I was surprised to see an poster advertisement asking people to consider being an LCMS missionary in the last Reporter. I thought about it and the last time I remember LCMS asking people to be missionaries was when I was in college, so about 20 years ago. It seemed like after that they brought missionaries home, didn't send more out often.
A Looper that I never met but I feel like I know her because I communicated with her so often is now in Papua New Guinea with her husband who is a pastor. Yesterday another Looper announced that her husband accepted a Call to be a missionary, probably in Southern Asia. She is one that I do know, I have met her and our kids have played together at a conference and I sent her cloth diapers/maternity/baby items when we were done with them.
It's both exciting that Loopers have been Called to be missionaries and sad that we won't see them at conferences and other LCMS events in the near future. It's exciting that we know someone to send our dollars to specifically and sad that they live so far away. I am so thankful that LCMS has their finances in control enough to send missionaries again. I know that all Loopers will have extra prayers for our Loopers that are now missionaries because we can pray for them by name.