St. Paul's prides itself as being a mission minded congregation. For 2016, we decided to support the Jastrams in their mission work.
Rev. Dr. Daniel and Joan Jastram serve the Lord as career missionaries through The Lutheran Church Missouri Synod (LCMS) in northern Asia, based in Tokyo, Japan. In this role, Daniel helps develop and implement a strategic mission plan for this area. He coordinates theological education opportunities and also supervises and evaluates theological educators throughout northern Asia. When needed, Daniel teaches courses at Japan Lutheran Theological Seminary, Tokyo.
Daniel was born in Shibata, Japan, and raised overseas in an LCMS missionary family. His childhood congregation was Shibata Lutheran Church, Japan. He received a bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He received his Master of Divinity from Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Ind. Befoe serving in Asia, he was a professor of theology at Concordia University, St. Paul, Minn., and Concordia University Wisconsin, Mequon. He also served as sole pastor of Messiah Lutheran Church, Forest Lake, Minn. In his free time, Danile enjoys reading, hiking and bookbinding.
Joan was born in Mitchell, S.D., where her childhood congregation was Zion Lutheran Church. She received both a bachelor's and a master's degree from the University of South Dakota, Vermillion. She received her Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) degree from the Minnesota School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University, Twin Cities, Minn. Before her missionary service in Asia, Joan worked as a clinical psychologist and plans to continue in this capacity. Joan enjoys reading, hiking and cooking in her free time.over the centuries. The liturgy provides a consistency to worship. One of the most important aspects of liturgical worship is repetition. Through weekly repetition of basic, Gospel-centered texts from Holy Scripture, we learn the fundamental teachings of the Christian faith. The liturgy and hymns serve as building blocks for a lifetime of receiving God's gifts through Word and Sacrament.
Please pray for Daniel and Joan as they serve in Northern Asia. Pray for them as they transition to life in Asia, re-adapting their family's culture and way of life to these new surroundings. Ask God to give them renewed zeal to go out and proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ to the individuals they encounter where they work and live. Please pray the hearts and ears of the people of Japan and northern Asia are prepared to hear and confess this Good News and the life that it brings. Ask God to continue to give strength and guidance to the missionaries currently serving in this area. Let us give thanks to God for the Jastrams who serve His children in this part of the world.
Daniel's birthday: November 26th
Joan birthday: March 4th
Wedding Anniversary: August 20th
Home District: Minnesota South
Asia Calling: Jastrams to JAPAN (Jastram Newsletter)