“These are the words of him who is holy and true, who holds the key of David. What he opens, no one can shut, and what he shuts no one can open. . . .
See, I have placed before you an open door” (Revelation 3:7,8).
We stand before an open door. The Son of David opened the door to God’s family and household with his life, death, and resurrection. It’s a door standing open for sinners like us, a door thrown open by the grace and mercy of a God who found a way for sinful people to be with him, at his side, as members of his family.
It’s a door that is opened not only for us. It’s been opened for a world of sinners living in the darkness outside of God’s family, with no hope and no future other than eternal darkness.
Our synod is comprised of nearly 400,000 people who have been brought through that door and into God’s family. Because we know the truth of his gospel message and joy of God’s forgiveness in Christ, we have gathered together as a synod to bring as many people as possible through that same doorway to God’s household.
In this annual report, you will see examples of how God is enabling us to do just that, as we work together to strengthen congregations, train future church workers, and plant the seed of the gospel at home and around the world.
Thank you, Lord, for your grace.
May we continue to work together to seize the opportunities that God gives us as we carry out his mission to bring more people through that open door into his family.
Serving in Christ,
Rev. Mark Schroeder, WELS President