Lutheran Braille Workers exists to show the love of God to people with visual disabilities and to bring them into a growing relationship with God.  We do this by engaging some 5,000 volunteers in over 150 Work Centers throughout the United States who joyfully produce approximately 250,000 volumes a year of Braille and specialized Large Print Bibles and Christian literature.

Lutheran Braille Workers is the largest Christian ministry in the world that provides Braille and specialized Large Print Bibles free of charge for the visually impaired. Thanks to the army of volunteers and thousands who financially support this ministry, Lutheran Braille Workers is able to place the Word of God into the hands of the blind and visually impaired at no expense to them.

Grace Lutheran Church is one of the 150 Work Centers producing large print books of the bible.  The workers meets weekly on Wednesday mornings. If you would like to help fund this mission, please send donations to Grace Lutheran Church office marked for Lutheran Braille Workers.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

                                    

 

 

 

T O G E T H E R    I N    M I S S I O N
Partnership with Missionary Pastor David Erber

   

Rev. David and Joyce Erber serve with The Lutheran ChurchóMissouri Synod (LCMS) in Africa, living in Ghana, West Africa. As the LCMS area director for West and Central Africa, David is responsible for ministering to other LCMS personnel serving in these parts of Africa. He leads a team of seminary instructors and church planters who serve Lutheran churches in Benin, Burkina Faso, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone and Togo. He also coordinates outreach strategies and cultivates relationships with the leaders of partner churches. Joyce serves as the business manager for the Africa region. She is responsible for managing the LCMS personnel and ministry financial dynamics throughout Africa.

 The Erbers have served in Africa since 1986. They first served among the Bokyi people in the rainforest of Northern Cross River State, Nigeria. They arrived there shortly after the Bokyi Bible had been dedicated. Davidís role was to work with Bokyi believers to proclaim the Gospel and establish Lutheran congregations in communities throughout Bokyiland. David also taught at the Lutheran seminary in Nigeria and served as area facilitator for English-speaking West Africa caring for LCMS personnel serving there and supervising LCMS-sponsored programs in Gambia, Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone. 

Before serving in Africa, David graduated from Concordia University, Ann Arbor, Mich., and Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Ind. Joyce graduated from Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, Ind. In addition, during their time serving in Africa, David received his Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Missiology degree from Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, and Joyce received a masterís degree in teaching English to speakers of other languages from Regent University, Virginia Beach, Va. Together, the Erbers studied linguistics in Grand Forks, N.D., and Dallas. The Erberís three grown children, Luke, Jonathan and Naomi, were born in Africa and presently go to school and work in the United States.

   

 

 

Pastor David and Joyce Erber and their children, Luke, Jonathan and Naomi
LCMS Missionaries
Gambia , Ghana , Liberia , Nigeria ,
Sierra Leone , West Africa

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Pictures:  Rev. Dale Talsma and  Pres. Ekanem,
Pres. Ekanem Speaking During Sunday School, Sugar Cane Fields
Meeting with Church Council
 

Pictures above:  1)  Rev. Kierien Ekpang   (As a young man, Pastor Ekpang worked doing odd jobs around our house in 1991.)  
2)  LCN President, Rev. Effiong Ekanem ordaining five new pastors. 
3.)  Five new pastors, LCN National Convention

 

Greetings from Pastor David Erber
 

      While attending the 98th Convention of the Michigan District, Pastor Reed and Don Pfannes had opportunity to visit at length with Missionary Pastor David Erber.  Grace, Auburn, has supported Pastor Erber's work in Nigeria and throughout Africa for twenty years through the Together In Mission program.  Pastor Erber extends his warmest greetings to the family at Grace and expressed his encouragement and gratitude for all the mission efforts contemplated and carried out through our congregation. 


Pictures: Gambia Leaders, Kitty congregation, Freetown members, David and Joyce Erber

 

 

 

 

 

    

 

Pastor David and Joyce Erber