View in your browser
Souk 80s

One professor's journey from Laos to Luther Prep

Souksamay Phetsanghane told his inspiring story of God's grace in Forward in Christ in April 2017. Today we're throwing it back to that article because in the October 2021 issue of FIC we are featuring the above photo of Phetsanghane celebrating 80s day on campus at Luther Preparatory School, Watertown, Wis. Here's how his story begins:

Imagine someone born into a Buddhist family, in a communist country, where there were few Christians and fewer Lutherans. What would be the chances that person would come to faith in the Lord? Improbable? Impossible?

My parents were born in Laos in southeast Asia. Laos is almost exactly halfway around the world from Wisconsin. I was born in 1982 into a country that is two-thirds Buddhist. That religion shapes Laos’ culture and landscape. Seven years before I was born, Laos fell to Communism. Christianity became more often persecuted than permitted. Today Christians number approximately 150,000 of the 7 million people in Laos. No one had ever heard of Lutheranism and certainly had no knowledge of WELS. What would be the chances I would ever hear the gospel? Slim to none, right?

October is pastor appreciation month

In October, Forward in Christ featured photos of pastors submitted by you on its "This is WELS" page. Tracy Fedke submitted this photo of Pastor John Boggs with her children at Divine Savior, West Palm Beach, Fla. She writes, "My kids and I went to help record on a Saturday morning for the Easter service. Pastor Boggs came out wearing this for his special children’s message. We appreciate Pastor because he always makes a point to greet each of the kiddos on a Sunday morning individually. He makes them feel loved as Jesus would do. He always reminds his flock how much they are loved by their Lord. Thanks, Pastor, for all you do!"

Do you have a photo and message that you'd like to share with a pastor? Submit them to FIC. We'll be sharing these special messages throughout the month of October in our e-news and on social media. To see more of the photos featured in "This is WELS," visit our Community page.
Boggs Easter

Read your October FIC online today

The print edition of the October issue is delayed due to paper industry shortages, but Northwestern Publishing House has made the October digital issue available to everyone and all articles are also posted on forwardinchrist.net.

FIC's Bible-reading plan

Trace God's story of grace in this Bible-reading plan for 2021. Participate online and you'll have access to the full Bible passages for each week. Start at any time. All the previous readings are listed at forwardinchrist.net/bible-readings-2021.
Bible Study Week 36
Bible Study Month Oct 2021
Bible Study Week 37

Check out these articles from the October issue:

OCT 2021 Bottom Page Banner Ad
custom custom facebook instagram custom 
wels cross linking to wels.net