On July 13, more than 400 WELS members gathered for the first Taste of Missions hosted by WELS Missions. Held at Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary, Mequon, Wis., the event gave WELS members an opportunity to hear firsthand from WELS home and world missionaries, sample food from around the world, visit mission displays, and participate in a worship service during which three new world missionaries were commissioned.
“It was really wonderful to be able to meet and talk with so many people involved with missions as well as people who are so passionate about missions,” says Mr. Mark Blauert, school chaplain at Wisconsin Lutheran School, Racine, Wis. “The commissioning service was powerful and such a wonderful way to end the event. It was great to be able to see three missionaries being sent off to begin their ministries.”
The three missionaries who were commissioned include Rev. Bounkeo Lor, who is serving as the coordinator of Hmong Asia Ministry and is focusing on training the leaders of the Hmong Fellowship Church in Vietnam; Rev. Abram Degner, who is joining the Latin America missions team and will be serving as a missionary based in Paraguay; and Rev. Dan Witte, who is joining the One Africa Team and will be serving as a theological educator based in Zambia.
Witte’s wife, Debbie, says, “The overwhelming encouragement and sense of support Dan and I got from that day has really served as a ‘booster shot’ for our resolve to embark on this new ministry opportunity.”
Mr. Sean Young, director of WELS Missions Operations, notes, “We wanted to invite our entire family in Christ for an opportunity to learn more about the exciting mission opportunities they’re supporting, and it was so encouraging to see how well received it was. Experiences like these remind our missionaries that their synod cares for them and is praying for them and at the same time puts a face and a name to those prayers for WELS members. We can’t wait to build on the success of this year’s event for the 2020 Taste of Missions.”
To learn more about WELS Missions, visit wels.net/missions.