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LARGE CROWDS COME TO SEE THE LEHMAN FAMILY

It was a special day on May 14th, 2022, when people came from all over Iowa and Nebraska to see Rev. Adam Lehman and his dear family come all the way from their calling in Puerto Rico. Yes, we were shocked and amazed at the excellent turn out when this dear family presented at Mission Central for a special tour…

NEW MISSIONARY CALLED TO TANZANIA, EAST AFRICA!

What a blessing to have the privilege and honor of welcoming to Mission Central the amazing NOT NORMAL the Honorable Jerry Mays, whom the Lord has called to have the privilege of teaching at the Seminary in Tanzania East Africa. Yes, Jerry will be helping to teach in so many ways, with his music ability and his gift of teaching…

NEW MISSIONARY CALLED TO LEIPZIG, GERMANY!

What an honor and blessing to welcome the Honorable Missionary Mark Winterstein, whom the Lord has called to go to Leipzig, Germany and Mark will be able to reach out to the millions of refugees who are pouring into the Germany from the Middle East. These refugees nearly ALL speak a language which is called Farsi and Mark is gifted…

NEW MISSIONARY FAMILY GOING TO RIGA, LATVIA

On May 9th and 10th, we had the honor and privilege of welcoming our newest missionary family called to serve the Lord Jesus in Riga, Latvia, where Rev. Quintin Cundiff will be teaching at our new seminary in the city of Riga, Latvia. This family will be teaching students to start new congregations and establish Bible Studies and teaching locations throughout…

SPECIAL MIRACLE FOR MAY 9TH AND 10TH, 2022!

Yes, miracles keep right on happening at the Lord’s Mission Central.  What a JOY to welcome staff, missionaries and special co-workers from the Office of International Missions and the Advancement Department from our LCMS Office in St. Louis, Missouri. This group of truly NOT NORMAL people arrived on Monday afternoon the 9th of May and what a joy to provide them…

SPRING CLEANING AT THE LORD’S MISSION CENTRAL!

Each year in April and September, the Lord calls a special group of people.  This group for years has come to do the cleaning in the barn museum.  It is such a blessing to have them come, and this year it was planned for May 3rd, 2022. Yes, after the crazy virus stuff, they were able to come and clean…

MISSIONARIES PAT AND RUTH NICOLAUS ARRIVE AT MISSION CENTRAL

MISSIONARIES PAT AND RUTH NICOLAUS ARRIVE AT MISSION CENTRAL The Lord sends special people “at just the right time”….what a JOY to have the privilege of knowing our special Volunteer Directors of our Cleaning Crew at the Lord’s Mission Central. Yes, for years Pat and her daughter Ruth Nicolaus have headed up our Volunteer Cleaning Team at Mission Central.  Twice…

VETERAN MISSIONARIES COME TO MISSION CENTRAL!

It all started over 20 years ago in the basement of St. John Lutheran Church in Honey Creek, Iowa in the country.  A group of truly “Not Normal” people were kind enough to gather and hear a young missionary who was just starting, to tell of the work of the Lord’s Missionaries in the LCMS. Yes, there were Paul and…

Ascension Service May 26th and a supper before!

Ascension Service May 26th and a supper before! Ascension Day service at Mission Central is coming up on May 26th. Immanuel Lutheran Church in Schleswig will be purchasing food and supplies for a supper to be held at 5:00 pm immediately before the Ascension Day Service for local congregations. We hope that God’s people will be strengthened in faith and…

AMAZING BURCH FAMILY FROM BELIZE ARRIVE AT MISSION CENTRAL!

It truly was one of those MIRACLE DAYS!  On April 23rd, 2022, we were so blessed to welcome Rev. Herb Burch and his dear wife Markie all the way from Belize.  Yes, it was truly a day we will not forget. We had a group of people from Yankton, South Dakota, Norfolk, Lincoln, and Kennesaw, Nebraska come and what an…

SPECIAL MISSIONARY COMES TO VISIT MISSION CENTRAL!

The Lord uses ALL KINDS of missionaries to get his work done!  Yes, on April 19th, 2022 the Honorable Rev. Harrison Goodman came for a special tour of Mission Central and a good long personal visit with old Missionary Gary. Rev. Goodman has received a call to serve as a great connection with the youth organization called “Higher Things”…and is…

FAMLIES COME FROM ALL OVER TO CELEBRATE A SPECIAL 90TH BIRTHDAY!

  What a special 90th Birthday Celebration for Missionary Dolores Bartholomew from Seward, Nebraska! Dolores wanted her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren to see what the Lord can do with an old set of farm buildings in the middle of nowhere in the hills of Western Iowa. Her family came from all over the United States and came on April…

TWO NEW FRIENDS FROM OKLAHOMA VISIT MISSION CENTRAL

What a blessing to have two new Christian friends stop to visit the Lord’s Mission Central on April 5th, 2022! The Honorable Tim Mahoney, President of First Land Service, Inc. pictured on the left of our picture, and The Honorable Jerhamy Serrano, Contractor for NextEra Energy on the right of the picture. These two young men didn’t have a clue…

A WONDERFUL EVENT ON MARCH 27TH, 2022!

Something very, very special happened on March 27th, 2022 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in West Point, Nebraska.  Yes, on that wonderful day Rev. John Gierke was installed as shepherd of the congregation at 3:00PM in the afternoon. Old Missionary Gary was able to attend this event, and what a JOY to be with the Gierke Family.  Here you see…

SPECIAL YOUNG FAMILY COME FOR TOUR!

We love to have young families come for a tour and begin to train their children about the Bible and missionaries. What a JOY to welcome Kenny and Emily here at Mission Central, who brought their children all the way from Des Moines, Iowa.  It was a Sunday afternoon, and the children loved the animals and the artifacts in the…

HOW CAN YOU FEED ALL THE PEOPLE THAT COME TO MISSION CENTRAL?

That’s a question a lot of people ask as we feed bus loads, car loads, and large groups that come to spend the day at the Lord’s Mission Central? The reason is really very simple.  The Lord sends special people to come and help with the cooking and food preparation. On March 29th, 2022, we had a large group that…

THE LORD SENDS A SPECIAL “RAKING CREW”

What a blessing to see that “at just the right time” the Lord will send a group of NOT NORMAL people to come and help with a HUGE job here at the Lord’s Mission Central! YES, on Saturday the 26th of March, the Lord sent special friends from Our Savior Lutheran Church at Denison, Iowa, and our volunteer Wayne Kafton from…

OUR NEWEST NEBRASKA MISSIONARIES VISIT MISSION CENTRAL!!!

What a JOY and BLESSING to welcome Rev. Quintin Cundiff, his wife Lindsay and their 10 year old son, Carter to the Lord’s Mission Central on March 19th, 2022! Yes, this family has been serving at Amherst, Nebraska, where Pastor Cundiff has been the shepherd of the flock there at Trinity Lutheran Church.  Now, the Lord has called this family…

AMAZING MISSIONARY NURSE FROM THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC COMES TO MISSION CENTRAL!

Veteran missionary nurse the Honorable Jamielynn Flores came to visit Mission Central on February 26th, 2022. She is a veteran missionary having served in the Dominican Republic for five years, and reaches so many, many people who don’t know Jesus. Jamielynn and her husband Vicar Raphael Flores will be traveling to be new missionaries in Chile South America sometime after…

GRANDMA NANCY PLOEGER COMES TO MISSION CENTRAL AND BRINGS HER FAMILY!!!

Warren and Nancy Ploeger from Schaller, Iowa were one of the reason’s that Old Missionary Gary was able to “hang on” for 27 years! God has sent special friends into our life to “keep us going day after day” here at the Lord’s Mission Central. Our dear friend, Warren Ploeger, is waiting for us now in our real home in…

JOHN AND DEBBIE RIBANDO SPECIAL MISSIONARY FRIENDS!

Over the years the time has gone so quickly.  We have so, so, so many wonderful friends that the Lord has allowed us the privilege of working with and have become “just like part of our real family” here at the Lord’s Mission Central! One of the reasons that Old Missionary Gary can keep on going and going each day…

THE LORD SENDS A SPECIAL HELPER TO HELP WITH HIS WORK AT HIS MISSION CENTRAL!

Here at Mission Central we have the privilege of meeting special people that the Lord sends at “just the right time”!  We have been so blessed by a wonderful gift that was left by the estate of an amazing Christian couple.  Their gift will be totally directed to support missionaries around the world who will tell more and more people…

LONG, LONG TIME WORKERS FOR THE LORD JESUS ARE TOGETHER AGAIN!

One of the greatest JOYS in this journey we call life is the gift of special Christian friends!  It was such a blessing to have the privilege of spending the overnight with the Honorable Missionary Pastor Dean A. Hanson.  Old Missionary Gary and Pastor Hanson and his dear wife Lois  have been friends for nearly 30 years! On Saturday night…

SPECIAL LONG TIME FRIENDS FROM NORFOLK, NEBRASKA COME FOR SPECIAL PERSONAL TOUR. 

What a blessing to welcome longtime friends, Ron and Celia Siecke from Norfolk, Nebraska on Saturday morning on February 5th, 2022. We have known these dear friends for so many years, and they live on a farm near Pilger, Nebraska and attend at Christ Lutheran in Norfolk, Nebraska.  These dear friends have been an encouragement over the years, and what…

WHO COULD COME ALL THE WAY FROM MERRILL, WISCONSIN TO SEE MISSION CENTRAL?

What a JOY and blessing to welcome special NOT NORMAL people from Merrill, Wisconsin who would be willing to make the effort to visit a place in the hills of western Iowa? Yes, Kevin and Connie Eckert made the trip to see the Lord’s Mission Central, and what a blessing to welcome these dear friends.  At one time they were…

AMAZING TEMPLE RUBBING A NEW ADDITION TO THE BARN MUSEUM

Many, many people don’t realize what is in the Barn Museum here at Mission Central and there are always new, new additions that are added all the time! Some time ago, we received an amazing artifact.  It is called a “temple rubbing” from the HUGE Buddhist Temple in Bancock, Thailand!  Yes, a special paper is placed over the idol in…

SPECIAL YOUTH AND ADULTS ARRIVE FROM ROCK RAPIDS, IOWA

What a special Sunday….yes, a youth group and adults came all the way from Peace Lutheran Church in Rock Rapids, Iowa to visit Mission Central on Sunday Morning the 30th of January 2022!  It truly was a special group, and IMMEDIATELY we noticed that they were NOT NORMAL.  Who would come for a visit on Sunday morning at 10:00AM to spend…

LARGE AFRICAN PYTHON IS PART OF MISSION CENTRAL

LARGE AFRICAN PYTHON IS PART OF MISSION CENTRAL! From all over the world, we are blessed to have artifacts that reflect the location, the culture and the creatures that God has provided for the world that HE created. In the Barn Museum we have one of the largest snakes you have ever seen in your life!  Yes, we have a…

NEW BUTTERFLY PICTURES FROM AFRICA ARRIVE

As one travels to different parts of the world, we find that there are so many types and kinds of art! Some of our Missionaries that work in Africa have found that one of the most unusual types of art is called “Butterfly Picture Art”…and that’s just what was given to Mission Central recently. Here you see two pictures that…

GOTOMA BUDDA FACE ARRIVES AT MISSION CENTRAL

In China, Asia and around the world there is a belief called Buddhism!  This belief is founded on the teachings of  a man by the name of Budda!  There are millions and millions of Buddhists. One of the items we were able to acquire some time ago was the head of Budda.  Many people pray to Budda, and strongly have…

NEW ADDITION OF BLACK MAGIC MASKS TO MUSEUM

Few people realize the fact that in many parts of the world, and even here in the United States there is a belief in “Black Magic”.  This belief is totally directed by the Father of All Lies, and that is Satan. We had a missionary family that served in Africa and they were kind enough to donate some “black magic…

AMAZING NEW ITEM ADDED TO OUR ARTIFACTS MUSEUM!

Several weeks ago, while Missionary Gary was visiting Hope Lutheran Church in South Sioux City, Nebraska a wonderful gift was given. Yes, people ask all the time….are you getting any new items for the Barn Museum Artifacts?  The answer to that is YES, YES!  We are receiving gifts from our dear missionaries that visit Mission Central.  The missionaries all know…

THE LORD SENDS NEW MISSIONARY PILOT!

As each year passes at the Lord’s Mission Central we see more and more and more REAL MIRACLES! On January 22nd, 2022 old Missionary Gary was scheduled to drive nearly 4 hours out to Davenport, Nebraska to speak on Sunday the 23rd of January at St. Peter Lutheran Church.  The week had been filled with so much activity and appointments.  The…

CONFIRMATION STUDENTS COME FOR SPECIAL TOUR OF MISSION CENTRAL!

What a JOY to welcome the confirmation students from Immanuel Lutheran Church of Schleswig, Iowa for a special tour and event at Mission Central on January 19th, 2022! This wonderful group came and were able to dress up in hats and items from Latin and South America, as shown in the photo!  They enjoyed seeing the animals from around the…