The April issue of LTS News is available. Read about the University of Pretoria graduation, special deaconess lecture, and more. Download here.
ALSO, rockrohr.net is now “mobile friendly.” The site automatically detects whether a smart phone (iOS, Android, etc.) is using the site and gives a simplified touch interface. Email us easily from it. Let me know how it works for you! Carl
Deborah and I have great joy to announce the engagement of our daughter, Rebecca Rockrohr, to Mr. Scott Johnson! We just finished Skyping with Becky and Scott and they told us the wonderful news. Scott is a 4th year student at Concordia Theological Seminary in Ft Wayne, Indiana. He plans to continue his studies in the Master of Sacred Theology program at the seminary.We have met Scott and know he is a great gift of God to our daughter. The wedding date is yet to be set. God bless you, Becky and Scott!
This issue talks about changes in our family and our preparations for 2013 at the seminary.
1. Good days for Ted as he began boarding high school at Hilton College near Pietermaritzburg about 6 hours drive from Pretoria.
2. Good beginning for the 2013 school year at Lutheran Theological Seminary in Pretoria.
3. Blessings on newlyweds Paul (eldest son) and Stacy (new daughter-in-law) who were married on December 16th.
Thanks for your support! Carl
On January 14 Ted started as a “new boy” at Hilton College. Hilton is an all boys boarding high school near Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. In South Africa high school is grades 8-12. It was Ted’s initial suggestion to attend Hilton and after investigations we agreed it would be a very good opportunity for him.Ted’s full-time boarding also enables Deborah and Carl to travel for missionary work. Though Hilton is a six hour drive away from Pretoria, we already are finding a good support system. Hilton keeps good communication with parents and we have friends at the local Lutheran church and with other families at Hilton. Hilton’s Christian tradition is Anglican and Ted can occasionally attend worship at Immanuel Lutheran in Pietermarizburg, a congregation which is in fellowship with our church in the U.S., the LCMS, and is also affiliated with our work at Lutheran Theological Seminary
This first two weeks are a “settling in” period and he has no communication with us until January 25th. After that we will see him for a “new parents weekend” February 2-4 and he can email and call us. He has four ten-week quarters which each have a long weekend break, so we expect to see Ted at least every five weeks.Ted is especially looking forward to playing basketball again at Hilton. Photos of his first day at Hilton, January 14th:
We have an “Annual Report” available for download which gives a summary of our 2012 activities in our missionary work and lives in South Africa as well as looking forward to our activities in 2013.
The lead article “Good News: Jesus’ Kingdom Grows” reports on the rapid growth of Christianity in the world, especially in Africa. The article also explains the Biblical teaching and importance of pastoral training.
Deborah’s article “What is a deaconess?” is a resource for this report as well as other documents found here on the newsletter page.
This special newsletter is longer to allow more details than we can give in a shorter monthly newsletter.
Our November Rockrohr News and Notes is now available. http://www.rockrohr.net/about-us/newsletter/
Two other new items are available as well, the November LTS News and the LTS deaconess training brochure. Carl is the editor of LTS News which has numerous articles and photos of seminary activities. The brochure of deaconess training introduces the program which Deborah directs.
LTS Deaconess Training Programme brochure http://www.lts.org.za/deaconess-training-programme/
CORRECTION: Deborah’s radio interview is on OCTOBER 30; AM850 KFUO out of St. Louis at 8:30 am Central Time.
Carl and Deborah had a wonderful time at a conference with pastors and members of the Northwest Diocese of the Lutheran Church in Southern Africa this past weekend, Nov. 27-28. Sixty-five men from congregations of the diocese gathered together for a commissioning service on Sunday; many of them attended lectures on Saturday. Rev. David Tswaedi, DD was the guest preacher for Sunday and preached on the importance of the Reformation to us today. The church service was 4 1/2 hours long.
Both Carl and Deborah were invited to give presentations at the Saturday conference. Carl presented on the Bible’s teachings on the establishment and guidance for the Office of the Ministry as well as presented about the training of pastors at Lutheran Theological Seminary. Deborah presented on the work of deaconesses in the Bible, in history and today as well as the Deaconess Training Programme at LTS.
Thank you to Dean Mafereka and the Diosesian leadership for the invitation and warm welcome. The audience presented many interesting questions and responses to the presentations.
Radio Interview with Deborah on OCTOBER 30
Deborah will be interviewed again on KFUO Lutheran Radio (AM850 out of St. Louis) on October 30 at 8:30 am (Central Time). She will be on the His Time Morning Show. The live radio interviews from Pretoria, South Africa will also be streaming (click here) and archived (click here) on the Internet.
Deborah will be interviewed on KFUO Lutheran Radio (AM850 out of St. Louis) on October 23 and 30 at 8:30 am (Central Time). She will be on the His Time Morning Show. The live radio interviews from Pretoria, South Africa will also be streaming (click here) and archived (click here) on the Internet. Carl
Deborah was diagnosed this morning (Oct 11) with measles. She had a bad night sleeping and when daylight came she had spots on most of her body. We were able to see a good doctor right away this morning and he diagnosed her with measles. He quarantined her to our house until Monday when he wants to see her again. The doctor believes the bouts of infection since her surgery have weakened her immune system, so she picked up measles even though she has been immunized, etc. The measles spots cover most of her body now, but Calamine lotion is giving her noticeable relief.
1. Healing for Deborah from the measles and for her whole immune system.
2. Strength for Carl to take care of her. Good health for Carl and Ted so we don’t get sick.
3. Thanksgiving for good doctors and pharmacists (who helped find good over the counter treatment!) who are really helping us a lot.
4. Blessings on our LTS students who often face many difficulties.
I am preaching on 2 Corinthians 8:1-9 tomorrow in LTS Friday chapel. It is a good passage to mediate upon in the midst of trials; God’s grace enables us to help others even in the midst of our own trials, how can this be possible? Verse nine: “For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich.” Here is a link to the entire reading.
Thanks for your care and support, Carl