The MLC Ladies’ Auxiliary held their annual fall meeting October 15. This year they pledged more than $30,000 for two dozen projects—in addition to their standing projects:
MLC scholarships, Daylight USA, and the MLC library.
To learn more about this active organization, visit mlc-wels.edu/ladies-auxiliary.
Martin Luther College was recognized as a 2016 Great College to Work For, a ranking sponsored by The Chronicle of Higher Education and ModernThink LLC. Only 93 colleges in the nation earned this distinction.
MLC employees evaluated the college in 12 different categories in an April 2016 survey. The results revealed high employee satisfaction in four areas:
– Compensation & Benefits
– Confidence in Senior Leadership
– Facilities, Workspace, and Security
– Job Satisfaction
“Our students, faculty, and staff are deeply committed to the mission of this institution: training pastors, teachers, and staff ministers for service in WELS,” said Human Resources Director Andrea Wendland. “They care for this beautiful campus, and they serve their Lord faithfully, with humility and respect.”
“It’s a distinct honor for MLC to be noted,” President Mark Zarling said. “But as Christians we remember that Scripture says, ‘It is God who works in you to will and to do of his good pleasure.’ How gracious is our Savior God that he provides such dedicated personnel who understand and support the Great Commission mission we have. It is my prayer that we are good stewards also of this tremendous blessing from Jesus, and strive to support and encourage our staff in their service to MLC.”
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.
Senior Leah Nass (St. Paul-Howards Grove WI) took a three-week course in London last year. She perhaps says it best: “Study abroad offers you more than a few credits toward graduation. It offers you the experience of a lifetime: an opportunity to experience life from another culture’s point of view, to meet new people and make new friends, to see sites you previously only saw in pictures, and most importantly, to confidently witness your faith to others, both in word and deed.”
IRELAND: Fall 2016
Crystal Carmichael (Living Hope-Shakopee MN) and Erin Feddersen (Shepherd of the Bay-Lusby MD) are spending this semester at the University of Limerick.
Both women are double majoring in elementary ed and secondary PE at MLC. The credits they’re gaining in Limerick—in math, physics, PE, health, and curriculum and instruction—will transfer back.
They have a blog/vlog at blogs.mlc-wels.edu/study-abroad/2016. Their posts are both silly and serious. Here are a few excerpts:
Irish people are very passionate and proud about their sports and music. Last week during orientation, an Irish musical group called Celtic Steps came and performed for all the international students. And Erin and I attended a Gaelic Sport session, where we learned how to play hurling and Gaelic football.
Professors, instructors, and teachers go by their first names. It’s a little weird writing emails to them because you feel like you’re being improper, but it’s just the way they do things over here! The teachers are very laid back, wearing jeans and polos to class. Classes don’t start before nine because they believe that anything before that is far too early.
Ireland is filled with beauty, and we’ve only explored a little part of it. Ireland is very green. Ireland has a lot of fun castles to climb. Ireland has got some great views. I feel like I breathe better in Ireland. Do they have more oxygen here since it is greener?
The weather is unpredictable. The morning will start out windy and cool, in the afternoon it will downpour, and then the evening will be clear and sunny. The people here say you can get all four seasons in one day. I believe it! Erin and I both have raincoats and are prepared!
I know full well that not everything will go smoothly while I’m abroad. I’ll face trials of many kinds. It will be an adjustment to not have classmates who share the same faith and not have a chapel to go to every day.
What calms my fears the most is the knowledge that no matter where I go, the Lord will never leave me. The Lord will always provide for me. I rejoice with the opportunities he has given me, and I cannot wait to share his name and what he has done with people all over the world!
GERMANY: Spring 2017
Collin Wenzel (Mount Olive-Appleton WI) will spend second semester of his junior year studying at Freie Universität in Berlin.
He’ll take 12 credits in German language, history, and culture—all of which will transfer back to his preseminary program at MLC. To accommodate this semester abroad, he took his first required year of Hebrew as a sophomore instead of a junior. He’ll finish his second when he returns.
Collin is especially looking forward to improving his language skills and visiting the Luther sites—which in 2017, the 500th anniversary of Reformation, will be especially meaningful.
“I pray this will enhance my ministry training by teaching me how to connect with people of a different background and culture,” he says.
Three more preseminary students are planning on a semester in Berlin in the 2017-18 school year.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org or 507.217.1731) or check out the tour website (mlcalumni.wixsite.com/tours) for more details. Registration IS OPEN and is expected to sell out quickly.
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.
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 www.thaivillage.org 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
(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.
(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.
(LPS / St. John-St. John’s, Antigua)
It’s been great to meet new friends and be reunited with old ones!
(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!
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-wels.edu/publications/seasonal-devotions.
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