AN OUTREACH OPPORTUNITY:
When Jesus ascended into heaven, He charged his disciples with what has become known as the Great Commission: “Go ye therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” Matthew 28: 19-20
Most, if not all, Christian congregations base their mission statement on the Great Commission. Heavenly Host’s does too and words its mission statement thus:
Our church mission statement is "Teach God's Truth through the Bible, Nurture to grow, Serve to encourage all."
Wittenberg Project: LCMS
If you are interested in mission outreach to Germans who were denied their legacy of a Lutheran upbringing please, contact Rev. David Bueltmann, President emeritus, Central Illinois District, LCMS below. He has made numerous trips to Germany, taking people to see where the Reformation started, and has met a number of people in Wittenberg – the place where it all began.
This is what he says about it:
In speaking with local residents about Christ, I found that most of them were not churched during their childhood upbringing, and only about 17 percent of the people in Wittenberg claim to be Christian! Why? Under Soviet rule after WWII, many were forbidden to go to church or practice any type of religion under threat of losing their job or being denied educational opportunities.
These people are not against Christianity; they simply have no knowledge of it. Now, we have an opportunity to help our sister church in Germany – die Selbstandige Evangelisch-Lutherische Kirche – reach these people. We are renovating the Old Latin School in Wittenberg (build in 1564), so we have a place for worship and outreach that historically represents the Reformation and the perseverance of the Gospel. Won’t you help us? We are asking congregations, schools and even Bible study groups to join the “500 Club” by pledging $500 for the Wittenberg Project. Please look at our website www.thewittenbergproject.org or call 1-800-248-1930 ext. 1661 and speak to Rev. David Bueltmann, President emeritus, Central Illinois District, LCMS.