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Mission Update
The Missions office of the  
South Wisconsin District - Pres. John Wille
 
414-292-0744 Raabe@swd.lcms.org
Confessing Christ for the next generation
Thinking he was the gardener, she said, "Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will get him."
16 Jesus said to her, "Mary."
(John 20:15-16)  
Recent newsletters
Sharing with you e-news from our missionary friends and others. Please take a look:

Exciting news from the Dominican Republic. 
Rural and Small Town Ministry's April newsletter. 
News from Missionary Tyler McMiller 
April 2017
Mission Exec search continues
As you know, we have been on a deliberate search to call our next SWD mission executive. We are down to two candidates. My prayer continues to be that our gracious Lord will guide us to that man whom He has selected to serve the church at large in this capacity. The prayer of the early church in Acts 1 is: " You, Lord, who know the hearts of all, show which one of these two you have chosen to take the place in this ministry." (Acts 1:24-25)

Once we have a mission executive on board my plan is to sit down with him to lay out a strategic plan on what needs to be done as we move forward into planting churches. The baseline question is: Where? My aim is to identify specific locations where we can talk with area congregations about partnering with them to plant a new LCMS congregation where we have no witness.

That is the model that is unfolding in the Madison area with the replanting of the LCMS congregation in Waunakee. Its initial name is Cross Lutheran, a plant of Bethlehem Sun Prairie in partnership with SWD. Approximately 75 of Bethlehem's members are attending worship at Cross in Waunakee. The result is a new congregation is in the process of being planted.
In connection with that plant, there is a new plan unfolding to plant a new LCMS congregation in the Columbus area; involving a broader partnership of 3-4 congregations along with SWD.

The same has taken place in the Sheboygan area with the planting of the Hispanic Lutheran Outreach in Sheboygan County. Multiple congregations have come together under the leadership of their pastors to call a vicar, David Blas, to reach out to the growing Hispanic people in the area. The same is happening with CPTLN (Bringing Christ to the Nations) on the south side of Milwaukee, Racine, Burlington and Beloit.

The question is: Where in your area could congregations partner to plant a new LCMS congregation? Got an idea? Give me a call.

Have a blessed Easter! Christ is risen!!
 
Rev. Dr. John C. Wille, South Wisconsin District President
Every One His Witness Workshop

On Sunday, April 23 rd, St. John Lutheran Church in Plymouth is holding an "Every One His Witness" evangelism workshop, and you are invited to attend.

It will be held from noon until 6:30 p.m., no charge, and lunch is included.

Please reply to the church office, 920-893-3071, no later than Thursday, April 20, if you plan to attend.

St. John's address is 222 N. Stafford St., Plymouth, WI 53073.
 
CPH Bible studies available
 
Divine Savior in Hartford has four boxes full of CPH Bible studies that they are finished using. Pastor Stowe said that he has not personally cataloged them, but there are several copies of many of them and several of them are still in print. He also has a few God's Word for Today Bibles. They are all in good shape. 
 
If anyone has a use for them, please contact Pastor Doug Stowe, Divine Savior Lutheran Church, 262-673-5140.
Rural Immersion
 
This month's issue of the Rural and Small Town Ministry (RSTM) newsletter includes an article written by seminary student from a big city, attending Ft. Wayne Seminary. Recently he was introduced to the life of a rural pastor.

You'll enjoy reading his article on page two of Reaching Rural America for Christ.  
Looking for a short-term mission trip for this summer?

The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod is currently seeking out people who love Jesus and can help teach an English Bible Camp (similar to our VBS) in Poland this summer. Does that sound like you?
 
There are ten congregations in Poland ready to reach out to the children of their neighborhoods with the Gospel. Most of these children do not know the Good News of Jesus, and through these camps, they learn about their Savior and in turn tell their parents. These local Lutheran congregations will then follow up with these families after the camp is over. These camps make a lasting difference in these communities!
 
They are looking for teams of 5 to serve July 18-31 or August 1-14, 2017. Teams can come from one congregation or school, or individuals can apply and be placed on a team. Team members raise support to cover the cost of the trip, which is about $1100 and includes all costs while in Poland.

For more information, please go to Vacation Bible School Poland, and/or contact Anne Gonzalez, DCE, at 314-996-1649 .