World Missions

Alyssa Anders

Alyssa Anders

Serving in: St. Petersburg, Russia
Position: EFL Teacher and Church Support worker
Home Congregation: Christ Our Savior, Livonia

Alyssa Anders currently serves in St. Petersburg, Russia. She works with the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Ingria (an LCMS partner church) enabling them with English as a Second Language skills.

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Rev. David & Joyce Erber

Rev. David & Joyce Erber

Serving in: Gambia, Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone
Position: Area Facilitator for English-speaking West Africa
Home Congregation: Trinity, Jackson

Rev. David and Joyce Erber serve the Lord as missionaries in Africa, based in Accra, Ghana, West Africa. As a theological educator, David provides special training opportunities for Ghanaian and Nigerian pastors. Presently, he is working with a team of senior pastors in Ghana to develop a training program for men who are already employed but have time during the week and on weekends to study and serve as pastors. David also works with a group of Nigerian pastors who are conducting research in evangelism in their local communities. Joyce serves as the business manager for the Africa region. She is responsible for managing the financial and accounting dynamics for 30 LCMS missionaries and 82 mission projects in Africa.

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Rev. Roger and Amy James

Rev. Roger and Amy James

Serving in: Philippines
Position: Theological Educator
Home Congregation: Zion, Marshall

Rev. Roger and Amy James serve the Lord through The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) in the Philippines, where Roger serves as a theological educator at the Lutheran Theological Seminary and Training Center (LTS) in Baguio City. This institution is the seminary of LCMS’ sister church the Lutheran Church in the Philippines (LCP) and welcomes students from other Lutheran churches in Asia. In his work at the seminary, Roger supplements the work of the Filipino faculty in raising up new pastors and helps to provide continuing education for current LCP pastors.

Read the James family’s latest newsletter and see their bio.

Dr. Jim and Susan Kaiser

Dr. Jim and Susan Kaiser

Serving in: Ethiopia
Position: Jim serves as a translation consultant with projects in five languages.
Home Congregation: St. Peter, Macomb

Missionaries Dr. Jim and Susan Kaiser are excited to be part of a partnership between Lutheran Bible Translators and the Ethiopian Evangelical Church. This church is Mekane Yesus (EECMY), which is the largest Lutheran church in Africa. They are helping make the Good News of God’s Word available to the people of Ethiopia in their heart languages.

Read their bio here.

Nora Léon

Nora Léon

Serving in: Haiti
Position: President of Caribbean Children's Foundation
Home Congregation: Holy Cross, Jenison

Nora Léon, Executive Director of Caribbean Children’s Foundation, lives and works in Les Cayes, Haiti for several months each year.

Visit the Caribbean Children’s Foundation website or Nora’s blog.

Rev. Steven and Martha Mahlburg

Rev. Steven and Martha Mahlburg

Serving in: Sri Lanka
Position: Pastor/Strategic Mission Developer
Home Congregation: Zion, Tawas City

Rev. Steven and Martha Mahlburg serve the Lord through The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) as career missionaries in Sri Lanka. Steven seeks to build and maintain relationships with the Ceylon Evangelical Lutheran Church in Sri Lanka. He provides support for raising up pastors and grounding congregations in Lutheran doctrine and practice. He works with other LCMS personnel to provide pre-seminary training. In addition, Steven serves as a pastor at Emmanuel Lutheran Mission Church in Sri Lanka’s capital city of Colombo.

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Rev. Larry and Tina Matro

Rev. Larry and Tina Matro

Serving in: Papua New Guinea and Oceania
Position: Area Facilitator for Oceania
Home Congregation: Immanuel, Leeland

Rev. Lawrence and Tina Matro serve the Lord as missionaries in the Oceania area of the Asia region, based in Papua New Guinea. In this role, Lawrence helps to develop and implement a mission strategy for this area and works to establish and maintain partnerships with other regional church bodies. He also works with other LCMS missionary staff serving in Papua New Guinea and is involved in theological education at Martin Luther Seminary in Lae.

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James and Christel Neuendorf

James and Christel Neuendorf

Serving in: Puerto Rico
Position: Pastor and church planter (James) / Deaconess (Christel)
Home Congregation: St. Paul, Ann Arbor

Rev. James and Deaconess Christel Neuendorf serve the Lord through The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) as missionaries in Puerto Rico. Both have served as missionaries in this region since 2008, based in Panama and then in the Dominican Republic.

James serves as a church planter and pastor in the city of Ponce, Puerto Rico. His focus is to establish a strong Lutheran presence in this city which will boldly proclaim the Gospel and meet the physical and spiritual needs of a community that is hungry for the Gospel and for hope. As pastor, James engages daily with Ponce community members to share in their lives and to bring them into the life-giving presence of Jesus in Word and Sacrament. He is also working to create a generation of local leaders and well-grounded laity and future pastors who will be able to continue to spread the Gospel throughout Puerto Rico, around the Latin America region, and the world.

As a deaconess, Christel is involved in the long-term disaster relief efforts at the mission’s various Casa de Amparo y Respuesta al Desastre (House of Refuge and Disaster Response) mercy houses. From these places, LCMS missionaries and Puerto Rican Lutherans offer food, water and other basic necessities to community members affected by the hurricane. She is also engaged in assessing needs in the community and coordinating efforts to meet those needs as a congregation and mission.

 

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Rev. Chuck and Karen Tessaro

Rev. Chuck and Karen Tessaro

Serving in: Nigeria
Position: Translation Consultant with Lutheran Bible Translators
Home Congregation: Redeemer, Fremont

Missionaries Rev. Chuck and Karen Tessaro first set foot in Nigeria in 1985. Since then, they’ve been helping to get God’s Word out. They have been doing this by getting the Word into people’s hands and hearts by working with local people to successfully translate the New Testament into the Eleme language. They serve with multiple local translation teams including the Old Testament teams for the Yala, Kukele and Gokana languages.

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Caitlin Worden de Ramirez

Caitlin Worden de Ramirez

Serving in: Dominican Republic
Position: Deaconess mentor
Home Congregation: Salem, Coloma

Deaconess Caitlin Worden de Ramírez serves the Lord through The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) as a deaconess missionary in Santiago de los Caballeros, Dominican Republic. She works as a congregational deaconess alongside the pastors. She serves as mentor for the formation of Dominican deaconesses and works alongside the seminary in the Dominican Republic to train them on a congregational level. She also supports the work of the mercy houses in this country and seeks to strengthen the relationships between them and the congregations. She specifically works with the program Amigos de Jesus, “Friends of Jesus,” which is a disabilities outreach ministry. In addition, Caitlin supports the women and youth of missionary families in this country through emotional and spiritual care.

Check out Caitlin’s LCMS profilelatest newsletter, her blog, An Active Mercy, or learn how you can pray for and support Caitlin during her mission.

Becky Grossman

Becky Grossman

Serving in: Liberia
Position: Lutheran Bible Translators
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Becky began serving with LBT in 1985 as an assistant to the language program manager in Liberia, West Africa. She then became the manager for a short time before being assigned as translation advisor to the Bandi people of Liberia in 1989. The civil war in Liberia delayed the project several times as Becky evacuated for lengthy periods. However, she was eventually able to return to Liberia and the translation was completed in 1996. After several years in the U.S., Becky’s LBT service resumed in July 2012. She is currently involved with various translation projects in Liberia, particularly for the Gola, Dan, and Maan people. Becky assists translators via internet communications and teleconferencing, with periodic in-person visits to Liberia.

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