A St. Louis Missionary

Rev. Theodors (Teddy) Workeneh, together with his wife and family, arrived St. Louis on July 28, 2014 from Ethiopia to enroll as a graduate student at Concordia Seminary.  The following month he began part time service with CFNA as a Facilitator.  In addition to facilitating the enrol
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Jaylynn Bernhardt

Editors Note:  Born in Romania and adopted at the age of four, Jaylynn is one of approximately a dozen Lutheran Young Adult Corps volunteers assisting congregations and mission societies of the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod this year. Resembling the Peace Corps, this innovative LCM
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By All Possible Means

By All Possible Means The Apostle Paul writes: “I have become all things to all people that by all possible means I might save some” (1 Corinthians 9:22). Paul writes that although he is a totally free person, he chooses to make himself a servant, a “slave to everyone” so that he migh
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LWML Mission Trip

Our 2017 LWML short-term mission trip to Christian Friends of New Americans was truly a blessing. Five sisters in Christ from the North Wisconsin District, one from Minnesota, and two from St. Louis took part in this servant event among refugee women and children. On Friday, July 28,
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Closing the Gap

Every year, families with school-age kids spend hundreds of dollars on school supplies. For some parents, especially among New Americans, providing backpacks and basic school supplies for their children may constitute a genuine financial challenge. This year members of Concordia Luthe
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CFNA’s YMCA Swim Program

“Pastor Stanish…is there swim today?  I want to come; please wait for me, okay?…,” was Abishek Gurung’s plea when he realized that he and his group of friends were a little late.  The bus taking them to the Summer Swim Program at the O’Fallon Park YMCA was about to leave. He was among
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Life Skills

What do you do with an over-abundance of tomatoes?  How about a canning class at CFNA?  Here Abby Wuerffel shares her experience: On Tuesday, July 25, seven refugee ladies, along with three of their young girls, met with Nawal Orsan, Beena Stanish, Joanie Harwell, and me at the Peace
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YES It Was the 1950s

It was the 1950s and the Korean War was raging.  Small group Bible studies met in homes and many prayers were said for beloved soldiers.  But this evening was different.  The Moores arrived and began to share a letter from their son, Gibby.  He said he did not want to tell them he had
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Someone Special

For the first time a New American student is named Valedictorian of her graduating class. This happened during the 2017 graduation ceremonies at Word of Life Lutheran School.  Aminata Sesay, who arrived in St. Louis with her grandmother as refugees from Liberia, West Africa approximat
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