Gary W. Thies, Mission Development Counselor for the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, will be at Trinity Lutheran Church in Fergus Falls, MN on Sunday, October 26, 2014 at the 9 a.m. service.
Gary will present an unusual message of missions and what is taking place in the Mission Division of this church body. This multi-media presentation will feature artifacts from the various fields and a PowerPoint presentation.
Born and raised on a farm near Mapleton, IA, having spent 33 years in the banking, estate and insurance industry, he brings an entirely new vision as a layman. Gary has traveled to 76 countries, including the jungle countries of West Africa, Kenya, Uganda, New Guinea, and Tanzania. He’s visited Kazakhstan, Russia, the Kyrgyz Republic, Siberia, Thailand, the mountain country of the Tagakaulo people on the island of Mindanao in the Philippines, as well as the back country of Guatemala, Venezuela, and Jamaica. His miracle stories have been a part of his presentations in more than 1,500 churches throughout the United States.
Gary’s message will impact the lives of all who attend, in that God does call people even today, from all walks of life, and that God has a plan for each and every person.
Currently, Thies represents the World Mission Division, as well as the Iowa District West and the Nebraska Districts of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. In addition to his full time mission work, Gary has served as Chairman of the Congressional Academic Selection Committee in western Iowa, President of the Western Iowa Tech Community College Foundation Board, serves on the Board of Directors of the Iowa State Bank in Des Moines, IA and was appointed by the Governor to serve on the Judicial Selection Committee in western Iowa. He and his wife, Maxine, live on a farm two miles east of Mapleton, Iowa.