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[October 4, 2017 | No Comment | ]

HIGH PRAIRIE, Alta. – On September 12, 2017, Redeemer Lutheran Church in High Prairie, Alberta celebrated the ordination and installation of Rev. Terry Goerz, the first graduate with a regionally remote ministry focus from Lutheran Church–Canada’s (LCC) Pastors with Alternate Training (PAT) program.
At seventy years old, Rev. Goerz is not your typical new pastor. “Some pastors are described as second career pastors,” he notes. “I am a fifth career pastor.” In 2011, Goerz retired from High Prairie School Division after 21 years as their Director of Facilities. He is also …

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[August 15, 2017 | No Comment | ]

CANADA – As the Lutheran Laymen’s League of Canada marks its 50th anniversary in 2017 it is celebrating and giving thanks to God for the men and women of the Lutheran Laymen’s League who have made it their objective to assist the Lutheran Church of Missouri, Ohio & other States (later known as The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod) in word and deed since 1917 and Lutheran Church–Canada since 1989.
When the Lutheran Laymen’s League (later the Int’l LLL) was formed in 1917 by twelve men to relieve the Synod of its crippling …

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[August 9, 2017 | No Comment | ]

by Edward G. Kettner
In late April and early May I had the privilege of returning to Ukraine to teach once again at the Lutheran
Seminary in Odessa. This was my sixth trip to Ukraine in the last twenty years and my fifth time teaching. I have taught at least one course to each of the four groups of students that have gone through the seminary.
I flew in to Odessa on April 22, and was met at the airport by the church’s bishop, Aleksandr Yurchenko (who was a student in the first …

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[July 13, 2017 | No Comment | ]

by Harold Ristau
We praise God for the generous donations by Canadian Lutherans in building churches for congregations in Nicaragua. It is a tremendous blessing that our brothers and sisters can worship with roofs over their heads. But while much attention has been paid to erecting church buildings, often little consideration has been devoted to improvements that can be made to the interiors of these churches.
The Chapel of Lutheran Church–Canada’s Mission Centre in Chinendega functions as a sort of prototype for the other Nicaraguan congregations: because it is relatively empty of …

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[June 29, 2017 | No Comment | ]

NICARAGUA – On January 10, a team of 18 people, mostly from central Alberta, headed to Nicaragua for a mission trip. Planning for the trip had begun about a year prior, when, with the help of Dr. Neitzel, Lutheran Church–Canada’s Mission Executive, a building project had been picked and dates for the trip approved.
The project the team selected was to build a wall around the Mission Centre in Chinandega. Some of the property is being used as an orchard and garden so protection is needed. There are also many larger …

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[June 15, 2017 | No Comment | ]

CANADA – At the end of May, the Government of Canada announced that for every eligible donation made by individual Canadians to registered Canadian charities between March 17 and June 30, 2017, it will contribute an equivalent amount to the Famine Relief Fund.
More than 20 million children, women, and families in South Sudan, Yemen, Somalia, Nigeria, Ethiopia, and Uganda are suffering and in need of urgent humanitarian aid and the Humanitarian Coalition’s member agencies are on the ground providing life-saving assistance. Canadian Lutheran World Relief (CLWR) is working with local …

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