Overture to Commend and Support the Ministry of Lutherans in Africa, by Pr. Rossow

After hearing Rev. James May at the BJS conference last weekend, members of Divine Shepherd Church (LCMS) in Bolingbrook, Illinois are offering the following overture for the LCMS convention this summer. We thank Pastor Paul Mumme for this news and encourage other congregations to adopt this overture and send it in. It is always a good thing for an overture to have multiple congregations supporting it.

Rev. May’s presentation at the conference will be published here on the website later this week.

To Commend and Support the Ministry of Lutherans in Africa

Whereas, Our Lord Jesus Christ has commanded His Church to “go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you” (Matthew 28:19-20); and

Whereas, An overwhelming need exists among Lutheran pastors, evangelists, and deaconesses throughout Africa for basic doctrinal teaching that agrees “with the sound words of our Lord Jesus Christ and the teaching that accords with godliness” (1 Timothy 6:3); and

Whereas, Lutherans in Africa was founded in 2010 as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization by the Rev. James May, a rostered LCMS pastor and former missionary in French West Africa, to form African Christians to be teachers of the faith; and

Whereas, Lutherans in Africa currently works in 20 African countries, teaching confessional Lutheran doctrine and training African pastors to be the teachers in their own communities; and

Whereas, Lutherans in Africa works in conjunction with Lutheran Heritage Foundation—Africa to translate, publish, and distribute confessional Lutheran resources; and

Whereas, Lutherans in Africa desires to expand its ministry to additional “tribes and peoples and languages” (Revelation 7:9) on the African continent; therefore be it

Resolved, That the 2013 LCMS convention give thanks to the Triune God for the faithful ministry of Lutherans in Africa; and be it further

Resolved, That the 2013 LCMS convention commend Lutherans in Africa for its faithful mission work on the African continent; and be it finally

Resolved, That the 2013 LCMS convention encourage the Synod’s congregations, pastors, and laity to support Lutherans in Africa through their prayers and financial offerings.

Submitted by Divine Shepherd Lutheran Church
Bolingbrook, Illinois–
Rev. Paul G. Mumme, Pastor
Divine Shepherd Lutheran Church
985 Lily Cache Lane
Bolingbrook, IL 60440-3131
(630) 759-5300

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