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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…

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…