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Julie McManus – Let’s Help

julie-tumaianiWant to remind everyone this holiday season of Julie McManus.  She was one of the Project 24 Mary Okeyo travelers and she is from Minnesota.  After her experience on the Mary Okeyo trip Julie decided to be a GEO missionary to Kenya and has been working with Project 24 children and our missionaries there for a year and a half.  GEO means globally engaged in outreach and GEO missionaries go for 2 years.  Julie has 6 months left and as a network supported missionary she has to raise her own support.  Julie’s support is almost gone and she could use a few gifts to help her stay and serve.  The best and fastest way to help Julie is to contribute to her support at

Julie has been an asset to the team in Kenya and we need her there so thanks in advance for what you cam give.








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Project 24 and Eager Intent.

IMG_2422We received pictures of work being done at the Lenkishon site which is on Massai land south of Nairobi and a joint project of the North Dakota and Minnesota North Districts of the LCMS and the Office of International Missions.  This picture shows Maasai men working on the foundation.  It is interesting to see these men away from their herds which is their main way of life.

Shauen Trump, Area Director, for East and Southern Africa sent a note thanking Minnesota North and North Dakota for making this “eager intent and on- the -ground reality”.

Eager intent.  I like that because from 2005 until the present day eager intent describes the work of the original Project 24 guys from Minnesota and North Dakota.  They were Roger Weinlaeder, Ed Bean, Bob Wurl,  Bill Sharpe, and Kurt Daubt and they were later joined by Mark Hatloy.

Their intent was to raise funds for “rescue centers” to care for and educate orphans in connection with a church and a school.  There have been many ups and downs over the years.  Different views of standards for a “boarding school”, changes in the church in Kenya, misunderstandings of “ownership”, meddling by some outsiders and other issues that develop from life in a fallen world have caused some problems that are now being resolved.

The eager intent was to help orphans, and there is still some discussion as to the appropriateness of that word.  Some Pastors in Kenya that I have talked with, say that they will never call a child an orphan because they believe it is pejorative.  Other have said that some tribes in Kenya believe that if one of your parents is dead you are considered a orphan.  The best way to describe what the Project 24 guys are trying to do is build a safe place for at risk Kenyan children so that they can be educated and taught the Gospel.

There is a great push for theological education in our partner churches and that is a wonderful thing.  The problem is that you have to have students that have been educated before they can go to seminary.  Project 24 seeks to deal with that by helping young people get a Christian education.

We are working on updating our website and other aspects of the way we get out information.  You can find a lot of information at the LCMS website – simply put Project 24 in the search box and watch what pops up.

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Mercy connections – disasters

The Sevareid Stamp

"Dude, we gotta go".

The flooding in Minot has reached epic proportions.  It has gotten bad enough that the national news actually is paying attention.  That is something.  Eric Sevareid, a North Dakota native and a long time television newsman called North Dakota “a vast rectangular blank spot on the nations consciousness”.  Minnesota shares some of the same benign neglect except for Mao Clinic and the Vikings.  Disasters not only bring out the best in us, they garner us some attention as well.  It is sad but true.  Most people never heard of Grand Forks until the whole town was flooded in 1997. 

The mercy connection in disaster has a face and a name.  It’s Carlos Hernandez.  He is with LCMS World Relief and Human Care.  I was with him in New Orleans.  I was supoosed to be with him in Haiti.  I was with him in Wadena Minnesota after the tornado.  He was here in Grafton and Drayton during our trials.  He is a one of a kind and reacts to every disaster with the same statement – “Dude, we gotta go!”  He lives in Sacramento California, but if you need him he will be at your door in about a day and a half. 

He is in Minot.  Pastor Paul Krueger, whose father was a Pastor in Hackensack or Walker or somewhere up North of Brainerd is hosting him and assessing the situation in Minot.  about the situation of one of our churches, St. Marks and  about Carlos he writes, “So far, water is at the foundation of St. Marks, they’ve probably got water in the basement, but the current crest stopped short of going into the building.It was a joy to spend time with Carlos. I appreciate his insight and his great wisdom. What a blessing to me personally, and to the people I serve.”

That’s Carlos – a joy and a blessing.  That is God’s gift to us as well.  Joy even in the midst of sorrow and difficulty.  I pray that joy for my relatives.  I have a Godchild in Minot that I have been told has lost her home and an Aunt that lost her’s as well. 

Please say a prayer for these folks and if you can contribute to LCMS World Relief and Human Care.  There is a give now botton at  Also check out the “Mercy Forever” blog site.

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