To those who support me prayerfully, for those who sponsor me, those who sojourn with me in this mission field, and to those who are considering joining us: Advent Greetings in the Name of Him who is to come, and whose first birth we look forward to celebrating, and yet, who is with us this day as He comes to us in His Word and Sacrament. Amen!
It has been a little hectic with Lutheran Council coming to a close just before St. Andrew’s Day. St. Andrew’s Day was observed at the Seminary, as usual, with communion, myself being the preacher and the presiding minister. We are now preparing for examinations and the closing for Christmas break.
We are grateful for the financial gifts we have received which have kept many students at the seminary however, I am a little heartbroken right now. After our most recent visiting professor was here, the Rev’d Professor Naomichi Masaki of Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, IN, USA, over half of the students were asked to leave for lack of school fees, or incomplete payment of school fees. There is the possibility that they will not even be allowed to sit for the exams. This is a result of the recent, sudden, drastic cut of support we experienced during the previous year when the Office of International Mission was forced to cut back their support. Some of you were curious about the former rector who died that I mentioned in my last report. He taught part-time at the seminary, then fell sick and didn’t recover. I am now fully in charge of teaching all his courses, making the need for visiting professors a continuous one. In addition, now more than ever, it is also important for us to send indigenous pastors to our LC-MS Seminaries in the U.S. for further training to come back and serve in the field, especially back at the Seminary to train future pastors. "The Harvest is ripe, but the reapers are few."
1) Pray for the seminary and the students, especially those who are yet to pay school fees.
2) Pray for the Lord to touch the hearts of potential visiting professors from Ft. Wayne and all over the synod to come and help with the 4 additional courses I have acquired, over and above my existing courses, beginning with next semester which resumes February 1, 2019.
As we look forward to our Christmas celebration, and you go about your preparations, may the Lord touch your heart to include something for the needy in Africa, especially those at JEM Lutheran Seminary. May the Lord replenish you several-fold this Christmas and always as you prayerfully consider supporting our mission in Afri-ca with a year-end gift. Amen.
Have a blessed Advent season from the Advent King!
Sincerely in Christ,