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Mission Update
The Missions office of the  
South Wisconsin District - Peg Raabe
414-292-0744 Raabe@swd.lcms.org
Passionate believers... confessing Christ for the next generation
So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow.   
(1 Corinthians 3:7)  
Recent newsletters
This is where we share with you e-news from our missionary friends and others. Please take a look:
January newsletter from Rev. Micah Wildauer

Serving the Lord in Latin America and the Caribbean
February newsletter from the Kreys.
RSTM News - Feb. '17 
Reaching Rural America for Christ. VBS planning tips in this issue! 
Save the Date!
March 18 at Peace Lutheran Church, Beaver Dam
March 25 at First Immanuel Lutheran Church, Cedarburg
February 2017
How Do I Love Thee?
"How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
my soul can reach..." This oft-quoted line from the poem written by Elizabeth Barrett Browning to her husband in 1845 may find its way into a few traditional Valentine's Day cards and messages again this year. A husband or wife may even express it verbally to their spouse from time to time. What a romantic expression of love and devotion!

It's no wonder that God compares the love between a husband and wife with the love that He has for His Church. And, as we read in Scripture, how often was God distraught when His bride, the Church, was unfaithful to Him? Yet He never fell out of love for her!

A person does not need to be married to experience God's love. God Himself said it way before Elizabeth Barrett Browning came along. He inspired St. Paul to write it this way:
"And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love,  may have power, together with all the Lord's holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ,  and to know this love that surpasses knowledge-that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God." (Ephesians 3: 17-19)

God's love has no limits, no conditions, and no barriers. It is pure, open and honest. What comfort for us imperfect sinners! What a blessing to receive this love that is so deep, so wide, so long and high that He punished His own Son so that we could belong to Him forever. And then He came to live in our hearts so that we actually believe this humanly unbelievable reality!

May you all have a blessed Valentine's Day as you bask in God's love--every day!
Free Resource from LHF

Do you have a Japanese friend you'd like to share the Gospel with? The Lutheran Heritage Foundation (LHF) has a new, free resource that can help: a pocket-sized edition of Luther's Small Catechism, translated into the Japanese language.

To order your copy, email info@LHFmissions.org or call LHF at (800)554-0723.

LHF has translated good Lutheran books into more than 90 languages; to search their database of free resources, go to LHFmissions.org/publications.
International Student Ministry (ISM), Milwaukee
Nine internationals were brought to the waters of baptism last year.
Jesus spoke to them, saying, "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life." John 8:12
Bessie Fick, International Student Ministry Coordinator at Luther Memorial Chapel, Milwaukee, describes ISM as a ministry of friendship and hospitality that through which they may have the opportunity of confessing the Gospel of Jesus Christ to those God is sending from other lands. This work is accomplished with the assistance of many.

This past semester they celebrated many special events and activities. Click here for a brief look in pictures of the work carried out last semester by many in the congregation to welcome our international friends to Milwaukee, into our homes, and into God's family where they will have the light of life, Jesus Christ.
Have you visited Mission Friends?   

Here's a great place to visit with your Sunday School students, children and grandchildren! With
Mission Friends , you can download free coloring sheets, quality educational materials and find other fun ways to open up the world by "visiting" LCMS International mission locations with kids!

You don't have to register to access the curriculum, home devotions and coloring pages, but you are invited to do so on their home page.
Special request from Rev. Ted Krey...    
Please consider prayerfully supporting the Naumanns who have been called to deploy to the Dominican Republic. Rev. Dr. Jonathan Naumann has been called to be a chaplain to our missionaries as well as a professor in our seminary. Deaconess Cheryl Naumann has been called to serve our women in our regional deaconess program with the purpose of establishing workshops and vocationally preparing our women in their respective areas of service in 5 different countries. Currently, they have a matching grant of $20,000 that for every dollar received, an additional will be given towards their support. Please check out their giving page at: lcms.org/jonathan.naumann.