A vicar teaching the church’s music in Sri Lanka. An old urban congregation reaching out to students, the deaf, the blind and the homeless while also planting a church across town. A strip mall parish in the southwestern United States. Mission growth following disaster. This issue of Lutherans Engage the World is full of stories about the Gospel going forth in unexpected ways to unexpected places and reaching people through unexpected ministries. It’s amazing to see how God works through His Word, the Sacraments and His people. As you read these stories, know that we thank God for your partnership in the Gospel!
Pamela J. Nielsen
Associate Executive Director, LCMS Communications
- The Stability of God’s Word
As Puerto Rico continues to recover from the 2017 hurricanes, LCMS missionaries care for people’s long-term needs of body and soul.
- Filling the Gospel Gap
A partnership between the circuit, district and Synod helps St. Andrew Lutheran Church flourish in southwestern Albuquerque, N.M.
- Where the People Are
First Trinity Lutheran Church reaches out to everyone — the homeless, the blind, college students and more — to spread the Gospel in Pittsburgh.
- ‘Let’s Just Sing God’s Word’
Benjamin Vanderhyde is serving his two-year vicarage singing God’s Word with God’s people in Sri Lanka.
Also in This Issue
- Q&A: With LCMS Servant Event Host Greg Arnett
- Mercy Moment: An RSO provides housing for the homeless in St. Louis.
- Witness Moment: A ministry in Council Bluffs, Iowa, combines music and the Gospel.
- Director’s Letter: ‘At the Works of Your Hands I Sing for Joy’