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Master's Students Make Evangelism Day Presentations

last modified 2011-03-02 02:31 PM

Two graduate students were on campus January 19 for Martin Luther College’s Evangelism Day. Minori Yamaki, leadership emphasis, shared with undergraduate students how God is using her to spread the good news of Jesus with Japanese families in the Chicago area. Aaron Punke, special education emphasis, urged students to get involved with ministry for people with developmental disabilities.

Master's Students Make Evangelism Day Presentations

Aaron Punke

Minori helped the undergrads recognize God’s hand in their lives and future ministries by telling her own story of God’s grace in her life. Growing up in a Christian family in Okinawa, Japan, she experienced the persecution and frustration that came from being different in a society that values unity. God brought her as an international student to Kettle Moraine Lutheran High School in Jackson WI where he turned her resentment to the joy of living for Christ.

Minori enrolled at MLC as an undergraduate specializing in early childhood education, so she could dedicate herself to sharing with students the joy she found. Upon graduation, God called her to teach kindergarten at St. Matthew Lutheran School in Niles, IL, a suburb of Chicago. There she came into contact with Japanese families working in the U.S. who were searching for a preschool for their children. The school seized on the opportunity to use Minori’s training to meet the needs of these families and share the gospel among her fellow Japanese. Her preschool is filled and has a waiting list.

Aaron Punke urged MLC undergraduates to volunteer one week of their summers to help people grow in their faith at Camp Basic, a program for the developmentally disabled. He explained that people of all ages are needed to volunteer as counselors for a week. Each counselor is assigned to one or two campers. Counselors are friends, mentors, and helpers for their campers. Aaron inspired the students with the joys that such volunteer work brings for both the camper and counselor. Aaron was inspired as a teenager by his uncle with developmental disabilities and began as a Camp Basic counselor. Now he is the director for one of the weeks. It’s a highlight of his year!

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