300 congregations

Back in February I came across this information regarding “Issues, Etc.”

We need three hundred LCMS congregations to donate $1000 to this outstanding nationally syndicated Christian radio show.

Then on March 18 we saw this happen.

Now tonight I’m checking out the LCMS website and I stumble upon this article.

He talks a lot about loving relationships and long-term commitments, but you wouldn’t call LCMS World Mission’s Bruce Wall a matchmaker for the lovelorn.

Wall, who manages the mission board’s short-term mission program, is a matchmaker, all right, but he’s more interested in hooking up LCMS congregations with overseas mission fields.

And he’s looking for 300 congregations to sponsor their own short-term mission teams between now and June 2010 because that’s how many “opportunities from the field” he expects to fill.

“As the Ablaze! movement ignites LCMS congregations and partner churches, it is creating opportunities to connect our congregations to the needs of our partner churches,” Wall told Reporter.  “The hope is that more congregations will step forward to serve with LCMS World Mission and other LCMS short-term sending agencies to meet the needs of partner churches and missionaries.”

A coincidence or more?  I think it’s just a coincidence but what do others think?