Friday, September 30, 2005

Fruitfulness in Missions - Tim Hinrichs

John 12:24 I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds.

Our family was driving through northwestern Wyoming on our way to or from a church we were to visit when we made a brief visit to Yellowstone National Park. There were many fascinating things we saw there: geysers, hot springs, brilliantly colored streams. But one of the most striking sights was the acres and acres of destroyed forest.

Fifteen years ago a fire ripped through the park and with the help of great winds destroyed huge forests so that as you drive through some places all you see are hills of charred stumps of evergreens. At first glance it’s so depressing but wait! Looking closely I noticed small evergreen trees all about 1 ½ meters high. It looked like what they typically do in Poland when the lumberjacks replant trees after they have harvested a section of woods. But this wasn’t the case at Yellowstone. Later I discovered that not one of those trees was planted by man but by God.

You see, God designed these trees whose cones will open up and plant their seeds only under a high temperature such as a forest fire. Therefore, when a fire breaks out, every dying tree is releasing and planting many new trees all around it resulting in new life.

It seems that when the fire rips through our lives we complain. It’s such a tragedy! Such a waste! How could this happen to me? To my family? Most often we see the fire lick up someone else’s life and other times we feel the flames hot on ourselves. Is it possible that God wants to take each fire to produce new life? I wonder if you have ever seen that yourself? Have you seen the testimony of those who shine like the stars amidst pain and suffering? And the result: seeds planted all around – new life!

Isn’t it awesome to know that God turns defeat into victory? After all, that’s the story of his Son

Saturday, September 24, 2005

Carolyn Dyrud at Home with the Lord

Carolyn Dyrud went home to be with the Lord this morning around 4:00 am. Carolyn, along with her husband Connely, had been a long time missionary with the AFLC in Brazil.

Visitation will be on Monday at the Gill Brothers Mortuary on 42nd Avenue North in Crystal, from 4 to 8 p.m.

The funeral service will be Tuesday, September 27 at 1:00 pm. The service will be held in the chapel at the Association of Free Lutheran Bible School. Internment will follow at Lakewood Cemetery in Minneapolis.

Please continue to be in prayer for Connely and the family.

Friday, September 23, 2005

Carolyn Dyrud

Continue to pray for the Dyruds. Carolyn will soon be passing through heaven’s gates. The time will probably be measured in hours rather than days.

The Benediction

Most Sundays we hear God's blessing pronouced to us at the end of the service in the benediction. This morning I ran across the Psalmist praying for much the same. God prompted him to write,

"May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face shine upon us:"

The verse that follows explains the reason for desiring the blessing of God. The Psalmist continued by saying,

"May your ways be know on earth, you salvation among all nations."

It is our prayer that God would bless us so that we might share salvation and His ways to all nations.

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Carolyn Dyrud in Final Stages of Cancer

Our long time missionary Carolyn Dyrud is now in the final stages of terminal cancer. Please be in prayer for her and her family. Connely, Carolyn's husband has taken time off from the Ministry Training Institute (AFLBS) to be at her side.

Connely and Carolyn have been living in the Minneapolis area as they completed this year of furlough. Carolyn is at Methodist Hospital in Minneapolis (St. Louis Park).

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

People Discipled in India - Martin Luther Dasari

Young people are being discipled in the villages where we have church work. Ramesh Madasu from Vengalaraonagar village is an example. When I met him he was in the 12th grade. I encouraged him to attend gospel meetings with me and as he heard the Word of God he confessed his sins and accepted Jesus as his personal Savior and decided to serve Him.

I've been teaching him from the Bible. After he married he came to serve the church at Gandahinagar. Ramesh still needs more training, but it is wonderful to see how he is serving the Lord with his life.

Pray for Ramesh and many like him who are serving Jesus here in India.

Friday, September 16, 2005

Lives Are Being Changed - Paul Abel

Someone once said that a pastor’s real work is dealing with the “interruptions.” We sure have plenty of those. About a month ago I got an interruption when a lady and two small boys appeared at my house, saying she had heard that I help people. She was leaving her third husband (live-in) and needed help to move to her brother’s house. After talking with her, sharing Jesus and praying with her, I agreed to help with the move. I invited her to church in Campo Largo. She has been coming ever since and is heeding my advice on how to raise her boys. She attended our weekend seminar last week and gave a radiant testimony, honoring Jesus and asking us to be her spiritual parents, protecting her from further mistakes in her love life. Over 200 people were in church that night (Aug. 28) giving their testimonies. The service was 2 ½ hours long and consisted of testimonies and praise songs to the Lord. People’s lives are being changed.

Thursday, September 15, 2005

Protection from the Storms of Life in India

When the tsunami hit India this year the island village of Elachetladibba, where we have a church, was flooded. We thank God that there was little loss of life, but the need for a shelter in the storms became evident.

The AFLC of India has submitted plans and work has begun on a new church/storm shelter for the village. The church will be built in such a way that refuge can be sought in times of flooding and cyclones. The church will also provide refuge as people will be taught about Jesus who has promised to meet our needs in the storms of this life and secure our place in eternal life as well.

Pictured is of the blueprint of the new church.

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Carolyn Dyrud Remains in the Hospital

We would ask your continued prayers for Carolyn Dyrud who remains hospitalized with cancer. Her situation is very serious. Please pray for Connely and their children as well.

Connely has started teaching at the Ministry Training Institute as the school year is now in session.

Thursday, September 08, 2005

Paul Abel's are Grandparents

Becky Reports:

"Joanna's baby was born September 2 at 3:00 p.m. She had a very easy normal delivery. Deborah Luiza is perfect and precious! We're so thankful to be close by to share in the joy of receiving our first grandchild into our family. "

25 Years of Proclaiming God's Word in Mexico

Our sister church, The Central Mexican Lutheran Church, will be celebrating their 25 Anniversary October 28-30. The Commemorative Committee has invited a number of AFLC pastors who have been involved with this missions outreach to celebrate with them.

Please pray that the Lord would continue to bless the ministry in Mexico and expand the preaching of His Word in the days and years to come.

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

India Pastoral Training Team

This year's India Pastoral Training Team has been selected. The team consists of Rev. Connely Dyrud, Rev. Al Pinno and Dr. Steve Snipstead.

The purpose of the team is to train pastors and leaders in India so that they can then train others. The team will travel to India in February.

Please be in prayer for the teachers and the students in the days ahead.

Saturday, September 03, 2005

World Relief - Hurricane Katrina Forum

World Relief has established a web-forum to link churches in the Gulf Coast region devastated by Hurricane Katrina, who are requesting both volunteers and gifts in-kind. This is to connect churches outside ground zero to those who are able to give of their time and gifts.


World Relief's web-based forum to network needs to resources in the following areas:
    1. Prayer requests
    2. Churches needing volunteers
    3. Needed supplies
    4. General discussion
NOTE: the web forum is in the early stages of development and information collection, but it will expand quickly in coming days

Priemavera Church Started

The property for this year's Priemavera Church in Brazil was purchased this week. The Priemavera Church plan calls for the national church in Brazil to purchase the property and the AFLC in the United States to provide $10,000. to put up a simple church building. This year's Priemavera Church will be in Campo Largo near Curitiba. The $10,000. was provided in full by the church in Janesville, WI. Thanks you friends!

The church in Glyndon, MN has also provided full funding for a Priemavera Church this year. The location of that Priemavera Church has not been announced.

Pictured is the church in Londrina a former Priemavera Church plant.

Friday, September 02, 2005

World Relief - Helping Hurricane Victims

We have all seen and heard how Katrina has devastated the Mississippi, Louisiana and Alabama Gulf Coast. News of entire communities being flooded, flattened schools, gutted offices, collapsed apartment complexes and destroyed church buildings have already saddened our hearts and brought all those suffering to mind.

World Relief has once again committed to helping those in greatest need around the world be Christ in their community. World Relief is equipping churches with both the financial resources and the much needed supplies to both clean-up what Katrina has left behind and when necessary, rebuild.

Like most of our communities, World Relief understands that churches already make up a grassroots volunteer network that can be mobilized immediately to be the hands and feet of Christ. This follows the disaster response model used in Indonesia after the tsunami, as well as other relief efforts World Relief has led during our 60 years of operation. World Relief will work with participating churches to provide assistance solely on the basis of need encouraging them to reach out to their entire community.

With the massive amount of clean up that will be undertaken in the coming weeks, volunteers will need chainsaws, containers to haul away debris, hoses, cleaning supplies, tools, and other items that will require an influx of cash. I am asking you to consider making a gift today to help with these items.

If you would like to make a gift that will help those effected by Hurricane Katrina please send your gift to World Relief, PO Box 868, Baltimore, MD 21202. Please put in the memo,"Hurricane Relief Fund." You may also go online to make your gift at or call us toll free at 1-800-535-LIFE (5433). Gifts to World Relief can be sent to AFLC World Missions marked "World Relief, Hurricane Fund."

Please pray that God's grace, mercy and peace be among those who have lost their homes, vehicles, family photo albums, church, furniture, pets, entire businesses and most devastatingly - their family and friends.

Thursday, September 01, 2005

The work in Maringa, Brazil - Jonathan Abel

We praise the Lord for bringing us here to start a new church last October. There were 2 families here that had moved here from other cities but wanted to continue participating in AFLC churches. God worked it out and we were able to come help with that. Now we have 8 families and other visitors that are attending our meetings in our home on Sunday afternoons. During the week we have two Bible studies in different homes. We hope to find a decent property to buy and build a church.

Prayer requests:
  • That God would strengthen the group/work here and that it would become solid, with good spiritual growth.
  • That in His time, with His wisdom and provision, we could find the right property to buy and build.
  • For health: Jonathan experiences bad back pains, and Tamba has a persistent cough that doesn't let up.