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2014 - Lutherans Engage the World - May-June

2014 - Lutherans Engage the World - May-June

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The Moment: Church Revitalization
The Moment: Church Revitalization

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Published by: The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod on May 29, 2014
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May – June 2014, Vol. 2, Issue 5
Lutherans
 ENGAGE the WORLD
 
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Strengthened Faith, Fervent Love …
 4
 
Bringing Christ & Care to Inner-City Baltimore
 7
 
Putting Up Walls to Break Down Barriers 
19
 
Missing Mayberry
888-THE LCMS (843-5267)
May June 2014 vol. 2, no. 5
inspire
Lutherans
 ENGAGE the WORLD
Engaging the Church in the work of witness and mercy across the globe in our life together.
LUTHERANS ENGAGE THE WORLD
 is published bi-monthly by The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. © 2014 The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. Reproduction for parish use does not require permission
.
 Such reproductions, however, should credit
LUTHERANS ENGAGE THE WORLD
 as a source. Print editions are sent to LCMS donors, rostered workers and missionaries. An online version is available (
). To receive the print edition, we invite you to make a financial gift for LCMS global witness and mercy work. Unless otherwise noted, all photos are property of the LCMS.Unless otherwise indicated, all Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version® (ESV®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
 
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involveengageinform
STAFF 
Mark D. Hofman executive director, mission advancementDavid L. Strand executive director, communicationsPamela J. Nielsen executive editorErica Schwan manager, design services Melanie Ave staff writerMegan K. Mertz staff writerErik M. Lunsford staff photojournalist/editorCarolyn A. Niehoff designerChrissy A. Thomas designer
 
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10 Questions
12
 
Mercy Moment — Philippines Update 
14
 
Reviving Ministry on America’s College Campuses 
16
 
A Beacon for the Community
 10
 
 
Philippine Disaster Recovery
 
EDITORIAL OFFICE
314-996-1215 1333 S. Kirkwood Road St. Louis, MO 63122-7295
 
REVITALIZE
 — verb,
 to restore vitality, liveliness
 
I MADE HE MORNING NEWS — the literal collapse of a Lutheran church building in a blighted north St. Louis neighborhood. My first thought was, “So sad! Another abandoned Lutheran church, another neighborhood where the gifts of God are no longer received at a Lutheran altar.” In cities, in small towns and along country roads, empty and dilapidated church buildings dot the landscape. Reasons vary as to why, of course, but in every case, these churches lost their vitality and eventually closed their doors. Tis issue of
Lutherans Engage the World 
 is about
REvitalizing 
 our congregations. It celebrates the places where the Gospel is being proclaimed in the midst of challenges large and small, in places where many might have simply given up.Te LCMS Office of National Mission is focused on revitalizing congregations and even replanting them where they have breathed their last. In partnership with districts, congregations, Lutheran Housing Support and LCMS Recognized Service Organizations, the people of God are working together to proclaim the Word of life in dark alleys, alongside cornfields, in challenged neighborhoods and on secular university campuses across the country. So, what about that crumbling church in north St. Louis? Tat’s a good news story of revitalization! Te congregation is actively involved in improving the neighborhood, having helped remodel nearly 250 homes. For safety’s sake, worship services and church operations were moved long ago into the congregation’s school building next door. Te Gospel of Jesus Christ continues to be proclaimed there each week! You can read about revitalization of another kind in an infographic and photo essay on the continuing disaster-relief efforts in the Philippines (Pages 10-13).God is blessing your gifts for LCMS disaster efforts and to the Global Mission Fund, making church revitalization possible at home and abroad. Tank you!In Christ,
Pamela J. Nielsen
 Associate Executive Director, LCMS Communications
Cover image:
 
Acolytes light altar candles before worship at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Mobile, Ala.
PHOTO: LCMS COMMUNICATIONS/ERIK M. LUNSFORD
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