GLOBAL MISSIONS

Learn more about what’s happening around the globe through the efforts of our global mission partners.

MAKING A DIFFERENCE

Our Mission Partners

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India Transformed

India is a major emphasis in our global outreach. We partner through India Transformed! to minister to the whole person. We sponsor children’s programs, women’s empowerment centers, community transformation centers, and building a new college. Learn more about how you can pray, give, or serve. Contact Pastor Roger Theimer.

College Construction

We are helping build and begin United International College in Bangalore, India. This college will make affordable and accessible higher education for many of those in lower social-economic groups. Currently we have a two large challenge gifts that will match your gift at a 6 to 1 rate. To hear more about this amazing story please email Pastor Roger at [email protected] and he will send you a fully illustrated digital presentation and answer any questions personally!

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Cambodia

King of Kings has worked together with other Lutheran churches and our Concordia Schools toward the courageous goal of building a school and starting a church in the Prey Veng province of Cambodia. Half the children in this Buddhist village attend a local school in the morning while the others attend in the afternoons. They need help. The school we support through Garuna will provide English, math and Bible classes to the children during their open half-day. People are eager to hear about Jesus and soon a church will be started.

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Children's HopeChest

We partner with Children’s HopeChest to sponsor a CarePoint in Los Amates, Guatemala. We are excited about our many opportunities to be generous in the poorest country in Latin America. Next year, on our launch Sunday we will offer over a hundred opportunities for families to sponsor a child in this village. Mission trips will give regular opportunities to support the holistic ministry that gives the gospel while helping empower an entire community.

More info to come as we launch this new mission partnership in 2023.

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New England

We partner with Gina (Giesselmann) Mueller, who grew up at King of Kings and now serves as a missionary in New England. She is leader in the missional movement called 3DM. Their vision at 3DM to equip the church to live out the Way of Jesus more fully and so help to ignite a Great Awakening. To this end, they invest in leaders of established churches, church plants, megachurches, house churches, parachurch organizations, denominations, businesses, and families to build a discipling culture that produces a missional movement with the power to change the world. Simply put, 3DM exists to put Jesus-Shaped discipleship and mission back into the hands of everyday people!  Learn more how you can pray, give or serve. Contact Mission Support Team Leader: Tony and Carol Giesselmann. Contact Gina directly.

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Hand of Hope

Hand of Hope is a partner ministry organization that focuses on spreading the love of Jesus to the poor, uninsured and underinsured after they have experienced a natural disaster. Team members come from various churches, mostly in the Midwest and travel to disaster areas when the overwhelming job of rebuilding is at hand. Not only do they use their manual labor and varying levels of construction skills, but they also take time for one-on-one relationship building and prayer. Learn more how you can pray, give or serve. Contact Mission Support Team Leader: Jon Nelson.

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Orphan Grain Train

Orphan Grain Train distributes relief items at places of need throughout the country and the world. We are currently remodeling our missions room so that we might take donations of clothing, household items, and more.

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Vietnam

Newly married Thang and Alyssa Lai are our mission partners in this Communist country. Thang is a Vietnamese pastor and Alyssa serves with Resource Exchange International. We work with REI as well to give short term mission trips to exchange expertise in the fields of medical, business, education, and agriculture. Learn more how you can pray, give, or serve. Contact Mission Support Team Leader: Ryan Reimers.

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Kids Kount Publishing

Kids Kount Publishing is part of King of King’s global outreach to serve churches and individuals with free online resources for children and family ministry. Kingdom Quest is our version of small group/large group Sunday school. We supply 580 lessons from age two through grade six. “Kids Church” is a companion curriculum along with “Faith Legacy” (a video-based curriculum to train discipleship in the home). Extensive children’s ministry training tools and videos are available. All lessons point to Christ and are delivered in creative and relational ways. With over half a million website hits, we recorded 86 countries visiting our site last year. Currently, we are gathering best practices for confirmation curriculum to release through Concordia Market.

The complete Spanish curriculum is available as well as translations into Chinese.

We currently are updating our Kingdom Quest material. Suggestions? Email Trish Weander: [email protected].

Questions? Contanct: Dr. Roger Theimer: [email protected]

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Israel

“Apple of His Eye” is the ministry we partner with to support missionaries Pastor Bob and Kristi Roegner. They serve through a local congregation in Tel Aviv and reach into their community and across Israel in a variety of ways that serve and build relationships. Learn more how you can pray, give, or serve. Contact Mission Support Team Leader: Rebecca Seitchick.

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Africa

Trevor and Kasey Otto moved from their home in Omaha to follow God’s calling to serve in Malawi, Africa. They started Cornerstone Christian Preschool and currently lead Mavuno Church Blantyre in their home. They are active in reaching out to their community sharing the love of Christ in practical ways. Learn more how you can pray, give, or serve. Contact Mission Support Team Leader: Bryan Bartels, [email protected]. Contact them directly at [email protected].

GLOBAL MISSIONS BLOG

The Generous Movement of God

From its roots in the early 2000s to now, the journey of generosity we have been able to be involved in with our global partners has continued to touch the lives of many. Learn more about the history of our relationship with India Transformed — from our history to our future, there is so much we can do with the generosity of God’s people.

WHAT'S HAPPENING

The Latest News & Updates

“For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now.”
Romans 8:22

Merry Christmas!

Many of you know that Christmas is a huge time for outreaches, as many Vietnamese people have no idea what the true meaning behind Christmas is! Christmas is very commercialized here, so Santa and Christmas trees abound, but Nativity scenes are hard to find. The Vietnamese church (including ours) utilizes this time to share the good news through caroling, service projects, and Christmas parties. Please pray for these outreach events to be glorifying to our good Father!

Please remember us in your year-end giving, and as you consider your budget for the upcoming year. We can’t do these ministries and partnerships without your generous support for our family. Remember, any one-time, year-end gifts in December will be matched!

Agricultural Study

I also have some big travel plans as I head down to Ho Chi Minh City with a delegation from Iowa State University (ISU) for two weeks. They are hoping to build partnerships between ISU and Vietnamese universities for student, research, and teacher exchanges to bless the Vietnamese and Iowans, building mutually beneficial partnerships to heal the environment and promote learning. My heart is for the healing of creation through agricultural systems. If you want to learn more about God’s heart for the redemption of creation here’s a link to a great, quick study on that.

We will have a chance to tour some farms and agricultural systems and attend a conference about climate change’s impact on Vietnam agriculture. I’ll be presenting my thesis research proposal about developing a culturally-appropriate definition and assessment of critical thinking in the Vietnamese agriculture industry. Please pray that this trip goes smoothly, that both sides will be eager to partner and support each other, and that mutually beneficial common ground can be found.

Cultural Moment

Last month, when we baptized seven people. Each received a handwritten note from someone on the leadership team welcoming them into the body of Christ. One sentence on my note was: “You are now a daughter of the Father of the whole universe!” But unfortunately, I made a language error, and instead of “father” (Cha) I wrote “bologna” (Chả). So, you can imagine her confusion when she read “You’re a daughter of the Bologna of the whole universe.” 🤣 🤣 It still makes me laugh when I think about it!  Of course, I apologized and told her about my error, so she wasn’t confused.

If you would like to be a part of God’s kingdom work in Vietnam, please consider supporting us with a one-time, or monthly gift. Thank you for joining us in loving the Vietnamese.

Thang and Alyssa Lai

Cambodia Mission partnership Updates

Topics this week include:

  • Happy New Year — The Project is Started!
  • The Components of the Project
  • Soil Fill, Compacting and Leveling Project — See photos!
  • Christmas Parties for your children and families!

We are excited to be able to start sharing more details and construction photos with you. We are flying to Cambodia on Wednesday (Jan 4)  to dedicate school seven and the new LISA training center in Phnom Penh. While there, we will sponsor a Bible training class on church history and your principal and vice principal will be attending! Please take a minute to read the update, see the photos, and thank God for providing this amazing opportunity for ministry in Prey Veng! Thanks for your generosity, mission hearts, and your prayers!!

God bless you all—and Happy New Year!
Cheryl for the Garuna team

Local and Regional Updates

  • Our teen discipleship group is committed to praying every day for their friends who don’t yet know Jesus.
  • They hosted monthly fun nights at our house that were all about inviting friends they’ve been praying for and loving each other’s friends well. We had an outdoor movie night with a full popcorn bar, a pool/river party, and a bonfire night. Everyone is hungry to be invited into community.
  • We are launching a new gap year program for young adults to be discipled and trained. We have a couple of young women joining us in Maine in two weeks!
  • We had 10 pastor/church planter couples come for a retreat in July. It was great rest, fun, and encouragement for the season of discipleship ahead!
  • We have a number of New England churches in a 2-year learning community cohort with us. This journey together helps the pastor teams live into missional rhythms themselves and then disciple others. We’re excited to watch how God uses them!
  • We are continuing to build partnerships with like-minded leaders across the region. We love linking arms with others who recognize we’re all in it together!

Pray With Us

  • Declan broke his ankle a few weeks ago. Pray for a full and speedy recovery and encouragement for our active kiddo who is missing out on a lot of fun while he heals. Jeff’s car is toast and we need a new roof on our home asap. Pray in miraculous provision in the form of cars 🙂 and protection over our home and all the things.
  • The young girl that has been living with us for the past four months needs a more permanent living situation. Pray in a creative solution that sets her up to thrive!
  • School for Addy and Declan looks different this year. Addy is doing full dual enrollment college courses for her junior/senior year and Declan has joined a homeschool co-op with our people.
  • Pray with us that God would continue to hold them as they keep saying yes to Jesus on this crazy missional life.
  • Pray protection over each of us, our home, our marriage, and our relationships as we continue to join God in what He’s doing here!

Garuna Christian School

Our churches working together have already bought the land ($50K) and raised $100K pledged for matching funds. Congregational gifts are matched! The total cost will be $250K. This new school facility will house the ninth Garuna Christian School in Cambodia. Construction begins this month. Personal gifts are matched and can be applied to specific parts of the building or furnishings. Ongoing support of the school is funded by families sponsoring a child for $30 per month.
This school, by God’s grace, will be home to over 200 students in kindergarten through grade six who will daily hear of the love of Jesus. Garuna will operate this school as part of the Garuna Christian School system in Cambodia, with local Cambodian leadership working alongside Garuna’s United States-based team. The Garuna Cambodia Organization leaders have selected a local Lutheran pastor and a deaconess who will oversee the Prey Veng school. Both leaders are dedicated, missional students from Garuna’s Luther Institute Southeast Asia (LISA) non-residential training program. This new facility serves as a school five days a week throughout the entire year. It will also be used as a church plant and for outreach, evangelism, and ministry events for the local villagers. The new congregation that develops will be a congregation of the Cambodia Lutheran Church.

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