Posts with the category “international-mission”
A Global Retreat for Intentional Care, Rest, and Renewal
January 9th, 2024
Our Lutheran Brethren International Mission (LBIM) missionary families live and serve in cultural contexts that are very different from their home cultures. They navigate life in different languages a...
Learning to Live Like Them
November 28th, 2023
The Fraser Family out for a walk in their new neighborhood. When God sent his Son to dwell among us, Jesus not only stepped into our world as God incarnate, but humbled himself to a position where oth...
Glimpse Project: Asia Coming in 2024
November 27th, 2023
A new Glimpse Project has just been recorded and is scheduled to be edited and distributed in spring 2024. Micah and Cari Nordtvedt traveled to Taiwan and Japan to visit and interview LBIM missionarie...
LBIM Global Retreat 2023
November 27th, 2023
The 2023 LBIM global retreat is underway! Our missionaries from Chad, Japan, and Taiwan have gathered together at one venue in Chiangmai, Thailand, for a week of fellowship, worship, prayer, rest, ren...
Dan and Claire Move to Ministry Location
October 27th, 2023
Dan and Claire made the move from our Welcome Center in Ndjamena to their new ministry site, a rural village about a 7 hour trip to the southeast. There they will join our team among the Fulbe people,...
Sending $11,000 for Flood Repairs in Japan
September 28th, 2023
Missionary Dean Bengtson and Pastor Wakamatsu, JLBC President, in the repaired sanctuary. Heavy rains over the summer caused flooding in the region of Akita, Japan. This resulted in damage in both the...
Making a Difference, Together
September 21st, 2023
Over the many years I have been attending Bethesda Lutheran Brethren Church in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, I have appreciated our ministry in overseas missions. I was delighted that every year, it seemed, ...
Where Are The Children?
September 17th, 2023
The Church Trends and Research Association is an evangelical group in Taiwan that provides statistics on Taiwanese Christians and churches every two years. Since the 1990s, the numbers of Christians i...
Frasers Arrive in Japan
August 23rd, 2023
Paul and Alexa Fraser, and their boys, Arthur and Oswald, have arrived in Sendai, Japan. They were met by LBIM veterans, Dean and Linda Bengtson, and by JLBC (Japan Lutheran Brethren Church) presiden...
Szobody and Bourque Engaged...and Called to Chad
July 14th, 2023
In the past five months, we’ve both finished another semester of theological studies, both made long journeys to other countries to search out the future, both received and responded to a call to serv...
A Global Gathering - LBIM
July 14th, 2023
Lutheran Brethren International Mission (LBIM) missionaries serve around the world in contexts that differ greatly from their home cultures. They navigate life in a different language, often in an are...
Frasers Commissioned as Missionaries to Japan
June 13th, 2023
On Sunday, June 11, 2023, at Rock of Ages Church (Seattle, WA), Paul & Alexa Fraser were commissioned as missionaries to Japan. Please pray for the Frasers as they prepare to leave for Japan and for R...
Mother's Day Event Builds New Relationships in Taiwan
May 24th, 2023
The following is an exciting update, originally posted by Ben and Sara Hosch, that we are sharing in this group with their permission:Hello Friends and Supporters! We want to thank all of you for your...
A Faithful Heritage and Renewed Hope for Our Japan Mission
May 7th, 2023
Paul Fraser leading during a bilingual service at Rock of Ages, Seattle, WA. Lutheran Brethren International Mission (LBIM) has a long history in Japan. In 1948, Morris Werdal, son of Marius and Marie...
Joining Jesus...on the way to Japan
May 6th, 2023
Our current church had no obligation to bring me into their community as much as they did.Our family will soon be sent to Japan as missionaries with Lutheran Brethren International Mission. Because op...
Bourque Called to Chad
May 4th, 2023
On April 6, 2023, Ellie Bourque (pictured) accepted a call to serve as LBIM’s newest missionary to Chad. Ellie has spent the last two years at LBS, obtaining a Certificate of Theological Study in Miss...
200th Living Waters Well
April 26th, 2023
This pictured well, in a Chadian community village, marks the 200th well installed in Chad through LBIM's Living Waters ministry!It all started 14 years ago...In 2009, a friend and member of one of ou...
Japan Update - Paul & Alexa Fraser
April 14th, 2023
We are very excited to announce Paul & Alexa Fraser as our next missionaries to Japan. Over the last year, conversations with Dan Venberg, Director of International Mission, about a renewed partnershi...
The Mysterious Messiness of Multiplying New Disciples
March 28th, 2023
Jesus is endowed with all the authority of heaven and earth (Matt. 28:18). And it is in and because of this authority that he calls us, commissions us—yes, commands us—his Church, to “go into all the ...
Director Venberg Visits Taiwan
March 20th, 2023
International Mission Director Dan Venberg recently visited Taiwan to spend time with our missionaries and the Taiwanese church leadership. The future of collaboration with the Chinese Lutheran Brethr...
30 Days of Prayer for the Muslim World
March 18th, 2023
During this coming month of Ramadan, a Muslim holy month, we invite you to pray for Muslims around the world. Ramadan starts on Wednesday evening and runs through April 20.International Mission Direct...
Ask the Animals Devotional Published
February 28th, 2023
"Ask the Animals" is a brand new 31 chapter devotional by Dan Venberg, Director of International Mission. He writes in his introduction, "My love for God's creation and what it can teach us is the pri...
The Impact of Education and the Gospel
February 7th, 2023
On my weekly walk to the village market, I was surprised to hear a child’s greeting ring out in clear French: “Bonjour, Monsieur!” This is the greeting that our students use at the Gethsemane school w...
Our Chad Team is Growing
February 2nd, 2023
Our Chad Team filling the conference room at our Welcome Center! In the 1990s, LBIM missionaries in Africa had been primarily supporting the growing Chadian LB Church in the region. As this national C...
A Long Journey to Chad
February 1st, 2023
To explain one’s call, be it to ministry in the Church or abroad as a missionary, seems to the one who is called the most ordinary thing: “Well, I was just called to do this.” When I was a pre-med stu...
The Joseph Project
January 13th, 2023
Women Together is the tagline for the Women’s Ministries of the Church of the Lutheran Brethren (WMCLB) vision and values statements that were formed this past year. This has also been fitting for thi...
Called to the Body of Christ
January 13th, 2023
"So, how were you called?” During this past year and a half of studying at Lutheran Brethren Seminary in preparation for mission work in Chad, I’ve been asked that question more than a couple of times...
Overwhelming Odds and Overabundant Grace
November 21st, 2022
In December 2021 we packed up our belongings and moved from Hsinchu to Taichung City. After having spent the past three years in Mandarin Chinese study and visiting our Chinese Lutheran Brethren churc...
Genesis, Ruth, Jonah and John Translated into Bagirmi
October 4th, 2022
We are praising the Lord that the books of Genesis, Ruth, Jonah, and the Gospel of John are now translated into the Barma language and in print for the first time for the Bagirmi people of Chad. These...
Sacrifice for the Gospel
September 29th, 2022
Meet T (name removed online for privacy). She is the wife of A and mother of ten beautiful, hard-working children. T and A are our Chadian missionary partners in our village (See above photo). They ha...
Remembering the Kaardals
September 29th, 2022
Kaardal descendants meeting with CLB representatives at the grave of Jetmund and Sofie Kaardal. I can only imagine the emotions and thoughts that flowed through the minds of Jetmund and Sofie Kaardal ...
August 26th, 2022
After 35 years of faithful missionary service in Taiwan, Michael and Delores Kittelson will be retiring from the field. They will be returning to the United States in December of this year, and will r...
An Instrument for His Glory
July 15th, 2022
By the time you are reading this article my family and I will, Lord willing, be in Chad serving as CLB missionaries to the unreached. God has been very gentle with our family in leading us through pre...
En ce Moment
July 15th, 2022
En ce moment (“at this time,” in French), we live in a constant tension between the hard and the good. This period of transition from France to Chad, while at times hard and overwhelming, can be at th...
LBS Students Trip: Chad, Africa
May 11th, 2022
Over the years, I have seen many Glimpse Project videos detailing Lutheran Brethren International Mission (LBIM) work in Chad. But it was an entirely different experience to stay with and get to know ...
Making Disciples for Christ
March 11th, 2022
Jesus mentions proselytism only once, and it’s not nice. In Matthew 23:15 (ESV), he says, “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you travel across sea and land to make a single proselyte,...
We Will See the Glory of the Lord
January 4th, 2022
Recently I have been studying the story of Elijah, the Old Testament prophet. I often preorder English Bible study materials according to the mood of the day. I like the author of the material. Or… th...