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GRIESS FAMILY ARRIVES “AT JUST THE RIGHT TIME”!

  It was truly one of those REAL MIRACLE DAYS!  Yes, each day this week was filled here at the Lord’s Mission Central.  Every single day, but, Wednesday the 7th of August.  It was a day that old Missionary Gary had an open spot in the schedule!   Now, if the Lord knows the number of hairs on our head…

MINDERMANS & BRUHN FAMILY VISIT MISSION CENTRAL

MINDERMANS & BRUHN FAMILY VISIT MISSION CENTRAL   What a blessing to welcome people from all over the United States and the World to this Miracle Place.  On the 5th of August we welcomed Linda and Ervin Minderman from Omaha, the Bruhn family from Mapleton, Minneapolis, and Spain here for a special tour and time together.     These dear…

WORTHINGTON FAMILY COMES TO VISIT MISSION CENTRAL!

Thursday the 1st of August was a special day.  We were able to welcome Jocelyn Worthington and her two daughters and her son-in-laws, as they came from Nebraska, Colorado and Washington for a special tour and visit to this MIRACLE PLACE! What a JOY to have them spend time here, and for the daughters and their husbands to see Mission…

EMMANUEL LUTHERAN VBS AT YORK, NEBRASKA SETS THE WORLD’S RECORD!

  What happens when people “think outside the box” and are truly NOT NORMAL?  That’s exactly when real MIRACLES can take place.  That’s exactly what happened at the Vacation Bible School at Emmanuel Lutheran Church of York, Nebraska! This VBS was directed by Missionary Kelli Kaiser, pictured with her husband Missionary Rev. Ben Kaiser, and you can see all of…

THE FAMOUS DOLESH FAMILY VISITS MISSION CENTRAL!

    Jerry and Bonnie Dolesch are NOT NORMAL people!  They are from Tilden, Nebraska and many years ago we knew that to be very true. The Dolesch family made every effort to bring their daughter and her family here to Mission Central and on August 2nd, 2019…that very thing happened!  Yes, Jerry and Bonnie had their 3 grandchildren and…

REV. VANCE & LINDA BECKER VISIT MISSION CENTRAL ON THEIR WAY TO KENYA!

What a blessing to welcome our NEWEST Missionaries Rev. Vance and Linda Becker from Mankato, Minnesota where Pastor Becker has served as pastor there.   This special family has accepted a call to teach at the Matango Seminary in Kenya East Africa.  There they will be training and “equipping the saints” and training pastors, Bible Class teachers and evangelists.  …

DOUG HARTNER FAMILY COMES TO MISSION CENTRAL!

  The Bible is so clear when it says, “Raise up a child in the way they should go and when they are old they will not depart from it”.  That applies to all Grandparents especially, as they reach out to their grandchildren.     That’s exactly what Grandpa and Grandma Hartner did when they brought 4 of their grandchildren…

PRESIDENT PATTI ROSS AND HER HUSBAND BILL VISIT MISSION CENTRAL!

It was one of those SPECIAL days at the Lord’s Mission Central here in the hills of Western Iowa!  YES, a real NOT NORMAL day to welcome the Supreme Allied Commander of the LWML of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod.  The Honorable Missionaries Dr. Bill and Dr. Patti Ross, came to visit.  Patti is the former President of the All Powerful…

NOT NORMAL GROUP FROM HOOPER, NEBRASKA VISIT MISSION CENTRAL

It was another “Monday”, when no normal people would come to visit the world famous Mission Central!  YES, GOD HAS “NOT NORMAL” PEOPLE OUT HERE TO COME ON A MONDAY. What a JOY to welcome a group of special NOT NORMAL people to this MIRACLE PLACE in the middle of nowhere, where people can see what God can do with…

A MISSION CENTRAL DOCTORATE GIVEN TO DR. RUTH SIMON OF SIOUX CITY, IOWA!

July 28th, was indeed a very special Sunday for all of us at Mission Central!  What a JOY and blessing to travel to Redeemer Lutheran Church in Sioux City, Iowa for a VERY, VERY “NOT NORMAL EVENT”…the dear folks at Redeemer Lutheran in Sioux City wanted to something special for one of the very NOT NORMAL members, and that member…

HANSON FAMILY ON THEIR WAY TO KOREA VISIT MISSION CENTRAL!

It was one of those “FULL HOUSE DAYS” at the world famous Lord’s Mission Central here in the hills of Western Iowa!  One of those days that only God could have planned!  July 27th, 2019 was a day that many will not forget. The Honorable Missionary Family of Rev. Carl Hanson came to visit and speak to a HUGE group…

OLIVER FAMILY FROM TAIWAN COMES TO MISSION CENTRAL FOR 5 DAYS!

What a blessing it was to have our family here…the Dr. Steve Oliver Family from July 25th to July 29th here at the Lord’s Mission Central.  It was a JOY to have them move in and spend these days!  They made themselves at home, did their own cooking and Mission Central was “THEIR HOME”. There were a number of special…

NORFOLK AND BATTLE CREEK, NEBRASKA FRIENDS VISIT!

It was one of those days that was SUPPOSED TO HAPPEN.  Normally, old Missionary Gary is on the road, appointments, and visitors, but this day the 22nd of July…there was an “open day”.  Why?  Because the Lord had 2 special guests that were coming from Battle Creek and Norfolk, Nebraska. Yes, if the Lord knows the number of hairs on…

MISSION SERVICE OF ST. PAUL FROM SCHALLER, IA. HELD AT MISSION CENTRAL 7-21-19

  MISSION SERVICE OF ST. PAUL FROM SCHALLER, IA HELD AT MISSION CENTRAL ON 7-21-19! It was the first time this year, that Old Missionary Gary was NOT on the road on a Sunday!  Why?  Because the Honorable Missionary Pastor David Lyons and his congregation from St. Paul Lutheran Church in Schaller, Iowa wanted to come and have their service…

MISSIONARIES THE RITZMAN FAMILY & THE FRITSCHE FAMILY VISIT!

MISSIONARIES THE RITZMAN FAMILY & THE FRITSCHE FAMILY VISIT! On July 20th, 2019 we were so blessed to welcome the Rev. Joel Fritsche and his family and Michael and Beth Ritzman and his family to the World Famous Mission Central!  They were here to report on their work in the Dominican Republic and Papua New Guinea. We were honored to…

MESSIAH LUTHERAN FROM LINCOLN, NEBRASKA COMES!

MESSIAH LUTHERAN FROM LINCOLN, NEBRASKA COMES! What a JOY and blessing to welcome the members of Messiah Lutheran Church from Lincoln, Nebraska for a day trip to the World Famous Mission Central!  Yes, on Saturday the 20th of July, what an amazing full busload of NOT NORMAL people came to visit the Lord’s Mission Central. In the attached pictures you…

NEW MISSIONARY TO LATVIA VISITS MISSION CENTRAL!

NEW MISSIONARY TO LATVIA VISITS MISSION CENTRAL ON 7-19-19!   What a JOY and blessing to welcome Rev. John Bombaro to Mission Central on Friday the 19th of July.  Yes, it was one of those special days that the Lord arranged.    Rev. John Bombaro is the newly called Missionary to go to “equip the saints” in Riga, Latvia.  John…

CIMA AND SCHAFF PRESENT AT MISSION CENTRAL!

  Would you guess that people would come out on a Tuesday to an old set of farm buildings to listen to Missionaries?  NO, IT COULDN’T HAPPEN, however, at the Lord’s Mission Central…truly amazing things happen! Yes, on Tuesday the 16th of July, a wonderful group of NOT NORMAL people came to visit this MIRACLE PLACE.  Rev. J. P. Cima…

DOUG AND KATHY HOLTZEN FROM DAVENPORT, NEBRASKA VISIT FOR THE FIRST TIME!

July 15th, 2019 was a very, very, very special day, because it was a time when we could welcome our dear friends Doug and Kathy Holtzen from Davenport, Nebraska here to Mission Central for the very first time. What a JOY and blessing to have them stop for a quick tour. These are such dear and special friends and the…

SPECIAL NOT NORMAL PEOPLE FROM AUBURN & FALLS CITY, NEBRASKA VISIT!

What a JOY to welcome some very, very, very NOT NORMAL people who wanted to come on a Monday here to this Miracle Place.  Yes, the Lord arranged “just the right time” to welcome some very special people, who had never been to Mission Central. Eric and Loley Bohling from Auburn, Nebraska had not seen our new Creation Theater and…

ANNUAL VOLUNTEER MEETING FOR 2019 AT MISSION CENTRAL DRAWS HUGE CROWD!

It was that SPECIAL time of the year when we have our Annual Volunteer Meeting to report to our volunteer staff of just what part they played in helping to send missionaries around the world.  Yes, each of our Volunteers are members of the “BODY OF CHRIST”…and they all play such an important part!  Our meeting for 2019 was scheduled…

WILDAUER FAMILY COMES TO VISIT MISSION CENTRAL!

    What a blessing to welcome Rev. Micah Wildauer and his dear family to Mission Central on July 13th, 2019!  It was truly a special Saturday afternoon, and it was the time of our Annual Volunteer Meeting for all of our Staff Volunteers to be present. We had the privilege of having six pastors present and these pastor’s each…

IMMANUEL Lutheran FROM TILDEN, NEBRASKA ARRIVES AT MISSION CENTRAL!

What a JOY and blessing to welcome on July 11th, 2019, the youth and adults from Immanuel Lutheran at Tilden, Nebraska for a tour of the museums here at the Lord’s Mission Central. It was an absolute JOY to have these young missionaries come and visit, and the adults that had never been to Mission Central before!  They enjoyed the…

TEXAS GROUP SENDS PHILLIPS AND IRWIN!

What a JOY to welcome the adults and students from St. John Lutheran Church at Cypress, Texas, as their bus rolled into the world famous Mission Central parking lot.  Yes, it was a long trip, but the folks won’t forget their stop at this MIRACLE PLACE! We were so blessed to have Missionaries Kate Phillips and Chelsea Irwin here as…

TWO NEW MISSIONARIES COME FOR TRAINING & INSTRUCTION!

July 9th, 2019 was a very special day here at the Lord’s Mission Central!  Yes, we were able to welcome two of our newest Missionaries, that God has called to HIS mission fields around the world. Kate Phillips will be going to the Dominican Republic and Chelsea Irwin will be going to the Czech Republic to share the message of…

AMAZING “NOT NORMAL” COMPUTER EXPERT INSTALLS NEW EQUIPMENT!

  AMAZING “NOT NORMAL” COMPUTER EXPERT INSTALLS NEW EQUIPMENT! How does a “NOT NORMAL” Computer Technician spend his 4th of July day celebrating?  Like any truly “NOT NORMAL” missionary, he spends his entire 4th of July from 7:30AM with no breaks until very late afternoon at the World Famous Mission Central! Yes, that’s exactly what Missionary Computer Expert Dr. Ron…

TWO NEW MISSIONARIES COME TO MISSION CENTRAL

It was one of those MOST busy days at the World Famous Mission Central!  Yes, it was a time for training, instruction, assistance in Power-Point Presentation, and the “Dos and Don’ts” of Presentations for these two new Missionary Families. Yes, we welcomed our new missionaries, Kipp and Tami Beaudoin who are going to the Ukraine to teach…these are the first…

FRIENDS FROM YORK, NEBRASKA COME TO VISIT!

  FRIENDS FROM YORK, NEBRASKA COME TO VISIT! It was a very special day on June 29th, 2019, when our dear, dear friends from York, Nebraska took time to come and visit Mission Central. Yes, it was 24 years ago that Gary met Arnie Otten at Deshler, Nebraska where he was in the banking business.  Our friendship has always remained,…

AMAZING “NOT NORMAL PASTOR AND WIFE” FROM STEVENS POINT, WISCONSIN VISIT!

  AMAZING “NOT NORMAL PASTOR & WIFE” FROM STEVENS POINT, WISCONSIN VISIT! What a JOY and blessing to welcome long, long, long time friends that the Lord sent to HIS Mission Central on Saturday morning the 29th of June! Yes, all the way from Stevens Point, Wisconsin, the Honorable Missionaries Rev. Steve Hulke and his wife Olivia came to spend…

MISSIONARIES VISIT FROM HONG KONG AND MACAU!

  MISSIONARIES VISIT FROM HONG KONG AND MACAU! On Friday the 28th of June, 2019, we were blessed to have the veteran missionaries, David and Barbara Bush from Hong Kong and Macau come and visit Mission Central. David works with the Deaf Ministry of the Hong Kong Synod and also travels to Macau and works with Pastor Michael Wu, who…

READY FOR BAPTISMS AT THE CHAPEL AT MISSION CENTRAL!

READY FOR BAPTISMS AT THE CHAPEL AT MISSION CENTRAL!   Your Mission Central is a real place of MIRACLES each day!  Yes, on Thursday the 27th of June, we had THREE (3) GIANT MIRACLES happen!  We had two absolutely amazing gifts come in from dear, dear long time friends of over 30 years!  These gifts were NOT expected, but God…

MISSIONARY STEPHANIE WILDE VISITS MISSION CENTRAL!

  MISSIONARY STEPHANIE WILDE VISITS MISSION CENTRAL! June 25th, 2019 was indeed a very, very special day!  The new missionary, Stephanie Wilde drove all the way from Parkers Prairie, Minnesota to be here at the Lord’s Mission Central!  Stephanie has been called to work in Puerto Rico to share the message of Jesus with people who have never heard of…

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL FROM NEBRASKA COMES TO MISSION CENTRAL!

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL FROM NEBRASKA COMES TO MISSION CENTRAL! It was a beautiful day at the Lord’s Mission Central and what a blessing to welcome a Vacation Bible School group from the Wakefield, Nebraska area, which was directed by Missionary Pastor Willie Bertrand! The group arrived here at Mission Central and what joy to welcome the adults and students to…

AMAZING NOT NORMAL BOEHLKE FAMILY COMES TO MISSION CENTRAL

What an honor and PRIVILEGE to welcome the Associate Executive Director of the LCMS Office of International Missions, the Honorable Missionary Christian Boehlke and his dear family to the World Famous Mission Central.  This family came all the way from our National Headquarters in St. Louis to the WORLD FAMOUS Mission Central to spend the entire day here! A huge crowd came…

MEMBERS OF GOOD SHEPHERD OF LINCOLN COME TO MISSION CENTRAL

It was such a blessing to welcome the members of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church of Lincoln, Nebraska and their family that came to see the World Famous Mission Central. This group was headed by the Honorable Missionary Granny Green, who is a member of that church.  She served so faithfully in the Philippines a number of years ago and welcomed…

SPECIAL MISSIONARIES FROM KANSAS COME TO MISSION CENTRAL!

What a blessing to welcome Neil Wieland and his special group that came all the way from Kansas to come and visit the world famous MISSION CENTRAL. Yes, it was such a JOY that NOT NORMAL people from Kansas were willing to come and start so, so early to be here at the World Famous MISSION CENTRAL AT 10:35AM…to be…

AMAZING “NOT NORMAL” GROUP COMES FROM AUSTIN & BROWNSDALE, MINNESOTA

What a blessing to welcome NOT NORMAL folks from St. John and Holy Cross Lutheran Churches from Austin, Minnesota and also folks from Our Savior Lutheran at Brownsdale, Minnesota to the world famous Mission Central on June 22nd, 2019!!! Yes, an entire bus load came to see this MIRACLE PLACE, and spent the entire day here and what a JOY! …

AMAZING, WONDERFUL NEW ARTIFACTS FROM AFRICA ARRIVE AT MISSION CENTRAL!!!

At just the right time, the Lord blesses us here at HIS Mission Central.  Sometime ago, Old Missionary Gary received a special e-mail from Veteran Missionaries, Rev. Paul and Joy Mueller.  In the e-mail a wonderful question was presented….”Would you be interested in our artifacts from when we served the Lord Jesus in Africa?”  What a real JOY to say,…

GUESTS FROM PIERCE, NEBRASKA VISIT Mission Central

Special long time Christian Friends are a special blessing and what a JOY to welcome Reuben Riedel and Dee for a wonderful visit to Mission Central on Wednesday the 19th of June for the afternoon visit. Reuben Riedel and old Missionary Gary have been friends for many, many years, and Reuben lives in Pierce, Nebraska and so does his friend…

AMAZING NOT NORMAL FOLKS FROM IOWA AND NEBRASKA VISIT ON June 17, 2019

Yes, it was on a MONDAY…!!!  Now, who in the world could adjust their schedules to bring a full busload of folks, which included a large group of youth and adults to come during the day on a Monday.  The answer is so simple…PEOPLE WHO ARE TRULY “NOT NORMAL”.  This bus load of folks came from Ascension Lutheran Church in…

REV. NATHAN HENSCHEN & GROUP FROM BANCROFT, Nebraska come to Mission Central

  On Saturday morning the 15th of June, we were so happy to welcome Pastor Nathan Henschen and members of his congregation there at St. Paul Lutheran at Bancroft, Nebraska.  This group had never been to Mission Central, and this was the only time that would work for this group. They arrived at 10:00AM and were able to see the…

SPECIAL AWARD FOR 102 YEAR OLD MISSIONARY!

What a special day!  It was one of those days that one will NEVER, NEVER forget.  Here at Mission Central we have the honor and privilege of working with some of the MOST NOT NORMAL PEOPLE! At the head of that group is Dr. Margaret Walker of Boone, Iowa.  Yes, on June 8th, 2019, what a privilege it was to…

The AMAZING BOGGS FAMILY BRING THEIR ENTIRE FAMILY!

  Mrs. & Mrs. Tom Boggs from the Neligh, Nebraska area had NO IDEA when they got married the kind of blessing that they would have in the Lord blessing them with 3 NOT NORMAL SONS!  Yes, the Boggs families from Tilden, Seward areas of Nebraska are special people.  Old Missionary Gary knew this family for years, and for them…

Two new missionaries come to Mission Central

What a JOY and blessing to welcome our two new missionaries that are going to the Dominican Republic and to Germany!  Yes, on June 10th, both Cortney Zalmanoff, who is scheduled to leave for the Dominican Republic, where she will be telling people about Jesus, and also, Rev. Steve Braun, who will be working with the thousands of refugees and…

Not Normal couple from Salt Lake City stop in at Mission Central

Old missionary Gary was working late in the office again and was supposed to be at the Lord’s Mission Central, when he looked out and there late in the evening two people were walking on the grounds of Mission Central. The folks were the Not Normal couple that God sent to visit late in the evening, and there were the…

Group from Zion Lutheran in Denison visits Mission Central

  Sunday afternoon on the 9th of June, a group came with Zion Lutheran’s DCE and his wife to visit Mission Central for a tour on Sunday afternoon at 3:30PM. This was a special group, and they enjoyed the tour of the chapel, offices, the Creation Theater and the Barn Museum. Here you see this group of NOT NORMAL people,…

Special guests from Germany and Sioux City come to Mission Central

June 6th, 2019 was a very, very special day for a number of reasons!  First was the fact that it was the very first time we had folks sit in our new 20 foot front padded pew in the Lord’s Creation Theater.  The second was the fact that we had special guests that came all the way from Germany to…

Galva, Iowa brings youth and adults to Mission Central

What a special blessing to welcome the students and adults from St. John Lutheran Church’s Vacation Bible School from Galva, Iowa to visit Mission Central at 9:30AM on June 4th, 2019!! This group was led by the Honorable Missionary Pastor Paul Egger. This wonderful group of young missionaries and adults all came to have a tour of the Lord’s Creation…

Special workers from St. Louis arrive at Mission Central

    May 22nd and 23rd, 2019 were special days, because the Lord sent us two wonderful helpers from the International Center in St. Louis, Missouri.  Dr. Chandra Thurman and Dr. Pam Hassler, are part of our Mission Central team and they came to help us install our new check scanning equipment, so that our missionaries could have their support…