August 2014

Old friends and new friends convened in Lima, Peru, in June for the eighth triennial Confessional Evangelical Lutheran Conference (CELC) convention, and I was honored to be among them. Although I couldn't always understand what everyone was saying, I knew we all believed the same thing and had the same goal, to share the message of Jesus Christ with all people. As one convention attendee from Bolivia said, "We all speak the same language," the language of the pure gospel. In this issue, meet some of those brothers and sisters in Christ and keep them in your prayers.

While our sister churches are spreading the gospel around the world, the world also continues to come to the United States. Our Confessions of faith story this month shares how a couple's move from Ecuador to Alaska made a big difference for their life on earth—and their future life in heaven. Our district article this month also highlights other cross-cultural opportunities in the Pacific Northwest.

Finally, you'll notice the pictures of the 2014 graduating class of Martin Luther College, New Ulm, Minn. Pray for these gospel-bearers as they move across the country (and in some cases, around the world) to teach the Good News or continue their education to be pastors.