The Board for World Missions has decided to pull the East Asia Team missionaries and families out of their focus country because of security concerns.
The East Asia missionaries and their families are being relocated to a nearby country from which they hope to continue their work through online teaching, through distance mentoring and coaching, and through regularly monthly visits to the focus country.
The Board for World Missions and the East Asia Administrative Committee have been monitoring this situation for the last few years and had been preparing for this contingency for months, making it possible to safely evacuate the missionaries when it became necessary to do so.
Leaders are also continuing to closely monitor the political situation in Hong Kong where Asia Lutheran Seminary is located.
“Please keep this situation in your prayers,” says Larry Schlomer, administrator of WELS World Missions. “Pray that our heavenly Father would protect the brothers and sisters of the focus country and give them courage to continue to stand upon the gospel and share it. Pray that our missionaries and families would be encouraged in this time of upheaval. Pray that the Lord would continue to keep the professors, staff, and families of Asia Lutheran Seminary safe.”
Volume 107, Number 01
Issue: January 2020