A very special thank you to the choir, staff and pastors of Peace Lutheran Church Hurst and the Choir of St. Paul Lutheran Church, Dallas for all the work they did to make our mission celebration an inspiring and enjoyable day. We also thank Thrivent Financial for sponsoring the dinner.
The highlight of our mission celebration was the ordination and installations of missionaries. The Lord raises leaders for His church so that the gospel may be proclaimed to all people and the faithful may be mature to the fullness of Christ. The ordination and installation of Dr. Solomon Yadessa will open the door for us to reach out to the Ethiopians as well as strengthen our urban mission movement. The installation of Pastor Isaac Choi will strengthen our outreach to the Korean population as well as open the door for second generation Asians in the DFW area.
The attendance was excellent for a Palm Sunday afternoon. Our pastors came to celebrate and firmly stand shoulder to shoulder in their commitment for the apostolic mandate, to make disciples of all nations. More than a dozen language groups were represented. It truly was a glimpse of what heaven looks like. And we have nowhere else to go but to continue to grow in our mission to all people!
St. Paul stated in Eph 4: 11-13, “So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.”
Area B mission networks, such as Disciples of the Way, T2C2, Five Two, Eternity Matters, Soul Thirst are hard at work raising missionaries and evangelists. They have their vision set on an evangelistic movement to reach our cities and small towns with the gospel, while praying “thy Kingdom come.”
Celebrating the missionaries who are valiantly serving their Lord and fulfilling the Great Commission is an appropriate thing to do. The plan is that Area B will continue to strive to do the Lord’s bidding and once in a while stop and celebrate what the Lord has done and is doing through the work of our congregations and missionaries.
By: Rev. Yohannes Mengsteab
Mission and Ministry Facilitator, Area B