Missions Abroad

Good Shepherd sponsors the following missions abroad:

Through our membership in the Northeastern Iowa Synod of the ELCA, Good Shepherd members share a companion relationship with people who are part of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Hungary. Through this relationship, synod members have an opportunity to expand their horizons to learn, grow and pray with and for our Siblings in Christ in Hungary. Good Shepherd also supports Young Adults in Global Mission serving in Hungary. Read more about this relationship here. http://www.neiasynod.org/ministries/companion-synod-hungary/  

This link is an update from our Young Adults in Global Mission in Hungary.  Their October 2019 newsletter is here:  October 2019 Newsletter from Rachel and Zach

Below is a copy of the letter they wrote accompanying their newsletter:

Greetings friends in the Upper Iowa River Conference! 
First of all, thank you again for your support and prayers that makes our service with Young Adults in Global Mission possible. We are grateful! 
As the season changes here in Central Europe, we receive a welcome break from the summer heat and a chance to welcome a new cohort of YAGM Central Europe missionaries! What a joy it is to get to know these remarkable young people and accompany them as they begin their year of service in Hungary and Serbia. 
In our most recent ministry update, attached to this email, you can read about our work with the YAGM and our local partners here in Hungary and Serbia. We’ve also attached the YAGM Central Europe Country Profile with more information on the program and how people can continue to support the YAGM CE program and the missionaries serving here. 
There is an expression in Hungarian, tök jó!, which means awesome! It is a phrase that combines the shortened version of the word meaning exquisite and perfection (tökéletes) and the word for good (.) 
However, the word tök is also the Hungarian word for pumpkin, leading many first time Hungarian learners (including us a few years ago) to wonder why everyone is telling others that things are “pumpkin good!” ?
With that bit of background, we think tök jó! is a perfectly (tökéletesen) good () phrase for this time of year. So from all of us here in Hungary, to you all in NE Iowa, may you have a pumpkin good Autumn! 
God’s Peace, 
Rachel, Zach & Dot

Members also share in a companion relationship with Evangelical Lutheran Church in the Republic of Namibia. http://www.neiasynod.org/ministries/companion-synod-namibia/

Good Shepherd also supports Mary Beth and Bayo Oyebade and their ministry in Jos, Nigeria through the Mashiah Foundation.
Video sent in January 2019 from the Mashiah Foundation: