BJS has started a new column, “Steadfast in Missions”, which is intended to include news from the mission field. For this article we chose Pastor Tom Chryst’s initial newsletter as he prepares for a move to Singapore. We’ve excerpted some parts of his newsletter below. For the full newsletter see the bottom of this message.
If you want to include your own mission newsletter, click here to contact us and get us on your distribution list. BJS recommends that churches support one or more missionaries. My own church helps to support three missionaries in different parts of the world.
Parish Pastor No More
WOW!! After 13 years as a parish pastor, God has called me to serve as a missionary in Singapore. We’ll be spending the next few months ramping up for our big move.
A New Relationship
Grace Lutheran Church, Racine, Wisconsin is where I have served as Associate Pastor for 13 years. The people of Grace have been a blessing to me in countless ways, and it’s been my privilege to serve as their pastor.
With my acceptance of the call to serve in World Missions, things will certainly change. I’ll being moving away, and I won’t be one of Grace’s pastors any more. But that doesn’t mean that our relationship is over!
Grace has been looking for new ways to reach out with the Gospel, and thinking of engaging in a major mission project. My opportunity is now their opportunity! As Grace continues to support me, not as their pastor, but now as their missionary, they will be helping to bring the Gospel to a far off land. Rather than losing me, they will be helping to send me for this important work planting a brand new congregation in Singapore.
This is the first time the LCMS has ever sent a missionary to this country, which is a small island city-state, but has great strategic importance for the region. It’s also a multi-cultural and multi-religious context with many challenges and possibilities for ministry.
To support my work financially, you may send a tax-deductible gift to:
The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod
P.O. Box 790089
St. Louis, MO 63179-0089.
Make checks payable to The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. Mark
checks “Support of Thomas Chryst.” Gifts can also be given securely online
through the LCMS website, on my online giving page
For the full newsletter, Click here.