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Partnering to spread God’s Word in Kenya and Ethiopia

In October 2022, WELS President Mark Schroeder visited two of WELS’ sister synods in Africa—the Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ–Kenya and the Lutheran Church of Ethiopia. Larry Schlomer, administrator of WELS World Missions, and Howard Mohlke, head of WELS’ One Africa Team, traveled with Schroeder. WELS partners with national church bodies in six countries in Africa and is exploring outreach in at least seven more countries throughout the continent.

President Schroeder in Africa
WELS helps provide worker training to pastors and evangelists of the Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ–Kenya. Pictured here with those pastors and evangelists are Dan Witte (second row), a theological educator on WELS’ One Africa Team, and E. Allen Sorum (back row, left), a Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary professor who serves as a member of the Pastoral Studies Institute. Witte and Sorum spent time this fall teaching these men more about God’s Word and evangelism. Also pictured are Larry Schlomer (back row, right) and Howard Mohlke (front row).
Ethiopia people
WELS is helping subsidize a portion of the cost to build six churches in Kenya. Here Larry Schlomer and Howard Mohlke attend the groundbreaking for one of these churches. The Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ–Kenya currently has 46 organized congregations.
President Schroeder in Africa
(From left) WELS President Mark Schroeder; Dr. Kebede Yigezu, president of the Lutheran Church of Ethiopia; and Larry Schlomer, administrator of WELS World Missions, visit a school in Dukem, Ethiopia, run by the Lutheran Church of Ethiopia that currently enrolls more than 400 students.
President Schroeder with African children
WELS President Mark Schroeder greets school children in Dukem, Ethiopia.

 

president schroeder saying mass in africa
On Oct. 23, 2022, WELS President Mark Schroeder preached at a church in Nairobi, Kenya.

 

Learn more at wels.net/africa. Read more about the trip from Schroeder’s perspective in his “President’s message.”

Author: Forward in Christ
Volume: 110, Number 1
Issue: January 2023

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