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2005 Annual Report Mission Team

Posted by: Pulelehua on Wed, Dec 14, 2005

The Missions Team was created in 2005.

Our goal is to generate awareness, interest, knowledge, prayer and other support for overseas activities.  The Missions Team has initiated the following: 

Adopt-a-Missionary:
We have obtained material from the Division of Global Missions [DGM] of Evangelical Lutheran Church of America about adopting two missionaries.  DGM has welcomed our proposal to adopt Dr. David Person of Tokyo, Japan, and Dr. Holly Nelson of Ngaoundéré, Cameroon (between West and Central Africa).

The council has approved adoption of these two missionaries, subject to congregational approval of the request to commit $4,000 annually for the work of each missionary.
We expect regular newsletters from them, and look forward to occasional visits, when they are traveling home. 

Pastor Dave has been very active in International Youth work.  He and his wife Nohoko have two sons, John in Graduate School,and Andy, an undergraduate. We hope our Youth Group will establish contact with Pastor Dave and be stimulated by all his international youth work. We anticipate Pastor Dave can visit Hawaii in his many international travels to meetings.

Dr. Holly is a pediatrician, and her husband, Dr. Tim, is a surgeon, both medical missionaries.  They have three pre-school children, Spencer, Jenna and Maddie.  We hope the Sunday School will establish communication with the children of Cameroon.  Dr. Holly can visit us when she sees her relatives in Honolulu.

Once we have submitted a petition to DGM for these adoptions, we will invite other local Lutheran Churches also to adopt these two, as our sister churches here, apart from the Chinese Lutheran Church of Honolulu, have few missionary contacts, and are interested in more.
Global Missions Event University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 27 to 30 July 2006:
Over 1,000 delegates from all over the United States attend this Event every year.
Pastor Tim was at the last one, and enthusiastically endorses it.

We hope to send at least three delegates to this next event, including at least one youth.  We expect this to galvanize and captivate those who go, and look forward to their sharing their experiences on their return.

Pastor Edison Muenthe:
Many from our congregation heard Pastor Muenthe preach on 30 Oct, and talk about his work in Indonesia, especially the response of his Church to the material and spiritual needs from the havoc caused by the Tsunami last December, when he was Bishop of Sumatra, the worst hit area.  He graciously answered questions at a brief meeting after the second service.
At very short notice, the Missions Team sponsored an open luncheon for him, when he talked to a dozen of us about his experiences in greater detail [See Calvary Calls, December, 2005 and CBTS web site].

Future Plans:
In the future our plans include regular reports to the congregation, perhaps via a bulletin board, and also having congregational members visit a mission station, and inviting a missionary for a brief sabbatical here (as Pastor Belina Sarka from Ethiopia did in the 1980’s).
More information is posted on our web site.  We urge anyone interested to join our Team

Ted Hsia, Chairman.
Sherri Clark, Billy Pring, Pastor Tim [ex officio]