Rev. Micah & Robin Wildauer
Togo and West Africa
Dear Fellow Redeemed in Christ,
As a follow-up to our recent email out of Burkina Faso, I want to express my heartfelt thank you for your prayers. We are now safe and settling into our house in Dapaong. We are reuniting with many in town and I often ask if they have kept the peace during our journey in the States. This has been followed with a gentle laugh and many know what I mean.
Attached is our recent newsletter detailing our time in the States. Home Service went from April through the first part of August. It was a whirlwind. For those we were unable to visit, we pray that we will have the occasion to reunite the next time around. For those we did see, thank you for your abundant graciousness and hospitality. This is one of the unspoken qualifications of a pastor in 1 Timothy 3 (and through him, the Church), but the display of hospitality given was generous and joyous. Thank you, and thanks be to our gracious Lord.
I have also included an excerpt from the Spring issue of "Lutherans Engage" which speaks of the historic mission work in Togo along with the establishment of the seminary, the CLET, where I teach. Please read this as a refresher to the work which is currently taking place.
Today is the first day of classes at the CLET. Please pray for the professors and students in their studies. More news on this yet to come.
Feel free to pass along our newsletter to whomever, post on bulletin boards, or share at various church functions. Please keep us in your prayers, and know that we pray for you. Also, Robin has an excellent post on her blog which answers many questions which were asked while on Home Service. Check this post out by clicking this blue text.
Thank you again for your prayers and support. 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,
Things are running a mile-a-minute up here in Alaska! Currently, summer servant event teams are coming in, going out, and loving the people of the 49th state with all of their hearts. This is a wonderful blessing from our Lord who has answered the prayers of His people to “send out laborers into His harvest” (Luke 10:2)! But did you notice how Christ says “His harvest” and not “your harvest”? Sometimes in life, we take such ownership of the work we do in service that we forget the work is not ours at all, but rather it is His. We wonder if we are ever really making a difference. We wonder if all of the planning, packing, and paperwork is really worth it.
The answer is YES! It is worth it! We are thankful to offer our time, talents, and treasures unto the Lord! We are humbled to be a part of His work and His harvest. When the Lord sends His Word unto the people, we know that He works. How? He tells us so in Isaiah 55:11…. ”so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.” So what is the purpose? That Christ would come into our midst, suffer, die, and rise again. Thereby offering forgiveness of sin and life eternal through His great love poured out upon the cross. He is the reason and the worth found in all of our volunteers. Their service is to spread the Good News of Jesus to those whom they serve - loving because He first loved us. So give thanks to the Lord of the harvest for sending laborers who share the love of Jesus with the hurting and the lost!
Servant Event Coordinator