Justin Dauck hasn’t graduated from Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary yet, but he is already preaching and teaching among God’s people. After serving his vicar year at Open Bible Lutheran Church in Whiteriver, AZ, Justin didn’t return to the seminary for his senior year like most of his classmates. Instead, he accepted an emergency call to assist Missionary Dan Myers with the work in Cameroon. He shared his experiences in a recent letter.
“Each month, we travel to the four areas that make up the Lutheran Church of Cameroon (LCC). They are Kumba and Western Bakossi/Bakundu in the Southwest Region and Meta and Bafut areas in the Northwest. In each place Missionary Myers meets with the pastors and Mrs. Myers meets with women of the LCC. For this year, I will be working with the laymen at each location.”
Travel can take up to seven hours or more on roads that are barely passable. But Justin notes that it is a trip worth making – for everyone. “Although we have a long and bumpy ride in our truck, many of the LCC members who attend the meetings will trek for two, three, and sometimes five hours through the mud and rain. Still, each person arrives with a smile as they prepare to hear God’s Word. We rejoice at these opportunities to gather each month as God strengthens our faith through his means of grace.”
While Justin’s service to Christ’s church while still a student is more unusual than most, it is by no means unique. All of our students are exposed to a variety of ministry and internship opportunities and many of them are involved in outreach activities during the course of the school year. We are thankful for the many ways that our students serve God’s church as they prepare for the public ministry.