Carnicom in India
I wrote this article about two years ago about the connection we have up here in the North country.
Rev. Ron Carnicom who is the Pastor at Immanuel in Backus Minnesota. I got to know him when he was the Pastor at Great Bend, North Dakota where a class mate of mine from Concordia St. Paul was the President. I was introduced to the workings of the wider church by Rev. Norman Sincebaugh who served many years as the President of the North Dakota District. One of his friends was Jim Uhrinak who was a pastor and the mission executive for the Minnesota North District. As their friendship developed Rev. Sincebaugh spent more time visiting the lake country where Pastor Uhrinak had a cabin, and when he was term limited out as the North Dakota District President, he took the call to Backus. When Rev. Sincebaugh went to heaven Pastor Carnicom took the call to Backus. Okay, now that is the set up – I am acquainted with Rev. Carnicom by at least three connections – former classmate, District President and Mission executive. Because of my interest and connection with LCMS World Relief and Human Care I was asked to travel to India and see the progress made in tsunami relief centers that we had established after the devastation from the great Indonesian earthquake. One of the stops that we were to make was at Concordia Seminary at Nagercoil India for a courtesy visit. Somewhere along the line I found out that the Minnesota North District had adopted the “Make a World for Christ Appeal” and one of the projects was the expansion of the Nagercoil Seminary. Another classmate of mine, Rev. David Strohshein is heading up that appeal as the Mission and Ministry facilitator for Minnesota North. When we arrived at the Seminary it was very dark and I didn’t get to see much of the campus. I was told that the campus is considered something of a wildlife and plant reserve in the midst of a rather large population. The punch line to the story is that somewhere in the conversation Rev. Bernard, the principle of the school told me to be sure and go back home and greet his friend Pastor Carnicom. He said that Ron had been to Nagercoil and had done some work at the Seminary and had been a great blessing to them.
Now this today from Rev. Carnicom’s bulletin
THE MNN DISTRICT in convention last year adopted a resolution to support “Project 24”. The resolution also indicated that the district would raise enough funds to build one rescue center in Kenya and half of another one. The North Dakota District did the same. The cost for one rescue center is approximately $65,000. Thus the two districts will be able to build three rescue centers. Our congregation has supported these efforts by designating “Project 24” as the mission of the month for April. In addition, we sent an additional $1,000 to the district. Any of our members who would like to support “Project 24” can simply use an offering envelope to designate your gift for “Project 24″ and put it in the offering plate.