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Special Nebraska missionaries come to Mission Central

On December 10th, 2019, we celebrated the arrival of our new missionary going to the Czech Republic, Missionary Chelsea Irwin from Lincoln, Nebraska. Chelsea brought her special friend Hayden Rensner with her as they traveled from Seward, Nebraska, where Hayden is a student.  She has already made application to the LCMS to become a missionary, and Chelsea brought her to…

A group of 38 “Not Normal” people send the Thanksgiving mailing

All people that we deal with at Mission Central fully and completely understand that here at this MIRACLE PLACE we only send out ONE MAILING A YEAR!  That mailing goes out about Thanksgiving time, in order to especially thank the dear friends that are NOT NORMAL who have helped with our missionaries support and projects during the past year.  So…

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A GROUP OF 38 NOT NORMAL PEOPLE SEND THE THANKSGIVING MAILING! All people that we deal with at Mission Central fully and completely understand that here at this MIRACLE PLACE we only send out ONE MAILING A YEAR!  That mailing goes out about Thanksgiving time, in order to especially thank the dear friends that are NOT NORMAL who have helped…

NEW STORY

AMAZING NOT NORMAL MAN COMES FROM BATTLE CREEK, NE.  It was about 11 years ago, when Old Missionary Gary had the honor and privilege of meeting the Honorable Missionary Ron Buckendahl, when he spoke at St. John Lutheran Church at Battle Creek, Nebraska.   As soon as Missionary Gary met Ron, he could tell IMMEDIATELY THAT HE WAS "NOT NORMAL". …

The “Not Normal” Sharp family visits Mission Central

  Wow, what a special blessing to have the World Famous Sharp Family from Uruguay South America come to visit Mission Central! These are TRULY NOT NORMAL MISSIONARIES! Why? Because who would travel for about 24 hours and then get off the plane in Omaha and then come directly to the World Famous Mission Central? Why wouldn’t they go home…

Special friends from Holstein visit Mission Central

A number of years ago we had the privilege of meetings some very, very special NOT NORMAL people from Holstein, Iowa. Kevin and Lana Conover have been such an encouragement and blessing to the work at the Lord’s Mission Central. Kevin and Lana are members of Faith Lutheran Church at Holstein, Iowa. They came to visit Mission Central on the…

Not Normal man comes to visit from Battle Creek, Nebraska

It was about 11 years ago, when Old Missionary Gary had the honor and privilege of meeting the Honorable Missionary Ron Buckendahl, when he spoke at St. John Lutheran Church at Battle Creek, Nebraska. As soon as Missionary Gary met Ron, he could tell IMMEDIATELY THAT HE WAS “NOT NORMAL”.  He was in the world but not of the world. …

Special friends from the Nebraska District visit Mission Central

  What a blessing to welcome TWO of the leading missionaries in the entire Nebraska District to Mission Central on the 18th of November. Paul Pettit, our Executive Financial Director and the Executive Mission Director Rev. Rich Boring of the Nebraska District both came to spend an afternoon here at the World Famous Mission Central!! It was such an encouragement…

God can even provide shoes at “just the right time”

Here at Mission Central, we truly believe that God provides at “just the right time”…and that’s in ALL aspects of life. Recently Old Missionary Gary traveled to Owatonna, Minnesota to speak at the church there, and upon looking at his shoes he noticed that they were getting worn from all the travels over the years. The Lord tells us in…

Not Normal Magness family comes to Mission Central

  Here we go again! Another story of NOT NORMAL people that the Lord sends to visit HIS Mission Central! Yes, at about Mid-Night on the 14th of November this NOT NORMAL couple drove all the way from St. Louis and arrived about mid-night! Who would do that type of driving? Yes, the Lord sent Phillip and Cheryl Magness to…

Clarinda school arrives for day trip!

  When a school comes for a Mission Trip to Mission Central…what really does take place? Well the students from Clarinda Lutheran School came on November 8th, 2019 and each one of the students found out what does take place here at this MIRACLE PLACE! Each student found out that if you don’t believe in Genesis 1:1, “you don’t believe…

The Not Normal Barelman family comes to Mission Central

What kind of a family would come to the World Famous Mission Central on Veterans Day.  It’s a day off..and the children don’t have school, and it would be a day of rest and just “taking it easy”.  Who would drive from the Omaha area to bring their family together at a place in the middle of nowhere with an…

Not Normal Susan Fuchs Holt visits Mission Central

When speaking at Springfield, Illinois, Missionary Rev. Brent Smith had no idea that a very, very, very NOT NORMAL lady by the name of Susan Fuchs Holt was listening very intently!  The Lord was calling Sue to come and visit HIS MISSION CENTRAL! That’s exactly what happened on November 2nd, 2019!!  Sue made a special trip out of her way…

Missionaries from Gorham, Illinois arrive at Mission Central

It was one of those days that we will long, long, long remember here at the Lord’s Mission Central!  God has special people that HE sends to this MIRACLE PLACE. Monday the 28th of October was NO EXCEPTION!  Yes, who but only NOT NORMAL people would drive all the way from Gorham, Illinois to an old set of farm buildings…

Bruce and Lenora Sletten arrive at Mission Central

On October 23rd, 2019, our special friends, Bruce and Lenora Sletten from Missouri arrived at the World Famous Mission Central.  They came to be part of a special tour group to see just what is happening here at Mission Central. What a JOY and blessing to welcome these long, long time friends and co-workers.  Now living in Monett, Missouri this…

Sioux City and Hinton visit Mission Central

It was Wednesday the 23rd of October when a large group of visitors came from Calvary Lutheran Church in Sioux City and also First Lutheran Church from Kingsley, Iowa came to with their youth and adults for a special “evening tour”.  What a blessing to welcome these missionaries. This group was led by Pastor James Travis and Pastor Jason Letsche….

St. Matthew at Mapleton visits Mission Central

ST. MATTHEW AT MAPLETON VISITS MISSION CENTRAL! October 20th, 2019 was truly a special Sunday. The congregation at St. Matthew Lutheran Church at Mapleton, Iowa just 2 miles West of Mission Central…came to visit and have their “Mission Festival” here at the Lord’s MISSION CENTRAL! There was a very nice group of NOT NORMAL people that came for this special…

Grace Lutheran of Lemars comes to Mission Central

GRACE LUTHERAN OF LEMARS, IOWA ARRIVES! What a blessing to welcome a wonderful, wonderful group of truly NOT NORMAL people from Grace Lutheran Church in LeMars, Iowa on October 20th, 2019 at 2:30PM for a Sunday afternoon tour of the Lord’s Mission Central.  One must truly understand that only NOT NORMAL people would come out on a Sunday Afternoon to…

IDA GROVE, IOWA GROUP VISITS MISSION CENTRAL!

What a blessing to welcome the 7th grade confirmation class from Ida Grove, Iowa at St. Paul Lutheran Church to Mission Central on October 16th, 2019!  This group was led by Rev. Neil Wehmas and two other adults. The group was able to spend time in the Creation Theater, the Barn Museum and each one of the group was officially…

NOT NORMAL GROUP FROM WOODBURY, MINNESOTA ARRIVE!

Only truly NOT NORMAL people would drive hours and hours all the way from Woodbury, Minnesota, staying overnight at Ida Grove, Iowa, and then spend the day in the middle of nowhere in the hills of Western Iowa at a place called MISSION CENTRAL! That’s the only kind of people that come here to Mission Central….NOT NORMAL PEOPLE.  Normal people…

REV. STEELE & ROBYN ARRIVE AT MISSION CENTRAL!

It truly was a special Tuesday on October 8th, 2019!  We had the privilege and honor of welcoming one of our newest missionary couples to Mission Central! Yes, Rev. Walter and Robyn Steele, our new missionaries called to serve the Lord Jesus at the Matango Seminary in Kenya East Africa were here to present and be sent off to their…

TWO NEW LATIN AMERICA MISSIONARIES ARRIVE!

What a special BLESSING to have our missionaries Jamielynn Tinkey from the Dominican Republic and new missionary Ashley Lehr, going to Puerto Rico visit us on October 4th, 2019. These missionaries came to receive some educational training and update on their presentations.  It was a day of training, work and suggestions for helping them. Two special ladies drove up from…

SHEPHERD OF THE VALLEY ARRIVES AT MISSION CENTRAL!

  SHEPHERD OF THE VALLEY ARRIVES AT MISSION CENTRAL! What a JOY and blessing to have one of our newest missionaries that God has called to the dark country of Latvia. Yes, on September 27th, 2019,  Rev. John Bombaro was here in person at the World Famous Mission Central to present his story of how the Lord Jesus has truly…

GROUP FROM THE ENTIRE MID-WEST COME TO SEE TIRZAH KREY!

It was one of those “SPECIAL DAYS” at the Lord’s Mission Central!  Yes, a large number of NOT NORMAL people came on Saturday the 28th of September and what a JOY to welcome them to this NOT NORMAL place! These people came from South Dakota, Nebraska, and Iowa. They came for a special tour, and also to see our newest…

TRINITY LUTHERAN FROM MADISON, NEBRASKA VISITS!

On Thursday the 26th of September 2019, we were able to welcome the entire school from Madison, Nebraska.  What a JOY to welcome these young missionaries. Each one of these missionaries were sworn in the rest of their lives as REAL missionaries, and they will be able to tell people about Jesus the rest of their lives!  Each of the…

Iowa District West LWML Rally at Mission Central

On September 21st, 2019, we here at the Lord’s Mission Central were so blessed to have the Fall Rally of the LWML members of Iowa District West.  What an excellent turn out, and about 175 people were present to hear the Honorable Rev. Dan McMiller, Chief Executive Office of the LCMS International Missions give his presentation as the keynote speaker! …

HERE IS THE LATEST NEWS ON THE PARKING PROJECT!!!

Late in the afternoon on September 17th, 2019, the HUGE caterpillar arrived to create an entirely new  drainage system for our parking area here at the World Famous Mission Central.  Dr. James A. Thies, who happened to be the nephew of Old Missionary Gary W. Thies, came and ran the huge dirt mover to create an entirely new swale to…

JEDELE FAMILY DELIVERS HUGE NUMBER OF CROSSES!

Thursday the 19th of September was a special day, because our dear friends, Charles and Ann Jedele from Winfield, Kansas arrived with a HUGE NUMBER of Missionary Crosses here at Mission Central. These are special crosses that we give out to “missionaries” that come here to visit Mission Central.  These crosses are special, and are made of black walnut and…

TRINITY LUTHERAN SCHOOL FROM BOONE, IOWA ARRIVES!

TRINITY LUTHERAN SCHOOL FROM BOONE, IOWA ARRIVES! What a JOY to welcome the 7th and 8th grade Students from Trinity Lutheran School in Boone, Iowa for a special tour of the world famous Mission Central. Yes, under the leadership of Dr. Amy Schroeder, Principal of this wonderful school, the students came and had the “trip of their lives”.  What a…

WASMUND FAMILY ARRIVES AT MISSION CENTRAL!

WASMUND FAMILY ARRIVES AT MISSION CENTRAL! People come here to the Lord’s Mission Central from all over the world and all over the United States.  Two very, very special NOT NORMAL people arrived on Saturday the 14th of September.  YES, the honorable Missionaries Gary and Pauline Wasmund all the way from Florida arrived at this MIRACLE PLACE! They had no…

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…