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Mission Central

For the ninth year in a row, students, faculty, family and friends packed into a van Jan. 10 to journey to Mission Central in Mapleton, Iowa, for two days of intensive learning. Those attending included Residential Alternate Route (RAR) students Nathan Speerbrecker and Andrew Wrasman; Master of Divinity (M.Div.) student Joshua Hileman; President Dr. Dale A. Meyer and his grandson, Connor Pittman; Interim Director of Resident Field Education Rev. Jeffrey Thormodson; Vicar Joe Pierson; and Tim and Deborah Herberts.

Pictured from left: President Dr. Dale A. Meyer and his grandson, Connor Pittman; Mission Central’s Eurasia Area Executive Regional Director Rev. James Krikava, Vicar Joseph Pierson, Interim Director of Resident Field Education Rev. Jeffrey Thormodson, RAR student Nathan Speerbrecker, Deborah and Tim Herberts, RAR student Andrew Wrasman and M.Div. student Joshua Hileman.

For Speerbrecker, Wrasman and Hileman, this was also an opportunity to complete Mission and Ministry Seminar (PRA563), a course that focuses theological and missiological study around specific aspects of church planting.

Directed by Gary Thies and Dr. Brent Smith (’01), Mission Central is the largest mission network that provides support to the LCMS offices of International and National Mission. Mission Central continues to be blessed by God as a conduit to raise millions of dollars every year to send and keep missionaries in the field.

Gary Thies speaks to the visiting group about the Creation Theater and its purpose at Mission Central.

In addition to the time spent at Mission Central, the group also made a brief stop at Lutheran Bible Translators (LBT) in Concordia, Mo. LBT’s Director for Program Ministries and COO Rev. Rich Rudowske (’05) explained how Lutherans are working with church and Bible agency leaders to bring God’s Word to those who don’t yet have it in their own languages.

President Dr. Dale A. Meyer and students listen as COO Rev. Rich Rudowske, a former student of Meyer’s, shares the mission of Lutheran Bible Translators.