Director of missions Roger Zieger asked these two questions, right at the beginning of his annual report: „Why Mission?“ and „Is Mission an atavistic, colonial remnant, promoted by reactionaries, pining for the good old days?“. The answers were trenchant: „Without Mission, without God’s mission, no church.“ and „It is not this mission society’s task, to bury our gifts of the Spirit in Germany, but rather to carry them into the world – into all of the world.“ – That was his answer to the first question. With regard to the second question, whether Mission is just a colonial fossil, Zieger answered: „God’s spirit is working in and under a clear mission. God’s mission suffers neither oppression nor foreign domination: be it from death, sin or devil. God’s mission frees people.“ Zieger emphasized that mission is about the future “ a future in freedom, freedom in and with God.“ He continued clarifying that Mission, carried out with God’s spirit, thus is not colonial, but rather offers a future, unencumbered by guilt,to people.
Zieger continued his report by picturing the current developments on the mission-fields in Germany and southern Africa. If interested, the report my be requested by mail to email@example.com (only in German).
Delegates and quite a few guests had gathered from the 20th unto the 21st at the Mission’s Guesthouse for the annual general assembly of the Lutheran Church-Mission (Bleckmarer Mission) e.V.(LKM). The guests included Johann Vogelnik and Herbert Ehn from the lutheran Mission-Society in Austria (LUTHMIS), Reverend Dr. Brent Smith (LCMS regional director) and President Gijsbertus van Hattem from the Lutheran Church in Belgium.
In addition to the report of the director of missions, treasurer Helmut Meyer gave his report. Thanking God and all who contributed to the LKM’s financial household, Meyer informed the assembly that the budget for 2013 has been met. All in all € 751,000 have been donated in 2012.
Spiritual Highlights were the Service of the Holy Sacrament on the evening of the first day and the devotion on the morning of the second day. During the devotion Missionary Christoph Weber led the assembled delegates in an in-depth prayer, bringing concerns of partner churches in southern Africa and form the mission’s world wide work before God.
It was Missionary Christoph Weber,too, the LKM’s representative in Southern Africa, who informed the delegates on the eve of the first day, giving a presentation about missions in South Africa and Botswana.
Text+Fotos: Martin Benhöfer abbreviated translation: RZ