The Mission Grant focus for the month of January 2019 is “LCMS Missionary Support: Funding to meet needs of missionaries passing through Mission Central in Mapleton, Iowa”. At the November 2018 LWML MN South District board meeting, $1,000 was approved for partial payment to Mission Central. In response to receiving that payment, a letter was received from Gary Theis of Mission Central along with a page of biographical information on the missionary recipients of that money, Rev. Dr. Thomas and Mary Aadland.
Below is the letter received from Gary Theis:
Dear Women of LWML MN South District,
Your gift is truly a witness of your faith in the Lord Jesus. We are all missionaries because we are all to be "witnesses" for the goodness and grace of our Savior. Jesus said in Acts 1:8, "But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in Judea and Samaria and to the ends of the earth." That's a command and not an option...we are ALL missionaries and we need to be witnesses for Jesus every day! You realize you can't go to those lands of darkness, but you can help to send someone in your place. So many people still don’t realize that these missionaries must raise their own support and that is why we work day and night for these dear people, so that they can go and bring people out of darkness, people who have NEVER HEARD OF THE NAME OF JESUS. We can't begin to tell you how much we appreciate your kindness, love, prayers, and support for the Lord's work here at HIS Mission Central.
What a blessing to hear from the women of the LWML MN South District and to receive your amazing gift of love of $1,000 that we have directed toward your Minnesota missionaries, Pastor Tom and Mary Aadland who are serving the Lord Jesus so faithfully at Matongo Lutheran Seminary in Kenya. Yes, these dear friends are from Rosemount, Minnesota, and have been very short on their support. Your gift of $1,000 couldn’t have come at a better time and is certainly an example of God's divine intervention! I hope this letter will be shared with your LWML members. I took the picture of the Aadlands when they were in my office and you will see our boss in the background. I want you to know that this is truly the greatest Thanksgiving gift you could have sent, and every penny of your gift will go directly to the Aadland support account. I am so thankful for the LWML and for the Minnesota South District. I sure hope you will plan a trip to Mission Central in the future to come and see our new Creation Theater.
We want to keep you posted on what goes on at this MIRACLE PLACE in the middle of a corn field and with an old set of farm buildings. Yes, this past week we had three missionaries come and report and we had such large crowds come to hear them. What a blessing to have them come here to this regional center to show their pictures and report on how the Lord is using them to share the Good News of Jesus. It was such a busy, busy week as we have thousands come here from all over the United States. All kinds of people come here from all backgrounds and all walks of life. May the Lord bless you and keep you each day.
Your Co-workers for Christ,
Old Missionary Gary and Missionary Brent
Here's a bit of background information on the Aadlands to help you to know them better:
Rev. Dr. Thomas Aadland serves the Lord as a career missionary through The Lutheran Church Missouri Synod in Kenya. Thomas partners with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Kenya and teaches at Matongo Lutheran Theological College, Kenya. In addition to teaching, he serves as the Dean of the Theological Faculty, preaches in chapel and counsels students when requested. Thomas also preaches in local Kenya congregations as needed.
Thomas was born in Minneapolis, MN, and his home congregation is St. John Lutheran Church of Rich Valley, Rosemount, MN. He graduated from Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL, with a bachelor's degree in philosophy. He received his Master of Divinity from Luther Theological Seminary, St. Paul, MN. Before serving in Africa, Thomas was a pastor at Christ Lutheran Church, Duluth, MN, and, most recently, was a staff missionary for the Saint Timothy Society at Matongo Lutheran Theological College, Kenya. In his free time, he enjoys playing chess, fishing, and listening to classical music.
Thomas’ wife, Mary, was born in Minneapolis, MN, and her home congregation is also St. John Lutheran Church of Rich Valley, Rosemount, MN. She enjoys sewing, reading, gardening, and scrapbooking in her free time.
Pray the hearts of people here in the United States are moved to pray for and to financially support Thomas and Mary so they can "go with him" as he serves. Let us give thanks to God that Thomas is serving His children in Kenya.