Pewcards for Africa



pewcards_in_africaw450Posted by Pr. James May over on the Lutherans in Africa facebook page ..

Brothers of John the Steadfast and Rev Timothy Rossow made these great little pamphlets to help teach the liturgy, its Biblical references, and how it can be applied to every day life. Thank you to Rev. Robert Green for donating these. We will need many more!

Lutherans in Africa can really use more of these pewcards for their training. The current distributor of the pewcards, James Cutler, will cover shipping of as many pewcards as are ordered for shipment to Africa. Just go over to to place an order.

DS-ExplanationMr. Cutler has 61 packs of 25-pewcards available in inventory. A SIXTH reprinting of them is in process — over 48,000 pewcards have been distributed across the US and the world so far since they were originally taken on as a project by Steadfast Lutherans and printed by Martin One Source in Champaign IL.

Lets see if we can’t get all 61 packs on the shipping container that is going to Africa in mid- to late-October! Act now .. buy three or four packs at $14.50 each.

And just a reminder — these are still a great way to help educate your laity on the richness of the liturgy in the Lutheran church! Place an order for your church while you are at it!

Click here for more information

While considering helping out Lutherans in Africa, note their other call for supplies that can be found below. There isn’t much time to get things into the container, but if you work quickly you can get items to Houston before it gets shipped.


About Norm Fisher

Norm was raised in the UCC in Connecticut, and like many fell away from the church after high school. With this background he saw it primarily as a service organization. On the miracle of his first child he came back to the church. On moving to Texas a few years later he found a home in Lutheranism when he was invited to a confessional church a half-hour away by our new neighbors.

He is one of those people who found a like mind in computers while in Middle School and has been programming ever since. He's responsible for many websites, including the Book of Concord,, and several other sites.

He has served the church in various positions, including financial secretary, sunday school teacher, elder, PTF board member, and choir member.

Norm has been involved behind the scenes in many of the "go-to" websites for Lutherans going back many years.


Pewcards for Africa — 8 Comments

  1. Nowadays most schools in East and South Africa use English. So the demographic is quickly changing. Pew cards in French and Swahili would be appreciated if they are available. As for the number of Lutherans in Africa, it is close to 35 million. That is more than the rest of the world combined. There are never enough teaching materials.

  2. Having spent a couple of weeks in central Nigeria earlier this year, I can personally appreciate the need for sound Christian teaching materials.

    But how does one explain the pew card where it says, “We cannot approach God without having our sins forgiven”? Since we approach God for the very purpose of receiving forgiveness (Hebrews 4:16), how can receiving forgiveness be described as a condition for approaching God? And isn’t our Heavenly Father always available to His beloved children?

    The card also says, “”He is holy and we are not.” How can that be, since God Himself declares us to be “a holy nation” (1 Peter 2:9)?

  3. @Rev. James May #2

    Nowadays most schools in East and South Africa use English. So the demographic is quickly changing. Pew cards in French and Swahili would be appreciated if they are available. …

    Thank you! We’ve been told there are a lot of Lutherans. I had not realized English was used so much.

  4. There are more Lutherans in Africa than in the rest of the world combined. And more speakers of English than in the US?

  5. @Steve #5

    There don’t have to be “more speakers of English than in the US”, just enough of them to use the English literature being sent.

    I asked because I have been told that Lutheran Heritage Foundation is translating Lutheran texts for Africa. [Probably the best way to send texts in other languages is to contribute to LHF.]

  6. The population of Africa is 1.216 billion. It is more than three times bigger than the United States. The Lutheran Church of Nigeria, only one country in Africa where they speak English, has nearly as many members as the LCMS, 2 million. The biggest problem of Africa is lack of education and educational resources. What is the hesitation of sending 1,500 pew cards to help teach Lutheran liturgy? Yes, we will also give them to Swahili speakers who know English as a second language (there are 7 million Lutherans in Tanzania and 6000 pastors) and to those we would teach in Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Zambia, and other countries.

  7. Good news — so far 47 packs-of-25 pewcards have been donated to Lutherans in Africa! That is 1175 pewcards, well on my initial goal of 1500! I set that goal because at the time that is what James Cutler had left of his stock from the 5th printing of the pewcards. At this point we are arranging to ship them directly from the printer to Houston, so they can be packed on the shipping container to go to Lutherans in Africa.

    More packs would be appreciated! Just go here and send one or more packs to Lutherans in Africa for $14.50 each!

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