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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
"This Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven." (Acts 1:11)

  • Sept. 10 - Wausau
  • Sept. 11 - Appleton
  • Sept. 12 - SWD, Milwaukee
May 2015
Teachable moments

Sometimes God is very subtle, and sometimes He is not. A few weeks ago I was able to see more clearly than I ever have how beautifully He works through Lutheran Christian education. God made it pretty obvious.


Now, mind you, this isn't the first time I've learned this lesson. In fact, I've been learning it my whole life. You see, I've graduated from Lutheran grade school, Lutheran high school, Lutheran college, and twice from Lutheran seminary. My mom and my wife are Lutheran teachers. I've served 3 congregations with Lutheran elementary schools, and two of them had Lutheran pre-schools and childcare and supported Lutheran high schools as well. It shouldn't be so hard to figure this out, but I'm slow.


The way God made this all pretty obvious was my schedule. Within a few days I spoke at a Lutheran elementary school, Lutheran high school, and Lutheran university. The elementary school was one of our LUMIN Choice schools. Wow. To see the smiling faces-black, white, Hispanic-was moving enough, but to hear them interact during my message, shout out answers they learned from the Bible, and sing "The Lamb" in the most beautiful way ever, sealed it. One kid came up after chapel and thanked me for coming. Now, mind you, this particular LUMIN school is far from traditional. But Jesus Christ is shared in word and deed. And as we prayed Luther's morning prayer and the Lord's prayer together, I doubt our Savior was concerned about how traditional it was.

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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.

Lutheran Bible Translators to Relocate  

Lutheran Bible Translators' executive director, Dr. Mike Rodewald, announced that LBT will move its global headquarters from Aurora, Illinois, to Concordia, Missouri. This decision, made after extensive collaboration with partners and executive staff, was affirmed by consensus of the board of directors of Lutheran Bible Translators "... for the long term interest of LBT to advance our Ends to the glory of God." The LBT service center will be located on the campus of St. Paul's Lutheran High School in Concordia, Missouri.

Press release
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 
Vicar Justin Massey
Vicar Justin Massey serves the Lord through the LCMS as a GEO (globally engaged in outreach) missionary in the Dominican Republic. In his role as a vicar, Justin provides spiritual care and pastoral support for other missionaries serving in this region. He also teaches, preaches and visits the homes of members of the surrounding community in which he lives and serves. In addition to these pastoral duties, Justin tracks LCMS missionaries and pastors serving in Latin America and aids in starting new churches and ministries in the community.

 More information about Vicar Massey.