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65 students and adults from Arlington, Nebraska come to Mission Central!

Today, we joyfully welcomed 65 students and adults from St. Paul Lutheran School in Arlington, Nebraska!  What a wonderful group of people they are, and they asked so many good and insightful questions as we toured our facilities here at Mission Central.  They were all sworn in as missionaries for the rest of their lives, and they all enjoyed special…

AN AMAZING MIRACLE DAY AT THE LORD’S MISSION CENTRAL ON FEBRUARY 6TH, 2024!

  On this special day the Lord Jesus sent us 5 missionary families to come for a full, full day of training and orientation at HIS Mission Central!  Yes, the Lord is still CALLING special people to HIS Mission Fields around the world.     These 5 families are the newest missionaries in the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod!  They are heading for…

Matt Martin visits Mission Central

What a blessing to welcome Matt Martin, vicar at Remsen, Iowa and his special friend, Daniel, who is doing post-graduate work at Concordia Seminary in St. Louis.  Daniel comes from the country of Ghana in West Africa, and Matt brought him to visit Mission Central while Daniel was visiting here in Iowa.  It was a JOY to hear them both…

AMAZING SENDING AND REPORT BY OUR DEAR SHARP FAMILY FROM SOUTH AMERICA!

It was one of those special days here at Mission Central!  Yes, on December 30th, 2023 on that Saturday we had the privilege and honor of welcoming our dear missionary family, Rev. James Sharp and his entire family to Mission Central.  It was an excellent report given by Rev. Sharp and his wife Angie and their 4 children!  They reported…

About Mission Central’s Thanksgiving Mailing

(A note from Mark Hofman) As almost everyone knows, Mission Central sends only one appeal letter each year. Made possible by dozens of volunteers and even a donation of the postage, this letter of joy and possibility is eagerly anticipated by all those who want to tell others about Jesus through a personal or group gift. This year, however, just…

MIRACLES KEEP RIGHT ON HAPPENING, AND GOD SENDS HIS HELPER!

It was one of the MOST BUSY DAYS OF THE YEAR being December 23rd, 2023 here at the Lord’s Mission Central! HUGE amounts of gifts of love come at the end of the year.     We had a major problem, and the steps to the entrance to the Lord’s Office Building were actually “rotted away”…and what are we going to…

SPECIAL MISSIONARY FRIENDS COME TO VISIT THE LORD’S MISSION CENTRAL!

  Yes, it was one of those very, very special days on December 16th, 2023 here at Mission Central.  So much “history” was reviewed with the arrival of some very, very dear old “aviation friends”!!!  Pictured in these 3 pictures are a part of the history of this MIRACLE PLACE.  In the picture with the aircraft, you see on the…

AMAZING MEDICAL DOCTOR AND HIS WIFE COME TO VISIT MISSION CENTRAL!

  It was another one of those “SPECIAL DAYS” that the Lord provides here at the Lord’s Mission Central!  On Saturday the 16th of December the Honorable Missionaries, Dr. Joseph Dumba and his wife Sabina came to see what God can do with a place in the middle of nowhere in the hills of Western Iowa!   Dr. Dumba and his…

MISSIONARY FROM ETHOPIA BRINGS HIS MOM TO VISIT MISSION CENTRAL!

  What a special day on Saturday the 2nd of December 2023, when our dear Missionary Rev. Eric Stinnett brought his dear mom to visit and see MIRACLE MISSION CENTRAL.    Yes, Rev. Stinnett is our only Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod Missionary working at our Seminary in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in East Africa.  Yes, what a JOY and BLESSING to have these…

Many come to hear Carol Halter at Mission Central

What a glorious day we had here at Mission Central on Saturday, November 18th. We hosted so many friends — old and new — from TEN different congregations in Iowa, Nebraska, and Kansas. Best of all, we rejoiced to hear about all the exciting work that our Lord Jesus is doing through His servant, Carol Halter, among the Chinese-speaking people…

Missionaries Tammy Martin and Karen Anders visit Mission Central

What a blessing to welcome special missionaries Tammy Martin and Karen Anders here to Mission Central. Tammy’s husband, Matt, is serving as a vicar in Remsen, Iowa and Karen is a special friend from Collinsville, IL. It was a JOY to provide them with a tour of our buildings and museums, and we were also able to pray with them…

Students from Trinity Lutheran in Boone, Iowa visit Mission Central

Today, we eagerly welcomed the 7th and 8th Grade students from Trinity Lutheran School in Boone, Iowa! What a wonderful group of people they are! We started with a special prayer in our little wayside prayer chapel where they were all sworn in as missionaries the rest of their lives! Then they enjoyed special presentations in the Creation Theater and…

SPECIAL LONG TIME FAMILY MEMBERS COME FROM ARIZONA!

What a JOY to welcome Rev. Kevin and Tawn Bueltmann to spend time at the Lord’s Mission Central.  They wanted to come for a tour of this Miracle place.  They came on October 31st, 2023 and Rev. Schulz and Old Missionary Gary provided a special tour for these dear friends. Our friendship with these folks is special because Tawn is…

SPECIAL MISSIONARY FROM LEIPZIG, GERMANY!

Saturday the 21st of October was a special day here at the Lord’s Mission Central.  On that Saturday we welcomed all the way from Leipzig, Germany the Honorable Missionary Kim Bueltmann. Kim is one of our most effective missionaries in all of Eurasia, because God gave her the ability to speak the Farsi Language of the Muslim people of the middle…

AMAZING STUDENTS COME FROM ST. LOUIS SEMINARY TO SPEND FOR TWO DAYS OF TRAINING!

  It truly was one of those MIRACLE HAPPENINGS again at the Lord’s Mission Central on October 15th and 16th, 2023! Yes, the Lord sent Students from the St. Louis Seminary, being pastoral students and deaconess students! They came for some special training for two days. What a blessing that we had some excellent training materials from the Honorable Missionary…

AMAZING COUPLE FROM SCHUYLER, NEBRASKA BRING SPECIAL GIFTS FOR OUR MISSIONARIES!

What a JOY and blessing to welcome missionaries, Ron and Dawn Cech from Schuyler, Nebraska to Mission Central on October 9th, 2023!  They came to bring some very nice banners that were used by their rural church that was closing near Schuyler, Nebraska.  These banners can be used by our missionaries around the world, and what a blessing! This dear…

PRESIDENT OF KING OF KINGS IN OMAHA, NEBRASKA COMES TO MAKE SPECIAL PRESENTATION!

PRESIDENT OF KING OF KINGS IN OMAHA, NEBRASKA COMES TO MAKE SPECIAL PRESENTATION! It was one of those special days that help to keep us going here at the Lord’s Mission Central. Without the Lord sending special friends at “just the right time”….we would grow weary and get discouraged. However, the Lord sends special friends to keep us going and…

SPECIAL MISSION COMMITTEE FROM ST. LORENZ LUTHERAN CHURCH IN FRANKENMUTH, MICHIGAN COMES FOR SPECIAL CONSULTATION AT THE WORLD-FAMOUS MISSION CENTRAL!

Amazing things happen at this MIRACLE PLACE!  Yes, on September 22nd, 2023 the entire Mission Committee drove 12 hours to get to Mission Central from Frankenmuth, Michigan from this famous St. Lorenz Lutheran Church!  They arrived at 9:00AM on this special day! This group of leadership people headed by the Honorable Rev. Bob Smith, was so excited about spending the…

MISSIONARIES COME FROM HONEY CREEK, IOWA TO HELP SEND TWO SPECIAL MISSIONARIES!

What a JOY and blessing to welcome the congregation from Honey Creek, Iowa to Mission Central on September 9th, 2023.  After a special tour of the entire campus at the Lord’s Mission Central, this group of NOT NORMAL people were led by the Honorable Missionary Pastor Dave Kuhnle and his dear wife Eileen, this entire group had the privilege of…

WHAT DISTRICT PRESIDENT WOULD TRAVEL ALL THE WAY FROM ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA AND BRING A REAL MISSIONARY WITH HIM TO THIS PLACE IN THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE?  TRULY SOME FOLKS THAT ARE TOTALLY AND COMPLETELY “NOT NORMAL”!!!!

As soon as these special guests arrived at the Lord’s Mission Central, I could tell IMMEDIATELY THAT THEY WERE “NOT NORMAL”!!!  It was amazing to old Missionary Gary, that this District President was a lot like Presidents Turner and Snow from Iowa West and Nebraska!  His name is Missionary President Bill Harmon…and BOY DOES HE EVER “GET IT”!!  President Pastor…

SPECIAL WHEATON, MINNESOTA GROUP ENJOY A FULL AFTERNOON AT MISSION CENTRAL

Missionary Gwen Krenz from Wheaton, Minnesota made an 8 hour round trip to bring special young people to have an experience of a lifetime at the world-famous Mission Central! Here you see this special group at the sign and also at Gary’s Office with our Boss in the background.  Then in the barn museum you see our dear Rev. Steve…

CO-WORKERS COME FOR SPECIAL EVENT AT THE LORD’S MISSION CENTRAL!!!!

What a blessing to welcome five of our St. Louis-based LCMS co-workers to Mission Central on August 28th, 2023 to help with the installation of Rev. Steve Schulz.  They helped tell the whole Synod this good news, and you can see some of their efforts here: Schulz Joints Staff of Mission Central. Here in Gary’s Office you see Rev. Schulz…

WOLF FAMILY COMES TO REPORT AT  MISSION CENTRAL FROM KENYA IN EAST AFRICA!

It truly was a very, very special day, when Missionary John Wolf and his two sons came to report on their work in East Africa and West Africa.  John is a special missionary that assists the churches and pastors with special projects, and he is our project supervisor for all of Africa. John gave a special report and showed some…

SPECIAL MUSICAL CONCERT BY THE SCHULZ BOYS!

What a blessing to have the privilege of welcoming Jacob and Jonathan Schulz, the son’s of Rev. Steve and Sue Schulz to come and provide an amazing Musical Concert on Friday Evening August 18th, 2023. Here you see these professional music preformers, as they presented a special program in honor of the birthdays of Jacob Schulz and Old Missionary Gary,…

AMAZING VISITOR COMES FROM HARVEY, LOUISANA ON AUGUST 9TH, 2023 FOR SPECIAL TOUR AND TIME TOGETHER!

When old missionary got the call on the morning of August 9th from Missionaries Rev. Henry and Ruthie Witte of Sioux City, Iowa….they said, “Gary, this is a day we would like to bring Ruthie’s dear brother the Honorable Bob Friedrich to see the world-famous Mission Central!!!  I said, “YOU MUST COME IMMEDIATELY” because I’m booked tight in the afternoon….!!  They…

WHAT DO YOU DO ON YOUR 52ND ANNIVERSARY WHEN YOU LIVE IN ANITA, IOWA?

Well, what a blessing to welcome a special couple on their 52nd Wedding Anniversary to Mission Central, where they got up and drove over 2 hours to arrive for a surprise visit at the World-Famous Mission Central. Yes, Jim and Darnell Kinzie came for a tour and what do you know?  We had people from Kansas, Nebraska and we were in…

HELMS FAMILY FROM KEARNEY, NEBRASKA ARRIVE AT MISSION CENTRAL!!

It was truly a special Tuesday the 8th of August, when our special friends from Kearney, Nebraska arrived for a special tour.  Yes, Gary and Linda Helms came for a time that they will never forget. Here you see Gary and Linda in our office at Mission Central with our Boss in the background.  They enjoyed a full tour.

DR. TOM WYATT AND SON COME FOR SPECIAL TOUR OF THE LORD’S MISSION CENTRAL

On Monday the 7th of August we had 2 special guests come to see Mission Central for the very first time. Our friends, Dr. Tom Wyatt and his son Benjamin came for a special tour.  They enjoyed the tour of the facilities and museums here at the Lord’s Mission Central.  Here you see these guests in the office.  It was such…

FAMILY FROM SIOUX CITY COMES TO CELEBRATE THEIR 58TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY!

What a blessing to have some very special guests who are members at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Sioux City, Iowa. Yes, Paul and Cindy Fleckenstein wanted to celebrate their 58th Wedding Anniversary and so they made an appointment and came for a personal tour of the Lord’s Mission Central. Here you see this special couple in our office at Mission…

AMAZING “NOT NORMAL” FAMILY COMES FOR SPECIAL TOUR AND TIME FOR JESUS!  

Many times people ask, “Gary, how can you go 15 to 18 hours a day when you are 81 years old?” The answer to that is very, very simple….”It’s because God sends special not normal people here, who really, really GET IT!”  These folks are such an encouragement!!!!!!!!!!!!  That’s what keeps us going! That was the case on August 4th,…