Today we commemorate Wilhlem Loehe, a Lutheran Pastor who served in Germany. He was a Pastor in Neuendettelsau, near Nuremburg. He said the place was not fit for the burial of dogs, and yet he stayed there for his entire ministry. His dedication to the church he was called to Pastor shows his understanding of church and ministry and his belief that mission work is the church of God in motion. He is commemorated for his tireless work in preparing young men to go around the world for the Gospel. He sent pastors to North America, Australia, New Guinea, Brazil, and the Ukraine. His work for a clear confessional basis within the German church sometimes led to conflict with his superiors. His chief concern was that a parish find its life in the Lord’s Supper and from that source evangelism and works of mercy would flow. Many Lutheran congregations in Michigan, Ohio, and Iowa were either founded or influenced by missionaries sent by Loehe and he is considered a founder of the Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne Indiana. He is also considered the founder of the Deaconess movement in Lutheran Church. His love for mercy work and missions led John Pless to write that “he was a missionary who never left home”.
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Rev. Bernhard Seter has been a Pastor in the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod for over 42 years. He served on the Board of LCMS World Relief and Human Care for ten years and is now the Chairman of the Board of International Missions. He has been privileged to travel around the world and see the churches' mercy work in action. He is convinced it is not only what we are "compelled" to do because of Christ; it is what we have been baptized for. Christ's love compels us, constrains us, and sends us forth.
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