Mission Driven – 20/19 Vision: Better Than Good

The Academy continues to strive to inspire congregations and leaders to embrace the NALC’s Core Value – Mission Driven.

During February’s session of The Academy, we dove deep into some of the foundational and practical elements of leadership, also keeping before us what it means to help people recognize and trust God’s voice and character through the Word of God.  The NALC’s Renewal Team is excited to deliver a series of resources during the remainder of February that both challenge and open the NALC to the work of the Holy Spirit in our ministry and mission.

The Academy – February 2019

As baptized disciples of Jesus Christ, living members of His body, our “mission” is to share the good news of His saving death and resurrection with those living in darkness, fear and godlessness, bringing the kingdom—His risen presence—near so that, through God’s Word and Holy Spirit, they may become his followers, baptized into His Church, disciples, with us, in the Kingdom of God.  Continue reading “The Academy – February 2019”

Persistence in Prayer

“O LORD my God, I cried to you for help and you have healed me.” — Psalm 30:2 ESV

I am struck by the beauty and simplicity of Psalm 30. Is there a more complete prayer in such few words than here in verse two? This verse sums up the entirety of our stories. As David prays these words, he calls on God by name as he cries out, addressing the depth of our brokenness. And in the same breath, healing. For we have a great God who saves, who gives us the chance to live again. What a gift from God is prayer!  Continue reading “Persistence in Prayer”

Mission Update – Liberia

Brethren, the Lord be with you.

The people in Liberia and Victory Ministries send you greetings in the name of Christ. They continue to be grateful for your faithful and continuous prayers, support and desire to see the Lord work in Liberia and the other West African countries. We are preparing for Victory Ministry’s second annual convocation. The church in Duazon will host us from February 14-17, 2019. Please join us as we review our work, discover our shortfalls, develop a new approach and seek the Spirit’s anointing. This year’s theme is: God’s Spirit Anointing God’s Church.

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Mission Trip to El Salvador 2019

Last year, Transfiguration Lutheran Church Mission, and several Texas Lutheran churches brought hope and happiness to many poor families during Christmas time in El Salvador. We provided 1000 food baskets and toys for adults and children. In El Salvador, an average family is composed of five members. We helped to provide food for ten days, making a Christmas dinner possible for them. In total, we were able to feed 5000 people. Here is a video that shows the highlights of last year’s event.  Continue reading “Mission Trip to El Salvador 2019”

The Academy – January 2019

American culture is characterized by the word “busy.” There is never enough time, burnout seems inevitable, and the challenge of developing deep relationships is real. To what good things do we say “no” so we can say “yes” to better things? This is a key element in life-to-life discipleship. The real question is: “What are you going to do about it?” Jesus faced this challenge in even greater ways than we do. Relationships are key not just to ministry, but in life.

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NALC Global Worker Update – The Panzo Family

“Teach me to do Your will, for You are my God; let Your good Spirit lead me into a level country and into the land of uprightness.”  – Psalm 143:10

 

Dear Partners in Mission,

It is almost the end of the year 2018, and since we will be out of the DRC on December 13, traveling to the USA to participate in our daughter, Nicole Panzo’s, wedding, we wanted to say thank you to all of you for your prayers, donations of kindness and your thoughts that allowed us to survive on the ground. Also, we thank God, the sustainer and protector of our lives, He is the one who used each of you to be faithful and helpful in our mission in the DRC. With God and you, we were able to accomplish some tasks that we felt were impossible.  Continue reading “NALC Global Worker Update – The Panzo Family”

What Do You Get For A King Who Has Everything?

Dear Friends of the Prayer League,

I love the shepherds and the angels.  I adore the sheep and cattle we also place carefully into the scene.  I prize those images of Mary and Joseph, right there at the center, of course, lovingly watching over the humble manger. And in that tiny feeding trough we find, best and greatest of all, the baby Jesus, sometimes not until Christmas morning.  At least that’s the way we’ve done it in our home.  And I really like it that way.  Continue reading “What Do You Get For A King Who Has Everything?”