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WHAT A SPECIAL 85TH BIRTHDAY PRESENT!

WHAT A SPECIAL 85TH BIRTHDAY PRESENT! Special Miracles keep right on happening at the Lord’s Mission Central!  Yes, and Old Missionary Gary met Robert and Norma Gonnerman from Gresham, Nebraska many, many years ago.  Immediately I could tell that Bob and Norma were truly NOT NORMAL.  They were “in the world, but not of the world”!!!  Robert is with the…

AMAZING MEDICK FAMILY FROM CHEROKEE, IOWA COME ON A SPECIAL MISSION!

AMAZING MEDICK FAMILY FROM CHEROKEE, IOWA COME ON A SPECIAL MISSION! On August 1st, 2020, we were so happy to welcome the family of the late Missionary Delbert Medick of Cherokee, Iowa.  Delbert was a very NOT NORMAL man….  He was a special man that loved the Lord Jesus and he loved the work of the Lord’s Mission Central. Delbert…

Not Normal couple comes from Wisconsin to visit Mission Central

ANOTHER “NOT NORMAL” COUPLE COME ALL THE WAY FROM WISCONSIN! Why would a couple drive all the way out of their way to come to the Lord’s Mission Central…here in the hills of Western Iowa?  Why, because a missionary by the name of Rev. Ron Meyer told them about this MIRACLE place in the middle of nowhere!!!! On Tuesday afternoon…

VERY, VERY NOT NORMAL FAMILY VISITS THE LORD’S MISSION CENTRAL!

It was one of those VERY SPECIAL DAYS, when the Lord called Ryan & Jessica Voelker to come to visit the world famous Mission Central!! Usually, Old Missionary Gary would be gone on Saturday traveling to speak at a congregation on Saturday….but, the Lord MUST have arranged to have him speak closer to home, and he was in his office…

PASTOR DAVID ZIRPEL AND THE AFRICAN CONGREGATION COME TO VISIT MISSION CENTRAL!

The Lord is so good to us here at HIS Mission Central.  What a blessing to welcome to welcome the African Congregation that meets at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Sioux City, Iowa.  This special tour was organized by the Honorable Missionary Pastor David Zirpel, one of the pastors at Redeemer Lutheran. On Sunday afternoon July 19th, 2020, this entire group…

SPECIAL FRIENDS FROM OKLAHOMA AND IOWA TOUR MISSION CENTRAL!

What a special Friday afternoon at the world famous Mission Central!  We were so blessed to welcome special friends for a full tour of the facilities at this MIRACLE PLACE.  What a JOY to welcome Jeff Allen and his dear wife Laura all the way from Oklahoma and also long, long time friends from Danbury, Iowa….Dean and Vae Uhl.  The…

DR. DALE AND LIZA GROTELUESCHEN FROM GARLAND, NEBRASKA COME TO VISIT MISSION CENTRAL!

What an honor and blessing to welcome the very famous Dr. Dale and Liza Grotelueschen for a tour of the world famous Mission Central.  These dear friends took time out of their busy schedule to drive all the way here from Garland, Nebraska. In 2018 Dr.  Dale Grotelueschen, veterinarian and director of the University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s Great Plains Veterinary Educational…

Bill and Linda Himmelberg from Lincoln, Nebraska come to Mission Central

Saturday the 18th of July was such a special day to welcome some dear friends from Lincoln, Nebraska, the Honorable Missionaries Linda and Bill Himmelberg. Bill and Linda drove over from Lincoln to have a special Tour of the facilities and to pray with Mission Gary and hear the MIRACLES that take place at this MIRACLE PLACE. It was such…

Not Normal people come to Mission Central on June 27th

What a great blessing to have folks come from Sloan, Iowa and Panora, Iowa as well as Mapleton, Iowa to visit the Lord’s Mission Central. It was truly a special day on this Saturday to have this amazing group of Christian people who were NOT NORMAL come and be here to see what the Lord can do with an old…

Special friends come from Columbus, Nebraska from 1-C Church

What an amazing afternoon, with some folks from Columbus, Nebraska.  They are the Pastor and his wife, Rev. Jim and Kristen Thelen, and their members Greg and Kate, Dirk and Kris, and Randy and Jane. It was an afternoon we all will remember!  A time of touring, praying and seeing what God can do with an old set of farm…

Not Normal Hesse family from Colorado visit Mission Central

Here we go again…..The Lord sends us some VERY, VERY SPECIAL NOT NORMAL PEOPLE that Old Missionary met over 20 years ago out in Eastern Colorado and spoke in two churches served by the Honorable Missionaries Rev. George and Ruth Ann Hesse!  Yes, it was a long, long time ago, but these dear friends NEVER FORGOT OUR FRIENDSHIP AND TIME…

One of the finest visits of Old Missionary Gary’s life!

Yes, there are some very, very, very special days that we have been given here by the Lord at HIS Mission Central! On June 24th, 2020 we had the honor and privilege of being with ONE OF THE MOST “NOT NORMAL” PEOPLE THAT OLD MISSIONARY GARY HAS EVER MET. For over 20 years the Honorable Missionary Pilot Harry Barr from…

Amazing Not Normal people visit Mission Central

What do Missionaries look like?  You might wonder about that question, but it’s not that hard.  A long time friend from our area near Sioux City, Iowa by the name of Missionary Scott Herbold, is a teacher in a public school, and he is a real missionary.  Yes, he brings buses from the public school to see Mission Central, so…

The Miracle Frerkings arrive from Robins, Iowa

What a JOY and blessing to welcome Missionaries Marvin and Shirley Frerking from Robins, Iowa at the world famous The Lord’s Mission Central!  These dear friends have been very, very special friends for many years and have been so supportive of the Lord’s work in helping missionaries over the years. These dear friends came with a very, very wonderful gift…

Cambridge, Nebraska visitors to Mission Central

WHO WOULD DRIVE 5 AND A HALF HOURS FROM CAMBRIDGE, NEBRASKA TO MISSION CENTRAL? When we talk about “Only NOT NORMAL people come to the Lord’s Mission Central”…we really mean it!!! Yes, I knew for sometime that the Jim and Nora McGowen family from rural Cambridge, Nebraska were truly NOT NORMAL! They were “OUR KIND OF PEOPLE”….they love and teach…

Our staff workers are such a blessing!

Many people seem to think that here at Mission Central things have kind of “quieted down”….however, that is NOT THE CASE! Our dear special office staff, Pam Kovarna and Sonya Sexton are working every day with so much to do and so little time to get everything done. Yes, in these days we are so filled with so much to…

A flock of ox pecker birds arrive from Africa?

As you all know, we have real MIRACLES happen here at the Lord’s Mission Central!  ANOTHER ONE HAPPENED TODAY!!!  Yes, we had a “flock” of unusual birds arrive today.  These birds are called “Ox Peckers”…and they live in Africa, and their number one job is to land on the Cape Buffalo in Africa and they peck out the ticks that…

Not Normal couple from Hooper comes to Mission Central

March 21st, 2020 was a day that we were to have 4 congregations bringing people here to the Lord’s Mission Central!  A day for seeing the Rev. Jon and Anita Clausing and their family, our dear missionaries from Tanzania, was planned, however, with their 9 children their family of 11 members, EXCEEDED the 10 person limit, so they had to…

Special group comes to bless and encourage us at Mission Central

A very, very special group of dear friends came to carry the check from the LWML proceeds of $100,000.00 to be used for help provide a MIRACLE GIFT of $10,000.00 for 10 of our lady Missionaries in Asia. Some of these dear folks had to come all the way from Clarinda, Iowa and Schleswig, Iowa.  Perhaps, some of you recognize…

New missionary friends at St. Paul Lutheran in Sac City, Iowa

  It was truly one of those VERY, VERY, VERY BLESSED AND SPECIAL SUNDAYS! Yes, on March 15th, 2020, Old Missionary Gary traveled to speak at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Sac City, Iowa! What a privilege to work with Missionary Pastor Don Pobanz and his flock of missionaries that God has given to him! After speaking in over 1700…

Amazing “Not Normal” family from Fremont comes to Mission Central

What an absolute JOY and blessing to welcome a truly NOT NORMAL family from Fremont, Nebraska to the Lord’s Mission Central on Thursday afternoon on March 12th, 2020!  It truly was a very, very special day for old Missionary Gary!…WHAT A BLESSING TO HAVE THE ENCOURAGEMENT FROM GOD’S SPECIAL PEOPLE! Clayton and Amy Glause felt that it was important for…

Three “Not Normal” people visit Mission Central

The next time you drive through Carroll, Iowa, you might keep in mind that there are three very, very, very NOT NORMAL people that live in that community!  Yes, on Saturday the 29th of February these three NOT NORMAL people came to visit the world famous Mission Central.  They are members of St. Paul Lutheran Church there in Carroll, Iowa. …

Elkhorn group visits Mission Central

  What a blessing to welcome the members of Lord of Life Lutheran Church in Elkhorn, Nebraska, where Missionary Gary had the honor and privilege of speaking this past year, with their 2 wonderful pastors that are NOT NORMAL! This group was headed up by the Honorable Missionaries Allan and Janet Jo Macklem! This group was such a blessing and…

Special friends in Columbus, Nebraska

What a blessing to have the privilege of being with Wayne and Ardith Loseke on their farm north of Columbus, Nebraska.  It was one of those very, very special days that one will never forget. On February 25th old Missionary Gary had the privilege of being with Wayne and Ardith on their farm, and it made Gary feel like he…

Special guests come from LeMars and Sioux Center

What a blessing to welcome two very special friends, Jay Faber from LeMars, Iowa and Joan Schreier from Sioux Center, Iowa who came for a special visit at Mission Central. Both of these folks are members at Grace Lutheran Church at LeMars, Iowa and they wanted to come for a special visit and tour of this MIRACLE PLACE! It was…

Ritter family comes for special visit

It was truly a special day to have the Honorable Missionary Pastor Phil Ritter, Senior Pastor at the congregation at Redeemer Lutheran Church at Corning, Iowa come to visit Mission Central. Our dear friend, Pastor Ritter, came and brought along Mr. & Mrs. Jonathan Ritter his son and daughter-in-law, who were just married on Saturday the 15th of February.  It…

Special missionaries from Schleswig, Iowa come to Mission Central

On Wednesday the 5th day of February 2020, the young people and adults came to visit Mission Central and have a tour of the entire facility.  These were the young students and adults from Immanuel Lutheran Church at Schleswig, Iowa.  It was a very special time for all of these dear missionaries. The group had the full tour, and so…

Special couple from Jansen, Nebraska visits Mission Central

  What a JOY and blessing to welcome two very, very NOT NORMAL people from Jansen, Nebraska! Yes, Daryl and Kathleen Holle drove out to Mission Central from their farm home near Jansen, Nebraska to spend the afternoon at this MIRACLE PLACE. They were able to come and see the offices, the Ministry Center, the Lord’s Creation Theater and the…

Board members of the Gary and Maxine Thies Mission Foundation visit Mission Central

The work of the Lord’s Mission Central MUST continue after the founders, Gary and Maxine Thies, are in their real home in heaven!  This CAN be accomplished by the establishment of the Gary and Maxine Thies Mission Foundation. This special Foundation will provide the overhead and administrative costs for many years in the future, in order that more and more…

St. John of Columbus, Nebraska visits Mission Central

  It was one of those very, very special days, when the special group of NOT NORMAL men arrived at Mission Central from the famous St. John Lutheran Church located 10 miles north of Columbus, Nebraska on February 3rd, 2020! This special group arrived at 3:00PM on a Monday afternoon, and spent several hours seeing what the Lord can do…

Vice President of the Gary and Maxine Thies Mission Foundation visits Mission Central

What a blessing to welcome the Honorable Missionary Pastor Brad Birtell of Columbus, Nebraska to the World Famous Mission Central!  Pastor Birtell is the Senior Pastor of St. John Lutheran Church a rural congregation located 10 miles north of Columbus, Nebraska.  This congregation is truly NOT NORMAL!  This congregation is truly “exploding” for the Lord Jesus. Pastor Birtell came for…

Not Normal family from Denison visits Mission Central

Yes, ONE person in a family can truly make a difference. That is, of course, if you are NOT NORMAL! Some time ago, old Missionary Gary received a call from Missionary Rachel Desy from Denison, Iowa. She stated that she wanted to bring “her family” over to the Lord’s Mission Central for a “family tour”. On Friday evening January 31st,…

Vicar Jay Dass and wife Julie visit Mission Central

What a blessing to welcome two very NOT NORMAL people to Mission Central!  These dear friends came all the way from Cumming, Georgia, where Vicar Jay Dass serves the Lord Jesus along with his dear wife Julie.  They wanted to visit the World Famous Mission Central. They came on Thursday evening the 30th of January and then stayed until Friday…

Dr. James Krikava comes to Mission Central

Rev. James Krikava, our Eurasia Area Executive Regional Director made a special trip to come and see the world famous Lord’s Mission Central. Yes, for two days we had the privilege and honor to welcome Rev. Krikava all the way from the Czech Republic to stay with us and be part of our training a number of Seminary Students from…

Seminary students and Dr. Dale Meyer visit Mission Central

January 10th and 11th of 2020, were special days for us here at the Lord’s Mission Central!  Rev. Dr. Dale Meyer brought seminary students and friends AND FAMILY to spend two days of intensive missionary training!  This was the ninth straight year that students and instructors from St. Louis came to visit and have two days of training at Mission…

Bombaro family visits Mission Central

What a JOY and BLESSING to welcome the world famous Rev. John Bombaro Family to Mission Central on January 7th, 2020! What a wonderful way to start the new year of 2020 with the arrival of one of the finest missionary families old Missionary Gary had ever interviewed! This family is indeed NOT NORMAL, and especially the children! Each of…

Not Normal Griebel family comes to Mission Central

Who in the world would come from Owatonna, Minnesota, Kansas City, Missouri, and Madrid Spain on the 30th of December?  It was cold and icy, and many normal people would sure not travel to the hills of Western Iowa in these conditions.  But, here we go again, and God calls his NOT NORMAL people to HIS Mission Central at “just…

AMAZING WAGONER FAMILY CHRISTMAS!

AMAZING WAGONER FAMILY CHRISTMAS! Each year at Christmas Time, a very, very, very NOT NORMAL family gathers in Southern Iowa so that all of the children of the Bruce and Jean Wagoner Family can once again be together! But, what is so NOT NORMAL about this family?  Well, first of all each member of the family truly has Jesus living…

Ireton, Iowa friends come to Mission Central

  Special NOT NORMAL friendships go back for such a long, long way! The first time we met Missionary Bill Revell was about 35 years ago. This friendship has continued over all of these years! December 18th, 2019 was truly a very, very, very special day! For the very first time Bill Revell and his dear wife Alice came for…

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…

NEW STORY FOR WEBSITE

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…