"But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” Acts 1:8
As Christians, we have the responsibility and privilege to spread the good news about Jesus Christ with as many people as we can. As a congregation we invest both in the ministry that is happening in our community and state, as well as the mission work that is happening around the world.
Rev. Andrew, Kelsey, Charlotte and Margaret Schlund -- Mexico City
Rev. Andrew and Kelsey Schlund serve the Lord through The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) as career missionaries in Mexico. In his role, Andrew works with other missionaries in the theological education of existing pastors and possible future pastors. He also preaches and teaches whenever needed. Through the relationships that are formed, Andrew and Kelsey seek to share the Good News of Jesus Christ with the people of Mexico.
Andrew was born in Janesville, Wis., and grew up in Delevan, Wis., and Ravenna, Neb. His home congregation is Peace Lutheran Church, Great Falls, Mont. He earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Concordia University, Nebraska, Seward, and his Master of Divinity from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis. In his free time, he enjoys reading, playing board games, biking and doing puzzles.
Kelsey was born in St. Charles, Mo., where her home congregation, Immanuel Lutheran Church, is located. She earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and secondary education from Concordia University, Nebraska, Seward, and a master’s degree in chemistry from Saint Louis University. Her hobbies include reading, traveling, going for walks and photography. Andrew and Kelsey have two beautiful daughters, Charlotte and Margaret who join them on the mission field.
Rev. Carl and Chenhsi (Li) Hanson -- Asia Pacific Region
Rev. Carl and Chenhsi (Li) Hanson serve as LCMS career missionaries in the Asia Pacific region, based in Hong Kong. From 1997 to 2004, they served in various roles in Taiwan. In 2004, Carl began serving as the area facilitator for East Asia. He helps to connect local churches and schools, creating a link for Asian Lutheran mission outreach in the Asia Pacific region. Carl notes, "One of the amazing things going on in Asia today is the exciting passion for missions within our partner churches and schools. Partners reach parts of Asia that are inaccessible to us as Western missionaries. We have a unique opportunity to touch people with the Gospel and expand the church.”
Carl is also part of the Asia Management Team for the LCMS, which supports the whole Asia Pacific region through joint planning and budgeting. Carl shares, “I am blessed to be a part of our church’s mission work in Asia, both in developing new opportunities and in supporting the ministry of others. It is a wonderful opportunity to see how God’s people from all parts of the body can come together to share the Good News of Jesus Christ.”
Carl was born in Des Moines, Iowa and served as a long-term missionary to Taiwan from 1986-1991. He received both his M.Div. (1996) and Master of Sacred Theology (1998) from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Mo. Chenhsi was born in Taiwan and holds a master’s degree in translation and interpretation from Monterey Institute of International Studies, Monterey, Calif. She currently serves as the children’s ministry coordinator for The Church of All Nations in Hong Kong. She also works as a freelance translator. Carl and Chenhsi have three daughters — Emma, Andrea and Lydia.