Twelve countries. Twenty-nine new missionaries. Ready. Set. Go!
Missouri Synod “sends” new missionaries in special service set for Friday, July 6


Special “sending service” for 29 new Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod missionaries being sent to the four corners of the globe.

The “sending service” is a special Divine Service with Holy Communion here at the LCMS International Center in St. Louis. The Rev. Dr. Herbert C. Mueller Jr., first vice-president of the LCMS, will give the homily, with the Rev. Dr. Kevin Golden of Village Lutheran Church, Ladue, Mo., presiding. Special musicians will provide cross-cultural music and all new missionaries will be recognized.

The 2012 career and GEO (Globally Engaged in Outreach, serving one- to two-year terms) missionaries range in age and experience and include recent college graduates and mid-career couples from Arizona, California, Idaho, Indiana, Illinois, Minnesota, Nebraska, Nevada, Ohio, Oregon, Washington and Wisconsin. The 29 new missionaries will serve in the Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, Germany, Hong Kong, Jamaica, Kenya, Macau, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Singapore, South Africa and Sri Lanka. They join a global mission team of more than 1,000, which includes short-term missionaries, military chaplains, international educators and other career and GEO personnel.

2 p.m., Friday, July 6

LCMS International Center, 1333 S. Kirkwood Road, St. Louis, Mo. 63122

The LCMS has been involved in mission and outreach since 1851, when it established its first mission board. In the early years, the church focused domestically on mission outreach among Native Americans. The LCMS’ first overseas missionary was sent in 1895 to India. Today, the LCMS trains, sends and supports called and appointed, career, long-term GEO and short-term missionaries throughout the United States and in various countries around the world where there are mission stations, partner churches, schools and mission relationships.

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About The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod

The 2.3 million-member Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod is a mission-oriented, Bible-based, confessional Christian denomination headquartered in St. Louis. Through acts of witness and mercy, the church carries out its mission worldwide to make known the love of Jesus Christ.  Learn more at


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