My congregation was blessed yesterday by a wonderful message from the Rev. Dan McMiller, executive director of Luther Academy, who came as part of our annual mission festival. His sermon and presentation following the service provided us with a true tour de force in presenting the extensive work of his organization in international mission efforts. Luther Academy is a small organization with a big mission and worthy of our support. Pastor McMiller serves as the only paid staff, serving the many needs internationally by a team of very qualified volunteers. They fill a unique niche in mission work by providing several annual pastoral conferences to pastors throughout the world who would otherwise not have this valuable resource which we in this country take for granted. I would encourage you to check out their website and review their various projects and the teachers and presenters they employ. Luther Academy was the brainchild of Dr. Robert Preus, the president of Concordia Theological Seminary in Ft. Wayne where I studied for the ministry. I also had the honor of taking a few classes with Dr. Preus, an exemplary theologian with an international vision. His son, the Rev. Daniel Preus, currently serving as fourth vice president of the Synod, continued the work of his father and enlarged the vision. Luther Academy, like many small organization, is facing financial challenges in meeting the increasingly growing demands for its services. Consider supporting their work and maybe even sponsoring one of their projects as a worthy mission effort!