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November 30 Last year on this date, Dean and Linda Bengtson received the keys to House of Hope. Year one was full of ministry activity and God’s provisions. Pray for wisdom and his ongoing leading and blessings in year two.

Pastoral Care for our Missionaries

We praise God that Randy and Betsy Mortenson have accepted the call as the Pastoral Care Team to Japan and Taiwan and Joel and Marybeth Nordtvedt to Chad. This ministry is part-time in addition to their full-time ministry. Randy and Betsy have lived in Mayville, ND, since October 2006. Randy serves as pastor at Ebenezer

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House of Hope

Ishinomaki, Japan   “Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind, for he breaks down gates of bronze and cuts through bars of iron… Psalm 107:15-16   Following is a general timeline of activities leading up to God’s provision of this house and unexpected parking facilities.

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Pastoral Care Team to Retire

Rev. John and Kathryn Wile have served the Church of the Lutheran Brethren as our pastoral care team for our Lutheran Brethren International Mission missionaries for over twenty years. Their ministry on behalf of the church to our missionaries has been invaluable and critical to the success and the spiritual health of those who serve with

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With Grateful Hearts

We welcome and thank God for Samuel Anthony, born April 2nd. Samuel joins his family Danny and Mandy, Zeke (5), Theo (3) and Jonah (2). With grateful hearts we join the individuals and congregations of the Church of the Lutheran Brethren in praising God for the financial provision for Lutheran Brethren International Mission for this

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Glimpse Project 2.0

November 10-21, 2014 LBIM has provided the Glimpse Project to give individuals and congregations a glimpse into life and ministry in the countries and people groups where we serve. A team, that includes Dan, Micah and Troy, will travel to Chad to film the next installment. We hope to have the finished product in the

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Volunteer Medical Advisor Named for Chad

The Church of the Lutheran Brethren calls missionaries who serve in countries with limited access to medical care. LBIM is responsible and desires to care for the medical needs of our missionaries so as to maximize their effective service in challenging places. This is especially true in Chad, Africa. Dr. Noel Johnson has accepted the

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The Claiming of Ishinomaki

Jesus said in Matthew 28:19 to, “Go and make disciples of all the nations…” Carol and I were to Japan recently and have been honored to be a small part of a unique move of God that is moving through many individuals and ministries in Ishinomaki. Most notably, Dean and Linda Bengtson have found the

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Delicious Words

“These words are very delicious! When are you coming back? We want to hear more!” The man’s plea has been reverberating in my mind like a metronome that tirelessly beats on. I and five LB Church representatives were sitting on a mat, under a tree in the middle of a small Chadian village with this

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You? A Titus Couple for Chad!

Have you ever considered the value of the “Titus” personalities among us? 2 Corinthians 7:5-7 provides us with a glimpse of the importance of “Titus” types in our mission endeavors. Paul, the missionary, was tired and worn out. He spoke of being harassed at every turn by external conflicts and internal fears (verse 5). But

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