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[January 15, 2018 | No Comment | ]

CHINANDEGA, Nicaragua – Pastors from all over Nicaragua gathered at Chinandega’s Mission Centre in mid-November arriving with open hearts and minds, and their Greek New Testaments. The goal of the week-long continuing education class was to dig deeper into God’s Word by studying the New Testament in its original language.
The daily classes covered Greek grammar, key biblical terms, and New Testament texts from the Church year. The instructor, Pastor Brian Dunlop from Faith Lutheran Church in Desboro, Ont., paid particular attention to the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. The classes …


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[January 12, 2018 | No Comment | ]

UKRAINE – The education of a new class of pastors for the Synod of Evangelical Lutheran Churches in Ukraine (SELCU) at Concordia Seminary in Odessa-Usatowe, Ukraine continued in late 2017.
Pastoral students finished their studies of the Patristic Age, with a particular emphasis on the First Four Ecumenical Councils, their doctrinal decisions, and their influence on our churches today. Following that, students began a course on Sermon Preparation, building on studies Rev. Dr. Wilhelm Torgerson led during his first teaching stint at the Ukrainian seminary. Dr. Torgerson is a pastor of …


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[December 20, 2017 | No Comment | ]

by Anita Syens
On October 30, 2017, I had the wonderful privilege of leading a one day seminar for the deaconesses of the Lutheran Church of Nicaragua. Together with our DPS Intern, Lenora Wallden, we met with 24 of the 29 deaconesses for a day of learning, growing, sharing, and caring.
We journeyed through a Bible study that focuses on walking with God through difficult times. Diverse mediums were used, such as speaking Scripture in unison, drama, and visual aids. I believe this made the lessons and truths touch their hearts even …


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[December 19, 2017 | No Comment | ]

ODESSA, Ukraine – The Synod of Evangelical Lutheran Churches in Ukraine (SELCU) has once again welcomed the active involvement of Lutheran Church–Canada (LCC) this fall, both at its Convention and in the ongoing teaching ministry of its seminary.
The annual Synod convention met November 21-22, 2017 at Concordia Seminary in Usatovo, a northwest suburb of Odessa. Because of the illness of Bishop Alexander “Sasha” Yurchenko, the Synodical vice-president, Rev. Oleg Schewtschenko, preached at the opening service and presided over business sessions.
In addition to customary reports from the Bishop, Treasurer, and Theological …


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[December 11, 2017 | No Comment | ]

KITCHENER, Ontario – A short-term mission team made up of Rev. Roland Syens, his wife Anita, along with DPS Intern Lenora Wallden from Holy Cross Lutheran Church and Erika Brandt from Bethel Lutheran Church in Kitchener, Ontario went to Nicaragua from October 25-November 2, 2017. The group spent seven days filled with different ministry events, and were able to visit many of the churches in the area around Chinandega as well as churches in Leon all the way up to Sebaco.
A major event during that time was the Reformation anniversary …


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[December 6, 2017 | No Comment | ]

ONLINE – Lutheran Hour Ministries has released its 2017 series of Advent Devotions, entitled Love Came Down. The series is available to freely download in English, French, Spanish, and Chinese.
“In Love Came Down we see how the Heavenly Father spared nothing—not even His own Son—to work out our salvation,” notes promotional material. “Though we had rebelled in our sins and spurned God and His Commandments, He chose us—not for exclusion, but redemption. The Father’s love sought us out in our perilous condition and, in His infinite mercy, bridged the divide …


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