INTERNATIONAL MISSION WORK
West and Central Africa Partnership
Click the links below to access the Pentecost Offering bulletin insert, and announcements!
2023 Pentecost Offering Bulletin Insert
Pentecost Offering Announcements, suggested Collect (Word version)
2023 Pentecost Offering
Supporting Theological Education in Guinea and West Africa!
West Africa has a pressing need for well-trained, faithful Christian pastors. YOU can help by participating in our annual Kansas District Pentecost Offering. For 26 years, LCMS Kansas District congregations have supported the growth of God’s Kingdom in Guinea and West Africa. Last year we celebrated the 25th Anniversary of this partnership and put forth the goal of raising $25,000 for the new Lutheran Center for Theological Studies (CLET) Guinea seminary. By God’s grace, since the start of last year’s offering over $55,000 was raised for the seminary in Guinea!
Much was accomplished last year in Guinea and West Africa, which included six parcels of land being purchased for the seminary, the improvement of drinking wells and latrine construction in local villages around the region, and five students who successfully completed the academic cycle of basic Theological Formation. We thank and praise God for these blessings, and there is still much to be done!
Please continue to pray for God to provide strength and guidance for the Guinea and West Africa students, pastors, families, missionaries, and church planters, and may He abundantly bless their efforts.
Please also consider participating in this year’s Pentecost Offering, and supporting the great work being done in Guinea and West Africa. Your gift could help with the ongoing operational costs of the seminary, as well as provide resources and scholarships for the CLET-Guinea students.
Here is how you can give to the 2023 Pentecost Offering:
1. Donate online by clicking the red “Donate” button (top or bottom of the page), which will take you to our secure online donation page. (Choose “Pentecost Offering” from the dropdown fund menu.)
2. Contribute during your church’s offering on Pentecost Sunday, May 28.
3. Mail a check with “Pentecost Offering” in the memo line to the LCMS Kansas District (1000 SW 10th Ave., Topeka, KS 66604).
Thank you so much for your support!
A Visit to Guinea
In November 2022, LCMS missionaries Rev. Gary and Stephanie Schulte visited the leadership of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Guinea (ELCG). During this time, Rev. Schulte introduced 31 pastors and church leaders to “Thru the Bible,” a lesson plan which pastors can use to lead Bible studies for their congregations.
In the classroom/office building across the way, Stephanie Schulte taught Community Health Evangelism (CHE) classes to about 20 women, mostly wives of the pastors. The CHE courses provide health education and awareness, and an opportunity for the women to teach back the lesson. (Photos courtesy of John Wolf, Africa Region Project Manager, and Rev. Gary and Stephanie Schulte)
Francophone Africa Unpacked
Rev. Gary and Steph Schulte, LCMS missionaries in West and Central Africa, provide an excellent overview of the work in the region in this video, recorded in February 2021. Use it for a Bible study, watch with a small group, or watch on your own. We’ve put together a one-page video guide (with time markers) as a companion resource.
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“We need shepherds to strengthen these churches. Now is the time.”
Rev. Gary Schulte, Theological Educator
West and Central Africa