“Be Bold for the Proclamation of the Gospel”

The Ministry of the Pakistani Lutheran Church

Denver, Colorado

Matthew 18:20

“For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them.”

How many people does it take to have a church fellowship?  According to Jesus in this verse, just two. When one of His disciples interacts with another, the Spirit of God is present in that fellowship.

The Pakistani Lutheran Church is a small ethnic congregation that was chartered in 2003 by the LCMS to serve Muslims, Hindus, Sikhs and Afghans, in Denver. You will not find a church building so named because the informal evening services are mostly held at the home of Deacon Shakil Nazami.  The services often include some special carol singing, while others begin with tea and conversation, leading into Bible study and discussion.  Members of the congregation are immigrants, sharing many of the same cultural and language challenges.  Deacon Nazami interacts with his church members through his native language and his upbringing in that culture.  His wife supports his mission, putting people at ease through her hospitality. Muslim women are often more comfortable speaking with another woman than with a man.

Deacon Shakil Nazami is a native of northern Pakistan.  His father was raised in a Muslim household, but became a Christian at the age of 32.  His father had to leave his home at that point of his conversion.  As a Christian he was no longer considered a son to his parents and was treated as a non-person by all the rest of his kin.  Nevertheless, it was a decision he never regretted.  Shakil’s mother was a Christian, and he and his sisters were raised in the Anglican Church in Pakistan.  His paternal grandmother was the only family member to visit them, and that she had to do secretly.

Deacon Nazami received a Master’s Degree in Islamic History at Peshawar University, subsequently teaching Islamic History for 28 years.  In 1988, he applied for immigration to the United States.  He and his family were sponsored by a sister-in-law in Denver, and after a 12-year immigration process, Shakil and his family were finally able to come to Denver in 2000.  Here he had a friend who introduced him to the Lutheran church.  He was surprised to find many different Lutheran churches in America.  He knew of Lutherans in Pakistan, all of whom were of German descent, and he assumed all the churches here would be the same.  He became convicted in the evangelical Lutheran faith, and in time became a missionary of POBLO, “People of the Book Lutheran Outreach,” a Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod mission society based in Dearborn Heights, Michigan.  The purpose of the POBLO is to reach out to Muslims, Hindus and Sikhs in the U.S. and abroad and to sponsor workers in Pakistan.  Since it was established in Michigan in the early 1990s, POBLO’s ministry has been richly blessed by God and has expanded to metropolitan areas across the United States.

As a POBLO missionary, Deacon Nazami was recommended by the Rocky Mountain District to attend the Ethnic Immigrant Institute of Theology at Concordia Seminary in St. Louis.  The EIIT program at Concordia plays a key role in training LCMS workers for ethnic Gospel outreach to new immigrants in the United States.  Its stated mission:

“The Ethnic Immigrant Institute of Theology (EIIT) is a distance-education pastoral and deaconess training program for immigrants sponsored by Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, and LCMS World Mission. Many students work full-time secular jobs and serve in their individual pastoral and deaconal ministries while enrolled in the program. They are mentored by their local pastor and were recommended for the program through their districts. Students spend one week together each year on the seminary campus in intensive classes and seminars.

EIIT is one leadership development tool through which LCMS church planting is made possible. This training for both men and women doesn’t separate students from the “laboratory” of their existing ministries. Students are bivocational. Secular jobs not only provide financial support, but also many contacts that church workers often do not have.”

Deacon Nazami’s ministry represents the type of Lutheran mission work done among recent immigrants throughout the United States.  In his very unique ministry, Deacon Nazami uses every opportunity to speak about Christ, whether through informal gatherings, services in his home, or with people who see him at his job at a local 7-11 store.  He must work this second job because his congregation is not self-sufficient.  He asks for prayers for those who are just learning about the great love of Jesus Christ and His salvation, those who suffer the same pains, problems, and struggles as we all do.

In addition to praying for his congregation, he would ask that we pray for his church to become visible, and that in the very near future they could begin formally worshiping together at University Hills Lutheran Church.

In addition to prayers, the Pakistani Lutheran Church, sponsored by the Rocky Mountain District, relies on outside financial support.  Special gifts for this ministry may be directed to the Rocky Mountain District Office, 14334 E. Evans Avenue, Aurora, CO 80014.

For more information, contact the district office at (303) 695-8001.

18 Mar

THE ROCKY MOUNTAIN DISTRICT -  LCMS

Nurturing the FAITH – 2019 Gathering

“Nurturing the FAITH” Gatherings for 2019 are designed for pastors, preschool, elementary and high school staffs, DCEs, church leaders, Sunday school teachers, youth workers, and others who are involved in the ministry of children, youth and adults. PLEASE BRING A BIBLE PER PERSON.

 

SCRIPTURE BASIS: “…to equip the saints for work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until all of us come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to

maturity, to the measure of the full stature of Christ.”  Ephesians 4: 12-13.

 

MISSION STATEMENT: Nurturing the Faith Workshops provide opportunities to be refreshed and renewed in the Word for all saints ministering to children, youth, and adults.

 

OBJECTIVE: To promote personal spiritual growth and develop faith-filled relationships through encountering God’s Word.

 

GUEST SPEAKER:

Rev. Dr. Ryan Peterson, Vice President of Administration, Concordia University- Ann Arbor, MI

 

Each administrator may choose which location his/her staff will attend.

DATES -        MONDAY, MARCH 18- NM                               Immanuel Lutheran School

                                                                                                        300 Gold Ave SE

                                                                                                        Albuquerque, NM   87102

                                                                                                        Ph: (505)  243-2589

                                                                                                        Coordinator:  Mark Angell

 

                        TUESDAY, MARCH 19- N DV                          Trinity Lutheran School

                                                                                                        3000  35th Ave

                                                                                                        Greeley, CO 80634

                                                                                                        ph:  (970)  330-2485

                                                                                                        Coordinator:  Kyle Erickson

 

                        THURSDAY, MARCH 21 - S DV                      Peace With Christ Christian School               

                                                                                                        3290 S Tower Rd

                                                                                                        Aurora, CO  80013

                                                                                                        Ph: (303) 766-7116

                                                                                                        Coordinator: David Robinson

 

                        FRIDAY, MARCH 22- UT         Concordia Learning Ctr at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church

                                                                                                        13249 S. Redwood Rd.

                                                                                                        Riverton, UT  84065  

                                                                                                        ph: (801) 580-9318

                                                                                                        Coordinator:  Sue Walker

 

*SCHEDULE FOR THE DAY          

              8:30 am -  9:00 am       Refreshments/Coffee

              9:00 am -10:30 am       Welcoming & Session I

             10:30 am -10:45 am      Break

             10:45 am -12:00 pm      Session II

            12:00 pm -12:45 pm       Lunch

            12:45 pm -  2:15 pm       Session III & Sending

COST: $  29  per person.       Please submit your registration form  and payment to the host school by Feb. 28, 2019. 

 

19 Mar

THE ROCKY MOUNTAIN DISTRICT -  LCMS

Nurturing the FAITH – 2019 Gathering

“Nurturing the FAITH” Gatherings for 2019 are designed for pastors, preschool, elementary and high school staffs, DCEs, church leaders, Sunday school teachers, youth workers, and others who are involved in the ministry of children, youth and adults. PLEASE BRING A BIBLE PER PERSON.

 

SCRIPTURE BASIS: “…to equip the saints for work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until all of us come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to

maturity, to the measure of the full stature of Christ.”  Ephesians 4: 12-13.

 

MISSION STATEMENT: Nurturing the Faith Workshops provide opportunities to be refreshed and renewed in the Word for all saints ministering to children, youth, and adults.

 

OBJECTIVE: To promote personal spiritual growth and develop faith-filled relationships through encountering God’s Word.

 

GUEST SPEAKER:

Rev. Dr. Ryan Peterson, Vice President of Administration, Concordia University- Ann Arbor, MI

 

Each administrator may choose which location his/her staff will attend.

DATES -        MONDAY, MARCH 18- NM                               Immanuel Lutheran School

                                                                                                        300 Gold Ave SE

                                                                                                        Albuquerque, NM   87102

                                                                                                        Ph: (505)  243-2589

                                                                                                        Coordinator:  Mark Angell

 

                        TUESDAY, MARCH 19- N DV                          Trinity Lutheran School

                                                                                                        3000  35th Ave

                                                                                                        Greeley, CO 80634

                                                                                                        ph:  (970)  330-2485

                                                                                                        Coordinator:  Kyle Erickson

 

                        THURSDAY, MARCH 21 - S DV                      Peace With Christ Christian School               

                                                                                                        3290 S Tower Rd

                                                                                                        Aurora, CO  80013

                                                                                                        Ph: (303) 766-7116

                                                                                                        Coordinator: David Robinson

 

                        FRIDAY, MARCH 22- UT         Concordia Learning Ctr at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church

                                                                                                        13249 S. Redwood Rd.

                                                                                                        Riverton, UT  84065  

                                                                                                        ph: (801) 580-9318

                                                                                                        Coordinator:  Sue Walker

 

*SCHEDULE FOR THE DAY          

              8:30 am -  9:00 am       Refreshments/Coffee

              9:00 am -10:30 am       Welcoming & Session I

             10:30 am -10:45 am      Break

             10:45 am -12:00 pm      Session II

            12:00 pm -12:45 pm       Lunch

            12:45 pm -  2:15 pm       Session III & Sending

COST: $  29  per person.       Please submit your registration form  and payment to the host school by Feb. 28, 2019. 

21 Mar

THE ROCKY MOUNTAIN DISTRICT -  LCMS

Nurturing the FAITH – 2019 Gathering

“Nurturing the FAITH” Gatherings for 2019 are designed for pastors, preschool, elementary and high school staffs, DCEs, church leaders, Sunday school teachers, youth workers, and others who are involved in the ministry of children, youth and adults. PLEASE BRING A BIBLE PER PERSON.

 

SCRIPTURE BASIS: “…to equip the saints for work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until all of us come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to

maturity, to the measure of the full stature of Christ.”  Ephesians 4: 12-13.

 

MISSION STATEMENT: Nurturing the Faith Workshops provide opportunities to be refreshed and renewed in the Word for all saints ministering to children, youth, and adults.

 

OBJECTIVE: To promote personal spiritual growth and develop faith-filled relationships through encountering God’s Word.

 

GUEST SPEAKER:

Rev. Dr. Ryan Peterson, Vice President of Administration, Concordia University- Ann Arbor, MI

 

Each administrator may choose which location his/her staff will attend.

DATES -        MONDAY, MARCH 18- NM                               Immanuel Lutheran School

                                                                                                        300 Gold Ave SE

                                                                                                        Albuquerque, NM   87102

                                                                                                        Ph: (505)  243-2589

                                                                                                        Coordinator:  Mark Angell

 

                        TUESDAY, MARCH 19- N DV                          Trinity Lutheran School

                                                                                                        3000  35th Ave

                                                                                                        Greeley, CO 80634

                                                                                                        ph:  (970)  330-2485

                                                                                                        Coordinator:  Kyle Erickson

 

                        THURSDAY, MARCH 21 - S DV                      Peace With Christ Christian School               

                                                                                                        3290 S Tower Rd

                                                                                                        Aurora, CO  80013

                                                                                                        Ph: (303) 766-7116

                                                                                                        Coordinator: David Robinson

 

                        FRIDAY, MARCH 22- UT         Concordia Learning Ctr at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church

                                                                                                        13249 S. Redwood Rd.

                                                                                                        Riverton, UT  84065  

                                                                                                        ph: (801) 580-9318

                                                                                                        Coordinator:  Sue Walker

 

*SCHEDULE FOR THE DAY          

              8:30 am -  9:00 am       Refreshments/Coffee

              9:00 am -10:30 am       Welcoming & Session I

             10:30 am -10:45 am      Break

             10:45 am -12:00 pm      Session II

            12:00 pm -12:45 pm       Lunch

            12:45 pm -  2:15 pm       Session III & Sending

COST: $  29  per person.       Please submit your registration form  and payment to the host school by Feb. 28, 2019. 

22 Mar

THE ROCKY MOUNTAIN DISTRICT -  LCMS

Nurturing the FAITH – 2019 Gathering

“Nurturing the FAITH” Gatherings for 2019 are designed for pastors, preschool, elementary and high school staffs, DCEs, church leaders, Sunday school teachers, youth workers, and others who are involved in the ministry of children, youth and adults. PLEASE BRING A BIBLE PER PERSON.

 

SCRIPTURE BASIS: “…to equip the saints for work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until all of us come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to

maturity, to the measure of the full stature of Christ.”  Ephesians 4: 12-13.

 

MISSION STATEMENT: Nurturing the Faith Workshops provide opportunities to be refreshed and renewed in the Word for all saints ministering to children, youth, and adults.

 

OBJECTIVE: To promote personal spiritual growth and develop faith-filled relationships through encountering God’s Word.

 

GUEST SPEAKER:

Rev. Dr. Ryan Peterson, Vice President of Administration, Concordia University- Ann Arbor, MI

 

Each administrator may choose which location his/her staff will attend.

DATES -        MONDAY, MARCH 18- NM                               Immanuel Lutheran School

                                                                                                        300 Gold Ave SE

                                                                                                        Albuquerque, NM   87102

                                                                                                        Ph: (505)  243-2589

                                                                                                        Coordinator:  Mark Angell

 

                        TUESDAY, MARCH 19- N DV                          Trinity Lutheran School

                                                                                                        3000  35th Ave

                                                                                                        Greeley, CO 80634

                                                                                                        ph:  (970)  330-2485

                                                                                                        Coordinator:  Kyle Erickson

 

                        THURSDAY, MARCH 21 - S DV                      Peace With Christ Christian School               

                                                                                                        3290 S Tower Rd

                                                                                                        Aurora, CO  80013

                                                                                                        Ph: (303) 766-7116

                                                                                                        Coordinator: David Robinson

 

                        FRIDAY, MARCH 22- UT         Concordia Learning Ctr at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church

                                                                                                        13249 S. Redwood Rd.

                                                                                                        Riverton, UT  84065  

                                                                                                        ph: (801) 580-9318

                                                                                                        Coordinator:  Sue Walker

 

*SCHEDULE FOR THE DAY          

              8:30 am -  9:00 am       Refreshments/Coffee

              9:00 am -10:30 am       Welcoming & Session I

             10:30 am -10:45 am      Break

             10:45 am -12:00 pm      Session II

            12:00 pm -12:45 pm       Lunch

            12:45 pm -  2:15 pm       Session III & Sending

COST: $  29  per person.       Please submit your registration form  and payment to the host school by Feb. 28, 2019. 

20 Jun
2019 National LWML Convention
06.20.2019 - 06.23.2019

2019 National LWML Convention
“In Praise to the Lord!”
Dates: June 20-23, 2019
Location: Mobile, Alabama

 

 

A New Year with New Opportunities — LWML RMD 

It's the beginning of a new year and deadlines are already looming. Registration for the 2019 LWML Convention, Mobile, Ala. opens February 1st. It is also time to renew or start a Lutheran

Woman's Quarterly subscription. A society subscription form can be found on our website. Individuals can also subscribe to the Quarterly or eQuarterly online at www.lwml.org/subscribe-to-quarterly.

Zone presidents, many newly elected, are already planning spring workshops. They are also making plans to attend the Board of Directors meeting in February. Our zone presidents for

this coming year  include:  Anita Palenschat, Four Corners; Eileen Diepenbrock, North Central; Joline Christensen, Northeastern; Christie Peebles, Northern; Barbara Wertz, Northern New Mexico; Brittnie Clark, Pecos; Jill Clark, Rio Grande; Lori Williams, South Central; Karen Mann, Southern; and Donna Cochran, Western. Please remember your elected and appointed officers in your prayers.

It is now the time to consider attending the 2019 LWML national convention in Mobile, Ala. Convention information as well as registration forms can be found in the Winter 2018 Quarterly  and at www.lwml.org/2019-convention.  Attention young women, the deadline for submitting an application to be our district   YWR has been extended to January 30, 2019. If you are an artist or designer, even if you are not planning on attending the convention, please consider submitting a banner design by February 1, 2019 to Vice President of Communications Lesley Nordmeyer, 551 Shoshone St., Grand Junction, co 81504 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Details about the banner design can be found in the November/December 2018 Tidings.

The new year is upon us and we look forward to hearing all about how God is using you through your work in LWML. May your year be filled with the blessings of His peace and joy.

Visit https://lwmlrmd.org/ for more information and LWML Rocky Mountain District.

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