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Our missionary “career” began in 1988 in Venezuela, where we served as missionaries for 13 years, planting churches and training church leaders. While there, our four children were born and grew up as “bi-cultural kids”. It was during those years that God opened our eyes and our hearts to the joys and challenges of serving the Lord as cross-cultural missionaries.
Later, Jim served as an Area Director for missions with the LCMS, and as a church planter in Miramar, Florida. Liisa taught music and Spanish in the Lutheran elementary schools in the Miami area from 2001 – 2014. In 2010, Jim founded Global Lutheran Outreach, an organization that identifies, recruits, and trains people to serve as cross-cultural missionaries.
In June 2013, Jim accepted the invitation of the Lutheran Church of Chile to serve as a missionary to Santiago. After raising support for 1 year, they “deployed” to Santiago in October 2014. Santiago is a city of over 7 million people, and the goal is to plant two or more new Lutheran churches. They joined a church planting ministry that has been in progress since 2007, forming a team with Rev. Cristian and Ethel Rautenberg, missionaries from Argentina.
We believe that our years as urban missionaries in Venezuela have well-prepared us for this new challenge! At the same time, we venture out in faith, not knowing what lies ahead, but trusting that God knows us better than we know ourselves.
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