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CINDY WRUCKE FROM THE CZECH REPUBLIC ARRIVES at Mission Central

September 13th, 2019 was indeed a very, very, very special day at the Lord’s Mission Central.  We were able to welcome one of the finest missionaries that we have in all of Eurasia and Russia.  The Honorable Cindy Wrucke from the Czech Republic was presenting here.  Chelsea Irwin from Lincoln, Nebraska was also present as a special guest who wanted…

NEW PARKING LOT AT MISSION CENTRAL ANOTHER MIRACLE!

NEW PARKING LOT AT MISSION CENTRAL ANOTHER MIRACLE!  By Old Missionary Gary We get to see REAL MIRACLES here at the Lord’s Mission Central.  Yes, at this place in the middle of “nowhere” in the hills of Western Iowa, the Lord brings the “right people at the right place at just the right time”!  That’s what happened when we were…

THE NOT NORMAL KORT FAMILY FROM BLUE HILL ARRIVE at Mission Central

We have been so busy every single day here at the Lord’s Mission Central.  Then traveling to presentations, and on the road also.  We are so heavily scheduled here at this place.  So much going on we are asking the people to be sure and call for an appointment so we can see them and arrange a time for them…

Rev. Trump gives report at Mission Central

  REV. SHAUEN TRUMP REPORTS TO MISSION CENTRAL! God blessed us with a wonderful crowd of people here at HIS Mission Central on Saturday the 7th of September.  Yes, the groups came from all over the mid-west and even from Arizona. They came to see the World Famous Missionary, Rev. Shauen Trump, the Executive Director of all missionaries in East…

Lyons and Bancroft, Nebraska church brings youth to Mission Central

  LYONS AND BANCROFT, NEBRASKA BRINGS YOUTH! What a JOY to welcome the students from Bancroft and Lyons, Nebraska under the direction of their dear Pastor Missionary Nathan Henschen.  They came on Saturday morning the 7th of September, so that they could all have a tour of the Creation Theater and the Barn Museum. It was great to have the…

ST. JOHN LUTHERAN SCHOOL FROM BATTLE CREEK, NE. ARRIVE!

ST. JOHN LUTHERAN SCHOOL FROM BATTLE CREEK, NE. ARRIVE! September 4th, 2019, was indeed a special day!  On that Wednesday, the two big buses rolled into Mission Central at 10:30AM from St. John Lutheran School at Battle Creek, Nebraska.  This group was under the direction of the Honorable Missionary Dr. Nick Onnen, the head Principal of this amazing school. The…

WORK BEGINS ON NEW PARKING LOT!

  WORK BEGINS ON NEW PARKING LOT! What a blessing to see the people that God sends to help with the new sidewalk and the new Asphalt Parking Lot at the Lord’s Mission Central! Here you see in two pictures of Rev. Roger Carlisle from Peace Lutheran of Wall Lake, Iowa breaking up the old sidewalk and loading the huge…

SPECIAL YOUNG MISSIONARY VISITS MISSION CENTRAL

What a blessing to welcome a special young missionary that visited the Lord’s Mission Central on September 1st, 2019!  Yes, the Executive Director of our LCMS Mission Advancement Department, the Honorable Missionary Mark Hofman came all the way from St. Louis and brought his son, Matthew to visit this lowly place in the middle of nowhere! Old Missionary Gary could…

SPECIAL FRIENDS FROM SMITHLAND IOWA VISIT Mission Central

What a blessing to have two special friends from Smithland, Iowa come to visit Mission Central on August 29th, 2019!  These NOT NORMAL people were willing to spend some time here to see what God can do with uneducated people and an old set of farm buildings in the middle of nowhere! Pictured in our office with our Boss in…

NOT NORMAL PEOPLE FROM SCHLESWIG AND KINGSLEY, IOWA VISIT

  NOT NORMAL PEOPLE FROM SCHLESWIG AND KINGSLEY, IOWA VISIT! What a blessing to welcome the members of First Lutheran Church at Kingsley, Iowa and members of Immanuel Lutheran from Schleswig, Iowa to come on a SUNDAY AFTERNOON….now, rest assured normal people will NOT come out on a Sunday Afternoon…but these NOT NOMRAL PEOPLE CAME FOR A TOUR ALL AFTERNOON…

THE CLARK FAMILY VISITS FROM OMAHA!

THE CLARK FAMILY VISITS FROM OMAHA!  What a blessing to welcome Bonnie and Chuck Clark from Omaha, Nebraska who visited Mission Central on August 28th, 2019!  Yes, on their 48th Wedding Anniversary, this special couple took time to drive to the Lord’s Mission Central on their special day.    Chuck and Bonnie are very special NOT NORMAL people and what a…

MILFORD, IOWA MISSIONARIES ARRIVE AT MISSION CENTRAL

MILFORD, IOWA MISSIONARIES ARRIVE AT MISSION CENTRAL On August 27th, 2019, we welcomed a group from Milford, Iowa, and this group was led by Enid Creswell, long, long time friend of Missionary Gary.  This group was interested in seeing the Lord’s Mission Central, and what a blessing to have these dear friends.   For 33 years, Old Missionary Gary worked with…

THE CLARK FAMILY VISITS FROM OMAHA!

What a blessing to welcome Bonnie and Chuck Clark from Omaha, Nebraska who visited Mission Central on August 28th, 2019!  Yes, on their 48th Wedding Anniversary, this special couple took time to drive to the Lord’s Mission Central on their special day. Chuck and Bonnie are very special NOT NORMAL people and what a JOY to welcome them here for…

MILFORD, IOWA MISSIONARIES ARRIVE AT MISSION CENTRAL

On August 27th, 2019, we welcomed a group from Milford, Iowa, and this group was led by Enid Creswell, long, long time friend of Missionary Gary.  This group was interested in seeing the Lord’s Mission Central, and what a blessing to have these dear friends. For 33 years, Old Missionary Gary worked with Enid Creswell’s father, the late Al Bruning…

DENISON & SCHLESWIG YOUTH & ADULTS VISIT Mission Central

On August 20th, 2019 a special group of youth and adults came to Mission Central for a special program!  Yes, Missionary Dr. Craig Bogatzke organized this special trip so that these young missionaries could see and hear about our Heavenly Father and what HE has done for each one of these special students.   Some of the students had NEVER…

NORFOLK SENIOR STUDENTS ARRIVE AT MISSION CENTRAL FOR DAY TOUR!

What a special and important day the 19th of August was here at the Lord’s Mission Central!  What a JOY to welcome over 30 of the Senior Students and staff from Lutheran High School Northeast from Norfolk, Nebraska!  Under the direction of Dr. Perry Miller, the entire group arrived in their bus and spent the entire day at Mission Central!…

NEW SIDEWALK ARRIVES AT THE LORD’S MISSION CENTRAL!

Miracles keep right on happening at Mission Central.  For a long, long time we needed to replace a section of the old sidewalk at the entrance to the Lord’s Mission Central!  After 16 years the JOB FINALLY GOT DONE.   Who would come and help, who could do such a job of “ripping” out the old sidewalk and getting the…

NOT NORMAL VISITORS FROM COLORADO!

To be truly NOT NORMAL…you have to come across 3 states, of Colorado, Nebraska and Iowa to get to Mission Central…..you have to not forget what you heard from someone from Mission Central who spoke over a year ago in Boulder, Colorado.  Then you have to drive that distance and stay at a Super 8 Motel in Onawa, Iowa and…

DAUGHERTY FAMILY ARRIVES AT MISSION CENTRAL

On Friday the 9th of August we were so blessed to welcome the Rev. Shaun Daugherty Family here to Mission Central to tell a bit of their work in Asia and how the Lord called them to be there at “just the right time”.  Their stories were just amazing how the Lord is work in this part of the world….

GRIESS FAMILY ARRIVES “AT JUST THE RIGHT TIME”!

  It was truly one of those REAL MIRACLE DAYS!  Yes, each day this week was filled here at the Lord’s Mission Central.  Every single day, but, Wednesday the 7th of August.  It was a day that old Missionary Gary had an open spot in the schedule!   Now, if the Lord knows the number of hairs on our head…

MINDERMANS & BRUHN FAMILY VISIT MISSION CENTRAL

MINDERMANS & BRUHN FAMILY VISIT MISSION CENTRAL   What a blessing to welcome people from all over the United States and the World to this Miracle Place.  On the 5th of August we welcomed Linda and Ervin Minderman from Omaha, the Bruhn family from Mapleton, Minneapolis, and Spain here for a special tour and time together.     These dear…

WORTHINGTON FAMILY COMES TO VISIT MISSION CENTRAL!

Thursday the 1st of August was a special day.  We were able to welcome Jocelyn Worthington and her two daughters and her son-in-laws, as they came from Nebraska, Colorado and Washington for a special tour and visit to this MIRACLE PLACE! What a JOY to have them spend time here, and for the daughters and their husbands to see Mission…

EMMANUEL LUTHERAN VBS AT YORK, NEBRASKA SETS THE WORLD’S RECORD!

  What happens when people “think outside the box” and are truly NOT NORMAL?  That’s exactly when real MIRACLES can take place.  That’s exactly what happened at the Vacation Bible School at Emmanuel Lutheran Church of York, Nebraska! This VBS was directed by Missionary Kelli Kaiser, pictured with her husband Missionary Rev. Ben Kaiser, and you can see all of…

THE FAMOUS DOLESH FAMILY VISITS MISSION CENTRAL!

    Jerry and Bonnie Dolesch are NOT NORMAL people!  They are from Tilden, Nebraska and many years ago we knew that to be very true. The Dolesch family made every effort to bring their daughter and her family here to Mission Central and on August 2nd, 2019…that very thing happened!  Yes, Jerry and Bonnie had their 3 grandchildren and…

REV. VANCE & LINDA BECKER VISIT MISSION CENTRAL ON THEIR WAY TO KENYA!

What a blessing to welcome our NEWEST Missionaries Rev. Vance and Linda Becker from Mankato, Minnesota where Pastor Becker has served as pastor there.   This special family has accepted a call to teach at the Matango Seminary in Kenya East Africa.  There they will be training and “equipping the saints” and training pastors, Bible Class teachers and evangelists.  …

DOUG HARTNER FAMILY COMES TO MISSION CENTRAL!

  The Bible is so clear when it says, “Raise up a child in the way they should go and when they are old they will not depart from it”.  That applies to all Grandparents especially, as they reach out to their grandchildren.     That’s exactly what Grandpa and Grandma Hartner did when they brought 4 of their grandchildren…

PRESIDENT PATTI ROSS AND HER HUSBAND BILL VISIT MISSION CENTRAL!

It was one of those SPECIAL days at the Lord’s Mission Central here in the hills of Western Iowa!  YES, a real NOT NORMAL day to welcome the Supreme Allied Commander of the LWML of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod.  The Honorable Missionaries Dr. Bill and Dr. Patti Ross, came to visit.  Patti is the former President of the All Powerful…

NOT NORMAL GROUP FROM HOOPER, NEBRASKA VISIT MISSION CENTRAL

It was another “Monday”, when no normal people would come to visit the world famous Mission Central!  YES, GOD HAS “NOT NORMAL” PEOPLE OUT HERE TO COME ON A MONDAY. What a JOY to welcome a group of special NOT NORMAL people to this MIRACLE PLACE in the middle of nowhere, where people can see what God can do with…

A MISSION CENTRAL DOCTORATE GIVEN TO DR. RUTH SIMON OF SIOUX CITY, IOWA!

July 28th, was indeed a very special Sunday for all of us at Mission Central!  What a JOY and blessing to travel to Redeemer Lutheran Church in Sioux City, Iowa for a VERY, VERY “NOT NORMAL EVENT”…the dear folks at Redeemer Lutheran in Sioux City wanted to something special for one of the very NOT NORMAL members, and that member…

HANSON FAMILY ON THEIR WAY TO KOREA VISIT MISSION CENTRAL!

It was one of those “FULL HOUSE DAYS” at the world famous Lord’s Mission Central here in the hills of Western Iowa!  One of those days that only God could have planned!  July 27th, 2019 was a day that many will not forget. The Honorable Missionary Family of Rev. Carl Hanson came to visit and speak to a HUGE group…

OLIVER FAMILY FROM TAIWAN COMES TO MISSION CENTRAL FOR 5 DAYS!

What a blessing it was to have our family here…the Dr. Steve Oliver Family from July 25th to July 29th here at the Lord’s Mission Central.  It was a JOY to have them move in and spend these days!  They made themselves at home, did their own cooking and Mission Central was “THEIR HOME”. There were a number of special…

NORFOLK AND BATTLE CREEK, NEBRASKA FRIENDS VISIT!

It was one of those days that was SUPPOSED TO HAPPEN.  Normally, old Missionary Gary is on the road, appointments, and visitors, but this day the 22nd of July…there was an “open day”.  Why?  Because the Lord had 2 special guests that were coming from Battle Creek and Norfolk, Nebraska. Yes, if the Lord knows the number of hairs on…

MISSION SERVICE OF ST. PAUL FROM SCHALLER, IA. HELD AT MISSION CENTRAL 7-21-19

  MISSION SERVICE OF ST. PAUL FROM SCHALLER, IA HELD AT MISSION CENTRAL ON 7-21-19! It was the first time this year, that Old Missionary Gary was NOT on the road on a Sunday!  Why?  Because the Honorable Missionary Pastor David Lyons and his congregation from St. Paul Lutheran Church in Schaller, Iowa wanted to come and have their service…

MISSIONARIES THE RITZMAN FAMILY & THE FRITSCHE FAMILY VISIT!

MISSIONARIES THE RITZMAN FAMILY & THE FRITSCHE FAMILY VISIT! On July 20th, 2019 we were so blessed to welcome the Rev. Joel Fritsche and his family and Michael and Beth Ritzman and his family to the World Famous Mission Central!  They were here to report on their work in the Dominican Republic and Papua New Guinea. We were honored to…

MESSIAH LUTHERAN FROM LINCOLN, NEBRASKA COMES!

MESSIAH LUTHERAN FROM LINCOLN, NEBRASKA COMES! What a JOY and blessing to welcome the members of Messiah Lutheran Church from Lincoln, Nebraska for a day trip to the World Famous Mission Central!  Yes, on Saturday the 20th of July, what an amazing full busload of NOT NORMAL people came to visit the Lord’s Mission Central. In the attached pictures you…

NEW MISSIONARY TO LATVIA VISITS MISSION CENTRAL!

NEW MISSIONARY TO LATVIA VISITS MISSION CENTRAL ON 7-19-19!   What a JOY and blessing to welcome Rev. John Bombaro to Mission Central on Friday the 19th of July.  Yes, it was one of those special days that the Lord arranged.    Rev. John Bombaro is the newly called Missionary to go to “equip the saints” in Riga, Latvia.  John…

CIMA AND SCHAFF PRESENT AT MISSION CENTRAL!

  Would you guess that people would come out on a Tuesday to an old set of farm buildings to listen to Missionaries?  NO, IT COULDN’T HAPPEN, however, at the Lord’s Mission Central…truly amazing things happen! Yes, on Tuesday the 16th of July, a wonderful group of NOT NORMAL people came to visit this MIRACLE PLACE.  Rev. J. P. Cima…

DOUG AND KATHY HOLTZEN FROM DAVENPORT, NEBRASKA VISIT FOR THE FIRST TIME!

July 15th, 2019 was a very, very, very special day, because it was a time when we could welcome our dear friends Doug and Kathy Holtzen from Davenport, Nebraska here to Mission Central for the very first time. What a JOY and blessing to have them stop for a quick tour. These are such dear and special friends and the…

SPECIAL NOT NORMAL PEOPLE FROM AUBURN & FALLS CITY, NEBRASKA VISIT!

What a JOY to welcome some very, very, very NOT NORMAL people who wanted to come on a Monday here to this Miracle Place.  Yes, the Lord arranged “just the right time” to welcome some very special people, who had never been to Mission Central. Eric and Loley Bohling from Auburn, Nebraska had not seen our new Creation Theater and…

ANNUAL VOLUNTEER MEETING FOR 2019 AT MISSION CENTRAL DRAWS HUGE CROWD!

It was that SPECIAL time of the year when we have our Annual Volunteer Meeting to report to our volunteer staff of just what part they played in helping to send missionaries around the world.  Yes, each of our Volunteers are members of the “BODY OF CHRIST”…and they all play such an important part!  Our meeting for 2019 was scheduled…

WILDAUER FAMILY COMES TO VISIT MISSION CENTRAL!

    What a blessing to welcome Rev. Micah Wildauer and his dear family to Mission Central on July 13th, 2019!  It was truly a special Saturday afternoon, and it was the time of our Annual Volunteer Meeting for all of our Staff Volunteers to be present. We had the privilege of having six pastors present and these pastor’s each…

IMMANUEL Lutheran FROM TILDEN, NEBRASKA ARRIVES AT MISSION CENTRAL!

What a JOY and blessing to welcome on July 11th, 2019, the youth and adults from Immanuel Lutheran at Tilden, Nebraska for a tour of the museums here at the Lord’s Mission Central. It was an absolute JOY to have these young missionaries come and visit, and the adults that had never been to Mission Central before!  They enjoyed the…

TEXAS GROUP SENDS PHILLIPS AND IRWIN!

What a JOY to welcome the adults and students from St. John Lutheran Church at Cypress, Texas, as their bus rolled into the world famous Mission Central parking lot.  Yes, it was a long trip, but the folks won’t forget their stop at this MIRACLE PLACE! We were so blessed to have Missionaries Kate Phillips and Chelsea Irwin here as…

TWO NEW MISSIONARIES COME FOR TRAINING & INSTRUCTION!

July 9th, 2019 was a very special day here at the Lord’s Mission Central!  Yes, we were able to welcome two of our newest Missionaries, that God has called to HIS mission fields around the world. Kate Phillips will be going to the Dominican Republic and Chelsea Irwin will be going to the Czech Republic to share the message of…

AMAZING “NOT NORMAL” COMPUTER EXPERT INSTALLS NEW EQUIPMENT!

  AMAZING “NOT NORMAL” COMPUTER EXPERT INSTALLS NEW EQUIPMENT! How does a “NOT NORMAL” Computer Technician spend his 4th of July day celebrating?  Like any truly “NOT NORMAL” missionary, he spends his entire 4th of July from 7:30AM with no breaks until very late afternoon at the World Famous Mission Central! Yes, that’s exactly what Missionary Computer Expert Dr. Ron…

TWO NEW MISSIONARIES COME TO MISSION CENTRAL

It was one of those MOST busy days at the World Famous Mission Central!  Yes, it was a time for training, instruction, assistance in Power-Point Presentation, and the “Dos and Don’ts” of Presentations for these two new Missionary Families. Yes, we welcomed our new missionaries, Kipp and Tami Beaudoin who are going to the Ukraine to teach…these are the first…

FRIENDS FROM YORK, NEBRASKA COME TO VISIT!

  FRIENDS FROM YORK, NEBRASKA COME TO VISIT! It was a very special day on June 29th, 2019, when our dear, dear friends from York, Nebraska took time to come and visit Mission Central. Yes, it was 24 years ago that Gary met Arnie Otten at Deshler, Nebraska where he was in the banking business.  Our friendship has always remained,…

AMAZING “NOT NORMAL PASTOR AND WIFE” FROM STEVENS POINT, WISCONSIN VISIT!

  AMAZING “NOT NORMAL PASTOR & WIFE” FROM STEVENS POINT, WISCONSIN VISIT! What a JOY and blessing to welcome long, long, long time friends that the Lord sent to HIS Mission Central on Saturday morning the 29th of June! Yes, all the way from Stevens Point, Wisconsin, the Honorable Missionaries Rev. Steve Hulke and his wife Olivia came to spend…

MISSIONARIES VISIT FROM HONG KONG AND MACAU!

  MISSIONARIES VISIT FROM HONG KONG AND MACAU! On Friday the 28th of June, 2019, we were blessed to have the veteran missionaries, David and Barbara Bush from Hong Kong and Macau come and visit Mission Central. David works with the Deaf Ministry of the Hong Kong Synod and also travels to Macau and works with Pastor Michael Wu, who…