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
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.