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Your Turn / Re: CUW next president
« on: November 11, 2022, 01:07:02 PM »

Very sour grapes. 

Dave Benke

It would appear so.  I can only speak for my own experience at CUAA, and it has been an absolute blessing to serve within the Lutheran Christian culture that exists on this campus.  I teach Accounting, so perhaps I'm insulated from some of the experiences that theology faculty encounter.  There is no "wokeness" in my world here or in my classes.  And I most recently came from an extremely progressive Canadian university where "wokeness" is the name of the game.  I know what it is; I lived it daily.  And I was able to function just fine within it, making some great friends in the process, even, because I somehow was gifted with the ability to follow what is commanded of us in 1 Peter 3:15. 

I recognize that some lament the lower numbers of future church workers attending our Concordias than in times past.  They are still there, though.  We have also been handed a massive mission field within which we get to express unapologetically the love and redemption found in Jesus Christ to a generation of hurting and lost students.  What an honor and a blessing it is to be a part of that.

Given the amazing job CUAA has done this week of honoring veterans like me, I found this line in your linked piece interesting:

But he will be impotent when it comes to inspiring professors and supporters to follow his policies and five-year visions, much less follow him into battle.

So long as I continue to be encouraged to function as a Lutheran Christian in carrying out my duties and providing a witness to future business professionals (and church workers), I'll happily keep fighting the battle.

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Your Turn / Re: CUW next president
« on: October 29, 2022, 07:58:58 AM »
I am glad you had such a positive experience on your campus visit.  I have been very impressed with CUWAA's culture and Lutheran Christian identity.  I went through a series of interviews, one specifically to assess mission fit, when I was being considered for the position I now hold. New faculty also participate in ongoing orientation sessions in which Lutheran doctrine is espoused.  In fact, a new program will be launched next year to better prepare new faculty to uphold our Lutheran heritage and confession (Lutheran Mission and Identity Seminar).  I am seeing firsthand now how important our Concordia schools are not only for training future church workers, but also to present the faith to many who have yet to learn about it.  Everyday when I walk onto campus, I'm entering a mission field in which I am blessed to be able to share the Good News of Christ with students who are in desperate need of hearing it.  Even in Accounting courses.  ;D

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Your Turn / Re: CUW next president
« on: October 26, 2022, 10:00:27 PM »
I sure hope he can keep Scott Yakimow in line.  Somebody has to.  ;D
Never happen. Hes a loose cannon by nature.
True, true.  He teaches in the classroom next to mine, and it gets pretty wild up in there at times.

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Your Turn / Re: CUW next president
« on: October 26, 2022, 09:41:09 PM »
I sure hope he can keep Scott Yakimow in line.  Somebody has to.  ;D

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Your Turn / Re: Lutheran Mission Work
« on: October 29, 2021, 10:44:01 AM »
The real question, deaconess, is will you be able to get broadcasts of Ohio State games?

Well, for the first few weeks it wasn't a problem.  Then our U.S. cell phone provider finally caught up to us and limited my husband's cell phone capabilities that we had been enjoying.  Being a computer engineering graduate of THE Ohio State University, he finally found a workaround so we can enjoy the games (and the Browns, as well) again.  We hope it lasts.

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Your Turn / Re: Lutheran Mission Work
« on: October 29, 2021, 10:40:17 AM »
Well Buckeye  Enjoy the city.  You have an excellent symphony and opera.   Professional ice hockey and football.  You may need 2-3 sets of long Johns to enjoy the November football games.  Your husband can go out to the Swiss Men's choir and your children if they are with have other options.   You or lesser half  may need some kind of special full spectrum lighting in the rooms you spend the majority of your time.    All of you could begin training for the Canadian Birkebeiner x-country ski marathon.  Dont be shy about meeting people.  you can pm me if you need more advice.    Loads of Lutherans to enjoy plus lots of other stuff.   Safe streets and socialized medicine... enjoy the culture shock

all the best
james in japan

Thank you for these suggestions.  We've been to Elk Island and Jasper parks on multiple occasions now.  The Canadian Rockies are something to behold.  My hubby and I do hope to take up snowshoeing and cross country skiing if the snow comes like we've been warned it will.  We've already been introduced to a Lutheran camp up here where we are storing our little camper and will probably rent a seasonal lot come spring to enjoy the fellowship.  I accepted a position at the University of Alberta, so we will have our fill of sports events once COVID is finally behind us and things open up here more.

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Your Turn / Re: Lutheran Mission Work
« on: October 29, 2021, 10:36:31 AM »
Congratulations, Deaconess, I admire your sense of adventure.

Thank you.  This is the first "adventure" in the ministry that we've undertaken that doesn't include our children, so I have to admit the struggle is real being this far away from them.   :(

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Your Turn / Re: Lutheran Mission Work
« on: October 28, 2021, 04:54:08 PM »
Kim......Perhaps you can enlighten me about LAMP.

Is this the same organization that was founded by a Pastor Stahlke
about 50 years ago?  His brother Herb was a classmate of mine at
Concordia, Milwaukee.  Early in my parish ministry I remember our
Sunday School sending their offerings to LAMP.

Sure . . . you can check out their web site and mission opportunities at this link.  Thanks for asking.

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Your Turn / Re: Lutheran Mission Work
« on: October 28, 2021, 04:45:58 PM »
Thank you for the well wishes above.  It was an interesting transition moving up here, but we are finally settling in.  Moving to another country in the midst of an ongoing pandemic will be something to remember.

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Your Turn / Re: Lutheran Mission Work
« on: October 28, 2021, 04:43:12 PM »
Yes, he started the ministry, and they just celebrated their 50th anniversary last year.  The recent discovery of unmarked graves of mostly children near former residential schools has greatly increased awareness of the past trauma certain schools inflicted.  Multiple generations have been negatively affected, and communities continue to struggle with the lasting impact.

Please consider getting in touch with L.A.M.P. for a very worthwhile mission trip for your congregation or youth during the summer months.  They are hopeful mission trips can resume in 2022 if COVID can be contained.

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Your Turn / Re: Lutheran Mission Work
« on: October 28, 2021, 02:24:58 PM »
I have recently settled up in the Great White North in support of my husband's call to an LCMS RSO that serves First Nations communities in the northern reaches of Canada.  There have been a number of stories in the news regarding the discovery of unmarked graves near residential schools in various locations up here.  The treatment of indigenous peoples in these schools was horrendous, and much of it was perpetrated by the church.  Lutherans in both Canada and the U.S. have a great opportunity to bring the Gospel to these remote communities to continue to foster healing as a result of generations of trauma (sadly, at the hands of the church in many instances).

I look forward to visiting these communities to work with the kids once the impending brutal winter weather we've been repeatedly warned about passes.   :)

Whoof- there's a transition!  Is this near Kamloops?  My uncle Pfoty and aunt Lyd served a church there way, way back in the day, and my mom spent time there helping take care of their kids. 
At any rate, blessings in home and vocation, Kim!

Dave Benke

The home office (and where we are living) is actually located in Edmonton.  Here is a map showing all the locations that L.A.M.P. serves.  Many of the communities are only accessible by air.

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Your Turn / Re: Lutheran Mission Work
« on: October 28, 2021, 02:20:10 PM »
I have recently settled up in the Great White North in support of my husband's call to an LCMS RSO that serves First Nations communities in the northern reaches of Canada.  There have been a number of stories in the news regarding the discovery of unmarked graves near residential schools in various locations up here.  The treatment of indigenous peoples in these schools was horrendous, and much of it was perpetrated by the church.  Lutherans in both Canada and the U.S. have a great opportunity to bring the Gospel to these remote communities to continue to foster healing as a result of generations of trauma (sadly, at the hands of the church in many instances).

I look forward to visiting these communities to work with the kids once the impending brutal winter weather we've been repeatedly warned about passes.   :)

It is nice to hear from you again!  And pleased to hear of the call your husband recently received to L.A.M.P.  He is in our prayers.

Thank you, also, for your faithful instruction to the deaconess students at CUC, especially during the pandemic.  My daughter greatly appreciated your teaching.  She is now on campus for her junior year and finally beginning her field work.  I actually had to send in a kind of endorsement for her to the Board of Missions (as I am also her pastor) since part of her field work involves teaching Sunday school for the church in South Korea online.  Who would have thought my daughter would be involved in mission work already!

Thank you for the kind words.  I know online learning was not ideal for students, but they certainly persevered and made the best of it.  I am so excited to learn that she is involved with mission work and hope that will serve her well in her future callings.  She is fabulous.  You can take the credit for that.

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Your Turn / Re: Lutheran Mission Work
« on: October 28, 2021, 10:48:25 AM »
In our county the synod has a missionary assigned to Gary, which is predominantly African-American and has a few congregations and a school. The problem is that he has to raise his own funds. He serves two congregations but is gone many weekends preaching at places trying to garner support. We've done a little bit of pulpit swapping and he preaches every year as part of our Tre Ore service on Good Friday, but I don't think the situation is really tenable long term. Mission work is going to have to involve creative partnerships beyond just mailing checks to different places.

Like it or not, fair or not, network support models are both reality and necessity in churches to ensure more vulnerable areas are reached.  Funding is very difficult to come by to fund a pastor and benefits at a level to ensure he can support his family.  A GREAT DEAL of training, support, and funding connections are offered by the LCMS in these instances . . . missionaries working under this model in the LCMS are not left to their own devices to raise funds, just to be clear.

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Your Turn / Re: Lutheran Mission Work
« on: October 28, 2021, 10:12:31 AM »
I have recently settled up in the Great White North in support of my husband's call to an LCMS RSO that serves First Nations communities in the northern reaches of Canada.  There have been a number of stories in the news regarding the discovery of unmarked graves near residential schools in various locations up here.  The treatment of indigenous peoples in these schools was horrendous, and much of it was perpetrated by the church.  Lutherans in both Canada and the U.S. have a great opportunity to bring the Gospel to these remote communities to continue to foster healing as a result of generations of trauma (sadly, at the hands of the church in many instances).

I look forward to visiting these communities to work with the kids once the impending brutal winter weather we've been repeatedly warned about passes.   :)

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Your Turn / Re: Is the ALPB Forum Online a safe space?
« on: October 28, 2021, 09:56:45 AM »
I would encourage all members of the forum to practice simple politeness.

This is an acquired skill that many on social media in general have failed to master.  Imagine how much we could learn from each other if egos were put in check.

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