Saturday, August 28, 2010

Houge Mission News from East Africa August 2010

Claude and Rhoda Houge are serving in East Africa with LCMS World Mission

Greetings from Nairobi! We returned on August 20 after several months in the states. We apologize for not getting out a July newsletter, but it was difficult to keep up with correspondence with all the traveling.

Our remaining activities in the states went very well. Our uplifting visit to Redeemer in Ft. Collins CO was followed by a few days with Claude’s sister Alice and her husband Harold in Canon City, where Harold is an LCMS pastor. We enjoyed the scenery and some fun times with our lovable great-nephew Jack!

It was great to spend a Sunday at dynamic Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Owatana MN in early August. Also, we were able to get one more visit scheduled in Omaha NE to meet with the leaders of churches and organizations working with Sudanese ministry in Nebraska and Iowa. Claude wanted to introduce Rev. Jacob Gillard (on home leave from Uganda) to these men since Jake will be working more closely with Sudan in the future.

Some of the people you may recognize include Rev. Ray and Lois Wilke (Orphan Grain Train), Rev. Rich Boring (NE District Mission Exec), Rev. John Deang (NE District Immigrant Ministry), Rev. Mark Gerken (IA West Mission Exec), Rev. Jake Gillard, Rev. Ken & Betty Greinke (former Africa Regional Director), Rev. Russ Sommerfeld (President, Nebraska District), Rev. Simon Yiech (President, Sudanese Lutheran Mission Society), plus the pastors and leaders of churches in the area working with Sudanese ministry in the area. (Claude took the picture, and I’m in the middle.)

Prayer Requests:
 Praise God for safe travels while in the US and back to Nairobi.
 Pray for us as we continue our work here. There is so much to do with projects, reports, and communication with partner churches, preparing for visitors, and many other activities that seem far from what we think of as “traditional” mission work. But all is part of sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
 We thank God for those of you who pray for us and support us. We don’t correspond directly as often as we would hope to, but we are grateful for your partnership with us in our mission work.

May God bless you richly!

Together in His mission,
Claude and Rhoda Houge

E-mail address:

Mailing address:
Claude & Rhoda Houge
PO Box 22
Karen 00502, Kenya

Financial support:
LCMS World Mission – Mission Central
40718 Hwy. E16
Mapleton, IA 51034
(Designate: Houge missionary support)
(NOTE: New Address)
LCMS World Mission
Missionary Support
PO Box 790089
St. Louis, MO 63179-0089
(Designate: Houge missionary support)