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 where half the children in this Buddhist village attend a local school in the morning while the others attend in the afternoons. Construction of the school has been completed and 196 children have been enrolled already!

King of Kings also aided in funding the construction of a training center in Phnom Penn, Cambodia, to assist training pastors, teachers, and deaconesses for the newly formed church body, the Cambodian Lutheran Church. This facility known as the LISA, Luther Institute of Southeast Asia, provided seven teachers to our school in Prey Veng!

For $30/month, your congregation and school families can sponsor a child attending the Omaha Garuna School in Cambodia! Please go to the Garuna website to set up your sponsorship — and receive your child’s brochure shortly thereafter! You can also sponsor a teacher for $100/month. 

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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 TRIPS

Mission Partner Trips & Faith Trips

King of Kings believes in building a global community of faith. Partnering with many organizations around the world, King of Kings offers two primary kinds of trips: Partner Trips and Faith Trips. Partner Trips will offer the opportunity to join in the work of the Kingdom as we partner with our Global Missions partners. Faith Trips offer a unique opportunity to follow in the path of important figures in our faith, bringing the Bible to life.

Check out our Mission and Faith Trip page to learn more about upcoming opportunities.

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

Local and Regional Updates: 

  • We hosted a summer retreat in our home for New England senior pastors and their spouses. It was fantastic! We’re praising the Lord for how we saw joy and refreshment returning for so many as they encountered God’s presence and the goodness of being together.
  • The teens we are discipling locally have been training in how to hear God’s voice for themselves, how to share God’s story, and how to talk about what God has done in their lives with someone who doesn’t know Jesus yet.
  • We launched a 10-month gap-year program for young adults that is high levels of discipleship investment as well as missionary training. We are excited to be recruiting high-capacity young leaders for next year and praying for financial provision to continue this program!
  • Our team has been coming alongside Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary to help them revamp their discipleship experience for seminary students. We’ll be helping them lead a training for students for the third year in a row.
  • This fall we will be hosting a couple workshops for New England pastors and their teams. We are praying the Lord brings the right people in the room who are ready to make missionary disciples that will live like Jesus in their neighborhoods and workplaces and everyday spaces!

Prayer Requests: 

  • We’re doing some rebuilding of our team out here in New England. Pray in the right leaders who have capacity to lead both locally and regionally.
  • Our team and the pastors we are training have been experiencing quite a bit of spiritual warfare! It makes sense — New England has six of the top 10 most post-Christian cities in the United States, so the enemy is pushing back hard as we make disciples who are falling more in love with Jesus and bringing people to know him!
  • In the coming year, we will be building new training for everyday people to learn effective ways to naturally live on-mission in their everyday lives and see their friends and neighbors follow Jesus and make new disciples. We are in great need of financial resources to get this training created — pray the Lord brings in every resource we need to train as many people as possible!
  • We are prayer-walking our neighborhood regularly and asking God for favor with our neighbors — join us in that!
  • Our kids are gearing up for a new school year. Addy is starting her senior year and will be applying to colleges this fall. Declan is starting his sophomore year in high school. Pray protection over our family, our home, our marriage, and our relationships as we continue to join God in what he’s doing here!

The construction of our Garuna Christian School in Prey Veng is complete! Seven teachers have been sent by the Luther Institute of South Asia, and 196 students have been registered! With school starting, Garuna Kids is looking for families willing to sponsor a child.

For $30/month, your congregation and school families can sponsor a child attending the Omaha Garuna School in Cambodia! Please go to the Garuna website to set up your sponsorship — and receive your child’s brochure shortly thereafter! You can also sponsor a teacher for $100/month. 

“Here’s another way to put it: You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven.”

 

– Matthew 5:14-16 (The Message)


Oh wow, April was really a month! Three big things happened:

  1. I successfully defended my Master’s thesis and will graduate with my Master’s in Agriculture Education in May 2023!
  2. In my spare time, I entered a pitch competition for a business idea I’ve been stewing over and received the honorable mention prize! That means I placed in the top five out of 90 entrants! More on this idea to come soon.
  3. April 21, I gave birth to our beautiful daughter, Lena Lai. Lena means light and is an homage to my grandmother Jolene, and great-grandmother Letha. Her Vietnamese name is Hoai Anh, which means “enduring light.” We are praying she will reflect the light of Christ wherever she goes in life! (Matthew 5: 14-15). Mom and baby are both doing very well, but welcome your prayers as parenthood is a big change for us!

Obviously, most of you are here for the baby pictures, so I will oblige. Also, we are so blessed to have my mom visit us and meet Lena. It’s been one of the greatest joys of my life to see them together.  You’ll see her in some photos too.

Thank you all! God bless

In our culture, such construction machinery and techniques are part of the everyday landscape. Not so in Pappakoil, India. This village on the east coast of India is a typical poor village of the lower caste. It was one of the many villages decimated by the 2004 tsunami, but things are changing. King of Kings has sponsored the building of a community center. New trades will be taught by Community Transformation workers. Women’s empowerment programs will bring new hope to many feeling powerless to change their well-being. The Children’s Center will provide a path to go to college. This three-story building will be a center of community life, with a water well that will offer clean water to the entire village. These are examples of Jesus’ love being shared and the precious people of Pappakoil being transformed!

Thank you, generous people of King of Kings for sharing your love and resources that make this possible!


Building progress updates: April 2023

  • Bar bending work continued
  • Earth was excavated according to the plan
  • Sand filling work and plain cement concrete work was completed
  • Column footing was completed
  • Reinforced cement concrete mix was poured into the column footing
  • Columns have been raised from the foundation up to the plinth beam bottom level
  • Water consolidation work has begun

Overall, the foundation work has been fully completed.

Hand of Hope recently returned from it’s latest mission, spending three weeks in Grand Isle, Louisiana. We were able to work on 12 properties and provide over 2,200 volunteer hours. Read more about one of the inspiring people our volunteers worked with and check out trip recaps and photos on our website.


A member of our host church in Grand Isle told us about an eight-year Navy Special Ops veteran and his wife who needed assistance in recovering from Hurricane Ida, which hit Grand Isle in August of 2021.  Denied aid from FEMA and from the city, this veteran and his wife salvaged anything they could from their home and began work to rebuild. With little water and food for weeks after the storm, they began to gather materials to rebuild their home. Carrying materials through up to four feet of sand drifts, the husband single-handedly dragged five very large pieces of marble countertop from a neighbor’s house before it was demolished. (It took three of us to life each piece when we installed the countertops!)

His heart was hardened from all of his life struggles and he didn’t understand why we would help them, but our ten days together invited transformation for him, his wife, his home, and our volunteers.


Now we begin planning for our next mission. One town we are considering is Rolling Forks, Mississippi. Located in one of the poorest counties in the United States, Rolling Fork was hit by a tornado on March 24, 2023.

To get involved with Hand of Hope, visit our website.

Cambodia Mission partnership Updates

Springing Into Action in Prey Veng
Yes, it’s officially spring in the USA…and it’s nearing the “hot season” in Cambodia. But that doesn’t slow down the construction crew. Once they get started, they move quickly! Check out the progress made in recent weeks! 

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!

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