- Written by John Wolf, LCMS Africa Region Project Manager John Wolf, LCMS Africa Region Project Manager
- Created: 23 December 2019 23 December 2019
And he went through Syria and Cilicia, strengthening the churches.Acts 15:41
2019 has been a busy year full of many blessings. We give thanks to God for his provisions and your support that has allowed us to serve as missionaries in Africa. Please let us share with you some of the events from this year!
In April, my wife Jenn and I traveled to Togo to meet with our missionaries about projects in French-speaking Africa.
Between February and June, I made several trips to western Kenya to support Project 24 and the Christ’s Care for Children—Kenya child sponsorship program that the LCMS does in partnership with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Kenya, as well as begin efforts to improve and complete housing for our missionary professors at the ELCK seminary there.
In July, our two oldest boys traveled with me to the U.S. to promote Project 24 and CCC-Kenya at the National Youth Gathering in Minneapolis, at a Higher Things youth conference, and the synod convention in Tampa, as well as a number of churches in the midwest (Missouri, Minnesota and Wisconsin). God provided relationships that would help later in the year.
In August I visited the seminary in Nigeria to observe library and dormitory projects, assess how resources were used and report back to donors. This was the culmination of a review that I had started earlier this year in March. God certainly helped make this trip happen, and it was a blessing to see His hand at work in this country.
In September, our family travelled to Ethiopia to visit the seminary our missionaries teach in. This country has the largest body of Lutherans (over eight-million and growing). In October, I travelled to French-speaking Burundi with our missionaries from west Africa and Lutheran Heritage Foundation to assist with a catechism seminar and learn about the growing church in this mountainous country.
Thank you for your prayers and encouragement. May God grant you a Blessed Advent and a very Merry Christmas!
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.