Letter From the Director

DSC01795June 2017

Dear Mission Friend,

As we get deeper into June we come closer to June 29, the feast day shared by Saints Peter and Paul. While Peter, the first pope, certainly can claim his share of essential Church history, today I would like to focus on the works of Paul. He was the Church’s first great missionary, which of course resonates with us at the Mission Center.

As related in Acts of the Apostles, Paul is famous for three missionary trips that took him to points on the map we know today as Israel, Syria, Turkey, Greece and Italy. As his travels continued he found that Christ’s promise of salvation was attracting more and more Gentiles. He became known as the Apostle to the Gentiles:

“For I will not presume to speak of anything except what Christ has accomplished through me, resulting in the obedience of the Gentiles by word and deed, in the power of signs and wonders, in the power of the Spirit; so that from Jerusalem and round about as far as Illyricum I have fully preached the gospel of Christ” (Romans 15:18-19).

The world Paul knew was limited to the eastern end of the Mediterranean Sea. I believe he would be amazed to learn of the reach of Divine Word Missionaries, who minister to people in more than 70 countries on every continent except Antarctica. We’ve left Illyricum in the dust! And just as Paul found an audience among Gentiles, our missionaries work alongside Muslims and Hindus in many of the areas they serve. Divine Word Missionaries are helping to realize the global outreach of the Church foreseen by Saint Paul.

Your friendship inspires us to continue our work with those who long for Christ’s message, work begun so many centuries ago by Saint Paul and his fellow apostles. Remember that Divine Word Missionaries pray for you each day.

Sincerely yours in Christ,

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Bro. Daniel Holman SVD
Interim Mission Center Director