A couple of days ago Pastors Neuendorf, Maita, and I went to visit a member of la Iglesia Luterana Fuente de Vida in Ponce. Like so many others on the south side of the island, he had been sleeping outside of his home in a cardboard box since the earthquakes began a couple of weeks ago. The purpose of our visit wasn’t a happy one: this valuable member of our fledgling congregation had decided to purchase a one-way ticket off the island to stay with extended family in Detroit.
“When do you plan to return to the island?”, I asked him.
“I can’t say,” he responded, “the future of Puerto Rico is just too uncertain.”
There’s no doubt about it: the future of Puerto Rico is uncertain. There is no way to know how long the ground will continue to shake or how long the island´s infrastructure will be a mess. It’s impossible to say how long the humanitarian aid will last or how long it will take before people can return to their homes.
There are a whopping 425 million Roman Catholics in Latin America – almost three-quarters of the region’s total population. Of the globe’s estimated 1.2 billion Catholics, more than 40% call Latin America their casa. This raises the question: why do Lutherans bother sending missionaries to the most Catholic region in the world? Continue reading →
Our youngest preparing for missionary service at his Baptism on July 8th. Photo Credit: Christel Neuendorf
Remember Your Baptism– When you were baptized “in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit,” you received the most important things you’ll need on the mission field. At your Baptism, God gave you an identity as His precious and dearly loved child. He gave you His Name to call upon in every trouble. He gave you faith to trust in His promises. He gave you His Holy Spirit to sanctify you in the one true faith. Your Baptism is the single most valuable thing you’ll take with you on your journey. Don’t forget it! Continue reading →
The following is a letter I wrote to my daughter to celebrate her Baptism a couple of weeks ago. It’s based on baptismal imagery used both by Luther and the early Church fathers, of the Baptismal font as the Christian’s “little Jordan”.
Español | Regardless of the particular capacity in which they serve or the amount of formal theological training they’ve received, every missionary operates with a certain theology that profoundly affects everything they do. What sort of theologians are Confessional Lutheran missionaries? Continue reading →