The Invisible Hand

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The Invisible Hand Oct. 16, 2014 In the study of economics I think it was Adam Smith who first coined the term ‘the invisible hand’ which referred to the operation of the market with thousands and thousands of decisions made to buy and sell, in demand and supply. The point is that no government or Read More . . . read more

Celebrating the Reformation

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From the Field Oct. 2, 2014 This month yet again we commemorate what God did through the Lutheran Reformation. What better way to celebrate God’s work of restoring to the church so many basic truths of His Word than to preach and teach these? We did just that at Grebenhain, Germany on Aug. 29-31, when Read More . . . read more

Brothers Together in Unity

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From the Field September 19, ’14 How pleasant and how fair for brothers to dwell together in unity. Ps. 133:1 Recently, I had the pleasure of visiting Pastor Jean Pierre Blanchard and his wife Catharine in Athis Mons south of Paris. Though many miles and a great ocean separate us, we are united in our Read More . . . read more

Down the Switchback

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From the Field September 5, 2014 There arises a question in working overseas whether the missionary should drive himself or hire drivers. One concern is what kind of liability would be involved if there was an accident and even if someone were killed in an accident. In our first term in Nigeria both my wife Read More . . . read more

Guilty Until Proven Innocent

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From the Field August 19, 2014 We started the Lutheran Bible Institute in Nigeria to train our pastors beginning in January 1987. Twelve men began with eight of those graduating. In the first years we had quite a number of applicants. While we sought to filter out trouble, it came nonetheless. The devil was not Read More . . . read more

A Tale of Three Bobs

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From the Field August 11, 2014 One of the beginning students at our Lutheran Bible Institute in Nigeria in 1987 was Ndua Bob. He had been our preacher at a preaching station on a hillside village on the outskirts of the large city of Calabar. The little congregation there tried to put up walls for Read More . . . read more

Larry and the Driver

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From the Field July 26, 2014 In October of 2008 a visitation was carried out to the UMELC(which became the CLC of Myanmar) by Mission Board member Larry Hansen, Mark Bohde(who was a missionary in Thailand) and me. A two day seminar was held with attendance at 70-80. The executive committee of fifteen men was Read More . . . read more

Life in a Mud-waddle – Nigeria

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From the Field July 13, 2014 This is taken from a booklet “Never Too Young” by Mary and Kurt Koenig A mud-waddle is a house formed with sticks and poles. Mud is then plastered over the sticks. The roof is either made of metal or of palm branches. There is a building behind the house Read More . . . read more

A Day in Effiong’s Life

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From the Field June 28, 2014 In 1988 my wife Mary and son Kurt wrote a booklet(Never Too Young) to encourage children to know about our mission work among the people in Nigeria and to pray for it. “A Day in Effiong’s Life” and the next “Life in a Mudwaddle” are from that booklet. A Read More . . . read more
From the Field June 18, 2014 “June 18, 2000 The first service was held by the new congregation of 32 adults and 24 children. They set up a board of elders and a pastor, Samson, who had been 7th Day Adventist…” So reads the history of our beginning work in Etago, Kenya. Some had been Read More . . . read more