Tuesday, October 4, 2011

A Note from David Reinhardt about his son, Fred

I'd like to share this information that I received from David Reinhardt about his son, Fred.  He has quite a life in Africa doing the Lord's work.

Fred will be coming home from Africa in October for his two month sabbatical and will be preaching and visiting churches that support him during this time.  He wrote the following brief bio for one of the churches he will be visiting so they can put some info about him in their newsletter.


Rev. Frederick Reinhardt, a 2002 graduate of Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, has been a missionary in French-speaking Africa for just over eleven years now.  He first arrived in Togo, West Africa, to live and work on Sept. 1, 2000.  He completed his 2-year vicarage there.  He lived in Togo for a total of seven-and-a-half years, as a normal "career missionary," living and working in one place at a time - though he did move around northern Togo several times!  In late 2007, since he was doing "Area Facilitator" duties more and more in replacement of a former LCMS missionary, he was offered the position of "Area Facilitator for French-speaking Africa," which he accepted.  In order to successfully perform his new duties, it was necessary to move to a capital city - and Fred chose Dakar, the capital of Senegal.  He lived there for three years.  The duties of facilitating mission with partner Church Bodies in French-speaking West Africa was turned over to another LCMS missionary, and Fred was asked to move to East Africa, to the capital of Kenya - Nairobi.  From that large and cosmopolitan city, where LCMS World Mission already had offices and several missionaries living, Fred would be able to facilitate mission and foster the relationships - many of them brand new - with our French-speaking Lutheran partner Church Bodies in Central and East Africa.  The countries he now covers include:  Burundi, Rwanda, Madagascar, Cameroon, the Republic of Congo, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and there are currently some ongoing projects of the LCMS in the Portuguese-speaking countries of Angola and Mozambique, for which he is responsible.  Other countries where a relationship could one day develop include Gabon, Tchad, the Central African Republic, and the Comoros Islands.  As you can see, Fred has his work cut out for him!  And he does the vast majority of it in French!

I "stalked" Fred on Facebook and he has lots of great pictures
of his work in Africa (Frederick M. Reinhardt). This photo is
from the Lutheran Church of St. Augustine in
Brassaville, Congo

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