By Peter Wagner
On May 22nd, our congregation voted unanimously to hire Rebecca Schaff as our campus missionary. A recent graduate in linguistics from the University of Iowa, Rebecca served as Director of International Outreach at St. Paul’s Lutheran Chapel while a student. She also spent a year at Harbin Normal University in northern China studying Mandarin Chinese. Since then, she has taught Chinese at an immersion school in Forest Lake, MN, and has been an active member of Messiah Lutheran Church in Forest Lake. We believe that her enthusiasm, dedication, strong heart for missions, and experience with international outreach and Mandarin Chinese make her an excellent candidate.
This summer, Rebecca will travel to St. Louis to meet with the LCMS Office of National Missions for vetting and training. She will then work with Pastor Kind to develop a mission plan and prepare to start working with students on campus in the Fall semester. We are overjoyed to have her!
Thanks be to God for His grace toward our congregation, for the new spirit of support and cooperation with the MNS District leadership, and most especially for this incredible opportunity to increase and focus our work as a campus ministry! His hand is clearly evident in all of this; in the enthusiastic support of the District President and Board of Directors, in the unanimous votes to approve the missionary proposal, in the generous financial grant, and in the calling of an exceptional candidate. We eagerly look forward to seeing all of these blessings grow and bear fruit in the spiritual lives of our students!