It's 1993. A young pastor, just a few years out of seminary, receives a call to serve Concordia Lutheran Church in Williston, ND. Population...let's just say 10,000.
"North Dakota? There's nothing there! Why in the world would I want to spend my life and ministry in the middle of nowhere North Dakota of all places?"
19 years later, Rev. Jay Reinke couldn't have dreamed of a better opportunity. 1 If I were to ever become a pastor, I can only hope to have stories like Pastor Reinke. 2 And be able to share the message that no one else is saying. 3
1 Issues, Etc. "A Lutheran Church Sheltering Job-Seekers — Pr. Jay Reinke, 7/13/12"
2 Soundbite from 8:04 to 10:15 (My favorite bit from the interview)
3 Candidate for Issues, Etc. "Soundbite of the Week"
It's been awhile since I've been as sucked into my earplugs and hanging on every word as much as I was while listening to this interview with Pastor Reinke. Definitely worth your time.
For more background on the situation the story comes out of, see the corresponding CBS News story.