Wishing you God’s richest blessings, much love, and joy for 2022: Continue reading Happy New Year!
Missionaries to Persian speakers Kim Bueltmann, Rachel Krause, Hugo Gevers, and Christian Tiews met with Director for Missions of our German partner church SELK Roger Zieger at “Die Brücke” in Leipzig, Germany to coordinate their outreach efforts. Click here to listen to beautiful Persian liturgical music. Continue reading Persian Ministry in Germany
Over 50 aspiring pastors, church workers, and students from all over the world have enrolled in a class of the English program at Luther Academy in Riga providing an introduction to Pastoral Theology. The class is being taught jointly by Rev. Dr. Christian Tiews and Rev. Dr. David Preus online and also directly interpreted into … Continue reading A New Semester at Luther Academy
Yesterday I took the train back to Lula and Lilly after a wonderful weekend of Persian ministry in Hamburg (more on that next week). The man sitting next to me was an African-American civilian from Virginia, working here in Germany. I said that I am a Lutheran pastor and asked him whether he is a … Continue reading Another Martin Luther
It was raining cats and dogs on a recent Sunday morning, so I decided to call a taxi rather than walk. The beige Mercedes pulled up. I opened the rear passenger door, threw my backpack in, and settled in the back seat. “Lousy weather,” I remarked. The cabbie looked in the rearview mirror and spotted … Continue reading Do You Eat Regularly?
Wishing you and your family a most wonderful Christmas and a blessed 2022 with these German Winter impressions. Jesus Christ is indeed the Light of the World! Continue reading Fröhliche Weihnachten
In the Land of Luther, where today only some 6% of the population have an active Christian faith, how would you go about connecting people with the centrality of Christianity? You could hardly do better than what the Liebfrauen-Überwasser church in Münster has done in their temporary LUX3 exhibition. For starters, this 800-year-old church is … Continue reading The Light of the World
As Lula’s, Lillian’s, and my first year as missionaries draws to a close, we are so grateful for all of you who continue to pray for us and support us as we share the Gospel here in the Old World—in German and Persian (Farsi). But we have even more to be thankful for: While we … Continue reading My Heart for Very Joy must Leap
Have you ever concealed the fact that you are Christian? Perhaps because at your place of work or in your social circles being a follower of Christ is “not cool”? Some people are not afraid to stick their neck out for Jesus—or their arm. I recently met a young man who hails from a Muslim … Continue reading The Cost of Discipleship
Things are kicking into gear now with my ministry to Persians. Last week I rented an apartment (photo) in a Hamburg neighborhood with a very dense population of Iranians and Afghans. Considering my still modest Persian language skills, I am very grateful for the patience and support of my brother pastor Rev. Marko Turunen, sent … Continue reading Receive the Lord’s Gifts Often