Mr. Gary Thies, Pastor Brent Smith, and Jesus

Mission Central in Mapleton, Iowa, was dedicated in a service held on a Saturday afternoon in August of 2003. Gary Thies thanked the countless volunteers who gave time, talents, and treasures to renovate and repair the house, barn, and ministry center on the property now known as “Mission Central,”

You can’t miss the large lit sign in the driveway and the Wayside Chapel as you drive East just two miles outside of Mapleton, Iowa. With the blessing of the area LCMS Districts such as Nebraska, Iowa West, Kansas, South Dakota and many more, much has happened to further the Lord’s mission.

The Lord has provided this place for missionaries to stay when on home service, offices where some of the 98 volunteers work to support their missionaries, facilities for mission events and worship space for more than 300. A new addition in 2017 includes a creation theater.

Mission Central is the largest mission supporting agency as a part of LCMS World Mission global Gospel outreach. It has been blessed by God to be the conduit helping to raise millions of dollars every year to send and keep missionaries in the mission field.

Since 2003, Mission Central has had thousands of visits from LCMS missionaries and their families and tens of thousands of people from hundreds of congregations visit to tour, pray for and send these missionaries all over the world.

God has indeed blessed this place to be a mission center, focusing on telling others about Jesus!