Kairos Network Meeting (October 2018)

Saints of God, only through the atoning blood of the Son of God,

The next Kairos Network mission meeting will be at Rivercliff Lutheran Church in Sandy Springs, GA on October 13 at 9:30 AM.

Coupled with the Circuit Forum for our Atlanta North congregations, we will be discussing the mission and direction of our newest church plant – Trinity Lutheran Church.  We can’t wait for you to come and hear about it!

The schedule for the dual meetings are below.

9:30 – 10:00    Fellowship and Devotion
10:00 – 10:30   Elections / Business
10:30 – 11:30   Outreach in the North Atlanta Circuit
                                – Kairos update
                                – District initiative
                                – Outreach opportunities: A time of brainstorming ideas
11:30                   Close with prayer


+Soli Deo Gloria

Hebrew & Greek Study Update

September 4 is the day we commemorate the greatest prophet of the Old Testament, Moses.  How appropriate it is for us to provide you with an update on the ongoing study of the very words the Lord’s gave him to write down on Mt. Sainai!  When Adam and Eve were overwhelmed by sin and terror after the fall (Genesis 3), the complete record given by the Holy Spirit to faithful Moses point us to Christ, our Deliverer, Who placed Himself between God and Man, as our Divine Mediator.  For all those around us hemmed in by their doubts, internal struggle, and self condemnation, our God has shown the world His compassion and fatherly disposition through the finished work of His Son on the Cross.  All glory to God for His grace!

There is now a permanent adjustment to the location of the Biblical Hebrew and Greek Study.  For the sake of traffic and accesibility, the study will take place each Tuesday, 10 AM, at Grace Lutheran Church on 1155 North Highland Avenue NE, here in Atlanta.  All are welcome to come and attend!  This should pretty much be the pattern for those who come from here on out.

August 2018 Update

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Rev. Min Soo Kim with his faithful family on the day of his ordination!

1. The August Kairos Network meeting is getting moved to October since there are a couple of important decisions needing to be made. We will keep you posted and get out word as soon as it is lined up. We look forward to seeing each of you there as disciples of our Lord Jesus Christ continue to be made through Baptizing and Teaching everything our Lord commanded us (Matthew 28:19-20).

2. Trinity Lutheran Church is expanding its Word and Sacrament ministry to the Norcross or Duluth area by adding an English Worship service to go alongside the Divine Service in Korean. Please keep this important mission of our Lord Jesus Christ in your prayers and support! A careful search is being made right now for a better location. Pastoral Candidate David Kang will be coming alonside of Rev. Min Soo Kim to expand ministry to the surrounding communities of Norcross and Duluth. Glory to our gracious God for the revealed mercy of His finished salvation in Christ! Today is the day to make it known!
Here is a video of David Kang’s recent Tae Kwon Do Bible Camp!

Part 2 to Droege Boys Dropped!

In Part 2 of Droege Boys Dropped!, the boys get sick and there is no food. A decision is made about whether or not they will go on.

Thanks to everyone’s generosity in the Gospel!  The results of what the Lord did through you went way beyond our expectations.  Glory to God and Salvation to man (Ephesians 2:8-10)!

Part 1 to Droege Boys Dropped!

Here is Part 1 to the 50 hour survival challenge to support Stepping Stone Mission in Atlanta, Georgia.

In the first 25 hours, Isaac, Luke, Tim, and Jay have to make a crude shelter in the rain with no fire before night fall.  Part 2 is coming soon…


“I Say To You, Arise!”

We are sharing with you a sermon that was very meaningful from our brother in Christ, Rev. Chang Soo Kim, presently serving at Living Faith Korean Lutheran Church.  This gives you an example of the fine preaching and pastoral care that comes forth from one of Christ’s undershepherds here in North Georgia.  It is a very beautiful and full treatment of Luke 7:11-17.  What is shared here is actually only a portion of the sermon, but here it is!  For any of you shedding tears for any reason, it will point you to clear and certain hope.

In the name of the Father and of the +Son and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen.

Today’s text explains Jesus’ actions that day.  Jesus went to Capernaum early in the morning to meet the centurion, heard the confession of his precious faith, and healed the servant under his command.  Then, a journey to Nain becomes his next destination.  Nain is one of the small towns of Galilee.  It has the meaning of being lovely or beautiful in Greek.  As its name implies, this place called Nain is scenic, peaceful, and a climate friendly place to live. For a woman who lived there, though, it was not at all.  In verse 12, the Bible explains about the situation of the woman.  The husband of the woman died early, and she had only one son, and lived hard.  Now, when her son grew up and she thought she could depend upon him, had died suddenly.  At that time, what would life have been like for her? Who can comfort her?  Who knows her thoughts?  Can you recognize her disastrous feelings?  She felt desperate and unable to live in real life.

The fact that a widow lives alone means that she cannot escape being a beggar.  The death of her son is a terrible thing, but her own situation is now miserable, and she goes after him crying as she goes to the burial of her son’s body.  At that time, the body of the deceased was uncovered by the pallbearer.  She cannot let go, seeing the cold body of her son going to the burial ground, crying, crying, and following.  The villagers who followed the procession were so sad and nobody opened their mouths.  There was only crying and following in sadness.

Then, according to that day, our Lord came toward Nain with His disciples, and sees the bizarre parade of death.  Our Lord in a compassionate heart, stopped the procession and says to the woman “do not weep.”  The exhortation not to cry here is imperative now.  Do not cry anymore, but stop right now.  Jesus commanded that when the Lord saw her who was grieved, weeping, and crying, His heart went out to her and He said, “Don’t cry.”  To us, this is a really ridiculous command.  This woman is crying because her only son has died and she must go to bury him.  Crying is all she could do.

In Korean proverbs, it is said that when a husband or wife dies, they are buried at the far mountain.  When the child dies, the child is buried in the parents’ heart.  The death of a child is a great shock and pain.  There is nobody here on earth who can comfort such a woman’s heart and cure her sorrow.  So, when people Jesus ordered her to stop crying right now, everyone could have been embarrassed and all thought it very strange. What does He do to make it happen?  If you are not a lost man, you will say a word of comfort to a woman in sorrow, but to say “do not cry” is sure to make you hailed as a lunatic.  Everyone is now alert watching the Lord.

When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come along with her also weeping, He was deeply moved in spirit and troubled.  Why is Jesus so sad and even tearful as He says “do not weep?”  At that time, the Lord’s heart was full of mercy for the pain of those who followed Him, along with the woman who lost her son.  This means that Jesus not only shared some emotion, but actually felt sick with them, feeling deeply the pain in their hearts. 

Jesus feels even the pain of those who have never seen Him in faith and up until this point still have nothing to do with Him.  He knows and senses the sorrow that you are experiencing, feeling of pain like they had, and the sting of the bitterness of all people.  How can He do this, even though He has no connection even to some of them?

It is because Jesus, Who has love and mercy for all, has forsaken the heavenly throne, has received the suffering that we must receive from the moment He came to this earth in His sinless human body, and suffered the sorrow that we must suffer.  Jesus also has tried all of the tests given to us.  He is the only perfect human being, but also, at the same time, is perfect God Who can do all things.  So the Lord’s words to not weep were full of love for the woman and beyond what we consider deep.  Jesus saw a woman losing her child and falling into grief and weeping, and our Lord was nothing but sadness and tears.  The heart of the Lord was so strong, though, that the dead would come to life.

In verse 14, we read together today, Jesus went up and touched the coffin, and those carrying it stood still.  He said “young man, I say to you get up!”  Here, we need to pay attention to the fact that once again the woman who was there, as well as everyone else, did not ask Jesus to do anything.  In fact, there is nothing they can ask in this situation … No one there was able to imagine that the dead would live only through this Lord … the family is heading to the cemetery to bury the boy who has already died.  It was already over.

But Who is Jesus Christ?  Today, as Luke says, He is the Savior of the Gentiles, the King of life and death.  He is the God Who holds the keys of death and the grave.  He is true God with all power Who can turn despair into hope when we are lost in our hearts.  He is the eternal Savior who can solve any problem we may have when it is His will … He would give life to a corpse that was already dead and rot … He Himself would live from death … this Jesus is our Lord.  Jesus is the Messiah promised through the Old Testament.  He is the only begotten Son of God.  He is the only Savior Who will save man who is forced to die because of sin and transgression.  We rebelled, betrayed, ignored, and despised as He was crucified on the cross.  Yet … He did not stand over you to blame or rage in anger, but gave you His great and wonderful love that cannot be repaid. 

Indeed, Jesus knew what they needed … this is not an example of the law.  Anyone who is going to be dead or who has died was considered unclean.  People were even reluctant to go to a funeral unless they were a close relative.  Nevertheless, Jesus, despite knowing the warning of this law, came to the coffin where the body was lying, not hesitating or hesitant, laying His blessed hand down on the foulness of death.  If He keeps His hand free, He stays clean.  If He puts it down, He is thought to have become unclean.  But, at the moment His hand goes down and His Word comes forth, the work of life begins.  This is our Lord’s love for us …. Jesus put forth His hand to the young man who died, wielding His mighty life-giving weapon, and raised the dead in a word.  The power of death shrivels before the Lord of life.  He gave life to Him and with His word has given life to you.  Sorrow is turned to joy.  Sadness is changed to comfort.  His cleanliness changes the unclean.  This is grace alone for all who are children living in the cold reality of death, for the people who are now all in the wrong, for all who have thrown up their hands.  The Lord’s command, which cannot be denied, fell.  Everything was immediately done and recovered.  Thus, the word of the Lord is powerful and complete.  As God’s children buried and raised with Jesus in Baptism, this is our confidence on the final day.

Everyone in the world has a reason to cry for one thing or another.  God comes to wash away the tears that flow in the eyes of His beloved children.  Above all, God has promised us through the prophet Isaiah that He will wash away tears from all faces and will remove the shame of His people all over the world (Isaiah 25:8).  Do not weep!

In the name of Jesus,

Rev. Chang Soo Kim

Vicar Baroi’s New Wheels

Isaac Baroi presently works as a vicar at Living Faith Lutheran Church and Grace Lutheran in Midtown as he prepares for the pastoral ministry through Concordia Seminary St. Louis.  He is studying through Concordia’s Ethnic Immigrant Institute of Theology.  Under the Lord’s direction and provision, he will eventually start a Lutheran Church that will reach out primarily to refugee families in the Clarkston, Georgia area.  Vicar Baroi is very grateful to all the dear saints of God who generously provided him with a wonderful, dependable vehicle for his work and ministry.  Glory and thanks to God!

To give you an idea of the future of the ministry, these are the articles of belief for the new LCMS congregation.  We thank Rev. Bruce Lieske for serving as the architect for the document.


Vicar Baroi




The single purpose of  In God We Trust (hereafter, “IGWT”) is to win Muslims, Hindus, Sikhs, and other unbelievers as disciples of Jesus, as he said: “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28:19) and as exemplified in Revelation 7:9:  “After this I looked and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and in front of the Lamb.”

This purpose will be accomplished by proclaiming the Gospel to the aforementioned people groups through printed, broadcast and personal word in the following ways:

  1. Identify, train, equip and deploy missionaries for the work of evangelism.
  2. Study and teach about Islam, Hinduism, Sikhism and Buddhism so that Christians    may better understand these people groups and reach those trapped in idolatry.
  3. Develop a missiology for this evangelism which is congruent with our confessional Lutheran theological position.
  4. Produce or identify pamphlets, curricula, tracts and audio-visuals for use by
  5. Equip interested Christians to actively share the Gospel in a loving, respectful, bold and prayerful manner.
  6. Mentor LCMS congregations on how to assimilate Christians from Muslim, Hindu, Sikh and Buddhist backgrounds into their congregations.
  7. Raise prayer, volunteer, and financial support to accomplish this work.
  8. Establish branches which will be led by a missionary.


IGWT affirms that “all Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness” (2 Tim. 3:16).  As a result of affirming these truths, IGWT also holds the following convictions:

  1. We believe in the full and verbal inspiration and authority of all the 66 canonical books of the Old Testament and New Testament as the divinely inspired and           inerrant Word of God and submit to them as the only infallible authority in all           matters of faith and practice.
  2. We believe all the confessional writings in the Book of Concord of the year 1580 as true and genuine expositions of doctrines in the Bible.



We are committed to live the Scripture which exhorts us “always be prepared to make a defense to anyone who calls you to account for the hope that is in you, yet do it with gentleness and reverence” (1 Peter 3:15).  therefore we affirm:

  1. Our hope is in Jesus, who abides in every Christian; we believe, teach and confess that He alone is the Savior for all mankind.
  2. Our manner of relating to Christian and non-Christian alike shall be in imitation of Jesus the Christ – forgiving one another as he has forgiven us and loving our
  3. We shall bear witness to Jesus in a manner which is bold, yet which respects the dignity of each person.
  4. Our love for Muslims, Hindus, Sikhs and Buddhists will not be tempered by how they receive our witness for Christ; our love for them is unconditional.

As a mission society of The Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod, we welcome and encourage all believers in Jesus to stand with us to proclaim the Gospel to these people groups.



Droege Boys Dropped!

These kids are not survival experts.  Neither is their father.  Or Uncle.  But the Droege Boys are getting dropped!  The Droege Boys consist of North Georgia and central Texas Droegemueller boys (shortened to Droege Boys) along with their Mississipi brother from another mother.  And . . . they are getting dropped into the wilderness for a great cause with practically nothing.

The Players

The players in this survival challenge are:

  1.  Isaac Droegemueller – Age 11
  2.  Luke Droegemueller – Age 13
  3.  Tim Droegemueller – Age 45
  4.  Jay Wendland – Age 55

The Location

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The Droege Boys are getting dropped into a remote location in North Georgia where there will be zero access to food.  Survival participants do not get to leave the allotted territory for rescue at any time.  Even if they were to run across another human being, they cannot ask for help or receive any.  If there is no water, tough!  If there is no food, tough!  There is no shelter of any kind that the Droege Boys will start with.  If they want one, they will have to make one with the raw materials they find around them.  They are completely and totally on their own in our good Lord’s rugged creation.

The Rules

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  1.  The Droege Boys must survive for 50 hours dependant only on their own limited skills to survive.
  2. Everybody has to stay.  If one person cries, whines, and decides to quit, everyone loses.
  3. Each survival participant can bring one item.  The item cannot be food.  Or drink.  Or a tent.  Or any bedding supplies.  Or a fishing pole.  Or anything that makes instant flame.  Or water purification tablets.  Or any artificial lumination like a flashlight.  Good luck and choose wisely!
  4. The Droege Boys will receive a survival kit from the kids’ oldest brother Jacob.  It will have one item for each participating Droege Boy.  It will not necessarily even be helpful.  Be kind, Jacob!  If they are smart, his little brothers will be nice to him over the next few weeks!

The Camera Crew

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The camera crew will consist of 15 year old Jacob.  This lucky fellow will have access to all the creature comforts of home.  He will have a stocked cooler of ice cold Gatorade, delicious snacks, and a luxurious tent.  He will be recording the DROEGE BOYS DROPPED! experience with a GO PRO camera.  The conversations between him and his destitute relatives should prove interesting.

The Purpose

Our purpose is to raise support for Stepping Stone Mission which reaches out to the homeless in Atlanta with the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.  Stepping Stone is a Recognized Service Organization in the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod that gives care, support, and love to our brothers in need in the name of Christ.  Imagine, these men know what it’s like to go without food, drink, a change of clothing or shelter as a course of regular life.  We seek to draw attention this critical need and encourage God’s Church to meet the challenge with Jesus’ mercy and His life-giving gifts.  The men in this ministry have the opportunity to participate in periodic retreats during the year where they grow in God’s Word, their understanding of God’s grace in Christ, and are trained in the foundational teachings of the Bible.  Many men go on to be baptized and confirm their faith in our Triune God.  As you can imagine, this ministry needs ongoing support because the men eventually find a job, housing, and move to a new location and church home.  This is the reason for the DROEGE BOYS DROPPED! challenge!  Below, Rev. Victor Belton baptizes two of our brothers in Christ at one of the Stepping Stone retreats.


Pastor Belton at Stepping STone Pic for Kairos Network black and white

How to Participate

This challenge intends to raise support for Stepping Stone and works this way.  If you want to participate, there are 3 different pledges that we are suggesting.  If you want to do something other than these suggestions, you are free in Christ to do so!

  1. A support pledge of $10
  2. A support pledge of $100
  3. A support pledge of $1000

To do this, simply write a check out to Living Faith Lutheran Church with Stepping Stone Mission in the memo line and send it to:

Attn: Jay Wendland

Living Faith Lutheran Church

1171 Atlanta Hwy

Cumming, GA 30040

If you would like to make a pledge by credit card, email Jay Wendland at droegeboycreations@gmail.com.  Arrangements are already set up and can be finalized within 24 hours.  All donations are tax deductible and you can receive a statement by simply providing your email to Jay.  We completely understand if you are not able to support the mission right now, but you can each help them by getting out this message far and wide by sharing or reposting!

The DROEGE BOYS DROPPED! event will take place July 22-24, but the results will not be made known until August 6, 2018.  If the Droege Boys are unsuccessful, no one will be held to their pledge commitment.  People will be free to do whatever they choose.  Once the DROEGE BOYS DROPPED! video is put together, you will know the results!  The results of the challenge will be on the Kairos Network website.  To get updates and results directly, sign up to FOLLOW the Kairos Network at http://www.thekairosnetwork.org.

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Installation of Vicar Jay Dass

With great joy, we announce the installation of Vicar Jay Dass at Living Faith Lutheran Church in Cumming, Georgia (1171 Atlanta Hwy).  Vicar Dass, along with his wife Julie, are missionaries to all people, but mostly to adherents of the religion of Islam.  They both grew up as Christians in Pakistan, but now serve as dedicated servants of Christ in the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod.  Along with Vicar Isaac Baroi, Vicar Dass is studying to be a Lutheran pastor through the Ethnic Immigrant Institute of Theology at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis.  Pray for each of them, along with their marvelous wives and families, as each will eventually be called to serve Christ’s Flock as undershepherds of our Lord Jesus.

The installation will be this Sunday, July 1, at 10:15 AM at Living Faith.  The Rev. Bruce Lieske will be preaching.  In Preparation for this day, consider this writing of the Rev. Burnell Eckardt Jr. for Tuesday of Trinity IV:

Acts 28:5 “He (the Apostle Paul), however, shook off the creature into the fire and suffered him no harm.”

“Here on the island of Malta the barbarous people are kinder to Paul than his own people the Jews.  Receiving him they receive Christ’s ambassador, and so they kindled a fire because of the cold and rainy conditions on the island, token of the heavenly fire of Pentecost kindled now in their midst against the cold of unbelief.  So Paul lays wood on the fire, a token of the wooden cross which he preaches; and from the fire comes forth a serpent to attack him, a token of the devil who ceaselessly attacks this preacher.  The witnesses were expecting him to succumb to the venom of this serpent, even as those who behold the suffering of the church and her preachers expect that they shall succumb to the evil one; but Paul shook off the beast into the fire, and suffered no harm.  See, the viper, here called a beast, another name of the Foe, is shaken off into the fire, even as the Foe himself shall be consumed in the Judgment.  For the faithful this means release from sin and the condemnation of death and hell…”

Every Day I will Bless Thee: Meditations for the Daily Office by Rev. Burnell Eckardt Jr.

Ordination of Timothy Mark Faile

We rejoice with our gracious and Triune God Who wants all people to be saved and come to a knowledge of the truth (1 Timothy 2:3-4)!  Timothy Mark Faile has completed all requirements as a graduate of Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne and will be ordained at Living Faith Lutheran Church (1171 Atlanta Hwy) in Cumming, Georgia.  Tim will be ordained and installed to be pastor and missionary to the Canterfield Villas in Forsyth County.  Keep his faithful wife Amber and their six children in your prayers! Join us for this historic occassion as we gather around Christ’s Word and Gifts for joyful reception and acclamation of His great deeds!  The Divine Service begins at 4 PM with a catered dinner to follow.  Glory to God and salvation to man!