Lutherans In Africa — A Texas Sized Testimony

May 11th, 2013 Post by

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Here’s a testimony from a Pastor in Texas:


It all began with a $1,000.00 challenge in a Worldview Everlasting Youtube video by Pastor Jonathan Fisk. He would personally send his $1,000.00 check after verification that his viewers collectively matched his gift in support of James May and Lutherans in Africa.

Before that day I had never heard of James May or Lutherans in Africa. After researching both the person and the organization I believed this was a worthy cause to support. Therefore, I personally matched Pastor Fisk’s challenge and brought the idea to my congregation to join me in support.

St. Paul Lutheran Church is a small rural congregation in the dirt and dust of Western Texas. It’s made up mostly of cotton farmers who truly love the truth of God’s Word and His mission at large. That mission is supported through a tithe of every offering received as well as a special mission offering gathered in December.

Over the past few years we have increased our support for Pastor May and Lutherans in Africa so that in 2012 we set aside all of the weekly tithes as well as the annual mission offering for Lutheran in Africa.

I firmly believe God is working mightily all over the continent of Africa. The Lutheran faith is growing astronomically to the point that there are not enough solid evangelists and pastors to take care of the Lord’s flock. Pastor May and Lutherans in Africa have designed an inspiring plan to help bridge this gap. Nothing would please my congregation and I more than to have others join in helping to purchase land and build a mission center in Africa.

Examine the material you are receiving together with my testimonial. If you have any questions or would like further information, please don’t hesitation to contact me. I would enjoy nothing more than to convince you to join this wonderful mission opportunity.

Always in Jesus, David W. Rohde, Pastor
St. Paul Lutheran Church, Wilson Texas



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  1. Rev Kory Boster
    May 13th, 2013 at 09:59 | #1

    not to stir things up, but to clarify. some of you may know Pr May; I do not, so nothing I write here is meant to impugn him or his work. To be sure, I accept that people can support any mission or mercy efforts they want. But my question is, Is Pr May serving under the “jurisdiction” of the LCMS? The Board of International Mission for the LCMS has agreements and protocols with the country’s where missionary’s “officially” serve, and I was wondering if he is working within those agreements, is on his own, or working through some other group.

  2. Carl Vehse
    May 13th, 2013 at 11:00 | #2

    @Rev Kory Boster #1: “not to stir things up, but to clarify.”

    One way for you to clarify is to contact Rev. Robert Green, pastor at Bethlehem Lutheran Church (LCMS), Parma, OH. Rev. Green is one of the directors of Lutherans in Africa.

  3. May 14th, 2013 at 20:16 | #3


    Lutherans in Africa, the institution Rev. May directs, is not an RSO nor is he under the Mission Board. They are like other groups that are not RSO’s and/or not under the mission board, such as The Luther Academy and The Lutheran Heritage Foundation.

    Rev. May is in the English District and works under Bishop Stecholz.

    I hope that helps.

  4. Rev. McCall
    May 15th, 2013 at 10:17 | #4

    Just a note as well on Pr. Rohde, he is an outstanding confessional pastor and a blessing to the Texas District!

  5. helen
    May 16th, 2013 at 11:36 | #5

    @Pastor Tim Rossow #3
    They are like other groups that are not RSO’s and/or not under the mission board, such as The Luther Academy and The Lutheran Heritage Foundation.

    I was under the impression that Lutheran Heritage Foundation was an RSO.
    Not that it matters… their work is to translate Lutheran core materials (catechism, Book of Concord, hymnals, and the like) and to deliver them cheaply or free in two dozen (or more) countries where there are no other Lutheran books in the local language. In Southeast Asia, a recent project is a book of Bible stories for children. Their translation of the Small Catechism into Thai printed copies “enough to last 3 years” (they thought). They were out in 18 months. I’m told that the Roman Catholic seminary library in Bangkok has one of their Small Catechisms. :)

    Lutheran Heritage Foundation helps Pastor May with translated books.
    It hired Pr. Wallace Schulz when he was put on the street by the Lutheran Hour, and facilitated his “Good News” which is also distributed in multiple languages around the world and here “at home”.

    [BTW: The Pope may be the anti-Christ, but in Bangkok a Roman Catholic school for Thai children provided a chapel for Lutherans free of charge on Sunday mornings. We were pleased to have it available while we were there. The supervising nun was from St Charles, Missouri.] :)

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