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Month: March 2012

Another One Turns 80

Marvin Mosolf is having an 80th birthday reception today at Trinity Lutheran Church from 2-4.  He is asking for NO gifts which to me makes NO sense.  I always say if you have to have a birthday anyway you might as well get all the presents that you can.  Marvin has been one of those steady folks that have always been there when you need him. He and his wife are very supportive of missions and have been very helpful with the Mary Okeyo Scholarship fund. I came to Zion English, Grafton and Trinty, Drayton in 1978.  I never thought about how long it been until I started to marry the children that I had baptized and confirmed and then started baptizing their children.  The other thing that makes one stop and pause is these 80th birthdays that keep popping up.  When I was installed as his Pastor, this gentleman was 46 years old.  I remember going out to his farm and he had a great looking racing boat.  It was like those “cigarette boats” that they made so much fun of one of our presidents for having.  I also remember everytime his wife would call to him that day I turned around and looked because my Dad’s name was Marvin too.  They probably thought I was strange.  They probably still do. Anyway if you can make it come over to...

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Witness v. Mercy – the Argument continues part 2

  Albert Collver the Director of Church Relations for the LCMS is visiting Geneva for a conference and he visited the Ecumenical Center there.  You can read about it at .  Anyway here is a picture of a cross that graces the center.  Obviously it is the Cross and superimposed on that Cross is the continent of Africa and figures representing tribal life. I am fascinated by this image.  Art can make you think about stuff.  Depending on my mood I can look at this and say “The cross of Christ is for all”, or I can say because of recent history, ‘the Africans too must take up the Cross and follow Him’, and I’m sure when I look again I will see another idea. This blog was started because a group of church folks were sitting around and talking about mercy and human care and the ways that Minnesota North and the North Dakota District relate together and work together now in various ways.  We also wanted to start thinking about how to galvanize all the people of good will out there to do one or two things together and bring to bear this mighty power for good on one or two things rather than scattering it over 1000 different things. Anyone interested in this should just ask around in your circle of friends and you will see...

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Witness versus Mercy – the argument is still going on.

   The debate is still going on as to whether or not we should do any mercy work in majority world countries.  There are people that believe that all we should do is Gospel proclamation.  They think of orphans the way some people think of geese.  Feed them and they lose the desire to go out and search for ‘natural food’. It thought we put an end to the argument that the only thing the church should do is preach the Gospel and administer the sacraments but I guess I was wrong.  One of the reasons this blog was established was to show how integral the mercy aspect of our life together is to witness.  But old habits die hard and throw in financial aspects of ministries and the debate may never end. I did find this interesting however.  This is the evaluation of what partner churches need and I found it fascinating.  We are speaking specifically of a partner church in Africa so think about these. · The many victims of HIV/Aids in villages and cities present a formidable challenge already and will increasingly do so for many years to come. The church can hardly limit itself to information and counselling without initiating diaconal projects to alleviate material needs. · Many children of HIV/Aids victims end up in the street, but there are other reasons as well, e.g. ethnic...

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My Kilimanjaro Story

Yesterday we talked about Jim Wolf and his climb of Kilimanjaro and I remembered my Kilimanjaro story. Voi sits in the midst of the Tsavo National Game preserve in Kenya and is the area around which one of the great stories that has haunted big game hunters and tourists alike took place.  Tsavo means “place of slaughter” and was in this area that two lions killed and ate 135 porters, workers and assorted hangers on who were trying to complete the Uganda Railway in the 1800’s.  Needless to say their activity brought the work pretty much to a halt until the engineer in charge, John Patterson, finally killed both of the lions.  The story has been turned into many a Hollywood movie the latest of which is “The Ghost and the Darkness”.  We visited a Norwegian Mission outpost and the man in charge told me of an incident in which a lion had recently came into the compound by jumping a twelve foot electric fence, chewed through another chain link fence and took off with a goat that had been penned inside.  Witnesses said that the lion leaped back over the electric fence with a full grown goat in it’s mouth with hardly any discernible effort.  The fear was that since it had chewed through the chain link fence it would have ruined it’s teeth and now would start...

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