Enhancing Ministry Training


Today’s MLC students are on the move. They volunteer for Daylight USA ministry trips all over the country. They participate in immersion programs in China or Argentina. They teach for a year in Russia, Peru, Southeast Asia, or the Caribbean.

Each journey integrates academic and experiential learning. Each enlarges students’ perspectives and enhances their preparation for ministry, which is—after all—a global endeavor. Now MLC offers another educational opportunity: a semester abroad program.

Students enroll for a semester at a university outside the United States and take courses that transfer back to MLC. Afterward, they’ll graduate and be available for assignment—or matriculation at the seminary—with the rest of their class. “On-time graduation is one of our goals,” says Director of International Services Thomas Hunter DMLC ’75. “So we encourage students who are interested in studying abroad to begin planning for it already their first year here.”

Juniors Crystal Carmichael and Erin Feddersen, who are studying in Ireland this semester, as well as Collin Wenzel, who will study in Germany next semester, began preparing for their semester abroad soon after they entered college.

These students will tell you it takes a fair amount of initiative and courage to embark on an entire semester away from everything they know. Collin, for instance, admits that he’s never even flown. But the blessings are worth it.

“There are so many benefits to studying abroad,” says International Coordinator Megan Kassuelke, who recently visited Carmichael and Feddersen in Limerick. “Gaining confidence and maturity, broadening your knowledge of other countries and your respect for other cultures, increasing your interpersonal communication skills, and improving your language proficiency.”

Professor Hunter adds to the list: “Increasing problem solving and critical thinking skills, and recognizing your own cultural values and biases. Any experience like this—where you’re thrown into a completely different environment—promotes personal, professional, and spiritual growth.

“Spiritually,” he continues, “the students find that they have to get into their Bibles on their own, because there may not be a WELS church nearby. They study the Word alone and with one another. They learn to explain and defend their faith to others, both Christians and non-Christians.”

Semester abroad experiences may be new on our campus, but they dovetail smoothly with MLC’s mission: “With the guidance of the Holy Spirit, the college desires to strengthen the student in a consecrated spirit of love for God and his Word; to educate the student for faithful, capable, intelligent citizenship in today’s world; to assist the student in acquiring the knowledge, attitudes, and skills needed for service in the church and for lifelong learning; and to encourage the student in developing and demonstrating a heart for service in the church, community, and world.


EmbARK on a Journey

 with the 2017 Alumni Tour


All WELS members are invited to join us for an affordable, enjoyable, educational, and remARKable tour to the Bluegrass State of Kentucky. In addition to seeing spectacular sites, MLC Alumni Tours offer daily worship opportunities and fellowship with like-minded believers.

This year’s highlights will include the Ark Encounter, the Creation Museum, Mammoth Cave National Park, Cumberland Falls, a Lexington area horse farm tour, and Cumberland Gap National Historical Park.

The guided motor coach tour departs from New Ulm (with pickup locations en route to Milwaukee) on Friday, June 16, and returns to New Ulm on Sunday, June 25 (from $1100).

A Saturday to Saturday option (June 17-24) starting and ending in Milwaukee is also available (from $900).

Contact tour director Steve Balza in the alumni office ( or 507.217.1731) or check out the tour website ( for more details. Registration IS OPEN and is expected to sell out quickly.



Experiencing Hmong culture


The Hmong new year was celebrated by 11 MLC students on Sunday, November 20. They joined the members of Immanuel Hmong Ev. Lutheran Church in St Paul, MN, for a special new year worship service and celebration. Congregation members and an MLC student wore traditional Hmong new year clothing. Students also experienced Hmong culture and cuisine while enjoying fellowship.



Thai Village Comes to MLC


From handmade ornaments to jewelry, scarves to purses, and Bible covers to nativity sets, you’ll enjoy seeing the handiwork of Thai artisans. Items may be purchased during open display hours or ordered for later delivery.

Take 2 minutes now and click on to read more about how Thai Village grew out of WELS mission efforts and today is a self-supporting Christian ministry in Thailand. Click here to watch videos about the program.

The display will be open in the LSC Special Events Room on:

  • Friday, Dec. 2: 11:00 am – 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
  • Saturday, Dec. 3: 2:00 pm – 7:00 pm
  • Sunday, Dec. 4: 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm and 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
  • Monday, Dec. 5: 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

First-Year Students’ First Impressions

arianna-sanchezArianna Sanchez
(WISCO / St. Peter-Milwaukee WI)
My favorite thing would have to be Monday night Compline. It’s such a great time to reflect on the Word of God.



jonah-backusJonah Backus
(New London HS / Emmanuel-New London WI)
MLC is an amazing environment for learning and being encouraged in the faith, all the while filling my stomach on anything a college student could want.



urvin-lewisUrvin Lewis
(LPS / St. John-St. John’s, Antigua)
It’s been great to meet new friends and be reunited with old ones!




julia-schibbelhutJulia Schibbelhut
(Luther / St. Paul-Onalaska WI)
I’ve already fallen in love with MLC. It’s been such a blessing to meet so many amazing Christian friends and professors here!


Advent Devotions – A Gift for You

Isaiah Had Foretold It is MLC’s new devotion book, this one containing 25 spiritual encouragements, one for each day of December until Christmas. You may enjoy this book in hard copy, download it onto your device, or simply read it online.

It will be available for ordering or for online viewing after November 20 at


MLC Golf Classic


Tuesday, October 25, 2016, Dennis Jaspersen (Thrivent Financial) chairman of the MLC Golf Classic Committee, presented MLC student representative Monica Pappenfuss  with a check for $38,345. Since its beginning in 1993, the Golf Classic has donated over $750,000 to the college for campus improvements and student assistance. This year’s contributions will be used for student scholarships – many awarded to the students present for this event. In addition to providing scholarships, the Golf Classic proceeds will fund the construction of a Summit Avenue overlook that will benefit all visitors to the MLC campus.  Accompanying Dennis Jaspersen in presenting this check, (front row from right) were Gary Schwichtenberg (Pioneer College Caterers) and Jenny Eckstein (New Ulm Chamber of Commerce).


Student Life 100 Years Ago …

Want a glimpse of DMLC student life 100 years ago?  Look no further.  The DMLC Messenger provides that and more.  College, co-ed, and alumni notes, jokes ( in “Neu Ulmer Deutsch” in early issues), and advertisements by local businesses give a very entertaining look back on early DMLC and New Ulm days.

Click here to learn more:



Aaron Markgraf Featured by UMAC


The Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC) wrote a feature story on Aaron Markgraf as part of their “Distinctly UMAC” series. This feature covers Aaron’s story, as well as what it means to be an MLC student athlete.

Read the full feature by clicking here.