Mission Efforts

Serving the Lord in Africa News from Mark & Megan Mantey (Jan 2024):

Africa Luther Academy for French Speakers

As we have been in Kenya for almost a year, we are fully immersed in our roles. Within that, Megan has been working with Luther Academy steadily, developing conferences for African church bodies. Most recently, Megan has worked with Lutheran church bodies in Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Madagascar, Rwanda, and Togo for French-speaking music and liturgical workshops to learn about a new Lutheran French hymnal, Edition Africaine. 

This year, we were able to coordinate a French-speaking workshop in Rwanda. Rwanda has few French-speaking people now, but since we regularly work with the Lutheran Mission Africa- Synod of a Thousand Hills (LMA-STH), they agreed to host the workshop. So, we invited people from Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo to the workshop, as it is not always feasible for a missionary or instructor to travel to those locations. We partnered with Lutheran Heritage Foundation (LHF) to print and ship the hymnals to Rwanda and Togo.

We were also grateful that representatives from the Lutheran church in Madagascar (one of the largest in the world) could participate in the liturgical workshop. Since they’re an established church body, the Malagasy can serve as mentors and leaders to some developing church bodies within the interior of Africa. We praise God for the opportunity to bring people together to praise Him and glorify His name. 

Life & Ministry Update

In East Africa, during the Christmas season, many people travel to visit family, and work often slows down. So, we welcomed a quieter Christmas, as it gave us the opportunity to rest. We were able to connect with other LCMS missionaries and enjoy the Christmas season within Nairobi.

Mark has been focused on business-related tasks at the East Africa Field Office. He regularly engages in activities that assist missionaries with projects, work visas, and budgets. His work directly frees up the missionaries to share the Gospel and also allows the LCMS mission in Africa to do work in good order. 

Before Christmas, Megan traveled to Uganda with an LCMS representative to attend the Lutheran Church of Uganda’s (LCU’s) church elections. Attending their convention shows support and partnership and allows the LCU to strengthen relationships with the bishops and church bodies that attended. Megan was grateful to participate and see old friends within the LCU.

Additionally, Megan traveled to Rwanda to teach alongside Ambassadors of Reconciliation (AoR). AoR had taught in Rwanda in 2019, so the Lutheran Mission Africa - Synod of a Thousand Hills (LMA-STH) was happy to welcome back AoR to train pastors, deaconesses, and evangelists in reconciliation work. We are thankful for these ministry opportunities and that the Holy Spirit guides our work!

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Joyfully Serving Jesus, Mark & Megan 

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Belize Mission Trip 2023:

Belize Mission Trip Moment:


MISSION BELIZE TRIP MOMENTBelize Missions – Feliz Navidad!  ORLC sent mission teams to a small non-denominational church in San Jose Village, Belize each year from 2016 – 2019. Our mission trips focused on sharing the Gospel message and God’s love. Even though we’ve not been able to return to this church in Belize, ORLC continues to share God’s love by providing some support to this congregation. In 2021, we found out that their traditional Christmas meal consists of smoked ham, a treat many families cannot afford; but for Christmas 2022, and again this year we were able to send enough funds for all the families to have this special Christmas treat. Pray that if it is God’s will, we will be able to return to Belize in 2024.

And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.” (Hebrews 13:16) 

Belize Mission Team Recap Video 2019: