By Marcia Brown, Mission Interpreter

Everybody loves a good story. How about stories about good things? That’s what mission interpreters do-tell the stories of how an individual’s or congregation’s mission support is used to do God’s work. They are easy and fun to tell, because they are such good news. And they are abundant. They range from your own congregation to anywhere across the world. Would you like to learn where to find them? How to tell them? There will be two training workshops in the Upstate New York Synod this fall where you can get the answers to those questions. It would be ideal for every congregation to have (at least) one person telling the stories. Pastors-can you identify that one person who seems to always be interested in what the ELCA is doing around the world? Someone who is passionate about malaria eradication, or world hunger, or who orders Christmas gifts from the Good Gifts catalogue? Please, encourage them to come:

In the West, the date is October 25th, at Crossroads Lutheran Church, Amherst, NY; from 9:30AM to 2:30PM. Contact Marcia Brown at

In the East, the date is November 8th, in Albany, location to be announced; from9:30AM to 2:30PM. Contact Denise Ballou at

We are church together for the sake of the world.

God’s Work. Our Hands (and Voices!).