May 21, 2005

Bring in the clowns

Today we brought in the clowns. Actually just one clown but he was enough: Paco, also known as Frank Janssen, president of Venezuela Lutheran Mission Partnership. More than 50 children were ecstatic as it was the first time most of them had seen a clown in person.

Some of the children confessed that they consider clowns very scary. But since Frank changed into his clown costume after arriving, they knew he wasn´t a real clown, but a man dressed up as a clown. That made him funny not frightening.

Using bird puppets, Paco told them a story about how God created all kinds of birds and loves them all, just like all children are special creations and loved by God. They are even more special because God sent His Son Jesus into the world to suffer and die for them.

Venezuela Lutheran Mission Partnership is a mission society based in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area. You can visit the VLMP Web site at and also look it up in the membership listing of the Association of Lutheran Mission Agencies (

Frank is a member of Woodbury Lutheran Church in Woodbury, Minnesota. He was accompanied by Marlin Harris, an associate pastor at Woodbury, and Clint Souligny, facilitator for cross-cultural ministry in Caracas. The three of them were visiting Lutheran churches across Venezuela. It was the first time any of them had visited La Caramuca or Barinas.

Please pray for these men as they continue their journey.

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