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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
And when He had said these things, as they were looking on, He was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight.  
(Acts 1:9)  
Recent newsletters
Sharing with you e-news from our missionary friends and others. Please take a look:

Bridges  
Bessie Fick's April newsletter from the International Student Ministry in Milwaukee. 
Rural and Small Town Ministry's June newsletter. 
Tyler McMiller is on his way to the seminary! 
Rev. Ted Krey's April newsletter. 
Connections
Mission Coach Certification Training, and other news from Center for U.S. Missions. 
May/June 2017
LCMS Mission in Togo
For our May/June Mission Update, we have asked Pastor Micah Wildauer to share some of what he does on behalf of LCMS Missions in Togo, for the Lutheran Church in Africa. Pastor Wildauer, his wife Robin and their family are currently on furlough, and rejoice in God's blessing at the recent birth of their new daughter, Lydia!

Baptizing
in All Nations
Rev. Micah Wildauer 
 
Pastor Wildauer, baptizing Christ Immanuel in the town of Dapaong, Toga.
"Au Nom du Père et du Fils et du Saint-Esprit" (Matthew 28:19b). In March of this year, I had the privilege of baptizing a child by the name of Christ Immanuel in the small town of Dapaong, Togo. His parents are Ivorian and they currently live in Togo as the father studies for three years at the seminary. He is preparing to serve in the Lutheran Church in Africa-Synod of Ivory Coast. On May 11, I baptized my daughter at Mount Olive Lutheran, Milwaukee. The water combined with God's Word and included in God's command has brought these two children into the one baptism of Jesus Christ, even though they are thousands of miles apart and different languages were spoken in the rite.
Along with the bold confession of the Creeds themselves, the Reformers teach us of God's mission when they declare how the righteousness of Christ, established in His death and resurrection nearly 2000 years ago, comes to us today: "That we may obtain this faith, the Ministry of Teaching the Gospel and administering the Sacraments was instituted" (Augsburg Confession, Art. 5). It is here in the ministry that the Holy Spirit works faith in them that hear the Gospel, the very heart of all mission work.
One can ask the simple question, however did the Gospel make it to southern Wisconsin? We are, after all, pretty much considered the ends of the earth in comparison to Jerusalem. Since the days of the Apostles, there have been periods of persecution, monarchies, dictatorships, the rise of Islam, the rise of popery, and the like, all which have attacked the Truth of Jesus Christ.
Yet this working of faith which the Holy Spirit began on Pentecost through the Apostles continues even to this day. They were witnesses of Jesus and proclaimed His salvation even to the point of death (Luke 24:46-48). You have heard their proclamation and believe in His Word. Through the Sacraments administered, you are witnesses of Jesus' life, death, and resurrection, for you are in the one baptism for the remission of sins.
Pastor Bolling and Vicar Rosales serve together in the Hispanic Ministries.
Hispanic Outreach in Burlington
 
Our Savior Lutheran Church in Burlington began English as a Second Language (ESL) classes in 2003 as an avenue of service for their Hispanic neighbors. This bore enough of a harvest to set the stage for the next step in their outreach ministry.

Pastor Rob Bolling and his congregation of Our Savior's is now very excited to welcome and support Vicar Edmundo Rosales to help them take new and bigger steps into their community with the gospel of Jesus Christ in the Hispanic corridor from Racine to  Burlington.

Edmundo is currently a distance-learning student at the Center for Hispanic Studies through Concordia Seminary, with Rev. German Novelli, Sr. as his mentor, at Santa Cruz in Racine.

You are invited to learn more about our District's growing Hispanic mission at cptlnwisconsin.org!    
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 .