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MAY 2017

'Trust and thankfulness'
Juba Church Serving as a Young Adults in Global Mission (YAGM) volunteer in Senegal has affected Nate Zimdars in many ways. Read about Nate’s faith journey, from his confirmation faith statement to his newfound trust and truthfulness discovered while serving in Senegal.

Evangelism in West Africa
In Senegal and The Gambia, two Lutheran churches are evangelizing to grow the church and expand their mission outreach. Watch the powerful video from these west African countries, where our brothers and sisters are daily witnesses by serving through word and deed.

Future YAGM to be commencement senior speaker at Augustana University
Augustana senior Katie Romano, a biology major from Cañon City, Colo., will be the senior speaker at the 2017 graduation ceremony on May 20 at the Sioux Falls Arena. Katie will be serving in Rwanda as a Young Adults in Global Mission volunteer beginning in August.

Nepal earthquake 2 years later
On April 25, 2015, around 11:55 a.m. local time, a 7.8-magnitude earthquake shook Nepal, with its epicenter approximately 43 miles from its capital city, Kathmandu. The earthquake was felt around the country, but the Kathmandu valley and western region of the country were hit hardest. Read how the ELCA is still helping rebuild communities in Nepal through Lutheran Disaster Response.

'Liberated by God's Grace': The Lutheran World Federation 12th Assembly
From May 10-16, The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) gathered for its 12th Assembly in Windhoek, Namibia. Delegates from around the world, including a delegation from the ELCA, gathered around the theme “Liberated by God’s Grace.” This theme also frames the LWF’s approach to the 500th anniversary of the Reformation in 2017 by expressing two pivotal insights of Lutheran theology: the prevalence of God’s grace when it comes to justification and the gift of freedom that results from God’s transformative action.

Global commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation
A highlight of the 12th Assembly of The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) was the global commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, held Sunday, May 14, at Sam Nujoma Stadium in Katutura, an apartheid-era township just outside the Namibian capital of Windhoek. Thousands of people from around the African continent and the world joined with members of the Lutheran churches in Namibia and ecumenical guests in commemorating the anniversary.

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Global Church Pentecost Sunday booklet
To continue providing resources for you and your congregation as we celebrate the Global Church theme year of Always Being Made New: The Campaign for the ELCA, another resource has been created. Please check out the Pentecost Sunday booklet and its ideas for engaging your congregation and celebrating the Global Church.

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