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For the past several years the Noisy Offering provided in worship by our children has gone toward Our Savior’s annual $1,000 sponsorship of the Rev. Eric and Rev. Wendolyn Trozzo in Borneo. With their ELCA Global Missionary commitment now fulfilled, and subsequently having been called to St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church in Moorestown and Lord of Life Lutheran Church in Tabernacle respectively, it was time to identify a new missionary to sponsor.

Rev. Janelle Neubauer serves as Country Coordinator for the Young Adults in Global Mission (YAGM) in Rwanda and is our newest missionary we sponsor. She works in partnership with the Lutheran Church of Rwanda in overseeing placement of young adult missionary volunteers for a year of accompaniment relationships, service, and learning within the body of Christ in Rwanda. She herself served as a YAGM missionary Jerusalem/West Bank and remains connected to communities in Jerusalem and Beit Sahour.

Rev. Neubauer received her BA in Religious Studies and Kinesiology from the College of William and Mary and her Master of Divinity from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago before being ordained in April of 2017. Her home base states are Maryland, Virginia and South Carolina, and it is her Virginia roots that connect her to Our Savior. Her mother, Rev. Beth Neubauer, served as the pastor of Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Vienna VA before retiring, and it is where our youth mission trippers stay overnight each year when traveling to North Carolina to work with Habitat for Humanity.

We look forward to getting to know our new missionary Rev. Janelle Neubauer in the months and year to come as we support her through our children’s Noisy Offering and other contributions from congregation members. Look for updates on the website and the bulletin board near the Parish Hall stage entrance (when we re-open) to find out her latest adventures in ministry and mission.