Karin Moore, who will be serving in Slovakia, takes notes during a presentation on Day 1 of orientation.
Barb Below, representing the LCMS President's Office, shares greetings with the missionaries and an overview of The Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod on the morning of Day 1.
Participants considered the impact of current global trends on ministry around the world, viewing them through the lens of Scripture.
New missionaries viewed video footage of LCMS President Matthew Harrison sharing a story.
Rev. Carl Rockrohr and Tony Booker chat between sessions on Day 1.
Rev. Dr. David Birner, of LCMS International Ministries, shares an overview of LCMS work around the world.
New missionaries, human care workers and educators met in the International Center's Walther Room throughout Day 1.
Participants enjoyed several lively sessions.
Rev. Alan Ludwig, left, and Jonathan Mumme, right, follow along as the group reads from the booklet, "Walter on Mercy."
Rudy Blank, of the LCMS Communications staff, chats with Deaconess Deborah Rockrohr, who will be serving in South Africa.
Day 1 included a tour of the International Center. Guide and IC staff person, Chris Morris leads one of the small groups, explaining art throughout the building, introducing them to the ministries housed at the IC and the Museum and CPH bookstore.
John Fale, of LCMS International Ministries, shares about the Synod's mercy work around the world.