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God uses little children to keep missionaries on the field

  What blessing to welcome Paul and Linda Meyer from West Point, Nebraska and their son Dan and his wife Amanda Meyer from Grand Island, Nebraska on the 7th of July.  These NOT NORMAL people have set the vision of the Lord’s Mission in the hearts of their family members. Grandpa and Grandma Paul and Linda, handed the vision for the…

The Warren family comes to Mission Central from the Dominican Republic

God uses all kinds of people to get HIS work done.  He can use lay people with accounting backgrounds to do HIS work!  Yes, one of the fine Regional Business Mangers from Latin America who takes care of the dollars and cents that God provides for our missionaries in that region is the Honorable Missionary Dr. Blake Warren and his…

Wasmund family comes to Mission Central from Korea

July 7th, 2018, was a day so many, many NOT NORMAL people will long, long remember.  The special NOT NORMAL Matt and DeeDee Wasmund and their dear daughters Olivia and Lily came for 2 days to spend time at Mission Central, as this was their very first stop on their flight from Korea!  Yes, this family has served so faithfully in South Korea and Asia…

Three brother pastors come to Mission Central

This story began over 24 years ago!  Yes, that long ago, a much younger Missionary Gary came to visit Rev. James Moll the pastor at St. Peter Lutheran Church at Deshler, Nebraska.  We had never, never met, but the Lord told Rev. James Moll not to be afraid of this NOT NORMAL layman from Iowa who came and asked to…

The Heckmann family visits Mission Central

This story began 24 years ago!  Old Missionary Gary had just started making calls in his first year, and he called a Rev. John M. Heckmann who was the pastor of St. John Lutheran Church of Kramer, Nebraska…but they had a Crete, Nebraska address.  Yes, Rev. Heckmann was the pastor of this wonderful rural church located in the hills of…

Geneva, Nebraska couple comes to Mission Central

A number of years ago Old Missionary Gary had the honor and privilege of meeting some very, very, very NOT NORMAL people from Geneva, Nebraska.  They were introduced to our work by one of our best missionaries, and now a staff member of Mission Central, former foreign Missionary who served the Lord Jesus in Africa, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea…the…

Lakefield, Minnesota visitors come to Mission Central

Many, many, many years ago Old Missionary Gary met Dale and Mary Hedstrom when they were serving as missionaries for the LCMS in Bangkok, Thailand.  Dale came back to the United States and went to the seminary and became a pastor for Jesus.  Pastor Hedstrom, his dear wife Mary and each one of their children have been like family to us here…

Nebraska City group comes to Mission Central

                          What a JOY and blessing to welcome Rev. John Cotton and his dear wife and the members of Christ Lutheran Church from Nebraska City, Nebraska on June 18th, 2018.  It was such a special privilege to have this group of NOT NORMAL people come and spend an…

Wedding in the Barn at Mission Central

                        When we hauled out 21 loads of manure out of the old barn at the Lord’s Mission Central, did we ever in our wildest dreams think that our dear friends Danica and Garrett Zink would be married in that building. But, the Lord works in amazing ways!  On…

THE 101ST VOLUNTEER JOINS MISSION CENTRAL STAFF!!!

The power of the Lord’s Mission Central TOTALLY AND COMPLETELY rests on the backs of our dear Volunteers!  Never did we think that the Lord would send us 101 volunteers!  Yes, the Lord has sent us some of the MOST WONDERFUL folks who are indeed NOT NORMAL.   After old Missionary Gary spoke in Sioux City, and special lady called…

NOT NORMAL PEOPLE COME FROM CHILI, WISCONSIN!!

What a blessing it is to work only with NOT NORMAL PEOPLE!  Yes, the people we work with and get to meet are in the world, but not of the world!  They are “peculiar” people…1st Peter 2:9.    I had NEVER met these people…they were people that were TOLD about this MIRACLE PLACE!  They drove all the way from Chili,…

THE SAINTS FROM ST. PAUL LUTHERAN IN AURELIA VISIT!

It was one of those SPECIAL evenings that we had looked forward to for a long time.  It was a time to be with wonderful NOT NORMAL friends from St. Paul Lutheran Church in Aurelia, Iowa!  Yes, on June 14th at 7:00 PM, our dear friends from this wonderful congregation came to spend time here at the Lord’s Mission Central. …

SPECIAL FRIENDS FROM DANNEBORG, NE. COME TO VISIT:

  It was 20 years ago that old Missionary Gary was invited to come and speak at Christ Lutheran Church at Cairo, Nebraska, by the sainted pastor Glenn Keylon.  At that very first meeting, it was a blessing to meet some very NOT NORMAL people by the name of Paul and Marilyn Wilhelm, who live at Danneborg, Nebraska.    They have…

SPECIAL BIBLE STUDY GROUP FROM OUR SAVIOR IN DENISON, IOWA COME TO SEE

  On Monday evening June 11th, 2018 a group from Our Savior Lutheran Church in Denison, Iowa came over with their pastor Rev. David Loeschen…they wanted to see the new creation theater, and also have a tour for the evening.  They arrived at 6:00 PM and it made a special evening tour for the entire group.   Denison, Iowa is just…

NORTHEAST KANSAS PARTNERSHIP BUS ARRIVES AT MISSION CENTRAL!

  It truly was one of those very, very, very special days.  For folks to leave at 6:30AM and then travel from Kansas all the way to a place in the middle of nowhere in the hills of Western Iowa on a bus….YOU KNOW THAT THEY HAVE TO BE PEOPLE WHO ARE NOT NORMAL!   Mission Central has a wonderful…

“Not Normal” people from Grand View University come to Mission Central

  It was truly one of those very special days that the Lord used to bring 3 very, VERY  “NOT NORMAL” people here for a visit to the world famous Mission Central! Yes, at 1:07PM the staff members and the president of the famous Grand View University of Des Moines, Iowa came for a personal visit to see “what in…

Three African missionary families come to Mission Central

  Yes, June 2nd, 2018 was indeed a very, very, very special day and the Lord blessed us with the presentations from three African Missionaries that God called to bring people out of total darkness. Rev. Jonathan Clausing and his dear wife Anita and their nine children were all here in person, having traveled from their home in Kenya in…

Early June event was a blockbuster at Mission Central

                      Please know that a “triple header” at the Lord’s Mission Central means that we have not one, not two, but THREE missionaries that will be speaking on one day! That’s what happened on June 2nd, 2018, when Rev. Jonathan Clausing and his wife Anita and their 9….yes NINE children…

Home Bible study group comes to Mission Central

                      We could tell immediately when this group arrived that they were NOT NORMAL.  Yes, they were God’s special people who have a “home Bible Study” in the home of the members of this group that came from Odebolt and Holstein, Iowa. They came for a special Bible Study and tour. …

A new light shines at Mission Central

  During one of our wind filled Spring days here at the Lord’s Mission Central, the old yard light was actually blown off the pole that held that light for so many years! What could we do, and who could climb the pole to put a new light up?  We found that the pole was too high for a ladder,…

Amazing signs come to Mission Central

                              Yes, God always sends the right people at the right place at “just the right time”!!!   We have seen it and seen it over the years here at the Lord’s Mission Central! Another MIRACLE happened this past week here at Mission Central….what a blessing to…

New benches at Mission Central

                      It was 2003, when Old Missionary Gary purchased the benches for people to set on at the Lord’s Mission Central.  These benches were used and used and as the years pasted the weather and the temperature took it’s toll.  Yes, they were rotten, and about to collapse. However, the…

Congregation from Pipestone, Minnesota visits Mission Central

It was indeed one of those VERY, VERY, VERY special days that God had arranged in advance.  The temperate and day was just perfect…and that’s when the Lord had the saints from St. Paul Lutheran Church in Pipestone, Minnesota come to visit the world famous Mission Central! This group of NOT NORMAL people arrived at 10:00AM, and this group was…

Iowa District West Board meets at Mission Central

IOWA DISTRICT BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEET AT MISSION CENTRAL! What a blessing to have the privilege of hosting the Board of Directors meeting of the Iowa District West on May 17th, 2018.  It was a special day that featured the attendance of nearly all of the board members, and the total was 22 for the day! The meeting was called…

Special Ascension Service at Mission Central

                      What a blessing to have a special Ascension Service here at the World Famous Mission Central.   Yes, on May 10th, 2018, we were so, so blessed to have the President of our Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Indiana come and speak at our evening service.  The Honorable Missionary…

District Educational Executives from across the US come to Mission Central

                          Each year 6 special Educational Executives from all over the Synod come together to meet, pray and discuss mutual objectives in furthering the Lord’s Kingdom work with Lutheran Schools in Districts within the Synod.  This group is called “The Six Pack” Group and it includes the District…

Amazing Hodge family visits Mission Central

                        It was one of those very, very, very special days on May 4th, 2018.  It was a day at MIRACLES keep on happening! Only NOT NORMAL people come to visit Mission Central, and that’s exactly what happened again.  Terry and Jan Hoge drove all the way out to…

Bockelmann and Kravitz come to Mission Central

                          What a blessing to have David and Phyllis Bockelmann as special friends and Staff Members here at the Lord’s Mission Central.  Dave and Phyllis live in Denison, Iowa…and when they have friends visit, they want them to see the Lord’s Mission Central. On April 30th, 2018, what…

Friends from Schleswig come to Mission Central

                        What a blessing to welcome special Missionaries Dennis and Cheryl Neppl from Schleswig, Iowa for a special tour of the world famous Mission Central. This special couple made the trip to see first hand what goes on at this MIRACLE PLACE! It was such an honor to give…

Mapleton students and adults come to Mission Central

                        On Wednesday afternoon the 25th of April a group of adults and youth from St. Matthew Lutheran Church came to visit Mission Central. It was a blessing to have these young missionaries come and they were all “sworn in” to be missionaries the rest of their lives and to tell others…

Peru Foro group comes to Mission Central

  What an honor to have the members of the Peru Foro Group come to visit and see what the Lord can do with an old set of farm buildings in the middle of nowhere, in the hills of Western Iowa. Here you see this group that was kind enough to spend some time experiencing the Miracles that take place…

Huge group come to see three missionaries

  We were able to welcome 150 people here to Mission Central on Saturday the 21st of April!  What a JOY to have these NOT NORMAL people come to see this MIRACLE PLACE, that only God could have prepared for HIS use! Yes, nearly every seat was filled in the Ministry Center for the special missionaries to report in, and the…

Three Missionaries come to Mission Central

It was a “triple header” for us here at the Lord’s Mission Central, when we were blessed to have 3 missionary families come to report on their work for the Lord Jesus. Yes, John Carlos and Caitlin De-Ramirez from Peru, Peter and Lucy Hoffman heading to the Czech Republic and Pastor Eddie Hosch from Peru, and then also we welcomed…

Hispanic Outreach in the Siouxland area

                      Download the Adoption Agreement What a blessing to see the leadership of Hope Lutheran Church at South Sioux City, Nebraska take the lead in reaching out the Hispanic people that God is sending to South Sioux City, and also to Sioux City. Yes, under the leadership of Rev. Dr. Michael…

Rev. Michael Awe and Rev. Henry Witte visit Mission Central

                      What a blessing to see the leadership of Hope Lutheran Church at South Sioux City, Nebraska take the lead in reaching out the Hispanic people that God is sending to South Sioux City, and also to Sioux City. Yes, under the leadership of Rev. Dr. Michael Awe, Senior Pastor of…

Bus loads of students from three schools come to Mission Central

                        Friday April 13th was a very, very, very important day here at the World Famous Mission Central!  It was a day that the Lord prepared because we had the honor and privilege of visiting with the Christian Leaders of tomorrow! Yes, 3 full bus loads of students came from…

Two old missionary friends called home

                          In this “journey” we call life the things that really matter are the people we have the privilege of knowing and meeting along the way!  The older I get, Old Missionary Gary knows this to be so true! In my life journey, Old Missionary Gary has had…

Big event at Mission Central on April 11, 2018

                            April 11th, 2018 was a special day for many youth and adults from Ida Grove, Wall Lake, Sac City, and Denison, Iowa.  Buses and cars came to Mission Central at 4:30PM to allow the youth from these congregations and their adult friends to also come and see what…

Ronald and Mary Anne Rall come to Mission Central

                          What a JOY and blessing to welcome Rev. Ron Rall and his wife Mary Anne to Mission Central where they had the privilege of speaking to over 100 youth and adults for a special late afternoon event. Rev. Ron and Mary Anne Rall are veteran missionaries that…

HUGE crowd comes to Mission Central!

  It truly was one of those special MIRACLE DAYS!  When the Lord sent us Jim, Carol and Pete Segebart to help design and build the new Creation Theater, we NEVER had any idea that such HUGE, HUGE crowds would be coming!!!  We should have built it BIGGER! Yes, on April the 7th we had over 200 people that came…

Three Missionaries come to visit Mission Central

  It was truly a very, very, very special day!  Yes, on April 7th, 2018 we were able to welcome 3 missionaries and to “commission” them, and to pray for them. We were blessed to have 8 pastors present to come forward and pray for these dear missionaries!  In our humble barn here at Mission Central, the Lord called 210…

The Vehlings visit Mission Central

                            April 5th, 2018 was a special day, because we had the privilege here at the Lord’s Mission Central to welcome the veteran Missionaries to Japan, Rev. James Vehling and his dear wife Jane. What a JOY to welcome them here for a tour of our new…

Not Normal couple from Aurora, Colorado visits Mission Central

                        It was snowing….the weatherman was calling for snow, and not good conditions on the road.  Normal people would not have left the interstate to drive their way out into the middle of nowhere in Western Iowa to an old set of farm buildings in conditions like that! But,…

Good Friday visitors from Holstein, Iowa

                          At the Lord’s Mission Central we work every single day.  Why, because it’s NOT WORK…it’s a JOY to see what “surprises” and MIRACLES happen each day at this MIRACLE PLACE! Our volunteers were off for the day, my secretary Pam was off for the day and it…

Zion Lutheran from Atlantic, Iowa comes to Mission Central

                              It was later in the afternoon, but that allowed the students to get out of school and get together and come to visit Mission Central.  Yes, the students and Adults from Zion Lutheran Church of Atlantic, Iowa came under the direction of Rob and Lori…