Two new Missouri Synod missionaries from South Dakota set to begin service abroad

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ST. LOUIS—Aug. 3, 2011—Alissa Asmus and Emily Goddard, both of Sioux Falls, S.D., have accepted appointments from The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod to serve as GEO (Globally Engaged in Outreach) missionaries.

Asmus will teach English classes and lead Bible studies at the Concordia English Center in Macau, which is a special administrative region of China. Goddard will serve as a teacher at a new Christian grade school in Middleburg, South Africa.

Their terms of service begin in late 2011. GEO missionaries typically serve one- to two-year terms.

Asmus graduated from Concordia University Wisconsin, Mequon. She is a member of Memorial Lutheran Church in Sioux Falls.

Goddard graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a degree in elementary education. She is a member of Faith Lutheran Church in Sioux Falls.

Asmus and Goddard 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

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



Vicki Biggs
Director, Integrated Communications
The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod
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