Not Normal News

Not Normal friends come from Randolph, Nebraska

  The Lord has every single day and hour planned in our lives!  Sometimes we forget that.  That is what happened on August the 21st, 2018.  Yes, as Old Missionary Gary was walking around the grounds of the Lord’s Mission Central, a very strange pickup pulled up and two NOT NORMAL people walked over to pray in the little wayside…

Friends from Omaha and Council Bluffs come to Mission Central

It was a wonderful Sunday afternoon on August 19th, 2018, when the Lord sent members from Faith Lutheran Church in Council Bluffs, Iowa and special friends from Omaha. Yes, Pastor Ron Rosenkaimer and his dear wife Maureen and their son and members of their congregation came from Council Bluffs, and also our dear friends Bart and Maggie came from Omaha….

Rev. Michael Schempf and Karen come to Mission Central

Monday the 13th of August was indeed a special day…in that we had the honor and privilege of welcoming our newest missionaries that have been CALLED to serve the Lord Jesus in Uganda East Africa. Rev. Michael and Karen Schempf will be serving the Lord Jesus in the Seminary there in Uganda, and will be “teaching and equipping the saints”…

Lutheran High Northeast comes to Mission Central

Yes, August 13th was indeed a special day here at Mission Central.  We were able to welcome 20 of the Senior High Students here from Lutheran High Northeast at Norfolk, Nebraska.  These students and their teachers were here for the day, and you see their picture that was taken in front of our sign here at Mission Central. This group…

Cookie ladies come to Mission Central

What a blessing to receive a gift of 600 cookies that were baked by the Cookie Ladies of St. Paul Lutheran in Ireton, Iowa. Yes, here you see Missionary Cookie Ladies, Marlene and Mary from Ireton, Iowa who brought the cookies to Mission Central on August 13th, 2018.  They are presenting some of the cookies to Rev. Brent Smith here…

Special friends from Elkhorn and Hooper come to Mission Central

  For a group to come on a Sunday afternoon, when they could be resting or taking a nap, you just gotta know that these folks are truly NOT NORMAL! What a blessing to welcome members of Lord of Life Lutheran Church from Elkhorn, Nebraska and special friends from Hooper, Nebraska….yes, it was indeed a very, very special afternoon at…

Four missionaries report at Mission Central

Do you want to see a picture of a group of amazing NOT NORMAL people?  Well take a look at these following two pictures! Yes, on August 11th, 2018, we were so blessed to have four of our dear Veteran Missionaries come to report in person to a huge, huge, huge Crowd of people at this MIRACLE PLACE! Rev. Eric…

Dr. Carl Petersen provides ribs for Mission Central

Wow, you can’t imagine the JOY in our hearts when we were able to see a real MIRACLE unfold in that the world famous chef and super star rib preparer, the Honorable Missionary Chef Dr. Carl Petersen from South Sioux City, Nebraska came and made the entire meal here at Mission Central for over a hundred NOT NORMAL people on August…

Young missionaries come from York, Nebraska

A NORMAL young couple with 3 little children just couldn’t take a Thursday and drive to a place in the middle of nowhere in the hills of Western Iowa….to an old set of farm buildings….that just doesn’t happen with Normal people! HOWEVER, we have found that the Lord CALLS NOT NORMAL people to HIS Mission Central at “just the right…

Couple from Tecumseh visits Mission Central on motorcycle

It was about 24 years ago that Old Missionary Gary had the privilege and honor of meeting Missionaries Fred and Petey Pooch from Tecumseh, Nebraska!  He knew then as he knows now, that this family was truly NOT NORMAL!  Fred and Petey had a full, full understanding that we must send missionaries to the lands of darkness, where they didn’t know our…

Missionary Rev. Arthur Rickman from Panama visits

  What a JOY and blessing to have Rev. Arthur Rickman, our new missionary going to Panama come and spend a couple of days here at the Lord’s Mission Central!  Yes, on August 3rd and 4th, Rev. Rickman came to report to a large crowd of people on August 4th, 2018. What a blessing to hear “first hand” what the…

Group from St. John in Newhall, Iowa comes to Mission Central

  It was “ONE OF THOSE SPECIAL DAYS” at the world famous Lord’s Mission Central.  God truly CALLS special people to come to this MIRACLE PLACE!  On August 4th, 2018, it was one of those days that we will never, never, never forget. About 20 years ago, Rev. Steve Rempfer, a truly NOT NORMAL pastor allowed an unschooled, uneducated layman…

Group from Holy Savior in Lincoln, Nebraska comes to Mission Central

  What a blessing to welcome the members of Holy Savior Lutheran Church from Lincoln, Nebraska to the Lord’s Mission Central!  Yes, on August 4th, 2018, what a blessing to welcome the members of this wonderful congregation for a day Mission Tour. This group arrived in the morning and had the privilege of experiencing the Lord’s Creation Theater, and the…

Not Normal family comes from Des Moines

  The only kind of people that come to the Lord’s Mission Central are NOT NORMAL PEOPLE!  How many times have you heard that???  Yes, what a blessing that the Lord sends special families that don’t care how far they drive….they just want to come and hear about Jesus and HIS mission! About 20 years ago old Missionary Gary had…

People from several Iowa towns come to Mission Central

It was a Wednesday…the middle of the week…on August 1st, 2018…YES, and it was an afternoon, and no overseas missionaries here…who would come?  Just special people who are truly NOT NORMAL would visit the Lord’s Mission Central on a day like this. This group came and what a JOY to have a special group like this….they so much enjoyed The Lord’s Creation Theater and…

Visitors from Denison, Storm Lake and Saginaw, Michigan

  It was another one of those busy, busy days at the Lord’s Mission Central, and we find that people come from all over for special tours and discussions here at this MIRACLE PLACE. On July 31st, we were so happy to welcome some special guests.  Yes, Rev. James Kruger from Saginaw, Michigan came to visit and brought along his…

Not Normal pastor and his family come to Mission Central

    It was one of those special days…a day we will long, long, long remember.  It was a Saturday on the 28th of July, 2018.  A day for making memories… From the very first time that Old Missionary Gary met Rev. Steve Schulz he could tell that this guy was truly NOT NORMAL…and when he met his wife Sue,…

A wedding gift for the Lord’s work

 Many NORMAL people think only of themselves, however, the Lord has special NOT NORMAL people that HE sends to HIS Mission Central.  When we met Garrett and Danica Zink we knew immediately that they were NOT NORMAL!  They were different from “people of this world”…because Jesus lived in their hearts.  This young couple were married here in our barn at Mission…

God sends special helper to work on adoption agreements

 The Lord seems to always “RAISE UP” the right people at just the right time.  We needed some volunteer help to assist in the updating and printing of our Official Adoption Agreements for all of the LCMS Missionaries that we support here at the Lord’s Mission Central. God sent Cindy Gray from Deloit, Iowa to fill that need and Cindy…

TWO SPECIAL GRANDMOTHER MISSIONARIES COME

It was an afternoon event for two special grandmothers that brought their grandchildren to Mission Central for an afternoon tour.  Yes, Grandmother Sharon and Grandmother Glenda brought their grandchildren to the Lord’s Mission Central for them to hear the story of the 6th day of Creation and also the story of “The word became flesh and dwelt among us”.  This…

Pastors from Illinois and Mississippi visit Mission Central

  July 23rd, 2018 was a very, very busy day with tour groups in the morning, afternoon and evening! We are so blessed to have pastors come from all over the United States to witness the MIRACLES of what God has done here at HIS Mission Central! In the tour groups of this Monday, we had Rev. Eric Wood and…

The Trinklein missionary family from Korea visits

TRINKLEIN FAMILY FROM KOREA PRESENT AT MISSION CENTRAL: Our long, long time friends the Rev. Hans Trinklein family from Korea came to present at Mission Central on July 21st, 2018.  Yes, the former Pastor of Zion Lutheran Church at Pierce, Nebraska came with his family and what a great program they produced.   A large group of people came and Pastor…

The Rabe missionary family visits from Ethiopia

  Rev. Mark Rabe and his dear wife Stephanie and their children came to Mission Central on July 21st, 2018 to share their story and how the Lord is using them to teach and equip the pastors, teachers, leaders and evangelists in the fastest growing area for Christianity in the entire world.  Pastor Rabe teaches in the seminary of the…

The Lawson missionary family visits from Russia

  On July 21st, 2018, we were so blessed to be able to have the Rev. Jerry Lawson and his dear family come to visit Mission Central and present their story, their pictures and the CALLING that they have for the Lord Jesus, as they will be living in St. Petersburg, Russia. Pastor Lawson will be teaching at the Ingrian…

Three missionary families come to Mission Central

  What a blessing to have what we call a “TRIPLE HEADER” here at the Lord’s Mission Central on July 21st, 2018.  Yes, we were so blessed to have Rev. Hans Trinklein and his family come from Seoul, Korea and the Rev. Jerry Lawson and his family come and report as they are heading to St. Petersburg, Russia, and Rev….

Holtzen family comes to Mission Central

  What a JOY and blessing to welcome the Marvin Holtzen Family all the way from Nebraska.   Yes, Marv Holtzen and his family came from Geneva and Davenport, Nebraska to visit Mission Central on July 19th, 2018, and what a JOY to welcome the family here.  Yes, Mar’s daughter, Joni, and her family came and the family had their picture…

David Martens and family visit Mission Central

  Yes, MIRACLES keep on happening in the world, but we just say “BOY YOU ARE LUCKY AND ISN’T THAT SOMETHING!” David and Karen Martens have experienced a REAL MIRACLE in their lifetime and in their family!  Yes, old Missionary Gary has had the privilege of knowing Dave and Karen for many, many, many years.  Dave was “struggling” with a…

Rev. Greg Shaffer and family comes to Mission Central

  What a blessing to welcome Rev. Shaffer and his entire family to Mission Central on July 19th, 2018.  Yes, all the way from St. Peter Lutheran Church at Davenport, Nebraska…this dear pastor and his entire family came to see what God can do in the middle of nowhere in the hills of western Iowa. Old Missionary Gary on June…

Amazing youth and adults come to Mission Central

  What a JOY to welcome some very, very, very NOT NORMAL people who came from all over the mid-west to spend their day on July 19th at the world famous Mission Central!!! Yes, here you see in THE LORD’S CREATION THEATER, some very, very not normal people. These three pictures exemplify the type of people that the Lord sends…

Mission Central welcomes Rev. John Fale and Rev. Bob Zagore

  On July 14th, 2018 at our Annual Volunteer Meeting at Mission Central we were so blessed to welcome two special guests. First, Rev. John Fale, with his picture taken with our Boss in the background was one of our featured speakers, and what a blessing have him announce that effective this fall he will be joining our Volunteer Staff…

Volunteer staff at Mission Central

  How in the world do you take a picture of about 100 people in front of a barn in the middle of nowhere in the hills of Western Iowa? The Lord can send a volunteer professional photographer from Ames, Iowa and he can come and get the job done!  That’s exactly what happened on July 14th, 2018 at Mission…

Andrew Schaff and Faith Lutheran from Holstein, Iowa come to Mission Central

    It was Sunday Afternoon on July the 15th….and the wonderful new congregation of the AALC from Holstein, Iowa, Faith Lutheran Church brought their adults and students from their VBS to present to Missionary Teacher, Andrew Schaff a special gift of love from their VBS offerings. Andrew Schaff and his wife Noel, have served the Lord Jesus at Concordia…

Approximately 100 people attend annual meeting at Mission Central

It was such a blessing and JOY to again provide a special meal and special meeting for the 103 Volunteer Staff members of the Lord’s Mission Central located in the hills of Western Iowa! July 14th, 2018 will be a day we will all long, long remember!  God brought together HIS SPECIAL NOT NORMAL VOLUNTEERS that so faithfully serve the…

Annual meeting brings together our wonderful typing staff!

  What a JOY and blessing to have the privilege of having a meeting with nearly all of our Volunteer Typists that God has CALLED to help with HIS work at Mission Central!  Some of the members of our Volunteer Typist group could not be here as a result of other appointments. However, on July 14th, 2018, what a JOY…

Jungemann children come to Mission Central

  What a blessing it was to have the entire family of the Jungemann Family here at Mission Central on July 14th, 2018 for our ANNUAL VOLUNTEER MEETING.  Yes, mom and dad Jungemann would be so dog-gone proud of their four children.  Yes, Wayne Jungemann, from Columbus, Nebraska and his 3 sisters all came to be a part of Mission Central’s…

Three not normal people from Atkins, Iowa come to Mission Central

  On the afternoon of July 12th, we were so blessed at Mission Central to have some very, very NOT NORMAL people come and visit the Lord’s Mission Central!  These were special friends from Atkins, Iowa, and what a blessing and encouragement to have them stop. Brian Voss came with his mom and dad, and Brian called and wanted to…

Two new missionary typists join the Mission Central staff

  God works in amazing ways and CALLS people at “just the right time” to help carry out HIS work for the HIS missionaries!  This past month Missionary Gary spoke at St. John Lutheran Church at Crete, Nebraska (Kramer)…and in this congregation a long time secretary was waiting!  Yes, Ellie Kock, was the secretary when about 20 years ago Old…

Nebraska District South LWML President visits Mission Central

  The Honorable President of the Nebraska District South LWML, Katie Gifford came to personally deliver their gift of love in the amount of $5,000.00 for the support of our newest Missionary going to teach at Concordia Middle School in Taiwan, Missionary Hannah Shull.  What a blessing it was to receive this gift of love at “just the right time”. God works…

Rev. Gifford and family visit Mission Central

  It was a special day when Rev. Dan Gifford and his family came to visit Mission Central.  Yes, the family from St. Paul Lutheran in Falls City, Nebraska and also Christ Lutheran from Falls City, Nebraska came to visit Mission Central and to have their picture taken in front of our Boss here at Missionary Gary’s Office. Pastor and…

102 Volunteers have a huge impact at Mission Central

Here at Mission Central we get to see MIRACLES on a regular basis, and so few realize the Lord’s hand of blessing on this remote location in the middle of nowhere! Yes, few realize the HUGE, HUGE IMPACT of how the Lord has called 102 Volunteers that have been willing to come and help with the work at this MIRACLE…

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…

Vanderhyde missionary family comes to Mission Central

Sri Lanka is an island off the coast of India, and it is indeed a dark, dark country.  Many do not know Jesus, and WE MUST SEND MISSIONARIES to bring them out of darkness to the light of our Savior, the Lord Jesus! God has issued a call to Vicar Ben Vanderhyde, his wife Grace and their little one year…