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Reflections on Central Africa

By Rev. Dan Koelpin, administrator - WELS Board for World missions

Just before leaving for a central African visit on Easter Sunday, I received word from a missionary that the 78 year old President of Malawi, Bingu wa Mutharika, was hospitalized and very ill. Rumors were abounding that he had already died and, if this were true, it meant that his death was being kept a secret by his family and close associates so that they might have time to consolidate the powers of government for themselves, a development that occurs all too often in Africa. Such a scenario would have caused great turmoil and probable rioting in Malawi since it would have taken leadership away from the duly elected Vice President of the country, Mrs. Joyce Banda, whose influence Murtharika had intentionally tried to lessen. Read More ...


Many languages, many colors, one Savior

God's People-His beautiful tapestry
 When you think of cross-cultural ministry on the southside of Milwaukee, what comes to mind? If you're like many others, outreach to Spanish speakers comes to mind almost immediately. And rightly so! There are several churches here in Milwaukee serving Spanish speakers with the treasures of God’s Word day after day. However, outreach ministry on the southside has come to mean much more than that! God, in his grace and by his power, has recently opened our doors to reach out to a whole new group of people – the Karen (Kah–REN) and Karenni (Kah–REN–ni).

Who are they? Where are they from?
The Karen and Karenni are two different ethnic minority groups from Burma (also known as Myanmar) and Thailand, most of whom have come to the U.S. as political refugees. Read more ...

 Do I tell mom that dad died?

“I don’t know what to do. My mother keeps asking me why Dad is late coming home from work. Do I have to tell her that he died seven years ago?”

There are no easy responses to that question. For starters, avoid the inclination to say, “I’m sure he will be home soon.” If she believes you to be lying, you will lose her trust. What is important is to try to understand what is happening. It may be that your mother has a need to talk about her memories. To find out, simply ask, “What are you thinking about Dad?” Then listen.

People with Alzheimer’s can reach a stage ... Read more ...