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Moments in Mission the osiros - september/october newsletter

“And you will be by witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” (Acts 1:8)

Have you ever thought about what the moments in your day would be like? As a missionary, I think about that all of the time. Sometimes I have an idea of what I hope the day will be like, but God in His infinite wisdom often has other things in mind. I can’t being to count the amount of awesome “moments in mission” that I have experienced. I do know that I am blessed beyond my imagination to be part of God’s mission and that I get to share these moments with all of you. God calls us and gathers us into His mission, and it is our privilege to be messengers of the Gospel, pointing others to Christ. September and October were filled with wonderful moments in mission that will be imprinted in my heart for years to come.

CAMPUS LIFE, A VISIT TO MATONGO - KENYA

It was a joy to spend a few days on the campus of Neema Theological Lutheran College (Matongo). With 90 students from 8 countries in Africa, this year is the largest student body to date. Spending time in the classrooms, greeting the students around the campus and attending chapel helped me to be part of this community of believers and strengthen my relationships. I met some of the students in their home countries and have seen them serving across various ministries. Seeing them blossom and doing well in their studies brings me joy knowing that they will be strong witnesses of the Gospel to many.

Campus vist at Matongo

The Diakonia class with visiting professor Jan Froh

LCMS missionary, Rev. Aadland teaching class

The students receiving books for their class

Chapel service

CONTINUING EDUCATION - ETHIOPIA

Once a year all of the missionaries on our Eastern and Southern Africa team gather together for our continuing education retreat, this year it was hosted by our colleagues in Ethiopia. Concordia Seminary provides these continuing education experiences for clergy, church workers and laypeople in efforts to serve the church and world through theological education. Rev. Dr. Jeff Oschwald, from Concordia Seminary St. Louis, led us through “Reading the Acts of the Apostles as Holy Scripture.” It was very enlightening for me and I gained a deeper understanding of the book of Acts. During events like this, our team is able to worship together and receive Holy Communion together. This is something that strengthens us a refreshes us.

Rev. Dr. Jeff Oschwald presents on "Reading the Acts of the Apostles as Holy Scripture'

Our team received Holy Communion together

LCMS-OIM Eastern and Southern Africa team, child-care team and special guests

WHEN THE MUD WINS - TANZANIA

The adventure began as my colleagues and I traveled to the Tanga Diocese of the Lutheran Church in East Africa (LCEA). Tanga is an interior area which is very beautiful and lush with winding mountain roads. This time of year the short rains have started, making travels tricky. As we started our journey we could see that there were some places where the mud would be a challenge, but we pressed onward. It however got deeper and slicker and with about 20 kilometers to go, a decision had to be made. Looking ahead to the mud, we decided, THE MUD WON that day. We went back to a central place and tried to call the bishop along the way. Several hours later, the bishop and pastor met us. We went back to a town two hours away, spent the night and in the morning had very fruitful conversations. Even when the mud thinks it wins, God’s mission goes forth.

Adventures in Tanga

Beautiful view as we venture up the mountain

On a quest to find a place to eat as we wait for the bishop

LCMS missionaries, bishops and pastors of the LCEA

THANK YOU FOR BEING PART OF THIS JOURNEY WITH US AS WE SERVE THE LORD IN EASTERN AND SOUTHERN AFRICA. PRAISE THE LORD FOR 10 YEARS ON THE MISSION FIELD.

With the deaconess students from Rwanda
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Prayers and Praise

  • Pray for God's strength and guidance as Michael and I serve in Eastern and Southern Africa.
  • Pray for Neema Theological Lutheran College (Matongo), the students and faculty.
  • Pray for the missionaries in Eastern and Southern Africa.
  • Pray for the pastors and congregations of the LCEA.
  • Praise God for the many moments in mission that I have experienced.
  • Praise God for all of you and the love, support and encouragement that you give to me and Michael.
Contact Information: P. O. Box 22, Karen, 00502 - Kenya Email: shara.osiro@lcms.org