel offerings for LeadaChild. In February, we celebrate love. The cards, flowers, and […]

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Agua Pura

One of the first things we locate when traveling through Latin America is “agua pura:” clean, pure, bottled water.  It is a staple of our diet so that we remain healthy throughout the trip. Drinking tap water may create some very unpleasant consequences!  Pure water is a precious commodity. During this time in the season of Epiphany, […]

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Good News Has Arrived!

Our theme for LeadaChild this year has been “Good News has a Name… Jesus!” It echoes the angel’s message to the shepherds that “Good News” had arrived in Bethlehem. At the heart of our mission in international Christian education is this Good News – who Jesus is and what He has accomplished for all mankind. […]

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Foro

Working Together for God’s Kingdom Earlier this fall, I attended a “Foro” (forum) in Honduras, where members of churches from Nicaragua, Guatemala, Belize, Canada, and the US gathered together to assist in the development of a new Lutheran church body in Honduras.  Before Christmas, I will head to Chile to participate in another Foro involving Lutheran […]

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Cosa De Dios

…or in English: “It’s a God thing.”  During our last trip to visit leaders and project sites in Central America, our plans continued to change and develop throughout the trip:  Shifting dates, adjusted schedules, changes in who we met and where we travelled became the norm.  However, the changes from our plans to “someone else’s” […]

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A Legacy of Giving

  Edie Jorns (1933-2018) During her life, Edie exemplified the verse from Hebrews 10:24 – “Let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works.” We thank our gracious and merciful Lord for working through Edie to make others aware of the educational and spiritual needs of children in third world […]

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Blessed Baggage

Blessed are the Suitcases If you have been on a mission trip before, you know that you travel with two suitcases: One for your personal belongings (and it’s suppose to fit in the overhead bin on the plane) and one for the mission work. Our mission is directed toward the education of children, so we often […]

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