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Global Vision - Spring 2013

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Director's Corner

The Mission Continues!

Robera D. Battal

Greetings from the Global Mission Institute at Luther Seminary! This is my first letter to you since I started my work as director in October 2012. The GMI continues to serve as a dynamic center of hospitality, awareness and networking. The work is exciting and challenging, especially since we live in a world that is changing rapidly. For the GMI, this offers a great opportunity for expanded ministry among the recent immigrant Christian communities. During the past few months, I have visited several congregations to share the work of the GMI and its expanded role.  

As you may know, AGORA a program for training lay leaders in multicultural congregations, formally joined Luther Seminary through the GMI in fall 2012. We give thanks for the work of Sharon Baglyos and Vern Rice, '64, who have overseen Agora's integration into the GMI's programs. They will complete their time with us at the end of June. We are encouraged by the enthusiasm congregations have shown about Agora joining our work. We will continue to visit as many congregations as we can to seek partnership and share the work of Agora and the GMI.

We invite you to mark your calendars now for the Burgess Lecture in Global Mission on Oct. 14. Our speaker this year is Dr. Philip Jenkins, a world-renowned scholar of religion and history. Jenkins has written extensively about the global church and the shift in global Christianity. We encourage you to invite your colleagues and congregation members. The lecture will also be recorded and posted online for later viewing.

Change is inevitable, but the mission continues! Elizabeth Flomo, '10, who has served with great passion and dedication as project coordinator, will be leaving us at the end of June. Please pray for Elizabeth as she seeks a call as an ELCA pastor. The mission of the Lutheran International Library Assistance Project (LILAP) at Luther Seminary is also in transition LILAP has distributed books to seminaries and Bible colleges throughout the world for more than 20 years.

With your prayers, encouragement and financial support, the GMI continues to serve the Luther Seminary community and area congregations. We invite you to browse through our website and this issue of Global Vision, which includes articles highlighting congregations partnering with new immigrants, a missionary returning from South Africa and reflections from the Holy Land.

As the GMI lives into its new and expanded role, we ask for your continued prayers and financial support.

Robera D. Battal
Interim Director, Global Mission Institute