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MISSIONARIES RETURN AFTER 11 YEARS!

What a blessing to welcome Jerry and Karen Markin back to the world-famous Mission Central after being gone for 11 years!  Yes, that’s what happened on July 8th, 2021! Jerry and Karen served in Asia for 3 years and traveling through Iowa they stopped and had their picture taken with our Boss here at Mission Central! Some of you may…

SPECIAL FAMILIES COME FROM ARIZONA, OREGON, IOWA AND NEBRASKA!

It was quite a day on July 7th, 2021, when we were able to welcome the Osborn Family and the Wellman Family for a tour of the facilities here at the Lord’s Mission Central. It’s absolutely AMAZING to see how far people are coming to visit this MIRACLE PLACE and have a tour of what the Lord has done here…

ANNUAL MEETING FOR MISSION CENTRAL VOLUNTEERS HELP ON JULY 3RD, 2021!

What a blessing to have our ANNUAL VOLUNTEER MEETING at the World-Famous Mission Central on July 3rd, 2021.  Nearly 100 people came and enjoyed a report of the mission action here at Mission Central during the Fiscal Year July 1st, 2020 to June 30th, 2021.  Our dear volunteers have every right and need to know how the Lord is using…

CHEF HENRICKSON AND CINDY ARRIVE FOR ANNUAL MEETING!

The Annual Volunteer Meeting at Mission Central was held on July 3rd, 2021.  Nearly 100 people attended and a special meal had to be provided for the Volunteers for this event. This year the Honorable Missionaries Jim and Cindy Hendrickson were willing to provide the preparation of the meal.  Jim and Cindy have had so much experience in cooking and…

DEAR FRIENDS WHO ARE NOT NORMAL CAME FROM BELLEVUE, NEBRASKA!

DEAR FRIENDS WHO ARE NOT NORMAL CAME FROM BELLEVUE, NEBRASKA! What would move people who have spent 20 years in the Air Force, who live in Bellevue, Nebraska to drive to Mission Central on a Friday afternoon to a Place in the Middle of Nowhere in the hills of Western Iowa?  Why would they come to spend several hours in…

SPECIAL TEACHERS COME TO MISSION CENTRAL!

SPECIAL TEACHERS COME TO MISSION CENTRAL! Monday the 28th of June was such a special day.  Our friends came to report on their teaching work in Asia.  Yes, Rev. Paul Nelson and his family came to give a report. We were so happy to have a wonderful group of folks from Storm Lake, Iowa and Omaha, Nebraska to have a…

ANOTHER SPECIAL BLESSING FOR THE LORD’S MISSION CENTRAL!

With the absolute help, love and blessing from the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League for the last 28 years, the MIRACLES at the Lord’s Mission Central could NOT HAVE HAPPENED. What a JOY and honor to be able to report to the LWML at their convention at Lexington, Kentucky on June 26th, 2021, and be able to provide two presentations!  What…

NOT NORMAL FAMILY MEMBERS ARRIVE FROM AMES, IOWA!

I knew the minute I talked to these dear friends, that they were NOT NORMAL and were truly “part of my real family”…  Jesus truly lived in their hearts and that they REALLY GOT IT! Bob and Janice Anderson from Ames, Iowa made a special trip to this place in the hills of Western Iowa!  They wanted to see what…

A MIRACLE AT CALVARY LUTHERAN – SIOUX CITY, IOWA!

One of the words and fraises that Old Missionary Gary just DOES NOT LIKE TO HEAR IS:  “BOY, YOU SURE ARE LUCKY”!!!  Here at the Lord’s Mission Central we NEVER use the words luck or coincidence!!!!! If the Lord knows the number of hairs on our head and when a little sparrow falls to the ground….HE KNOWS EVERYTHING AND ALWAYS…

GRANDPA RUSSELL WESTPHALEN BRINGS FAMILY TO MISSION CENTRAL!

As parents and grandparents, we are to set the example for our children and grandchildren!  On June 19th, 2021 that is just what Grandpa Russ Westphalen from Kiron, Iowa was able to do! Yes, Russ wanted all of his children and grandchildren to see what the Lord can do with an old set of farm buildings in the hills of…

AMAZING “NOT NORMAL FAMILY” COMES TO VISIT FROM INDIANOLA, IOWA!

As old Missionary Gary travels around the country, he has the privilege of meeting some of the most NOT NORMAL people that live in this great country of ours!  People who really have Jesus in their hearts! When speaking down at Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church at Indianola, Iowa Gary met the Jeret and Caroline Koenig family and their 4 boys! …

MISSIONARIES, THE PAUL FAMILY AND FRITSCHE FAMILY SENT FROM MISSION CENTRAL!

On June 19th, 2021, we had a real “double header” program here at the Lord’s Mission Central.  Yes, what a JOY to welcome not one but two of our wonderful career missionary families! Rev. Michael and Irene Paul from Taiwan and also Rev. Joel Fritsche and his family from the Dominican Republic.  We had a wonderful crowd for the day…

FORMER MISSIONARY FAMILY COMES TO VISIT MISSION CENTRAL!

Wednesday the 16th of June was truly a special day!  Here at Mission Central we welcomed the Missionary Family of  Ben Vanderhyde, who completed his vicarage serving in the island off the tip of India, Sri Lanka.  The Vanderhyde family was welcomed by their seminary classmate’s family Mrs. Alex Sloter and her dear children. It was indeed a special day,…

ANOTHER REAL MIRACLE AT MISSION CENTRAL, WITH ADDITION OF OUR NEWEST AND MOST EXPERIENCED STAFF VOLUNTEER!

Well, REAL MIRACLES keep right on happening at the Lord’s Mission Central!  Yes, I couldn’t believe it when we received permission and authorization to welcome the Honorable Rev. Dr. Dale Meyer, as our newest Volunteer Staff person at Mission Central!!! Yes, the “World-Famous” Dr. Dale Meyer will be our Volunteer Staff person and his title will be:  EXECUTIVE VOLUNTEER WRITER,…

NOT NORMAL MISSIONARY COMES TO VISIT MISSION CENTRAL

Over the years we have the privilege and honor to meet some of the most NOT NORMAL MISSIONARIES!   Yes, people that “really, really” get it! On Thursday the 10th of June we had ONE OF THE MOST AMAZING Missionaries come to spend the night on June 9th and then present on Thursday the 10th at 10:00AM.  The Lord allowed us…

SPECIAL MEMORIAL FOR MOM!

It was one of those REAL MIRACLE days here at the Lord’s Mission Central.  While working in his office all alone old Missionary Gary heard a knock on the door at the Lord’s Mission Central! Our long, long time friends Dennis Meseck and his dear daughter Heather Riessen “just happened to stop by”…and what a blessing to visit with them…

HOW CAN WE FEED SO MANY PEOPLE AT MISSION CENTRAL?

HOW CAN WE FEED SO MANY PEOPLE AT MISSION CENTRAL? The answer to that question is so, so, so simple and that is to just pray that the Lord will send special people to help with the cooking of meals at HIS Mission Central, and the Lord answers and sends special NOT NORMAL people who want to help. In these…

GRANDPA’S CAN HAVE A BIG IMPACT ON THEIR GRANDCHILDREN!

This grandpa from Davenport, Nebraska felt it was VERY important for his grandchildren to see the World-Famous Mission Central!  He want his grandchildren to know that God can even use an old set of farm building in the hills of Western Iowa to tell so many about our dear Jesus. Here you see that grandpa with one of his grandchildren,…

JUNE 1ST, 2021 STARTS WITH A “BANG” AND LARGE GROUP TOUR!

Just this morning I heard from some dear friends that said, “Our church hasn’t opened up yet, because of this virus”.  It is amazing how many groups and organizations have NOT YET OPENED UP! What a JOY here at the Lord’s Mission Central to be able to welcome more and more people here for tours and special times together!  Just…

SPECIAL FRIENDS FROM AURELIA, IOWA ARRIVE AT MISSION CENTRAL!

SPECIAL FRIENDS FROM AURELIA, IOWA ARRIVE AT MISSION CENTRAL! Here at the Lord’s Mission Central, we are working 24/7, and it seems like every single day we have groups, families, busloads, and visitors from all over the world!  Few people realize the HUGE amount of people that visit this MIRACLE PLACE! However, over the years the Lord sends HIS special…

REV. TYLER McMILLER AND FAMILY ARE OFFICIALLY SENT FROM MISSION CENTRAL

REV. TYLER McMILLER AND FAMILY ARE OFFICIALLY SENT FROM MISSION CENTRAL What a JOY and blessing to have the privilege of praying for and sending the Rev. Tyler McMiller Family to their new assignment in Italy on May 24th, 2021. A wonderful gathering of special NOT NORMAL people came to Mission Central from Texas, York, Nebraska, Glenwood, Iowa and Aurela,…

SPECIAL MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR MISSIONARY LEE UMLAND

The family of Lee Umland of Sioux City wanted to have a special memorial service at Mission Central. Lee was one of our most faithful Volunteer Missionaries. Lee was called home on November 16th, 2018, and the entire family gathered at Mission Central on May 21st, 2021. The Umland Family owns the Ace Sign Company and have donated so many…

CLEANING DAY AT MISSION CENTRAL…WHAT A JOY!

Many people ask us here at the Lord’s Mission Central…how do you folks keep everything clean in the Barn Museum?  Well, the answer is the Lord sends us special people to help clean at “just the right time”. On May 18th, 2021 we had a wonderful group of people that came to “pitch right in” and boy did they ever! …

AMAZING ASCENSION SERVICE AT MISSION CENTRAL ON MAY 13TH, 2021! 

YES, It was one of those special times and what a JOY to have some under a thousand people come to Mission Central on the Lord’s celebration of HIS ascension on May 13th, 2021! A meal was served at 5:00PM in the ministry center, and then at 6:30PM a wonderful worship service was held. Helping to serve the meal and…

Resurrection Spot for Old Missionary Gary at the World Famous Mission Central! 

For all believers in the Lord Jesus Christ, we do NOT have “final resting places”…or “grave sites”….NO, NO…we have a RESURRECTION SPOTS!  That grave will not hold us, because Jesus said, “Because I live you too shall live”.  That’s what Easter is all about, and we have that promise from our dear Savior Jesus. Old Missionary Gary will be buried…

96 YEARS OF SERVING JESUS AS A SPECIAL MISSIONARY

What a JOY and blessing to have had the privilege of knowing and working with Missionary Art Joens from Manilla, Iowa. It was truly one of those VERY, VERY SPECIAL DAYS, When old Missionary Gary was able to stop at the farm home of Art and Peg Joens of Manilla, Iowa on the 11th of May to wish Art Joens…

YOUNG MISSIONARIES FROM CHARTER OAK AND SCHLESWIG, IOWA VISIT MISSION CENTRAL

Wednesday the 5th of May we were able to welcome a group of young people from Immanuel Lutheran Church in Schleswig, Iowa and St. John Lutheran Church from Charter Oak, Iowa. Rev. Kurt Kaiser, Rev. Richard Merrill and Rev. Merle Mahnken all accompanied these young people and they enjoyed their tour of the Creation Theater and the Barn Museum. Here…

MORE AND MORE GROUPS COMING TO MISSION CENTRAL..LIKE STUDENTS FROM YORK, NEBRASKA!

Yes, yes more and more Groups, Busloads, Tour Groups, Families, and many Church Groups are planning trips to the World-Famous Mission Central.  We are amazed at the numbers of groups that are coming for a “Mission Tour”! As the virus restrictions are being lifted, we are seeing so many happy groups that are coming to this MIRACLE PLACE! On Tuesday…

CONTRACTOR FOR THE CHAPEL COMES TO VISIT!

On April 27th, 2021 we had 3 special guests come and visit.  Yes, the contractor and foreman of the crew that built our little wayside prayer chapel, the Honorable Missionary Dr. Keith Lambert and his wife Shirley came all the way from Rock Rapids, Iowa to visit. They wanted Shirley’s sister, Eileen from Moorhead, Minnesota to come and see this…

MISSIONARY REV. NEIL WEHMAS BRINGS CONFIRMANDS TO MISSION CENTRAL!

It’s always such a blessing to welcome Confirmation Students to the Lord’s Mission Central, as they are preparing for lifetime membership in the Lord’s Church! On Wednesday evening the 21st of April, Rev. Neil Wehmas from St. Paul Lutheran Church in Ida Grove, Iowa brought his 7th grade confirmation class to visit Mission Central and be able to pray in…

NOT ONE, BUT TWO MISSIONARIES COME FROM LATIN AMERICA ON APRIL 23RD, 2021!

It was one of those very, very, very special days on Friday the 23rd of April.  What a JOY to welcome our missionaries, Johanna Heidorn and Ashley Lehr our special missionaries from Latin America to spend a day at the World-Famous Mission Central! It was especially exciting because our guests for the day were all of the senior students from…

THE KRIKAVA FAMILY ARRIVES FROM MINNESOTA FOR SPECIAL VISIT AT MISSION CENTRAL!

Tuesday the 20th of April was a very, very special day.  Special Missionary Friends from Minnesota arrived at the Lord’s Mission Central!  It was a day we will long, long remember! Rev. James Krikava and his dear wife, Peggy drove here all the way from Northern Minnesota.  Pastor Krikava is the Regional Director for all of our Missionaries in Eurasia,…

REV. MICHAEL BODKINS DELIVERS SPECIAL GIFT!

I’ve heard of a mail man, a delivery man, a delivery service, but never a “Meat Delivery Man”.  Yes, on Wednesday morning our good, good friend and co-worker for Jesus, the Honorable Missionary Rev. Michael Bodkins, Senior Pastor of the churches at Audobon and Wiota, Iowa stopped at Mission Central with a special gift.  Yes, he was the Meat Delivery…

CONFIRMATION STUDENTS COME FROM FAITH LUTHERAN IN SIOUX FALLS, SOUTH DAKOTA!

April 17th, 2021 was a special time!  Yes, on this day, the confirmation students from Faith Lutheran Church at Sioux Falls, South Dakota made the trip to the Lord’s Mission Central to spend the day. This group of young people were able to see the Wayside Prayer Chapel, where their tour began, and also, the Offices, and the Ministry Central,…

AMAZING PREUS FAMILY ARRIVES AT MISSION CENTRAL!

What a blessing to welcome Rev. David Preus and his dear family to the Lord’s Mission Central on April 17th, 2021. This Missionary Family came all the way from the Dominican Republic to report to a group of folks from all over from Ogden, Iowa, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Rapid City, South Dakota, Ida Grove, Iowa, Latimer, Iowa, Hampton, Iowa…

SIOUX CITY CONGREGATIONS ENJOY THE LORD’S CREATION THEATER!

People are absolutely SHOCKED AND AMAZED when they come to visit Mission Central!  Especially, when they see the Lord’s creation theater.  On April 10th, 2021 TWO groups from two different congregations came to see the LORD’S CREATION THEATER.  The majority of the people had not been to Mission Central, nor had they seen the Creation Theater or Barn Museum. Here…