Monthly Missionary Moment
Trinity's Together in Mission Missionary
The Board of Global Outreach enjoyed a Zoom meeting with Deaconess Kim Bueltmann, our TIM missionary, on November 19, 2020. Kim gave us an overview of the ministry to refugees taking place in Leipzig, Chemnitz, and Dresden, Germany. Kim assists congregations in these locations,
providing outreach to refugees, who are primarily from Iran and Afghanistan. She is actively involved in worship planning and leading music for worship in the Farsi language; she works closely with Persian musicians in these churches to develop more hymns and liturgy in Farsi. She also teaches the Bible and catechism to refugees and socioeconomically disadvantaged Germans. Kim shared that through the church’s outreach centers, refugees are introduced to society and to God in many ways, from homework centers, language learning, and translation services. She said that there are more adult than baby
baptisms taking place; they had just baptized two adults in October. These refugees are interested in learning more about God; hearing church services in their own language helps them do so. The international travel ban prevented Kim from visiting Trinity last fall to update our congregation on the ministry; however, she plans to visit us when she is allowed to come home for furlough. Please remember Kim and God’s work taking place in Germany when the Together In Mission envelope shows up in your offering box. Please remember to keep her in your prayers as well. To read more news from Kim, please read her full newsletter here: https://mcusercontent.com/c7d29a02bfa8a14abcf84ac93/files/16f7b91c-866e-4fee-82b1-da950b62859b/Deaconess_in_Deutschland_4.3_12.20.pdf
Rev. Daniel Jastram
"Not Lost in Translation"
I will speak of your testimonies before kings, / [O Lord,]* and shall not be / put to shame (Ps. 119:46, Reformation Day Introit). With these words of the Reformation Day Introit, we join with Lutherans around the world in remembering and proclaiming how God accomplished wondrous things for his Church in the Lutheran Reformation. During the decades and centuries that followed, the printed proclamation and teaching of God’s Word in the people’s language has spread from the city of Wittenberg throughout all Germany, all of Europe, and now even to the distant corners of Asia. My role as Asia Lutheran Resource Coordinator continues this proclamation and teaching throughout the world in exciting ways. The challenge of translating is one thing—the same challenge that Luther himself faced during the Reformation. But the challenge of tailoring liturgical melody and notes into suitable dress for newly translated words is also the same additional challenge Luther faced. In Luther’s words: “I hate to see the Latin notes set over the German words” (emphasis added). What he meant was that the notes and melody used for the Latin text needed tailoring to be suitable for the new syllables of the German translation.
DCE Krista & Joel Young
Serving the Lord in Eastern & Southern Africa
As the LCMS area volunteer coordinator for Eastern and Southern Africa, Krista works closely with other LCMS missionaries and ministry teams to develop and strengthen relationships with local church partners. She connects the LCMS and its partner churches to provide short-term volunteer missionaries, short-term mission teams and medical mission teams in the countries of these two African regions. Krista is a “missionary kid” who was born and raised in Papua New Guinea. Please pray for the Young family as they serve. Pray God grants Krista wisdom as she learns the language and develops strong relationships with the local people and church leaders. To read more about Krista’s work and about the Young family, visit www.lcms.org/young. Would you consider supporting the Young family financially? Give online at www.lcms.org/givenow/young
Jastrams to Japan Newsletters
Reverend Dan Jastram, and his wife, Joan, are sponsored missionaries for Trinity Lutheran Church. Dan is the son of our long-time congregational member, Phyllis Jastram, and her late husband, Reverend Robert Jastram. Enjoy the Jastram’s interesting newsletters summarizing their mission work in northern Asia, based in Tokyo, Japan!
Rev. Jastram and Joan compile and, with the help of Trinity, distribute newsletters. These are also available for download below: