Taiwan: Bamboo and the Church

Taiwan: Bamboo and the Church

As I enjoyed a hike with Ethan and Sandy Christofferson in the highlands of western Taiwan, I was in awe of the local grass that towered over my head. That’s right… grass! Bamboo is the most common grass on the planet, boasting over 1,400 different species! It is the...
Mission of God

Mission of God

I was in the middle of my first year of seminary, sitting next to my wife Sonja during a J-term presentation by Dan Venberg about LBIM’s mission work, when I first really heard about the work our Church has been called to and the need for missionaries. Afterward, as...
Counting It All Joy

Counting It All Joy

The woman is curled up, hugging her knees to her chest, lying on her side on the floor. There is a guard, so she can’t escape. She has been denied food and water for two days. She has been threatened with death. Her children have been taken away and beaten. And she is...
Glimpse Project: Chad 3.0

Glimpse Project: Chad 3.0

Immediately after Jesus’ conversation with the Samaritan woman at the well, as recorded in John 4, his disciples return to him after their food procurement mission into town. They are perplexed as to why Jesus is talking with a foreign woman, and at his apparent lack...
Meet Matt and Christina

Meet Matt and Christina

Matt and Christina were commissioned as missionaries to Chad with the Church of the Lutheran Brethren on October 27, 2019 at Good Shepherd Church in Fergus Falls, Minnesota. They and their five children are scheduled to fly to France on December 29. They will arrive...
Reaching the Unreached

Reaching the Unreached

I wear a blue band on my left wrist that is quite meaningful to me. The words “Reaching the Unreached” are facing me, constantly reminding me of the goal that I desire will shape everything I do. These words guide and challenge me as I set both my daily schedule and...