Lutherans in Africa

In case you didn't get the latest newsletter, have a look! http://www.lutheransi…

In case you didn’t get the latest newsletter, have a look! http://www.lutheransinafrica.com/pdf/newsletter/2015-01-en-may-family.pdf www.lutheransinafrica.comwww.lutheransinafrica.com
December 19-23, I was invited to lead a Youth Seminar in Sirari, Tanzania. Many...

December 19-23, I was invited to lead a Youth Seminar in Sirari, Tanzania. Many…

December 19-23, I was invited to lead a Youth Seminar in Sirari, Tanzania. Many youth came on their own expense to learn the Word of God. They spent nights sleeping on the church floor. And they said this was one of the BEST Christmases ever because …
Deaconess Trinah Simakoloyi gives her brief feedback on the course.  Much more t...

Deaconess Trinah Simakoloyi gives her brief feedback on the course. Much more t…

Deaconess Trinah Simakoloyi gives her brief feedback on the course. Much more teaching is needed. Baptism is not just an act but it is life giving and forgives and strengthens us each and every day. Her brother, Pastor Peter Simakoloyi was part of the team which just translated Luther’s Small Catechism into the Tonga language and we are overjoyed to work with the Lutheran Heritage Foundation who will help us publish this book in the new year. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p8XcJrdn7qw&feature=youtu.be Deaconess Trinah Simakoloyi from Zambia Deaconess Trinah Simakoloyi reflects on the Small Catechism and how it can help her and the church in Zambia.

It's "Giving Tuesday"! What better than to give the gift of Good News? Support L…

It’s “Giving Tuesday”! What better than to give the gift of Good News? Support Lutherans in Africa as it spreads the Gospel of Jesus to more than 20 nations in Africa by teaching, training, and translating. Thank you!
Lutherans in Africa's Facebook Wall 2014-09-24 07:41:26

Lutherans in Africa's Facebook Wall 2014-09-24 07:41:26

Timeline PhotosTook way longer than we had hoped but we finally got our solar panels installed. Electricity is VERY expensive in Kenya. Our bill is usually over $200 per month but that is for the entire mission center and several computers. The chapel is the center part of the building pictured and we have translation offices to the left as well as living spaces. On top of the second story is a solar water heater which provides warm showers from noon time on. Thank you to Rev @[1054402178:2048:Rob Wurst], Dr. @[1842292254:2048:Harold L. Senkbeil], and @[1222986122:2048:Stefan Adrian Wozny.Pops]. We still have a bit of wiring to do and will hope to get that done tomorrow. Good news is, we will be able to use more mission funds to train more evangelists and we will have electricity even if the city power is down which happens often.
Exciting news coming out of East Africa.  People are really enjoying the latest...

Exciting news coming out of East Africa. People are really enjoying the latest…

Exciting news coming out of East Africa. People are really enjoying the latest newsletter. Take a look! https://madmimi.com/p/148475?fe=1&pact=25906125720 Notes from the Mission Field: Proclaiming Christ in Burundi and with Somalis in Kenyamadmimi.comNotes from the Mission Field: Proclaiming Christ in Burundi and with Somalis in Kenya Holy Spirit at work through God’s Word in Burundi This past mo…
Please pray for this young church that is seeking to learn God's Word!

Please pray for this young church that is seeking to learn God's Word!

Please pray for this young church that is seeking to learn God’s Word! Burundi Catechism Seminar This past month I was in Bujumbura, Burundi for the first ever seminar on Luther’s Small Catechism. The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Burundi is quite small with six ordained pastors and about 2,000 members and they are searching for their identity. After the first couple sessions the leaders asked to meet with me in the evening. A couple months earlier a German pastor had come to their country and told them not to distinguish doctrine but rather to unite with other churches. This seemed to confuse many people because Lutheran practice is already different than Pentecostal practice. How can we say we are the same and yet do different things? This is why on the first couple sessions we dug deep into what leads to different doctrines between the different churches. If they all use the Bible then why are there so many denominations? The reason is easy to understand when we study the criteria that forms our beliefs. The Catholic Church in their catechism quotes scripture but also adds decrees of popes and church fathers. The Baptists and Reformed use scripture but in their defense of their official doctrines they add human reason which may contradict or add to scripture. Pentecostals use Scripture but preach and teach more with their visions and dreams, at least this is the common practice in Africa. Liberal Church bodies might use the Bible but then they govern the Word of God based on the will and desires of mankind. This allows them to remove or ignore Bible verses they do not like. The Lutherans, by contrast, use scripture alone, Sola Scriptura, as we say. With this framework it was easier to study the commandments, creed, and sacraments and understand the difference between Lutherans and other denominations.
HOW TO COMBAT ISLAMIC TERRORISMYou combat hate and terror with love and forgiv...

HOW TO COMBAT ISLAMIC TERRORISMYou combat hate and terror with love and forgiv…

HOW TO COMBAT ISLAMIC TERRORISM You combat hate and terror with love and forgiveness. If you look at every Muslim as a terrorist then you have already judged them in your heart. Yesterday I was blessed with an invitation to attend a Somali Christian fellowship. This happened because one Somali man attended our church service the previous Sunday. He said he never heard the Gospel preached like that and said he really needed help to teach other Somalis. These dear children of God live in greater terror than you could ever imagine. If they convert to Christianity then their relatives or neighbors will literally kill them. Many of the people I met had lost loved ones after their conversion. At the same time when they try to enter a place of worship in a foreign country, everyone treats them as a Muslim terrorist. I taught them from Sunday’s text, Matthew 20:1-16. What is God’s reign like? He goes into the shopping malls and market places and in His perspective, all the people are idle. We see them as busy buying and selling but they are searching only for material goods that do not last and have no eternal value. But Jesus comes along and says, “You go into the vineyard too and I will give you that which is right/just.” (v4). Amazing! He pays for us, people who have no skills and no works worthy of merit but He pays the price to buy us and bring us into His kingdom. You cannot buy soap that washes away sin and guilt from a shopping mall but Jesus loves you so much He is willing to hire you so that you can enjoy the life in His vineyard. Thanks be to the Lutheran Heritage Foundation for printing books in the Somali language. I was amazed that the man who came to our chapel told me that he now begins each day crossing himself and saying, “In the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit” in reminder that he has been marked with God’s named and washed clean of all his sins. I was completely flabbergasted. THIS is how you combat Islamic Terrorism. Bombs make more hate and terror. The Gospel creates a new heart of love and forgiveness. This is how our patient God looks at us. Having received His love, I pray that you too may look at others with Christ’s eyes of compassion and mercy. Who knows what might happen.
Do you know where Zambezi is? Enjoy!https://madmimi.com/p/5e4435?fe=1&pact=2467...

Do you know where Zambezi is? Enjoy!https://madmimi.com/p/5e4435?fe=1&pact=2467…

Do you know where Zambezi is? Enjoy! https://madmimi.com/p/5e4435?fe=1&pact=24677505005Notes from the Mission Field: Dedication of Catechism in Lunda languagemadmimi.comNotes from the Mission Field: Dedication of Catechism in Lunda language For the…

In the greater Los Angeles area this weekend? "Come and see." The Rev James E Ma…

In the greater Los Angeles area this weekend? “Come and see.” The Rev James E May will be preaching at tomorrow’s 10 a.m. Divine Service
Great work being done in South Sudan.

Great work being done in South Sudan.

Great work being done in South Sudan. Zande Catechism Printed

Woohoo!!! We just got an online donation for Lutherans in Africa. Did you know…

Woohoo!!! We just got an online donation for Lutherans in Africa. Did you know you could give online either one time or recurring? Some find this way most convenient. The links are on the website – http://www.lutheransinafrica.com/ Thank you LIA s…
FIRST EVER translation and publication of Luther's Small Catechism in the Lunda...

FIRST EVER translation and publication of Luther's Small Catechism in the Lunda…

FIRST EVER translation and publication of Luther’s Small Catechism in the Lunda language. Thank you all who made this possible! Dedication of Catechism in Lunda language For the first time in the history of the Lunda people in Northwestern Zambia, people are now able to read Luther’s Small Catechism in their own language. This is a great achievement that took about two years but with the hard work of Bishop-elect Robert Kaumba, Benjamin Kaumba, Yanvwah, Chinyama, Moffat, and Abraham, this was made possible. Many people were in attendance, even from outside the church including a delegation from the regional chief who gave his blessing to the event and the work of the church. He said the Lutheran Church is a faithful church because it is teaching the Bible and this is the most important thing for the people. There were several obstacles, such as poor translations of the Bible but we pray this book will help people understand the Gospel more clearly so that there are no obstacles to their faith. A big shout of thanks to the Evangelical Lutheran Church in England who was a major financial contributor to make this seminar possible. Thank you Rev Tapani Simojoki, Edward Passmore, and many more! Thank you to the Lutheran Heritage Foundation who made the publication possible!

UPDATE COMING TUESDAY. Dear brothers and sisters in Christ. It was suggested tha…

UPDATE COMING TUESDAY. Dear brothers and sisters in Christ. It was suggested that things have been slow lately because there haven’t been any posts. Actually the opposite is true. In April and May I was teaching in Burundi, Zambia, and South Africa and then preparing for our summer furlough as we are now in the USA. I apologize for this. My goal is to get you at least one of the updates by Tuesday. If I don’t, please nudge me. So much going on and prayers are needed. Have a blessed weekend! Pastor May
"A young pastor spoke to me at the end of the seminar, expressing incredible gra...

"A young pastor spoke to me at the end of the seminar, expressing incredible gra…

“A young pastor spoke to me at the end of the seminar, expressing incredible gratitude for the reminder that his call was not to manage development projects, but to bring salvation to the people he served through the means of grace.” -Rev. Matt Anker http://mad.ly/9e96c4 Notes from the Mission Field: Guest Report from Rev. Matt Ankermad.lyNotes from the Mission Field:Guest Report from Rev. Matt Anker Rev. Matt Anker teaching in Shinyanga, Tanzania Shinyanga may not be one of the world…

Lutherans in Africa Newsletter now available

The PDF version of last week’s newsletter is now available for download. http://www.lutheransinafrica.com/pdf/newsletter/2014-05-en.pdf www.lutheransinafrica.comwww.lutheransinafrica.com
Thank you to all the supporters of Lutherans in Africa, especially the many Luth...

Thank you to all the supporters of Lutherans in Africa, especially the many Luth…

Thank you to all the supporters of Lutherans in Africa, especially the many Lutherans in Australia who made this seminar possible! Imagine attending a Lutheran Church and never having seen a Lutheran Catechism? Or a pastor and never studying the Luth…

For all of you in the San Diego area, this promises to be a great event! LUTHER…

For all of you in the San Diego area, this promises to be a great event! LUTHERANS IN AFRICA DESSERT RECEPTION FUNDRAISER – On Saturday, March 1 at 6:30 pm, Grace Lutheran Church, San Diego is hosting a dessert reception to celebrate the efforts of Lutherans in Africa and to fellowship with fellow Lutherans. There will be light food/desserts, live music and an auction. We are asking for a pledge to cover the cost to purchase a number of Lutheran Study Bibles and Luther’s Small Catechisms. Bibles are $42.00 each and Small Catechisms are $13.00 each. You are invited to attend the event or to make a contribution. Please make checks payable to Grace Lutheran Church, include LIA in the memo. Checks can be mailed to Grace Lutheran Church, 3967 Park Blvd., San Diego, CA 92103. For more information call the church office at 619-299-2890.
Here is the direct link to download and listen. http://issuesetc.org/2014/02/20/...

Here is the direct link to download and listen. http://issuesetc.org/2014/02/20/…

Here is the direct link to download and listen. http://issuesetc.org/2014/02/20/3-lutheran-missions-pr-james-may-22014/ Like the picture they attached there. I look like a little boy with a fire hose. Ha! Good one!3. Lutheran Missions – Pr. James May, …
Tune in online tomorrow, February 21, to Issues, Etc. from 3-5 pm Central, and h...

Tune in online tomorrow, February 21, to Issues, Etc. from 3-5 pm Central, and h…

Tune in online tomorrow, February 21, to Issues, Etc. from 3-5 pm Central, and hear The Rev. James May talk about Lutheran Missions with IE host, The Rev. Todd Wilken!Issues, Etc.issuesetc.orgChrist-Centered, Cross-Focused Talk Radio

Does anyone use/order children's bulletins? Some,kids draw on hymnals and it wou…

Does anyone use/order children’s bulletins? Some,kids draw on hymnals and it would be better to give them paper bulletins. They can be old ones and we will take them to Africa and recycle. Let me know! Thank.
Just heard from a friend and supporter of ours that there will be a mission fest...

Just heard from a friend and supporter of ours that there will be a mission fest…

Just heard from a friend and supporter of ours that there will be a mission festival in San Diego on March 1 at Grace Lutheran Church. If you are in the area, why not pop in? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sp4dwYbD0jo&feature=youtu.beGrace Luthera…
Lutheran Teaching Taking Hold in Sudan

Lutheran Teaching Taking Hold in Sudan

LATEST NEWSLETTER!!! I have been trying to catch up a bit. This is from the end of the year. Enjoy! http://mad.ly/0adb64Notes from the Mission Field: Sudan and The Revelation Revisitedmad.lyNotes from the Mission Field:Sudan and the Revelation Revisite…
CHECK THIS OUT! Rev Daniel Mono comments on the most recent LIA seminar in Tanza...

CHECK THIS OUT! Rev Daniel Mono comments on the most recent LIA seminar in Tanza…

CHECK THIS OUT! Rev Daniel Mono comments on the most recent LIA seminar in Tanzania with Rev James May and Rev Matt Anker. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YCL0KdDGeCo&feature=youtu.beRev. Daniel Herman Mono comments on LIA Seminar
CHRISTMAS CARD DETAILS. Greetings to all our dear LIA supporters.  We sent out o...

CHRISTMAS CARD DETAILS. Greetings to all our dear LIA supporters. We sent out o…

CHRISTMAS CARD DETAILS. Greetings to all our dear LIA supporters. We sent out over 300 Christmas cards this year and I wanted you all to know a little bit about them. They were all handmade by a man named Daniel Mutinda who is the son of a single parent. He was born with a deformed right hand and later developed polio-myelitis. Both of his legs are in braces and he cannot walk except with crutches. All the painting and handcrafting he did with his left hand. It was a great joy for him to make so many cards for us so that he could earn money and support his family. The joy of self-esteem is priceless. Please pray for him and his family. He was very happy to be able to make these cards for you. Our kids tried to write some of the cards or addresses as well. It was encouraging for them to know how so many people are supporting the mission work. We also would like to thank all of YOU who helped bring the greatest gift of all to Africa, the gift of Jesus Christ. As we distribute Gospel books, Bibles, and Good News magazines, the invitation and request list just keeps getting longer as we serve on this continent which is two and a half times the size of the USA. While the West continues to turn their backs on Christ, I can tell you without a doubt that many Africans are so happy that tears come to their eyes that you haven’t forgotten them. They want to know Christ more. They want to receive His gifts of His Word and sacrament. Each and everyday throughout this year and the years past you have given them a Christmas gift. God bless you all! (Sample card attached.)
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