Missionaries. All Saints. Thanksgiving. Mothers.

Posted on October 15, 2009 by Global Mission Support

“I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints, and for this reason I do not cease to give thanks for you as I remember you in my prayers” (Ephesians 1:15).

“Ordinary Saints” (Lutheran Woman Today, November 2009, pp. 6–9) is a missionary story.  ELCA missionary Christa von Zychlin, its author, shares how ELCA missionaries Barbara and John LeMond care for Barbara’s mother, Oriet, as they serve in Hong Kong.

It’s a story for All Saint’s Day, one that celebrates the priesthood of all believers and our ordinary, extraordinary vocations.

It’s a Thanksgiving story.  Despite difficult circumstances—or perhaps especially because of difficult circumstances—the LeMonds are thankful for past and present blessings and gifts of grace.

It’s a “mothers” story, particularly affirming and encouraging for children who love and care for a dependent parent.

Read “Ordinary Saints” in the November 2009 issue of Lutheran Woman Today magazine.  To download and print the article visit www.elca.org/handinhand (look for the link toward the bottom of the right-hand column).