Month: January 2016

Kenyan pastor shares Gospel with Finland’s immigrants

Friday, January 1, 2016

What’s a pastor from Kenya, Africa, to do when he marries and moves to Finland, just 450 miles from the Arctic Circle? Why, continue preaching and teaching, of course – to the Finns, Kenyans, Poles and Latvians who enter the doors of St. Barnabas International Evangelical Lutheran Church in Helsinki. Rev. Richard Otiso was born in … Read More

Ministering to Sudanese immigrants in Australia

Friday, January 1, 2016

When immigrants from South Sudan arrived in Melbourne, Australia, they quickly decided they preferred the quieter life in the country. Before long, the Sudanese made up a third of the congregants at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Traralgon, where Rev. Stephen van der Hoek was pastor. Following is an interview with Rev. Van der Hoek, … Read More

Amid civil war violence, 13 graduate South Sudan seminary

Friday, January 1, 2016

Thirteen new pastors have joined the pastoral ranks of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in South Sudan/Sudan (ELCSS/S), bringing the total to 64 pastors to serve the young church body’s 140 congregations and 40,000 members. The seminarians graduated in November 2015 from the Concordia Lutheran Institute for the Holy Ministry (CLIHM) in Yambio, South Sudan, where … Read More