Missionary Videos

Short Introduction Videos

Missionary to America Dominic Rivkin

Rev. Dominic Rivkin is the leader of Lutherans Inner City Networking Coalition in Los Angeles. He was one of the first to be trained by Concordia Seminary as a missionary, rather than a pastor. After graduation, he began several new missions, not one new church start. His latest ministry is finding potential missionaries in inner cities, women and men who on their own began an outreach to bring souls to Jesus, but who have need of a support system. Dominic and LINC come alongside of these missionaries to provide theological and practical training, as well as help them find support. LINC does no “own” these ministries, but partners with them to make them successful.

To view a brief video of a longer interview with Rev. Rivkin, click here.

To view the full video, click here.

Missionary to America Rev. Tony Boos

Missionary to America Rev. Tony Boos was born in the Philippines and came to America at an early age. While he was working in the airline business at Lambert Field in St. Louis, his pastor suggested to Jennifer, Tony’s wife, that Tony might consider entering seminary. Jennifer did not know that Tony already had been thinking along those lines. In seminary he heard Prof. Henry Rowald share a word from 1 kings 8:41-43, “41 “Likewise when a foreigner, who is not of your people Israel, comes from a distant land because of your name 42 —for they shall hear of your great name, your mighty hand, and your outstretched arm—when a foreigner comes and prays toward this house, 43 then hear in heaven your dwelling place, and do according to all that the foreigner calls to you, so that all the peoples of the earth may know your name and fear you, as do your people Israel, and so that they may know that your name has been invoked on this house that I have built.” Tony is an excellent soccer player, and this was known in his south St. Louis neighborhood. A short while after hearing God’s word through Solomon, several young Bosnians came to him to ask for help starting a soccer team. There are sixty thousand Bosnians in St. Louis, the great majority are Muslims. As a seminarian Tony began to form relationships within the Bosnian community, using soccer as a way to meet people and show them the love of Jesus. He played on a majority Bosnian soccer team, in a Mexican soccer league in St. Louis, Missouri, a long way from the Philippines. During the six years he lived and ministered in St. Louis, God allowed him to baptize twelve Bosnian immigrants. Today he is a missionary to Muslims, Hindus and Sikhs in Michigan.

To see a short introductory video to Rev. Boos’ ministry, click here.

To see the full fifteen minute interview, click here.

Missionary to America Carl Johnson

Rev. Carl Johnson looked for the “donut” in the downtown of St. Paul, Minneapolis – that area where there was no Christian church. Carl had traversed many challenges to be where he was – challenges that included poverty, jail time and addiction. Now the Lord would use Carl and his family for a holy purpose. His passion is to reach the poor, with the good news of God’s love,and with actions. As he began his mission, he realized that grocery stores in the “donut” of downtown St. Paul were also few and far between – causing the poor to pay more for food, food that was not only not the best price but not the best quality. He had an inspiration: why not develop a “portable” grocery store, one that could be brought to where there was the most need. Why not “a grocery store in a storage container? Christian architects and engineers he knew loved the idea. One person gave a large donation. Would this be a church in a grocery store, or, a grocery store in a church? In any event, the mission dispenses God’s Spirit in Word and Sacrament for the strengthening of body and soul. 

To see the preview of our video interview with Carl Johnson, click here.

To see the full 30 minute video interview, click here

Missionaries to America from POBLO

Two brothers share their challenges in becoming missionaries to America from Pakistan. Khurram and Farrukh were brought up in a wealthy family but the military revolt in Pakistan and religious extremist refugees fleeing the Russian invasion in Afghanistan made sharing Christianity dangerous. After earning engineering degrees the brothers and their families found work in Saudi Arabia. They could worship in small, private groups and home Bible studies – where they grew in their understanding of the complete, undeserved love of God. Understanding more and more the grace of God, they were impelled by the Holy Spirit to attend a seminary and become missionaries to South Asians. The story of how and where they found the support they needed is one of sacrifice and faith and miraculous guidance. Their journey brought them to work as missionaries in America.

To see the preview interview, click here.

To see the full video interview, click here.

Missionaries to America Perla and Nelson Rodriguez

Deaconess Perla and Rev. Nelson Rodriguez are missionaries in Houston among the poorest of the poor. A shelter for the homeless next door to their church supplies volunteers for the church run food pantry. Nelson, a chemical engineer, and Perla work outside the church to fund the mission. The congregation worships in a former Anglo church, the church and school where Perla grew up. When the neighborhood changed to predominantly Hispanic, the church became the base for outreach to immigrants and refugees. Six refugees from Communist Cuba were sheltered by the congregation, and because of the witness of the Nelsons and the caring Christian community, received holy baptism. What was it that caused these people with so many earthly resources choose to minister and worship in such an economically challenged neighborhood?

Click here to see the short introductory video

Missionary to America Vijay Guralla

Vijay Gurrala grew up as a Christian in India, to become a missionary in America. As a successful computer engineer, he began a monthly Saturday night meeting of Telugu speaking Asian Indians to sing Christian hymns in their native language; 30% of are new Christians. The church that grew out of these meetings worships over one hundred. Three Sundays a month the congregation worships in English; on the third Sunday, the day after the monthly Telugu meeting, the worship on Sunday is in Telugu. Home Bible studies have begun in other parts of the city, each having the potential to become new churches.

To view the short introductory video for Rev. Gurrala, click here.

To view the full 25 minute interview, click here.

Missionary to America Mark Junkans

Mark Junkans, the son of a pastor, left his faith behind to go surfing. One day he woke up and became a deft tool in the hand of a missionary God. The Lord shaped Mark into one of the most effective mission strategists in America. He had to cut his shoulder length hair and learn to play Spanish music on his guitar, live with a Mexican family and work in construction with Spanish speaking laborers to learn the language and the culture of immigrants in South Texas. His first attempt at church planting was a failure from which he learned the lessons of successful mission work among immigrants. Finally, a new mission agency came into being that is starting hundreds of self supporting missions among immigrants of many different cultures in America. Learn how God converted a prodigal son into a missionary, and the lessons he learned as a successful missionary to America.

To see a short introductory video, click here.

Missionary to America Jose Flores

Missionary Jose Flores was born in Argentina. His passion to serve was born in a small Christian community, a church that helped nurture Jose as a five year old, after his mother passed away. He wanted to show the same love to others. Time ministering with doctoral interns volunteering in a refugee camp in El Salvador strengthened this desire, as he cared for families of victims of that country’s civil war. He brought this same desire to help the helpless to Galveston, Texas – where he ministers to families whose children come from all over the world seeking medical treatment. But he goes one step further as he prepares these families to be missionaries when they return to their homes.

To see a one minute of this interview, click here.

To see the full version of this interview, click here.


Missionary to America Joann Adebisi

Joann Adebisi grew in the Muslim area of Nigeria. Her family was Muslim, but as a young adult she found peace in a Christian church. Political and religious persecution drove her, her husband and children to America – where she works as a missionary, sharing the love of God particularly with Muslims. But even in America she has been threatened. Because she converted from Islam she was told she could be killed. That has only given her courage to minister to more Muslims. Joann has a ministry among families and children, helping immigrants to find their way in their new country. She seems to be able to help children with behaviour problems find the peace they need in knowing Jesus’ love for them.

To see a short introductory video, click here.

To see the full interview, click here.

Missionary to America, Vue Lee

Rev. Lee, a Hmong refugee, was born in a refugee camp in Thailand; he came to the US as a young child. After his father passed away, the family lived on welfare. Lee worked several jobs to support his mother. He was married at sixteen. He worked for the telephone company, but after a series of setbacks he discovered the love of a Christian God reading Luther’s catechism. Challenged by his pastor to consider becoming a missionary, his wife heard a voice say, “Sell your business and follow your husband.” That sent them from California to St. Paul, Minn, to Concordia University. With two other Hmong students he began a Hmong church in the basement of the dormitory where they were living. The “church” outgrew the basement and worships as a part of King of Kings Lutheran, where Vue Lee serves as a their pastor.

To see a short introduction to Missionary Lee’s Video Interview, click here.

To see the full interview, click here.

Missionary to America Julie Aftab

Julie grew up as a Christian in Pakistan. Her family did not have the means to send her to a private Christian school. In the government school she attended she experienced prejudice to the extent she could not continue. She left school after the fifth grade to help support her family. She first helped her mother in her mother’s sewing business; later she found a job sweeping floors in a factory. When she was sixteen years old Julie began work at a telephone answering service. One day a middle age man noticed she was wearing a cross. He offered her incentives to change her religion. She refused. He left, but returned shortly after with a second man. “Let’s see if your Jesus can save you now,” he said. Then, he threw acid in her face. A caring Muslim women brought her to her home, then to a hospital. According to Julie, an angry crowd threatened to burn the hospital down if she were treated there. She was brought to another hospital. Finally, she was brought to the United States. As a dedicated Christian she has learned to forgive her attackers, and share the love of Jesus with Muslims in America. 

To see an introductory video clip, click here.

To see the full thirty minute video, click here.

 

Missionary to America William Utech
Dr. William Utech is the Mission Executive for the Minnesota South District of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod. Bill’s ministry is to empower congregations of his district for mission work – helping them look outside of themselves to see the opportunities God has gifted to churches in their communities, in America, and around the world. He shares significant insights and examples of how God is doing this in his District.
To see a short video interview with Dr. Utech, click here.
To see the fourteen minute, full video, click here.
Missionary to America Andrew Mezilus

Missionary to America Andrew Mezilus did not see his family for six years. Prevented from returning to Haiti, he spent the time working as a tailor, a bus driver, a nursing assistant, et al, to send money back to Haiti to support his family and the mission he had planted. He kept in contact by phone and the internet, loving his family and encouraging the mission he had begun. The mission eventually grew into five churches. Today the five churches minister to over fifteen hundred children.

To see a one minute piece of a longer interview, click here.

Missionary to America Bennego Kangar

Bennego Kangar grew up as an agnostic in the African country of Liberia. His mother’s prayers opened doors of faith for the young man. With excellent grades, his parents and school advisors encouraged him to become a physician, but the young man felt pulled to the calling to be a missionary. It was a choice between becoming rich, or, leading a life of sacrifice in service of his Lord.
Bennego’s passion is to mentor other leaders for mission work. After serving in successful ministries, he chose to a “tent maker” role, in order to make a larger impact on mission work. For nine months out of the year he and his six sons operate “Ben’s Ben and Sons Upholstery,” the financial base for his real work the other three months: “Liberty International Development.” With his base in Minnesota, and continuing support from his church, The Alley, Bennego travels to Vietnam, Thailand, Brazil, Malawi, Liberia and other nations to train local people as missionaries. His twin focus is helping potential missionaries understand the gospel of God’s grace, His underserved love, and, teaching the missionaries and local supporters what they need to do to develop ministries that are self supporting.
The young man who had turned his back on Christ, changed by the prayers of his mother, now turns hearts to Jesus.

To see a 3 minute clip from the 23 minute video interview, click here.

Missionary to America Nader Alaraj

Nader Alaraj was a child when his family was forced to leave their home in Palestine. They left behind a house and farm that is now occupied by Israeli settlers. Nader’s family has been Christian as far back as anyone knows, and Nader takes his faith seriously – so seriously that he has become a Missionary to America. In the St Paul-Minneapolis area where he lives, one estimate says that a third of the population is composed of immigrants and refugees – people from Laos and Cambodia, South America, the Ukraine and Russia, and more. Many were never able to hear the gospel in their home countries – a glass half full for missionaries like Nadar. When people ask Nader why he came to America, He says the Lord Jesus said His followers would be missionaries in “Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and to the ends of the earth – and for this Palestinian, America is the end of the earth.”

To see a two minute introductory video, click here.

Missionary to America Diana Wolf

Missionary to America Diana Wolf uses Baladi dancing to bring God’s love to Syrian refugees in St. Louis. Diana learned this “country” dance from her Lebanese grandmother. A mission trip with her church to Turkey showed her she could make a connection with both Turkish nationals and Middle Eastern refugees flooding into Ankara. When she returned to America, she used her new passion for sharing God’s love through rustic dance with Syrian refugees in her home town.

To see a two minute introduction to Diana’s interview, click here.

To see the full fifteen minute interview, click here.

Missionary to America Stanish Stanley

Stanish Stanley grew up in Mumbai, India, the son of a Lutheran pastor. After graduating with a law degree, he became deathly ill. It was then he came close to His Lord Jesus, and changed vocational preparation – he became a Lutheran pastor. Today, he is a missionary in St. Louis, bringing Jesus’ love to Nepalese refugees. To see a one minute and twenty two second video introduction to his missionary work, click here.

 

Missionary to America Prof. Victor Raj

Missionary to America Professor Victor Raj talks about seminary education for the 21st century. The professor at Concordia Seminary sees a need for a more missional approach to preparation of pastors, one that includes training of missionaries. His perspective is “Missiology is theology done right.” To view this 3 minute introductory video, click here. 

Missionary to America Trinidad Castaneda

Trinity Castaneda came to the US as a five year old. He grew up in Chicago, did social work and became a missionary in Kansas City. Next was redeveloping an old Anglo church in Arvin Ca, as a satellite of a large congregation in Bakersfield. He started a “leadership training course,” as a precursor to forming seven new missionaries. Sounds a lot like St. Paul.

To see an introductory video of Missionary Castaneda, click here.

To see the full twenty seven minute video, click here.

Missionary to America Temesgen Badsu

Rev. Tesesgen Badsu is a missionary to America from Ethiopia. In Ethiopia he became a missionary and pastor the old fashioned way, like the elders St. Paul raised up. Rev. Badsu  today pastors two Anglo congregations and an Ethiopian Oromo congregation in the San Francisco Bay area. His dream is that he will be able to share the good news of God’s love to every ethnic group on the mission field in America.

To see a two minute video interview with Rev. Badsu, click here.

To see the full twenty five minute interview, click here.

Missionary to America Mohamad Faridi

Mohamad Faridi grew up in Iran. From an early age he was the most devout of devout Muslims. He joined the Revolutionary Army; beat himself with chains; allowed himself to be place in a grave, alive, to experience what it might mean to be a martyr for Islam. Like St. Paul, he was zealous for this faith above most others. Then, he met Jesus, the God of love.

To see a short two minute introduction to our interview with Mohamad, click here.

To see the full interview, click here. 

Missionary to America Kai Lee

As a child, Khai Lee suffered in the jungles of Laos. A part of the Hmong tribe, his relatives helped the American Army fight North Vietnam. He lost many relatives in the war. His father died, but because his brother fought on the side of America, he was allowed to settle in the US. Young Khai and his mother soon joined him. And Khai became a missionary, sharing the love of God, in America. He works two full time jobs – as missionary (baptizing ten new Christians on Easter this year), and at the US Postal Service, delivering mail.

To see a short two minute introductory video, click here.
To see the whole interview with Rev. Kai Lee, click here.

Missionary to America Dawit Bokre

Rev. Dawitt Bokre is from Eritrea, East Africa. He lost his parents when he was thirteen. Older siblings arranged for him to go to Boston to be cared for by an older brother. Knowing no English, he eventually graduated from high school. At sixteen he had graduated, and became an evangelist in Houston. At 19 he was invited to begin a church in Oakland, Ca. He is now planting a 1.5 generation multi-ethnic church out of an Anglo church that had been declining.

To see a short 2 minute video of Rev. Bokre’s interview, click here.

To see the longer, twenty minute video interview, click here.

Missionary to America, Rev. Faiv Her, #2

Rev. Faiv Her, from the mountain country of Laos, is a Missionary to America in Milwaukee. Rev. Her, a member of the Hmong tribe, learned English in America, went on to earn university and seminary degrees and has begun missionary work among the Hmong and other ethnic groups. His story is startling, and encouraging.

To see the introductory video of an interview with Rev. Her, click here.

Missionary to America Shan Ik Moon, #2

Prof. Shan Ik Moon lived in North Korea during WW II and the Korean War. Having lost both parents, he was reduced to finding food at a garbage dump, and lived in a tent for refugees, sleeping on the ground. Through all this he came to see the purpose in his life – to love God, by loving others.

To see a short video interview with Prof. Moon, click here

To see the full Interview, click here.

Missionary to America Terry Chan

Rev. Terry Chan sees the New Mission Reality. Pastor of a Chinese speaking Church in San Francisco, he has seen new ethnic groups come into his neighborhood – Latino, African, Asian. Born in Hong Kong, Terry was raised in California, a pretty diverse part of the world. His church breaks the old mold, it is a model for the new reality in the United States – a church that looks like heaven (a la Revelations 7:9). He sees a new Asian mission, to – one where second generation Asians come together in one church, much like what is happening on college campuses today. This church will worship in English, and form their children as English speaking disciples of Jesus. And, they will reach out to all the ethnic groups in their neighborhood. The days of the mono-ethnic church are drawing to a close. Thank God.

To see a three minute introductory video with Pr. Chan, click here.

To see a thirty minute interview with Pr. Chan, click here.

 

Missionary to America Tesfait Tesema

Rev. Tesfait Tesema is a missionary to America from Ethiopia. A member of the Communist government in Ethiopia, at one point he chose the wrong side and had to flee the country. He became a Christian in Saudi Arabia. Eventually arriving in America, he grew several churches and earned a doctorate in missions. His Amharic speaking church reaches out to Anglo and Latino residents of their San Jose community. He is a consultant for immigrant churches that want to involve the second generation in ministry.

To see an introductory video, click here.

 

Missionary to America James Roy

James Roy is a missionary to America from Bangladesh. Driven out of Bangladesh because he was sharing the gospel with Muslims, James arrived in New York. Coming up out of the subway one day he was approached by a stranger who told James he was looking for someone to preach the gospel to Muslims. He has gathered a church where they worship in Bengali.

To watch an introductory three minute interview, click here.

To watch the longer, sixteen minute version, click here.

 

 Missionary to America Kasongo Gui Kabeo,#2

Missionary Kabeo came from the Congo to Chicago. When he could not find a church worshiping in his native language, French, he invited a small group of other immigrants who spoke French to his apartment. That house church has grown into a multi-ethnic congregation of over one hundred, located now in Milwaukee. Missionary Kabeo is nurturing four lay leaders, helping them to begin four more churches in the Milwaukee area. That is what missionaries do – they identify leaders, equip and support them to begin new mission sites. To see a short video of my interview with Rev. Kabeo, click here.

 

 

Missionary to America Rev. Alfred

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Alfred came to the United States from India to make a lot of money; instead, he gives most of his time to planting new Christian churches. His avocation is as a successful business man; Alfred’s vocation is leading worship services in the Tamil language, serving as a chaplain in a New York psychiatric hospital and helping children in India receive a good education.

To see a short introduction to Alfred’s ministry, click here.

Missionary to America Rev. Philip Saywrayne

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Philip Saywrayne is a missionary to America from Liberia, West Africa. He began a diverse congregation in a church library, moved to the gymnasium of the church – until the ceiling fell in! The new mission moved to a deserted babel factory, and became the largest LCMS congregation in NYC.

To see a short introduction to an interview with Rev. Saywrayne, click here.

To see the full twenty minute video, click here.

Missionary to America Dr. Johnson Rethinasamy

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Dr. Johnson Rethinasamy is a Missionary scientist – in the Latin use of the term, “knowledge.” He came from India to be the pastor of a Tamil speaking congregatin in Queens, NYC – but the Lord had other ideas. The “congregation” he now serves is the mission field of New York City. He is the pastor of a church with a European American congregation, as well as a Tamil congregation, and a Chinese Mandarin speaking worshipping group. Besides that, he was named the mission executive for the Atlantic District of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod.

To see a short introduction to Dr. Rethinasamy’s mission laboratory, click here.

To see the full, twenty minute, interview, click here.

 

Missionary to America Shang Me Wang (Mimi)

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Missionary to America Shang Me Wang wants us to call her Mimi.  Mimi and her husband came to America at the invitation of the Atlantic District. There was a group of Chinese in Bayside, Queens, that needed a pastor. Mimi’s husband, a graduate from a seminary in China, as well as having a degree in psychoanalysis, accepted the call from the District. The ministry began with great hope and joy, but turned to sorrow when Mimi’s husband passed suddently into heaven. Mimi stayed with the ministry, and worked under another misissionary to America, Rev. Johnson Rethinasamy – a missionary from India. Mimi is the adopted “mother” for more than fifty Chinese young adults who have come to New York to work. They call her all hours of the day and night. They meet together weekly at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Whitestone, Queens, New York, for Bible study and a light supper. There is a monthly Chinese worship service at Immanuel. And, new members are constantly being added, one way is through the over one hundred Christian choir Mimi Directs in New York City.

To see a three minute introduction to Mimi’s ministry, click here.

 

Missionary to America Jean Gardy Cenat

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Missionary Jean Gardy Cenat was “taken out of Haiti” by the Lord, in order to begin a mission among French speaking people in Canarsie, Brooklyn, NYC. He grew up among Voodoo priests and poverty in Haiti, protected by his Christ and his family. Like any missionary, he has had to be resilient throughout his life – like his Lord Jesus.

To see an introductory video of Missionary Cenat, click here.

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Missionary to America Pedro Rosado

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Missionary Pedro Rosado was born in Puerto Rico, but was found by Christ in Patterson, New Jersey. The Spirit of the Lord led the missionary to Naples, Florida, where he has begun a Spanish speaking congregation. The expxression commonly heard in a Naples morning is “Welcome to paradise!” Rev. Rosado welcomes people to a more secure paradise. To see a short introduction to the video interview we filmed, click here. 

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Missionary to America Gugssa Biru

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Missionary Gugssa Biru demonstrates in his life the kind of sacrifice needed by the missionaries of Jesus. Click here to see this short introduction and learn more.

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Missionary to America Sergeant Joseph Lewis

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Police Sargent Joseph Lewis is a Missionary to America. A refugee from Liberia, Sargent Lewis sacrificed greatly to bring his mother to America, to the point where he was homeless, living on the street – until a friend offered him a place to stay, and brought him to church. He now shares Christ’s love with the people in his community, especially the young who have given up on themselves. To see a 3 minute introductory video, click here.

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Missionary to America Belette Belay

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Rev. Belette Belay is a Missionary to America from Ethiopia. His major challenge is to bring unity to ethnic groups officilally divided by the government of Ethiopia. How can we bring the unity of the Spirit when human divisions keep Christians apart? To see a short introductory video, click here.

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Rev. Praveen Manuel, Missionary to Asian Indians in Waukesha, Wisconsin.

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When his uncle first shared his faith with Praveen, it made Praveen angry. A dream turned the young Hindu man to Jesus, then used his uncle to guide him to faith. Today Rev. Manuel shares the gospel with Asian Indian adults and children in Wisconsin – leading them to faith through ministries that touch the hearts of old and young. To see a short video of Rev. Manuel, click here. 

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Rev. German Novelli, Missionary from Venezuela to America

Rev. German Novelli is a demontration of perseverance in mission work, a reflection of the perservance of a God who enters a world trying to wear down humanity – and who triumphs. You can hear a short introduction here, and then go to the task bar above and sign in as a member to hear the 16 minute interview.

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Rev. Faiv Her, Missionary from Laos to America

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Rev. Faiv Neng B. Her is a missionary from Laos to America. He has baptized many Hmong in Milwaukee, and looks for more opportunities to share the gospel of Jesus. See a short introductory video by clicking her. 

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Missionary to Prisoners: Haircuts for Jesus, Missionary Afam Ikanahi

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Missionary Ikanahi has baptized over 400 prisoners. To see an introduction to his story, click here.

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From Banker to Pastor to Missionary to America: Rev. Kasongo Gui Kabeo

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Rev. Kasongo Gui Kabeo is a Missionary to America, serving in Milwaukee. He is beginning seven new churches in Illinois and Wisconsin. To see a shortened three minute video of an interview with Rev. Kabeo, click here.

To see the longer, 18 mintue version, click here.

 

A Conversation about differences on a Mission Field with Rev. Peter Kelm

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Dr. Scudieri, President of Mission Nation Publishing, discusses the differences on a mission field with Rev. Peter Kelm, Mission Executive with the South Wisconsin District of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod.  To watch the eight minute video, click here.

Missionary Philip Gai

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Rev. Philip Gai learned as a student how to share his faith in Jesus. Later in life, under persecution, Philip used what he learned to share Christ with his persecutors. To see a short video of him, click here.

Missionary to America Gagan Gurung

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Evangelist Gagan Gurung was brought to Christ through a miracle at a Bible College in India. A Nepalese man from Bhutan, he spent 22 years in a refugee camp before coming to St. Louis, Missouri, to bring Nepalese and other people to faith in Jesus. To see a short version of the story of the miracle that brought Him to Christ, click here.

Missionary Yared Helche: Reigning Spirits on a Mission Field

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Missionary Halche, a former guest on this website, shares his understanding of the United States as a “mission field,” and his dream of African immigrants bringing the US back to the roots of faith in Jesus as our “reigning spirit.” Click here to see the video.

Missionary to America Juan Zamora

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Rev. Juan Zamora is a Missionary to America. His role is to identify the needs of his community, and then organize his church to meet those needs. In this short version of a longer video Rev. Zamora talks about one ministry that led to not only an evangelism opportunity, but the recruitment of a new missionary. To watch the video, click here.

Professor Shan Ik Moon, Missionary to America

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This is an amazing story of war and redemption, of hunger and destruction, and the kindness of an Army Chaplain during the Korean War. It is the story of an orphan scratching for good on garbage heaps, to becoming a renowned professor at Concordia University in southern California. Click here to view the video. 

Noor Hok, Missionary to America

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Noor Hok shares the love of Jesus with Muslims in the United States. To view the introductory video of our conversation with Noor Hok,  click here.

To see the full 22 minute video interview, click here.

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Dr. Allan Buckman

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Dr. Buckman has been the CEO of Christian Friends of New Americans, a sodlaity that supports the modalities, the congregations, of the St. Louis area. This complementary work between sodalities and modalities is common on a mission field like the Untied States. Click here to see a short introduction. 

Missionary Kareem Baidaoui

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Missionary Kareem has an urgency to make disciples, not just members who sit in church pews waiting to be served. He wants to form disciples who have a passion to make disciples. This is one mark of a missionary.  To view the introductory video, click here. 

To see the longer video of Kareem, click here. 

Missionary Eloy Gonzalez

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Pastor/Missionary Eloy Gonzalez serves as the Pastor of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, Irving, Texas. He is also the Second Vice President of the Texas District of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod. He discusses the difference between a pastor and a missionary.  To view this short video, click here. 

 Missionary Yohannes Mengsteab

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Rev. Dr. Yohannes Mengsteab, now a Mission and Ministry Facilitator for the Texas District of the Lutheran Church, came to the United States from Eritrea. Dr. Mengsteab  as a young man was a communist soldier in the insurgency to make Eritrea independent from Ethiopia. After being wounded he escaped to the Sudan, where Swedish missionaries ministered to him. After turning back to the Lord Yohannes became a missionary in the refugee camp, then with the help of the missionaries he came to the United States where he has helped to plany over 100 African immigrant congreations.

To order The Resilient Missionary, the biography of Dr. Mengsteab, click here. 

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Missionary Theodros

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Theodros is an immigrant from Ethiopia. He came to the United States originally to be with his wife and children who were in danger in his homeland. After arriving he realized God had a larger purpose for his life. He is now completing a theological program at Concordia Seminary that will lead to membership in the Lutheran Church as an ordained pastor. Click here to see the video.

Missionary Carol Buckman

Carol Buckman with her husband Alan leads CFNA, Christian Friends of New Americans. This ministry involves local churches in reaching out to refugees and immigrants, to show them the love of Jesus. This ministry can be replicated wherever there are refugees and immigrants and churches wanting to help. Click here to view video. To see the full fifteen minute video please log in or register to become a member on the home page under “Members.” 

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Missionary John Loum

Missionary John Loum directs the Ethnic Immigrant Institute of Theology at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis. The Institute prepares refugees and immigrants to be Missionaries to America. For the full video please log in or register to become a member on the home page under “Members.” Click here to watch the short video of John Loum.

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Missionary Tomba Naibaho

Missionary Tomba Naibaho was sent by the Batak Lutheran church to begin mission work in the United States. He found a warm welcome here, and a ministry he never thought he would have.

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Missionary Edgar Arroyo

Missionary Edgar Arroyo is a missionary in Carpentina, California. He is originally from Guatemala but was not close to the Lord until he came to the United States. Now he is God’s instrument to bring others to know the love of the Samior.

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Missionary Jason Li

Missionary Jason Li came to the US knowing nothing about the Christian faith. Then his college room mate invited him to church.

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Missionary Philip Gai

Missionary Philip Gai had to flee his home in Southern Sudan; his life was threatened because of his work bringing the gospel to Muslims. But God had a plan for him to bring the gospel to Canada – in some ways a greater challenge then his ministry in Sudan

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Missionary Yared Halche

Missionary Yared Halche came to the United States on a scholarship to earn a PhD in theology. His plan was to return to his native country, Ethiopia. However, the while in the US the Lord allowed him to see the spiritual deadness of too many citizens of this country.

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Missionary Daniel Keah

Missionary Daniel Keah says the Lord told him to go to Lamb of God Lutheran Church in Landover Hills Maryland and tell the pastor the Lord has sent him. The pastor tested and then accepted Daniel and an outreach to African immigrants was begun.


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Missionary Pau Khup

Nestled among the lush green hills of Manipur, India near the Myanmar border, the Christian villagers of Teltui gathered anxious to hear the words of Christ. Despite humidity thick as a woven blanket they congregated; some lounged on the hard earth on mats woven from kauna reeds, others stood…

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