Mission Central in Mapleton, Iowa, was dedicated in a service held Saturday afternoon, August 23, 2003. Gary Thies thanked the countless volunteers who gave time, talents, and treasures to renovate and repair the house, barn, and out-building on the property now known as "Mission Central," as identified by the large lit sign at the end of the driveway.
Words spoken by Gary, President Paul Sieveking of Iowa District West, President Russ Sommerfeld of the Nebraska District, and Rev. Robert Roegner, Executive Director of the LCMS Board for Mission Services, all pointed to the great things God is doing through the people of Nebraska and Iowa to further the Lord's mission.
What a blessing that the Lord has provided these districts with a place missionaries can stay when on furlough, offices where correspondences and meetings can take place, facilities for statewide mission events and worship space for more than 300.
Not only that, Mission Central is the largest mission supporting agency, as a part of your Synod's LCMS World MIssion global Gospel outreach, has been blessed by God to be the conduit helping to raise millions of dollars every year to send and keep LCMS World Mission Missionaries in the field.
Since 2003, Mission Central has had hundreds of visitis from LCMS missionaries and their families (many have come several times) and has had tens of thousands of people from hundreds of congregations visit.
God has indeed blessed this place to be a mission center, focusing on telling others about Jesus!
Are you or your congregation interested in missions? Are you interested in coming to see Mission Central? Call Gary's office to set up a time to come see Mission Central.
HOW TO FIND MISSION CENTRAL:
IF YOU ARE COMING FROM THE NORTH: YOU CAN TAKE HIGHWAY 175 FROM DANBURY, IOWA TO MAPLETON, AND UPON ENTERING MAPLETON, PASS THE CASEY'S STATION ON THE LEFT AND TAKE THE FIRST STREET THAT GOES EAST....JUST TWO MILES ON SIOUX AVENUE WHICH IS ALSO HIGHWAY E-16.
IF YOU ARE COMING FROM THE EAST: TO MISSION CENTRAL, PLEASE TAKE HIGHWAY E-16 AT SCHLESWIG, IOWA AND TRAVEL EXACTLY 16 MILES WEST FROM SCHLESWIG, IOWA AND YOU CAN'T MISS OUR BIG MISSION CENTRAL SIGN.
IF YOU ARE COMING FROM NEBRASKA: JUST TAKE INTERSTATE 29 NORTH TO EXIT 112 (THE ONAWA, IOWA EXIT), AND THEN TAKE HIGHWAY 175 EAST THROUGH ONAWA, AND THEN KEEP COMING EAST UNTIL AFTER YOU PASS TURIN, IOWA AND THEN CROSS THE MAPLE RIVER AND THEN HIGHWAY 175 TURNS SHARPLY NORTH TO CASTANA AND THEN TO MAPLETON, AND UPON COMING INTO MAPLETON ON 175 YOU WILL HIT THE ONLY STOP LIGHT IN MAPLETON...
"From the center of town stop signs, go north 2 blocks, and then turn East on Sioux Avenue, which is also Highway E-16, and go 2 miles straight East and you will be at Mission Central!"