Rev. Micah & Robin Widauer
Togo and West Africa
Fellow Redeemed in Christ,
A blessed Epiphany to you and your family. I had the joy of preaching recently for the Epiphany of our Lord followed by the Baptism of our Lord both at the CLET and at a local parish. This was certainly a challenge, as great care is placed in preaching the Good News. By the grace of God, salvation in Christ's baptism was proclaimed as people beheld their crucified and risen King.
Thank you for your ongoing prayers and support. Our family has enjoyed receiving various Christmas cards and email well-wishes over the past few weeks. Every little bit encourages us and lets us know we are not that far from home.
Attached is our recent newsletter: Past, Present, and Future. I have also included a piece which I drafted for the Kansas District, as they continue to support mission work in Guinea, including the support of their two students at the CLET.
Christ's peace be yours in abundance,
Rev. Micah Wildauer & Family
LCMS Missionary--Theological Educator, Dapaong, Togo
Rev. Todd Roeske
Coordinator of Ministries:
Alaska Mission for Christ
Dear Pastor Ziemann, Pastor Riley, and all of our friends at Zion Lutheran,
Happy New Year 2017! We pray that your Christmas was blessed this year with quiet times remembering Jesus and not so quiet times making special memories with family and friends. We apologize for being simply awful letter writers this past year. Our letter-writing has fallen through the cracks as we shift around responsibilities now that Kim is working full time. Our lives are a continual attempt to keep a God-honoring balance. We continue to focus our priorities first on Jesus, then on our family, and then on the myriad of ministry and work related needs.
Even though we must have seemed very distant this past year, we thank you for your faithfulness in supporting our work here in Alaska. God has used you to supply our needs for another year and we cannot thank you enough. Your financial support and your prayers make a great difference here in Alaska.
A native young man was baptized in Copper Center in November and was one of 8 kids who participated for the first time in our annual community dramatization of the Christmas Story. The December 6 program, “A Christmas to Believe In”, packed Mt. Drum Lutheran Church. Please pray for this young man and his extended family as they are grieving the unexpected deaths of three family members in the past few months. Two of these were in their 20’s.
Call documents are in process for a missionary to serve Southeast Alaska and also serve Faith Lutheran Church in Juneau. This missionary will greatly multiply the work of the summer teams who already serve several villages in Southeast Alaska. Pray for God to bring just the right missionary to serve this unique situation.
Did you know that Alaska Mission for Christ is the mission arm of the 13 LCMS congregations in Alaska? 4 of these congregations grew out of AMC’s work sending pastors and lay ministers to new sites on a regular basis. Mt. Drum Lutheran Church in Copper Center where we serve is one of the 4.
Todd and Amani(11) are traveling in Minnesota, Missouri, and Michigan for 12 days at the end of January to visit some congregations and attend the Association of Lutheran Mission Agencies Conference. Karis(14) is playing high school basketball as a freshman. Kalae(20) is in her second year at Concordia University in Portland. Audrie is married to Sam and they are raising little Emily(18 months) in Glennallen 30 miles north. In Alaska, that’s close. It’s where Kim works M-F and Todd visits at least twice a week. We put a lot of miles on our vehicles here.
Thank you again for your prayers and support of all that we do here in Alaska. Jesus is with you.
Todd and Kim Roeske, Kalae, Karis, and Amani