|LCMS Outgoing Missionaries for 2011 -- 32 Total|
|LCMS Missionaries Called and Appointed to |
Serve in 11 Countries (India and Singapore not shown on map)
|Regional Directors Meeting|
The orientation which lasts from the evening of July 5th until the evening of July 13th, has a 10 page schedule that begins at 7:30 AM and ends around 7 PM each evening. The orientation begins each morning with devotions led by Concordia Publishing House's Rev. Scot Kinnamen, editor of Treasury of Daily Prayer. His goal is to help foster a daily devotional practice among missionaries using a variety of tools. Worship is a major component of missionary orientation with devotions, chapel in the morning, and evening prayer at the close of day.
|Matins at Missionary Orientation|
Preaching Rev. Dr. Doug Rutt from Lutheran Hour Ministries
|The Musical Ensemble Leading Matins in Chapel|
A new part of LCMS missionary orientation (new at least as far as we can determine) is a refresher seminar on Martin Luther's Small Catechism led by Rev. William Weedon. Pastor Weedon's teaching of the catechism also was noted as among the most memorable of the day's events. In fact, of all the presenters, Pastor Weedon was the only presenter to receive applause at the end of his seminar.
|Pastor Weedon teaching on the Small Catechism|
In this short video, Pastor Weedon summarizes the Close of the Commandments with the new LCMS missionaries.
|LCMS Missionaries Gathered in Walther Room|
The LCMS Missionary Orientation is off to a good start. In future posts, we will feature short interviews with some of the new missionaries headed into the field. Despite the economic challenges the country, the LCMS, Districts, Congregations, and individuals have faced over the past year, the Lord has heard the prayer of his church to send laborers into the harvest. May he grant an even greater return and sending in the future. Remember the LCMS staff and new missionaries in prayer as they continue with orientation this week.