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January Meeting

Thursday, January 2, 2014—12:00 noon

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Saint Luke Lutheran Church
9100 Colesville Road at Dale Drive
Silver Spring, MD 20910

Harry Engen


Photo of Mi Refugio founder Kari Engen with students
Mi Refugio founder Kari Engen with students

Mi Refugio Missionary Journey to Guatemala

Mi Refugio is a non-denominational Christian school in Guatemala, Central America for 500 poor children who live next to the Guatemala City garbage dump and in native Mayan villages surrounding the San Pedro, Sacatepequez school property. The school was started in 1988 by Kari Engen in a step of faith and obedience to Christ's commandment to "go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation" (Mark 16:15). The purpose of the school is to have students and their families know Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, and to educate the students in the basic academic subjects and in different career fields so that they can become productive members of Guatemalan society and help to bring about change in this dark and impoverished nation. The school provides free education from pre-school through high school at the San Pedro school campus and scholarships students into career school and the university in Guatemala City. There also is a child care center in the original Zone 7 building by the Guatemala City garbage dump. In addition to a high standard of education, the students are provided two meals and snacks daily, school uniforms, school supplies, clothing, transportation, and medical/dental care.

Harry Engen is Kari Engen's father who travels to Guatemala on a frequent basis with mission teams to assist at the school. Harry grew up as a Lutheran in Chicago, IL and Westfield, NJ. He graduated from Colgate University in New York State and was in the USAF during the Korean War. He spent 35 years as an Executive with Verizon Communications, retiring in 1990 at which time he went to seminary and also served as an inner city missions pastor in a Washington DC church. He and his family have been on a number of mission trips around the world. In 1994 he began taking mission teams to Guatemala to work at Mi Refugio. Each year he takes approximately 300 people to Guatemala from all over the USA and Canada at three different time periods. He has been married to Nancy Engen for 59 years and has four children, four grand children and one great- grand daughter. Nancy is an ordained minister who serves as a volunteer chaplain in the Maryland Correctional System.

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We invite all Lutherans and their friends to join us for this luncheon meeting of Lutheran Lay Fellowship, scheduled for the first Thursday of each month from 12:00 noon till 2:00 p.m. at Saint Luke Lutheran Church, 9100 Colesville Road at Dale Drive in Silver Spring, one mile south of the Capitol Beltway at Exit 30. Ample off-street parking is available. Interested persons can make reservations for a delicious lunch by sending their RSVP to by contacting Vicki Porter at 301-229-9884 or no later than 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 31. The cost of the meal is $9.00, payable at the door.


February 7 - Bob Francis, Director of Advocacy and Policy for Lutheran Services in America
March 6 - TBA
April 3 - Dr. Mike Maxey, President of Roanoke College

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What is the Lutheran Lay Fellowship?

LLF is an organization for women and men, both lay and clergy, active in the Nation's Capital area. “As early as 1936, feeling there was a definite need for closer cooperation between Lutheran laity and clergy, a group of laymen in the Washington, DC. Metropolitan area, organized to hold meetings that would bring pastors and laity closer together. Due to jurisdictional differences as well as ministerial difficulties, very little success was achieved until the fall of 1941. Then the group met and decided to hold a luncheon once a month, invite their friends and bring visitors. The first luncheon was a success, and within three months every Lutheran judicatory was represented…” [From a Lutheran Directory of Metropolitan Washington, DC, published in 1999.]

Today, more than 70 years later, the Lutheran Lay Fellowship of Metropolitan Washington takes pride in knowing that every night, 365 nights each year, more than 700 low income seniors and disabled persons live in safety and friendship in four high rises owned and managed by Fellowship Square Foundation, Inc. By means of annual scholarships and grants, LLF also supports various college and seminary students; it also provides ushering services for major inter-Lutheran events. But most of all, LLF is known far and wide as a place to hear stimulating speakers on timely topics and to make friends from other Lutheran congregations—friendships that last for decades!

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