Author Archive -- Pastor James May

Help buy a kid a Bible – Lutherans in Africa’s “Operation Christmas Child”

November 20th, 2014 11 comments

Recently a question was posted on the Confessional Lutheran Fellowship page on Facebook asking about alternatives to Operation Christmas Child. While it is nice to receive a present on Christmas morning, this is actually quite unusual in Africa. Most families live day to day. Nevertheless, Christmas is a big deal. It is the time when we remember that our Savior came into the world, took flesh like ours for the specific purpose of dying for our sins so that we may have the gift of eternal life with Him in paradise. Many families in Africa spend many hours celebrating this   More…

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Notes from the Mission Field: Sending Forth the Gospel

November 3rd, 2012 2 comments

A Precious Gift Picture all the bible study materials, hymnals, and prayer books you have on your bookshelves. In West Africa, even if pastors, church workers, and lay folk could afford them, such resources are simply not available. In fact, apart from the work of Lutherans in Africa (LIA) and LHF-Africa, there are no other publishers of Lutheran resources in all of West Africa. This is why we are dedicated to the translation and publication of Luther’s Small Catechism with questions into the languages spoken across this region. Therefore, it is a great joy to announce that we received 10,000   More…

Notes from the Mission Field: What Does This Really Mean?

September 27th, 2012 6 comments

Here is the Lutherans in Africa September newsletter (PDF) Catching Up For some of you, it has been a while since you heard from us last. For others, we had the great pleasure of meeting and getting to know you better while on furlough. The last week of May, after the school year ended for our children, we traveled to America for two months. It was quite an adventure, even from the very beginning. As you can imagine, it is not an easy task to travel from Nairobi, Kenya to Cleveland, Ohio on three different airplanes with six children. Normally,   More…

Lutherans in Africa seminar on Woman Pastors

August 25th, 2012 1 comment

Lutherans in Africa will be hosting a seminar in Zambia the 28-30th of August on the topic of Women Pastors. Currently they do NOT ordain when but are being pressured to do so. Crown of Life Lutheran Church has graciously donated enough copies of the CPH book “Women Pastors?” for each of the pastors and evangelists of LECA, the Lutheran Evangelical Church of Africa. One of the great things about Africa is they have a high view of scripture. One of the difficulties is the lack of resources to respond to heresies and the twisting of the scriptures as is   More…

Notes from the Mission Field: The Comfort of Certitude

June 7th, 2012 3 comments

    How Can One Know? Par for the course in Africa, our trip to the Democratic Republic of Congo was a study in patience and a fascinating opportunity to observe the human condition. In Africa, you never know what you will see. And you will often find yourself intrigued by what you hear. This time, as we drove through the night we made occasional stops, which was probably good for the obviously sleepy driver who kept sniffing something from a plastic bottle. One of our stops was at a toll booth, where our driver was keen to get an   More…

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