Helping a Congregation in Ohio

July 16, 2015
By Thomas Nicholson & Joey Neuberger

It has been an amazing start to our time here at Zion in Toledo, OH. As we’ve settled in and fallen into a routine, we’ve had some wonderful opportunities to reach out to the people here in Toledo.

Zion church has several large events planned for the summer months. When we first arrived, we worked on familiarizing ourselves with the staff and the goals for this summer. The first events on our calendar were a neighborhood picnic, school open house and promotion of the youth center for students from eighth grade to seniors in high school.

We designed several flyers to go out canvassing the neighborhood. We also helped supervise the Youth Center on Mondays where we have some recreational time and a devotion with the attendees. For the neighborhood picnic we organized the congregation to canvass the neighborhood one Sunday after church. We did everything we could pre-event to promote the event to the locals as a springboard to evangelizing to them in the future. At the event we had free food, bounce houses and face painting for the kids, and we gave away free t-shirts at a game of corn hole. Joey and I had the opportunity to mingle with the people visiting the congregation for the food and fun and to speak to them about their walk with Jesus. The school was also open for tours as a way to boost enrollment and bring families to the church through their children.

On a day-to-day basis, we have also been calling parents of children in the Toledo Public School district to inform them about the EdChoice program the state of Ohio has in place and to encourage them to send their child to Zion. We spend a few hours on the phone most days with parents talking about the Christ-centered education offered at Zion and also about their quality of learning.

We also have the privilege of teaching Sunday school to the children of the congregation.This last week we have been preparing for the upcoming Vacation Bible School that Zion is hosting. We’ve had the opportunity to invite many souls to VBS either through phone calls or school visits. Joey has the wonderful opportunity of teaching the middle grades and Tom has the privilege of directing the music for all grades. We are greatly looking forward to sharing the gospel with many children who may not have heard it before, and that is a huge blessing for us. We also had the opportunity this past week to do some “Hot Dog Evangelism.” We took the extra hot dogs left from the Neighborhood Picnic, put up signs by the road, and gave away hot dogs in exchange for a Bible Verse. This allowed us the opportunity to draw people in and the Bible verse they used was a gateway for our gospel presentation.

We pray that the Lord continue to bless us as we do His work here at Zion, for He knows that the world desperately needs to hear His Word.

Bible Camp at Gloria Dei, Belmont CA

July 6, 2015

By Emily Manteufel

The theme at Bible camp in Belmont, California was Camp Discovery. Each day, the campers learned new verses that corresponded with the focus on the day. For example, on Monday the take home point was "Discover Jesus, he gives me courage". To emphasize this point, the children learned " Be strong and courageous. For the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go” Joshua 1:9. Each of the daily versus had sign language to go with it.

On the last day of camp the campers...

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Teaching Soccer in Texas

June 25, 2015
By Reverend Eugene

It wasn't the hottest part of summer, but the group of children gathered under the Texas sun to let their light shine. We had a ball, a soccer ball that is. The children were taught the basics of soccer and enjoyed fun in the sun, but when it got hot they took a refreshment break. We gathered around the sun in an air-conditioned church and served ice cold water, and the Water of Life. We learned about Jesus, the light of the world, and how He shines his love into our hearts...

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Crown of Life in Florida

June 25, 2015
By Megan Schoch & Kailynn Lovett

Every week, we have a different theme that ties into our Bible lesson and crafts for the week. We each take turns telling the Bible story throughout the week. It is amazing to see the faith that these kids have. No one who is enrolled into this summer program is a member of the church. They all have different backgrounds and churches of their own. It is awesome to be a part of this outreach experience through the church. We get to be a witness of our faith to t...

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Mission Trip in Georgia

June 25, 2015
By Jordan Uhlhorn

I would like to share an amusing story from this past week. The story takes place out in the streets of suburban Sharpsburg. Zach and I were going door-to-door around noon, hanging information about Faith Lutheran to leave on the door or directly talking to people if they were outside at the time.

While I was making my way back to the car towards the end of our route a policeman pulled up slowly behind Zach's van and had his blue lights flaring. I calmly stepped into the passe...

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Malawi Food Security

June 22, 2015
Missionary Mark Panning
Lilongwe, Malawi, Africa

These are bags of maize.  A full one weighs 50 kilograms, which is just over 110 pounds.

Yesterday, we bought a bit of maize… about 881,500 pounds of it, which is about 441 tons, or roughly 8,000 of the bags you see pictured here.  I’d love to show you what 441 tons of maize looks like, but I don’t think that I have ever seen that much maize collected in one place.
Maize is the staple food of Malawi.  Grind it into flour and boil it ...

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"Be Ye Perfect"

June 18, 2015
By: Kristin Lehmann

For many of us who have grown up as Lutherans, the LDS (Mormon) faith may seem like a bit of a mystery to us.  Perhaps you have seen LDS missionaries in your neighborhood - maybe they have even come to your door.  You might have chosen to talk with them, or you might have opted not to open your door because you didn't want to get into a discussion.  It can be intimidating to get into a religious discussion when you don't understand very much about another faith.  And while ...

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Brooke Roberts

April 15, 2015

This March, nine Manitowoc Lutheran High School National Honor Society students went on a Kingdom Workers mission trip to the Apache Indian Reservation in Arizona. I had the great privilege of being one of those nine students, and I am so grateful that God worked that trip into his divine plan for my life. We spent five days at Our Savior’s Lutheran School in Peridot doing many different tasks. We spent time in the classrooms with the students, cleaned up around the school’s campus, taugh...
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Amoci Clarke

April 15, 2015


Greetings, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns eternally:  I am grateful to share my life with the world because without God I am nothing.   He has afforded me with many years. I have the opportunity to share the gospel with many in my day-to-day interaction as well as travelling aboard.    As a youth, I was given the opportunity to travel to our sister Island of Barbuda to share the gospel in dance and song. I r...

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Tamara Thomas

April 15, 2015


My name is Tamara Thomas and I am a member of the St. John’s Lutheran Church in Antigua. Our Lutheran Youth for Christ- which I am a part of- will be embarking on a mission trip to Malawi, Africa as well as to the United States.
The St. John’s Lutheran Church has been the recipient of mission workers from the United States for the past few years. This year, the chosen members of Lutheran’s Youth for Christ have the opportunity ...

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