May 2015

Once a month I play piano for the weekly Chinese-language worship service held at my church. It is somewhat surreal to be sitting in a massive church in Wauwatosa, where services were once held in German, and listen to the Savior's name proclaimed in Chinese. Don't get me wrong. I don't understand a word of the service. But I know that the Chinese pastor conducting the service is sharing the same truths that I heard in the English service just an hour before. 

As we prepare to celebrate Pentecost later this month, Larry Schlomer, administrator for WELS World Missions, reminds us of the first Pentecost and how God enabled the disciples to share the message of salvation to people in their heart language. WELS continues to reach out in many languages in the U.S. and around the world, both sharing the message with those who haven't heard it and training others to do the same. 

On an unrelated note, you may notice slight changes in the paper and cover of the magazine this month. After 17 years, Forward in Christ is switching printers. For individual subscribers, the address label does peel off so you can still see the entire cover. Even if the magazine may look a little different, the message remains the same.