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RELIGION BRIEFS: Special speakers at Word of Life; Kelly Sisters concert at First Christian; Maxine Bates Circle at First Baptist; SALT luncheon at First Baptist

Word of Life hosting speakers

Word of Life Lutheran Church is hosting speakers from two different Christian mission organizations in the coming weeks.

Sunday, Word of Life will host Mike Wind, director of development for the Eastern European Missions Network, and on Jan. 20, Nijhar and Jhakmak Ekka of the World Mission Prayer League will be speaking.

On both Sundays, the speakers will be presenting during the worship services. There also will be time to meet and talk with them throughout the morning. Anyone interested in learning more is welcome to attend either the 8:30 or 10 a.m. worship services.

The Eastern European Missions Network is an international relational network. Founded in 1992, following the fall of communism, EEMN is a confessional, evangelical, pan-Lutheran — but first and foremost --– Christian mission organization that connects partners with indigenous Christians living in former communist and Soviet bloc nations. EEMN connects People to Christian Missions. Their primary passion is twofold: Engaging in the Gospel with people who have never encountered the saving grace, love, and mercy of God in Christ Jesus; and connecting North American and international ministries to teach and equip a new generation of leaders committed to building authentic communities in Christ.

The roots of the World Mission Prayer League are found in 1891 when the American Board of the Santal Mission was formed. The American Board was sister to a Norwegian Board established in 1867 and a Danish Board established a few years later. The American Board sent its first missionaries from Minneapolis in 1904, to join a Scandinavian work already in progress among the Santal people in northern India. Over the years several different mission groups came together and in 1945 WMPL officially came into existence. Today they have over 100 missionaries serving in 20 countries around the world, from the rugged plains of Central Asia to the slums of urban Nairobi — and many points between. They have prayer and administrative offices in Minneapolis, Los Angeles, Seattle, Gettysburg, and Camrose, Alberta. Together with the Church and its partners in mission, the World Mission Prayer League seeks to be sensitive to the Holy Spirit’s fresh initiative in the world today. Some of the places WMPL is most active include: Bangladesh, Bolivia, Ecuador, India, Kenya, Mexico, Mongolia, Nepal, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, and South Sudan.

Kelly Sisters singing at First Christian

First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) will host a Christian music concert by the Kelly Sisters at 6 p.m. Sunday.

Connie Heiser and Robin Bartholomew are siblings from southeast Iowa, who have been writing and recording their music for several years. They love Jesus and want to bring the message of the Gospel to all who will hear through their singing ministry.

A “love offering” will be received.

Coffee, punch and cookies will be served following the concert.

The community is invited to attend the evening of gospel music and fellowship.

Maxine Bates Circle meeting Tuesday

The Maxine Bates Circle of First Baptist Church will meet at 1 p.m. Tuesday.

Joyce Roemen will be the hostess.

Those attending will be tying a quilt and bagging bingo prizes.

SALT soup lunch set Thursday

The SALT group will have a soup lunch at noon Thursday in the First Baptist Church Fellowship Hall.

Soup will be provided, but those attending are asked to bring their own soup bowl, and either a salad, dessert or sandwiches to share.

All senior adults age 55 and over are invited.