Greetings to all who will wish to follow my adventures at the Evangelical Theological Seminary in Cairo, Egypt. I am scheduled to leave on Tuesday, August 21, 2007 and to serve for about a year as coordinator of graduate studies at this ecumenical institution establish over 100 years ago to train Christian church leaders for Egypt and other lands of the middle east. I will be supported by the Global Missions Division of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America as part of its global commitment to ministry. I will be sharing some of my experiences and welcome your comments. You can learn more about ETSC by going to its excellent website.
The picture above shows Messiah-Mesias Lutheran Church in Pasadena, California where I have been serving this past year. It is to serve two purposes, to "practice" taking and placing pictures on my blog spot and to celebrate the ministry of this Lutheran-Christian community of God's people in their 95th year of ministry in this place (the corner of Orange Grove and Madison). A plan is underway between the congregation and the synod to design a new effort to reach the largely hispanic community in this area. May God bless these efforts as God has done so in the past.
I know little of what awaits me, except that there are faithful leaders serving there from all over the world who will be my colleagues, and that fine programs developed in past years will be my responsibility to administer and seek to enrich in this coming year. A long term replacement will be recruited to come next summer. You can write me if you know of someone who would be interested, or go to the web site for Global Mission of the ELCA for more information. You can also get more information of how you can support my work or that of others who serve in global ministry by visiting the ELCA web site. I will continue to have my personal e-mail address at firstname.lastname@example.org and would welcome comments and questions there as well as ones you can post on this blog spot for others to view.
May God bless each of us as we continue to witness and serve as God's peope in this, God's world. en cristo, Roger Rogahn