The amazing Mahnken family visits Mission Central

 

In this journey we call “life”…God gives us special people to be our friends and to be our “encouragers”…and we sometime forget that special gift!

One of our dearest and special families that “keeps us going” here at the Lord’s Mission Central is the family of the Honorable Rev. Merle F. Mahnken, Senior Pastor of Immanuel Lutheran Church at Schleswig, Iowa.

The first time that Old Missionary Gary met Rev. Mahnken was 24 years ago when Rev. Mahnken was serving at Grace Lutheran Church at Wayne, Nebraska!  Upon meeting this man, we knew immediately he was NOT NORMAL!

What a blessing to see his two daughters, Hannah and Sarah grow up, with the help of the manager of all home activity, his dear wife Chris.  This family has been “part of our real family”…and on the 31st of December this family brought along a new member of their family.  Yes. Sarah, pictured on the right of the picture is now engaged to Stephen and he is pictured standing next to Sarah….in front of our Boss here at Mission Central.  What a JOY to have the privilege of meeting the newest member of this amazing family.

The reason we can go 250 miles an hour here at the Lord’s Mission Central is because of dear friends like THE MAHNKEN FAMILY.  We thank God for their friendship and love over all these years!