The sending service on July 15 opened with the singing of "Jesus Shall Reign."
Eric Kunkel will be serving as a GEO missionary in Macau.
The sending service was officiated by Rev. Dr. Matthew Harrison, LCMS President, and Rev. Dr. Kevin Golder, pastor, Village Lutheran Church, Ladue, Mo.
Rev. Golden shared the first reading from Acts 2:42-47.
The congregation also sang "Listen, God Is Calling," a Tanzanian hymn.
Guests at the service included Missouri District President Rev. Ray Mirly.
Rev. Golden read the Holy Gospel from Matthew 28:16-20.
President Harrison shared the homily, reminding missionaries, "You will be prayed for virtually every day in this chapel," Harrison said. Harrison continued, "You are part of a fellowship...When you stub your toe in Timbuktu, we will feel it in St. Louis. We will feel it here because we are made one body by His body and blood."
Rev. Golden led the congregation in prayers for the new missionaries and their ministry.
An offering was gathered.
Many International Center staff, former staff, missionary alumni, current missionaries and other guests worshiped together.
President Harrison celebrates the Lord's Supper.
New missionaries receive the Sacrament.
Melissa Karges, who will be serving as a GEO missionary in Hungary, receives congratulations from President Harrison and her certificate of completion.
Hannah Kiefer, who will be serving as a GEO missionary in Hungary, is congratulated by President Harrison.
Eric Kunkel, center, will be serving as a GEO missionary in Macau.
Marva Ludgood shakes hands with President Harrison. Marva will be serving in South Africa as a GEO missionary.
Rev. Dr. Alan Ludwig, missionary to Russia, receives congratulations and blessings from President Harrison.
Karin Moore, receiving greetings from President Harrison, will be serving as a GEO missionary in Slovakia.
Deaconess Deborah Rockrohr will be serving as the director of the new deaconess training program at the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Pretoria, South Africa.
Rev. Dr. Carl Rockrohr will also be serving at the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Pretoria, South Africa.
Rev. Dr. Alan Ludwig (right) and Tony Booker sing the closing hymn, "Lift High the Cross."
New GEO missionaries, Amanda Groshek, Taiwan, (left), and Hannah Kiefer, Macau.
New GEO missionaries Melissa Karges, left, and Hannah Kiefer, enjoy a reception following the worship service.
Current missionaries Carl Hanson and family enjoy the reception following the sending service.
Regional Director of Asia Rev. John Mehl and LCMS President Matthew Harrison visit during the reception.