It’s a great privilege to have helped organize this first Lutheran Missions Fest. Missions work is work that should be celebrated. Lutheran culture is also something worth celebrating. We hope to do this every year, because events like these inform us of where there is need. They inform on how we as Christians can meet this need. May this event also be a source of encouragement. God, please bring missionaries and church people together here today. Show us how to build relationships and join hands in fulfilling Christ’s Great Commission.