Approximately sixty invited guests attended a special event to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Lutheran Hour Ministries in Latvia on Friday afternoon. The activities began with a concert and poetry reading by Mr. Goran Gora (www.gorangora.com), a talented young musician who performed several of his own compositions. Between each composition he read a poem from the …
Agnes Maltzahn is a dentist from Campo Grande, in the northwestern part of Brazil. Agnes is also a member of LHM-Brazil’s volunteer evangelists, and recently shared an experience she had with two of her patients. “A couple of my elder patients, very united and lovely with each other, for whom I especially cared, at the …
“My two youngest brothers learned to read memorizing the story of Red Boots for Christmas,” Nelson said. “I’m convinced that the program moved me away from all the bad things and risks on the streets. But most importantly, it led me to approach the Bible, faith, and prayer.”
In one room, children crafted paper angels; in another they decorated cookies. A large cat was waiting for them in a third room where she led them in songs about cats. Women dressed in traditional Russian attire played music for the children in the fourth room.
After the show, 62 members of the audience stayed behind to hear more about the Christian faith and Tan Hiep Church. Among that group was a young Buddhist couple who had been struggling to pay for healthcare for their sick daughter on their low income.
The memory came back to Jamie as he listened to the discussion. “Picturing my mother’s face in despair, I started to cry for being so stupid and selfish, for not seeing that my parents really loved me.”
De Franco said, “Everyone in the mission team (including me) and the local volunteers had tears in our eyes because we were so impressed by the children singing and declaring that ‘they are soldiers of God!’ We can be sure that these children never forget that!”
Nguyen explained that she had never been aware of God’s love. “This evening I am so joyful,” she said. “I see Him in my heart.”
Arirat loves to pray with her father, who recently became a Christian. She also looks forward to church on Sundays – to read the Bible. Like other kids in her Sunday school class, Arirat’s family cannot afford to buy her a Bible. Her only opportunity to read God’s Word is at church.
The team has made it their mission to build a bridge between Indiana and Ethiopia. They affectionately call this cause a “glocal mission,” because the undertaking of their local congregations is to share Christ’s love globally.