- Written by John Wolf, LCMS Africa Region Project Manager John Wolf, LCMS Africa Region Project Manager
- Created: 29 April 2016 29 April 2016
We have not yet received a green light to deploy. Many of the churches we have visited are not yet supporting us in an ongoing manner. Our prayer is that the Lord will lead them to partner together with us in the mission in Africa. God’s timing is perfect, and our time to deploy hasn’t yet come. This is a Good Thing.
In March, I travelled to western Iowa and was blessed to meet some remarkable folks, including Pastor Zirpel and the saints at Redeemer, Sioux City. Last July, when Pastor Zirpel learned I would coordinate mercy efforts in Africa, he sought us out to share about the connection Redeemer has made to help orphans in Mali in an effort called “Bibi’s Hope.” What a joy to now have met these faithful saints at Redeemer. We look forward to a long partnership in mission in Africa.
“You can tell a lot about a person from their hands,” remarked a church councilman as he helped load my car following a presentation at Peace in Marcus, Iowa. I shook hands with one man in New Mexico who waited patiently to speak with me. Such wisdom and experience in those hands. We sat down to lunch and he informed the waitress that we were trying to cram the beginning of a very long relationship into just a few hours! It was a blessing to learn how the Lord has worked in his life to provide strength in moments of struggle and weakness. His visit was deliberate and encouraging, and I would have missed the encounter had my family already deployed.
While we tarry a bit longer in the States, we are greatly encouraged by the people we meet and are excited as more and more folks begin that same long relationship and walk with us in this missionary journey. If you feel led to do so, please consider supporting the work of Project Manager to Africa. You can do so online at John Wolf is the Africa Region Project Manager for the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. He and his family, with the support of LCMS churches like Saint John’s, are serving in Kenya. Please keep them in your prayers! We encourage you to follow their family blog, www.hereiamsendmesendme.blogspot.com, which is also where you can sign up to their mailing list and make donations.