- Written by Mark and Megan Mantey Mark and Megan Mantey
- Created: July 05 2022 July 05 2022
Beloved, it is a faithful thing you do in all your efforts for these brothers, strangers as they are, who testified to your love before the church. You will do well to send them on their journey in a manner worthy of God.3 John 5–6
Last month, we listened as our friend and colleague, Rev. Peter Maganda, read to us from 3 John. As he shared, verses five through eight especially resonated with us. The day before, our Regional Director had shared with the LCU we accepted new positions within the LCMS Africa region. Mark will be taking on the role of Associate Regional Business Manager, and Megan the role of Regional Coordinator of Care and Development. Mark’s work aligns with ensuring accountability and transparency in all of LCMS’ work in Africa. Megan will work with continuing education opportunities with church bodies and continue building care ministries for missionary families throughout Africa.
We are thankful for the opportunity to expand the Lord’s work through our hands and grieve the ministry we shared with the LCU in Uganda. The people in the LCU have helped shape who we are as missionaries. They have taught, mentored and guided us as we serve overseas. We are grateful for their friendship and our life together with them. The LCU graciously acknowledged that, just as it says in 3 John, they will “support us” and “send us on our journey in a manner worthy of God.” We came as missionaries to serve but are grateful for the LCU who has also served us.
We continue to work alongside the LCU during our transition to our regional roles. We purposefully wanted to live here through February 2023, so we can work alongside the LCU, even as changes occur. We also wanted time to guide and serve alongside our Alliance Missionary colleagues. Megan’s work will continue to bring her to Uganda to help alongside our brothers in Christ through education opportunities.
One of our favorite times of the school year is when the LCU installs new vicars (interns) to serve at their home congregations. During the next school year, four students will spend their third year in seminary preaching, teaching, training and learning in their communities. It is hands-on learning!
It is also an opportunity for the Lutheran Church of Uganda to train their men and mentor them as they learn more about daily ministry. Please keep these four men in your prayers as they eagerly and faithfully serve those in their communities.
Starting in September, we will attend the LCU partners’ conference in St. Louis and begin our home service. We will reach out to many of you for opportunities to connect while in the United States. Early next year, we will move to Nairobi, Kenya, where our field office is located.
Thank you for keeping our LCU colleagues and us in your prayers during this time. We know we will continue to serve alongside the LCU in our different roles as we move forward.
Mark and Megan Mantey serve the Lord through The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod as career missionaries in Uganda. Mark serves as the project manager for the seminary, and Megan is the seminary’s instructor of Christian education and counseling. You can follow their work at www.facebook.com/MissionMindedManteys.