New Missouri Synod missionaries from Indiana set to begin service abroad
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ST. LOUIS—Aug. 3, 2011—Five Indiana residents have accepted appointments from The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod to serve as missionaries.
Tony and Constance Booker of Fort Wayne, Ind., will serve as career missionaries in the Czech Republic. Tony Booker, a native of Omaha, Neb., holds degrees from the University of Wyoming and Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne. He will pastor a small congregation, build relationships with local Lutheran churches and coordinate cultural exchange events in the community, with the support of his wife, Constance Booker, an Indiana University graduate. The Bookers are members of Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Fort Wayne.
Timothy and Megan Dooms of Zionsville, Ind., will serve as GEO (Globally Engaged in Outreach) missionaries in Kenya. GEO missionaries typically serve between one- and two-years. Timothy Dooms will be a teacher at a Lutheran intermediate school for orphans in Kisumu and Megan Dooms will work with the pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Kenya. They are members of Advent Lutheran Church, Zionsville, Ind.
Rev. Alan Ludwig of Fort Wayne, Ind., will continue serving as a theological educator in Russia. He will teach seminary courses and work with other missionaries in developing theological education programs in Russia and other republics of the former Soviet Union. He holds degrees from Boise State University and Concordia Seminary, St. Louis. He is a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Walla Walla, Wash.
Their terms of service begin in 2011.
The Bookers, Doomses and Ludwig are among a group of more than 30 new missionaries who were formally commissioned during a sending service in July in the chapel at the LCMS International Center in St. Louis. The new missionaries will serve in 16 countries including Cambodia, the Czech Republic, England, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, Kenya, Macau, Russia, South Africa and Taiwan.
To find out more about these LCMS missionaries and others, or to support their efforts, download their prayer cards from the LCMS website at www.lcms.org/prayercards.
The LCMS has been involved in mission and outreach since 1851 when it established its first mission board and sent its first overseas missionary to India in 1895. Today, the LCMS trains, sends and supports called and appointed career, long-term GEO and short-time missionaries throughout the United States and in various countries around the world where there are mission stations, partner churches, schools or mission relationships. Missionaries serve as God’s instruments in His mission as they carry out the “good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do,” (Phil. 2:10). By God’s grace, missionaries share of the saving Gospel of Jesus Christ in words and acts of loving service.
LCMS missionary teams are made up of people who focus on building relationships and supporting local believers as they gather and reach out to their own communities. Some of the international work they do includes planting churches, leadership formation or some type of locally-initiated holistic services in areas of health, agriculture, community development, English-as-a-Foreign-Language classes or partner support activities. Missionary teachers also serve in international schools where missionary children, expatriates, and often national children attend. Agricultural and medical missionaries are also part of the global team as their mercy work strategically contributes towards reaching and gathering communities of believers, so that churches can be planted and sustained.
About The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod
The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS), is a mission-oriented, Bible-based, confessional Christian denomination headquartered in St. Louis, Mo. Founded in 1847, the LCMS has more than 2.3 million baptized members in some 6,200 congregations and more than 9,000 pastors. Two seminaries and 10 colleges and universities operate under the auspices of the LCMS, and its congregations operate the largest Protestant parochial school system in America. The church broadcasts the saving message of Jesus Christ over KFUO Radio, and it has relationships and active mission work in 89 countries around the world. In the last five years, the LCMS has awarded more than $35 million through more than 900 domestic and international grants for emergency response and disaster relief. Today, the LCMS is in full doctrinal fellowship with 33 other confessional Lutheran church bodies worldwide and is a founding partner of Lutheran Services in America, a social ministry organization serving one in every 50 Americans. For more information, visit www.lcms.org.