The heart of global mission is defined by the ELCA’s teaching on accompaniment.
Central’s Global Partnerships
- Wycliffe Bible Translators: Carl and Joy Follingstad and Victor and Sara Gaultney
- Lutheran Health Care Bangladesh
- China Service Ventures
- Evangelical Lutheran Church in Africa, South Sudan
- ELCA Young Adults in Global Mission
Lutheran World Relief Quilt Ministry
Victor and Sara Gaultney serve with Wycliffe Bible Translators. They currently reside in England, and are in communication with translation teams around the world. Sara manages finances for translation projects and Victor designs computer fonts for intricate alphabets and writing systems.
Victor grew up in Central’s youth program, alongside Carl Follingstad. A goal of their work is to make the New Testament available to people in the language of their heart.
This summer, several projects have reached fruition, in terms of font development and in terms of providing published New Testaments to people in their mother tongue. It is always inspiring and interesting to learn about Sara and Victor’s work in the world. They have harnessed many opportunities afforded by technology to spread the Good News. Central Lutheran Church is pleased to participate in their ministry with support through prayer and financial contributions.
Missionary Spotlight: Carl and Joy Follingstad
Carl grew up in the CLC Sunday School and Youth program, graduated from Augsburg College, went on to receive his Ph.D. and in 1987 went to the TYAP tribe in Nigeria. They had no written language. Living a very simple lifestyle, Carl and his family learned the language by listening. An alphabet was created and taught to others so they could read in the language of their heart. Then part of the New Testament was translated. Carl trained tribe members to help in the translations. The complete New Testament was distributed at a Dedication Festival, of several days, in December, 2015. Carl, Joy and their daughter Rachel were present for this memorable occasion.
Carl continues to serve with Wycliffe Bible Translators as a supervisor-leader of three other African countries, going therefore, into all nations, spreading the Word of God. And to think this all started in Central Lutheran’s Sunday School! Central continues to support Carl and Joy financially and prayerfully in this Spirit directed ministry.
Global Mission Team
Bonnie Weisenburger (chair), Lorene Gilliksen, Lynda Minnick, Bill Nicol, Carol Henderson, Erik Kaaya, Harold and Arla Tollefson, and Pastor Peter Nycklemoe.