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VOLUNTEERS ARE THE VERY”BACKBONE” OF THE WORK OF MISSION CENTRAL

  OUR VOLUNTEERS AT MISSION CENTRAL ARE THE VERY “BACKBONE” OF THE WORK GOD HAS CALLED US TO DO! For the History Lesson of Mission Central, it has been very, very, very clear over the last 25 years, that God is totally and completely in charge of all things that happen.  If HE knows the number of hairs on our…

Winter decends on Mission Central

It was 2003, when the old farm buildings were purchased here at Mission Central, and prior to that for 9 years God allowed us to work in the basement of our home right across the road.  The years have gone quickly, however, NEVER BEFORE have we experienced the volume of snow that we were “blessed with” this past week! The…

Special Bible study group from Ascension Lutheran in Ames, Iowa

  What a blessing for old Missionary Gary to go to Ames, Iowa and stay overnight with two very, very NOT NORMAL PEOPLE! Yes, on February 16th the night of the “big snow” in Iowa….Gary was able to travel to stay overnight in the home of Rev. Roger and Cathy Twitto. It was so much of a blessing that on…

Redeemer Lutheran from Sioux City comes to Mission Central

  It was indeed a very, very special evening at the Lord’s Mission Central on February 13th, 2019.  It was such a blessing to welcome the youth and adults from Redeemer Lutheran Church in Sioux City, Iowa for a special evening presentation. The entire group arrived at 6:00PM and we all gathered in the little chapel and set the record…

Missionaries from Uganda and Spain arrive at Mission Central

  What a blessing to welcome our dear missionaries from Uganda and Spain to the Lord’s Mission Central.  Yes, on this special Saturday, the Lord sent our Missionaries from Uganda, Mark and Megan Mantey and from Spain, Rev. David and Shelee Warner to present to a group of very, very NOT NORMAL PEOPLE, who were brave enough to come out in this…

Not Normal parents arrive at Mission Central

  With farm background, farm experience, rabbits, ducks, geese, sheep and so much more…the wealth of the rural background comes to life and give to people amazing wisdom.  Especially, if they deal with bees also. That was the background of the amazing Wolf Family.  Yes, what a blessing to welcome the mom and dad of one of the finest of…

Hinton and Kingsley Missionaries arrive at Mission Central

  What a JOY and BLESSING to welcome the youth and adults from the congregations of Kingsley and Hinton, Iowa.  This AMAZING group of folks arrived for a special tour and program here at the Lord’s Mission Central on January 16th, 2019 at 6:30PM. This group was led by Missionary Pastors, Rev. Steve Stoll from Trinity Lutheran Church at Hinton, and…

20 seminary students come to Mission Central for two days of training

  Yes, January 11th and 12th were special days at the Lord’s Mission Central.  A wonderful group of 2 professors and 16 students came from the Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, and with Rev. Brent Smith and Old Missionary Gary a group of 20 came together for two intensive days of Missionary Training! Here you see in this grouping of pictures Old Missionary…

Newhall seminary student visits Mission Central

  The first time when old Missionary Gary spoke at St. John Lutheran Church at Newhall, Iowa….he had the privilege of meeting the Thompson Family and what a JOY!  Yes, it was obvious at that time that the whole family was truly a wonderful example of a family that was totally and completely NOT NORMAL! Yes, there was “little” Andrew Thompson,…

Only Not Normal people would work on New Year’s Eve!

  Over the years we have seen that God truly called special people to have the privilege of being a part of HIS work here at HIS Mission Central!  These special people are NOT like people of this world….they think differently, they act differently, and they WORK differently!  They are “in the world, but not of the world”. Who would be…

The amazing Mahnken family visits Mission Central

  In this journey we call “life”…God gives us special people to be our friends and to be our “encouragers”…and we sometime forget that special gift! One of our dearest and special families that “keeps us going” here at the Lord’s Mission Central is the family of the Honorable Rev. Merle F. Mahnken, Senior Pastor of Immanuel Lutheran Church at…

Families from Alta and Denison come to Mission Central

  What an encouragement and blessing to welcome families that brought their children and grandchildren to Mission Central on Sunday afternoon on the 30th of December!  What a great way to spend an afternoon with the young families, grandparents and family members. This special group of people from Alta, Iowa and Denison, Iowa came to spend a couple of hours…

What does a Not Normal family do on Christmas Day?

  Yes, it was about 16 years ago we met Rev. David Lyons and his NOT NORMAL wife, Lori!  Pastor Lyons did his vicarage year at the world famous Zion Lutheran Church at Denison, Iowa under the careful and watchful eye of the Honorable Missionary Pastor Kurt Kaiser. As soon as Old Missionary Gary met the Lyons Family, he knew immediately…

What do “Not Normal” people do on December 24th?

  As you all know the only kind of people we deal with here at the Lord’s Mission Central are people who are NOT NORMAL!! Normal people would not be working on December 24th….but the people that God has called to help with HIS work, are very special NOT NORMAL people who are WILLING to do all they can to…

Special family from Lincoln comes to Mission Central

    Dan and Kim Masters and their four children came for a special Mission Tour of the world Famous Mission Central on December 20th, 2018. Yes, this family was so interested that they came from Lincoln, Nebraska so their children could experience the Creation Theater and the Barn Museum at Mission Central. It was a special day, and here…

Amazing items from China arrive at Mission Central

  Many people may ask the question….”Why should we send people to Asia?”  Well, that answer if really very clear and so easy to answer.  These people are in total darkness, and we MUST bring them the light of our Lord Jesus! In so many parts of Asia they believe in “Ancestor Worship”..and a part of that is they actually burn…

Two Not Normal people from Sioux City, Iowa and Laurel, Nebraska

  Don Herbold has been a friend of old Missionary Gary for many, many years dating back to his days as President of the Mapleton Trust & Savings Bank at Mapleton, Iowa. Don Herbold is a member of Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Dakota Dunes, South Dakota, and he wanted to come and visit Mission Central and bring his special…

Special birthday for Not Normal people who visited Mission Central

  It was a very, very cold day here at Mission Central, and we had a request for a special appointment on the 6th day of December.  A very, very special couple from Council Bluffs, Iowa drove to the world famous Mission Central at 9:35AM. Yes, it was a special day for Missionaries Aaron and Nancy Goddard, because it was…

Delzell family and South Sudan church leader come to Mission Central

It was one of those days that “was supposed to happen”!  Yes, the Lord is truly in charge of all appointments, and this was another example. What a blessing to welcome Rev. Jordon Long, president of the Lutheran Church of South Sudan.  He was visiting some congregations in the Omaha area, and was able to travel to visit Rev. Brent…

Huge amounts of mail flows into Mission Central

  At the Lord’s Mission Central, this is the BUSIEST TIME OF THE YEAR!  Yes, as the year end approaches, the Lord’s NOT NORMAL people are moved by the power of the Holy Spirit to once again understand that the Lord truly gives us all that we have! It’s a time when HUGE, HUGE amounts of mail and gifts arrive here for…

Congressman Steve King visits Mission Central

  The morning of Monday the 26th of November was a very, very special day!  It was a day that Congressman Steve King from the 4th District of Iowa came to visit this MIRACLE PLACE! Congressman Steve King had never visited this location and what a blessing to have him stop and visit.  Steve is a dear Christian friend and…

Three generations of the Harr family come to Mission Central

  The day was just perfect for a special family to arrive from Sioux Falls, South Dakota!  Yes, it was Saturday the 24th, 2018, and the sun was out and a clear day to share NOT WHAT WE HAVE DONE HERE AT THE LORD’S MISSION CENTRAL, but, what GOD HAS DONE HERE AT THIS MIRACLE PLACE! Almost 20 years ago…

Volunteers from 10 congregations send out Thanksgiving mailing

Each year Mission Central does something that has been a custom for over 20 years!  Yes, we send JUST ONE MAILING A YEAR.  It’s at Thanksgiving Time, to thank the dear folks that have helped with special projects and support for our dear Missionaries!  To do this mailing we always want it to go out to send a special THANK…

The Henningsen family comes to Mission Central

  Yes, we were so delighted to have our long, long time friend, Virgie Henningsen come to Mission Central from Denison, Iowa and make a special visit on November 14th, 2018! Being the real MISSIONARY that she is, Virgie was delighted to bring the Honorable Ron Arbustini all the way from Costa Rica Central America.  Ron was an “exchange student”…

Fremont missionaries come to Mission Central

  When we get a call from people who “have never been to the Lord’s Mission Central” we get EXCITED here! Yes, that’s what happened on the 14th of November, when Missionaries Marilyn Whitehead and Diane Poehling came to visit at 1:00PM from Fremont, Nebraska! What a blessing to have these dear ladies come and she what God has done…

Michael Vandervort visits Mission Central

MICHAEL VANDERVORT VISITS MISSION CENTRAL!!! All of us here at the world famous Mission Central, will never, never forget November 12th, 2018!  It was the day that we were able to welcome a very special guest. Yes, Michael Vandervort from Omaha, Nebraska came here and brought his mom and dad, Dr. Bob Vandervort and his mom, Dr. Vicky Vandervort for…

Quilters at St John Lutheran in Waco, Nebraska

AMAZING QUILTERS AT ST. JOHN LUTHERAN AT WACO, NEBRASKA! On November 11th, 2018, Old Missionary Gary visited all the missionaries at St. John Lutheran Church at rural Waco, Nebraska! What a JOY and blessing to see the members of the congregation and be able to share what the Lord is doing in HIS Mission Field. This past year the Ladies…

Computer goes to Africa

  November the 10th of really a special day here at the Lord’s Mission Central…..YES, YES, we won’t forget how the Lord provides real MIRACLES!!! One of our special NOT NORMAL volunteers, Missionary Ron Maurer and his wife Nancy came to Mission Central and delivered a near new LAP TOP COMPUTER!!!  They wanted it to go to a missionary, who…

Full house in the theater!

  More and more and more people are coming to the World Famous Mission Central in the middle of nowhere in the hills of Western Iowa.  However, it’s so important to know that the only people that come here are people who are truly NOT NORMAL!  People that are in the world but not of the world! That was surely…

The St. Onge family visit Mission Central

  November 10th, 2018 was a special day when a whopping crowd of approximately 150 NOT NORMAL people came from all over Iowa and Nebraska came to the world famous Mission Central to see our Missionaries from Canada and Latin America come to report. Yes, Rev. Charles St. Onge and his entire family came to tell of how the Lord…

Herb and Markie Burch come to Mission Central

VETERAN MISSIONARIES, PASTOR HERB AND MARKIE BURCH COME FROM BELIZE TO PRESENT!!! It truly was one of those days that you could tell the Holy Spirit had sent some of HIS special people here on November 10th, 2018.  Yes, Pastor Herb and Markie Burch, Veteran Missionaries who came from Belize, where they have helped to start the FIRST Lutheran Church…

Sharon and Michael Osiro visit Mission Central

  What a blessing to welcome the world famous Missionary Shara Osiro and her husband, Michael to Mission Central on November 10th, 2018!  What a JOY to have the privilege of hearing of how the Lord is using this special family for the Lord’s work. We had about 150 people present for this special Mission Event here at the World…

Not Normal Stetzel family comes to Mission Central

YES, it was one of those days we will ALWAYS remember…a day when God’s special Not Normal missionaries arrived at Mission Central on November 3rd, 2018.  Missionaries that we love and appreciate so much! It was the family of the sainted Dale and Maxine Stetzel from Casey, Iowa who came to spend an afternoon to tour this MIRACLE PLACE.  Old…

Regional Treasurer’s meeting at Mission Central

  What a JOY to welcome the Regional Gathering of treasurers from Iowa District West at Mission Central on November 3rd, 2018.  They began their meeting under the watchful eye of Dr. Roger Curtis, Executive Treasurer of Iowa District West!  Approximately 30 treasurers, and Pastors came for a full day of educational training for treasurers in our congregations. The presenter…

Hedges and Watenbury visit from Omaha and Waterloo

  On November 3rd, 2018, we had the privilege of welcoming two special Christian Friends.  Yes, Sue Hedges and Jody Watenbury from Omaha, Nebraska and Waterloo, Iowa made the trip here to have a tour and spend time here at this MIRACLE PLACE. Neither of these dear ladies had ever been to Mission Central, and they had the super special tour…

The Lord uses all kinds of people and gifts for His work!

  We will always remember November 1st, 2018 here at the Lord’s Mission Central!  Yes, because that was the day that the Lord sent Jim and Cindy Nelson to come and bring an amazing gift of love for the operations of HIS work here at HIS Mission Central! Missionaries Jim and Cindy Nelson are members at Trinity Lutheran Church at…

Schultes arrive at Mission Central

  Again, it was one of those dear and special Saturdays at the world famous Mission Central!  We had guests from all over the mid-west, and what a blessing to have such a wonderful turn out for Rev. Gary Schulte and Missionary Nurse Stephanie Schulte from West Africa. The tour started promptly at 10:30AM and what a JOY to welcome…

Historic meeting with Orphan Grain Train leaders

  October 16th, 2018 was a very, very, very special day in the history of Mission Central and Orphan Grain Train.  These two organizations are working together on a totally new project called “The Hannah House” in St. Petersburg, Russia. This special project is so badly needed to help young girls that are released from the orphanages in Russia and…

The cousins of Maxine Thies come to Mission Central

It was a special afternoon that brought the cousins of Missionary Maxine Thies to come to the Lord’s Mission Central.  They arrived in the late afternoon and were able to have a tour of the Creation Theater and the Barn Museum.  They also had a chance to the office and Ministry Center and the little wayside Prayer Chapel here at…

Rev. Adam DeGroot comes to Mission Central

What a great blessing to welcome Rev. Adam DeGroot, our wonderful missionary from Albuquerque, New Mexico, who is a Missionary who has been called to start a new congregation in this area where so many, many Hispanic people are moving into this area. Rev. DeGroot came and spent a morning here at Mission Central and told of his work that God has…

Special family from Wall Lake meets their missionaries

It was a day that Leroy and Lorene Rowedder will never, never forget.  It was October 8th, 2018.  They had prayed for and supported Rev. Dale and Suzanne Kaster for a long time, as the Kaster family served in Ghana West Africa and now in the Czech Republic in Eurasia.  On this special day this dear family who are members…

Two missionaries sent on October 8th

  What a JOY and BLESSING to welcome John Wolf and John Kissinger from Kenya in East Africa and Rev. Dale and Suzanne Kaster from the Czech Republic on October 8th, 2018! It was indeed a wonderful day, as we had guests come from Eastern Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Cherokee, Iowa, Aurelia, Wall Lake, and Lake View, Iowa.  These dear friends came…

Pastor Derek Evans visits Mission Central

  October 8th, 2018 was truly a wonderful and special day to welcome Rev. Derek Evans from St. Paul Lutheran Church at Aurelia, Iowa!  Rev. Evans had never had a chance to come and visit the Lord’s Mission Central, and on this special Monday, Rev. Evans was personally escorted by Missionary Deke Rempfert from Aurelia, Iowa! What an honor and…

Retired pastor brings gifts to Mission Central

Rev. Paul J. Fitzpatrick and his dear wife Mary drove all the way across Iowa to get to Mission Central to deliver a wonderful gift of love to some missionaries from Africa! Yes, on October 8th, they delivered a huge amount of stoles, gowns, and pastoral garments as well as several boxes of books and in addition a number of…

Preus family comes to Mission Central

      What a JOY and blessing to welcome the Rev. David Preus Family from the Dominican Republic on October 1st, 2018 at 1:30PM. Pastor Preus told of his work in the Dominican Republic, and how the Lord was using his family to reach out to so many people in total darkness in this Latin American country. God is…

Missionaries Glesmann and Holste visit Mission Central

It was about 20 years ago when Old Missionary Gary met Herb and Marianne Glesmann in Omaha, Nebraska at their church.  As soon as Gary met them he knew immediately that they were NOT NORMAL!  This special friendship began and over the years it has only gotten stronger and stronger. Now, you have to know that now Herb and Marianne…

Ford family visits Mission Central

                      September 24th, 2018 was indeed a special day!  For many times, that Old Missionary Gary and Missionary Brent have visited at Redeemer Lutheran in Sioux City, Iowa…they noticed setting there were missionaries Chuck and Gloria Ford!  They always wanted to come and see the Lord’s Mission Central. When their…

LWML Rally at Mission Central

It was indeed one of those SPECIAL NOT NORMAL DAYS, that the Lord had prepared for us all here at Mission Central, when a full house program was held at the LWML Fall Rally for the Iowa District West.  Dr. Jane Morris, President called the meeting to order at 9:30AM and the first event was the singing of Angela Rosener…

Ben Helge from the Czech Republic comes to Mission Central

  What an amazing blessing to have the honor and privilege of working with missionaries like Veteran Missionary Ben Helge from the Czech Republic.    Ben and two of his Czech friends came to report at Mission Central on September 22nd, 2018, as a part of the wonderful Fall LWML Rally for the Iowa District West.    Yes, Ben and…