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Mission Update
Rev. Peter Kelm, Missions Executive 
South Wisconsin District
414-464-8101 Kelm@swd.lcms.org
Passionate believers... confessing Christ for the next generation
May you bask in the glorious Easter blessings of our risen Savior, Jesus Christ!

"I have other sheep that are not of this
sheep pen. I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice..."
(John 10:16)
  • April 25-- in your neighborhood
  • Sept. 10 - Wausau
  • Sept. 11 - Appleton
  • Sept. 12 - SWD, Milwaukee
April 2015
Grace for doubters

Of all the time periods in the Scriptures that I would love to know more about, the 40 days between Jesus' resurrection and His ascension ranks right near the top. It's an odd interval. Jesus is alive! But his disciples are struggling to figure out what that means. Jesus is here! They can see him and touch him, share some fish with him, but then he's gone again. The Apostle Paul fills in a little bit of the gap when he tells us in 1 Corinthians 15 that Jesus appeared to 500 of the brothers at one time, but it's still interesting to me that we don't have more data from those 40 days.


But beyond just wondering what happened, there's a curious theme that is developed. Doubt. Of course, the account of "Doubting Thomas" refusing to believe the resurrection until he sees some proof comes to mind. But the verse that always gets me is at the end of Matthew's Gospel, right before the words of Jesus that we often call "The Great Commission." It's a short phrase, but it speaks volumes. As the 11 gather with Jesus, we are told: "They worshipped him, but some doubted."


Wow. They had spent three years with him in his ministry. They saw him heal the sick, give sight to the blind, and even raise the dead! And now they've seen him - the one who was crucified and laid in tomb - fully and completely alive and well. And still ..."some doubted"?


But it's really the reaction of Jesus both to Thomas and to those doubting disciples on the mountain that gives me great hope. In his grace and mercy, Jesus goes straight to Thomas the next time he visits the disciples. He shows them his hands and his side. And on the mountain, though he knows the doubts of some of those disciples, he goes on to remind them that he has all authority in heaven and on earth, and with that authority he sends them out to make disciples.


Grace for doubters. 

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Center for U.S. Missions
1-day convocations

Mobilizing the Mission of God--A Mission Convocation

This is a joint effort of SWD and NWD to mobilize pastors and people for mission! The convocations will be held in three locations...
  • Thursday, Sept. 10, at St. Mark, 600 Stevens Dr., Wausau
  • Friday, Sept. 11, at Shepherd of the Hills, N1615 Meadowview Dr., Greenville Appleton area
  • Saturday, Sept. 12, at the South Wisconsin District office, 8100 W. Capitol Dr., Milwaukee

Easy  to register--just call the District office and ask for Peg, 414-464-8101. Sessions are from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and the cost is only $30, including your lunch!


Here's the link to all the details.

NEW! Free resource for Hmong ministry  

Thanks to a mission grant provided by the LWML South Wisconsin District, the Lutheran Heritage Foundation has translated and published Luther's Small Catechism in the Hmong Blue and Hmong White languages. As with all of LHF's books, the Hmong catechisms are available free of charge to the ministries that need them. Also available is the Hmong White Bible storybook, A Child's Garden of Bible Stories. To request Lutheran books in Hmong or any of 80+ other languages, visit the LHF website at www.LHFmissions.org, send an email to info@LHFmissions.org, or call the LHF office at (800)554-0723.

Of course, we DO "do" missions! But we are often asked, "What missions do you have that we can get involved with?" Maybe that involvement is with your hands and your heart, or maybe it is with your financial support, and most surely it can be with your prayers.

We have a list that briefly describes the 12 missions that are supported in part by the SWD with your mission dollars. Please take a look at at it--by all means share it with others--and please call us if you would like additional information about how you can help! 414-464-8101.

District Missions list

LCMS Missionary of the Month 
Rev. David and Jennifer Preus with their family.
Rev. David and Jennifer Preus serve the Lord as career missionaries through The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS) in the Dominican Republic. In this role, David plants new churches in this country. He forms and develops groups of believers into mature, self-sustaining and self-replicating congregations through Word and Sacrament ministry. He also helps with theological education as needed and works with local deaconesses in their mercy care ministries throughout the country.

More information about David and Jennifer Preus.
Congregational Outreach and Personal Witness 

I have had the opportunity to share a brief presentation on some basics of congregational outreach and personal witness at several SWD congregations. This particular presentation can be anywhere from one hour to several hours and is suitable for a weekday evening or weekend day. It's not a "program," but rather a conversation starter for ways to share Jesus in our current culture. Please let me know if you'd like to schedule such a presentation for your congregation, or for an LWML or circuit meeting.
Need a guest preacher? My calendar opens up in August. I'd be happy to preach for a mission festival or District Mission Sunday...or just to give your preacher a break.