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The Stones’ passion for missions began early, when young Ruth led fundraisers to sponsor Lutheran missions, while little Lyman grew up reading missionary letters around the dinner table. Now they are starting a new chapter as missionaries in Hong Kong, where Ruth will serve as a an English teaching assistant in a Lutheran school, and the Stones together will volunteer their time to support extracurriculars, church functions, and evangelism.

Ruth’s heart for international missions and teaching has led her around the world. She tutored English to refugee children while receiving her BA-Mathematics from Transylvania University, and then served a summer teaching in Costa Rica. This path culminated in her being placed in a Chinese-language school in Malaysia through the Fulbright program, where she taught conversational English. Since returning from Malaysia, she has married Lyman (2015), and been working at Immanuel Lutheran School (ILS), where Ruth is the Manager of Operations. ILS is a classical Lutheran school promoting holistic, confessionally Lutheran education associated with the Stones’ church, Immanuel Lutheran Church-Alexandria.

After a mission trip to the Philippines in high school, Lyman was motivated to begin studying economics as a path to serving the world. After receiving his BA-Economics from Transylvania University, he went on to receive his MA in International Trade from the George Washington University. Meanwhile, he worked as a staff economist for a think-tank. After completing his MA, Lyman began work at the Foreign Agricultural Service, where he forecasts cotton market conditions in Africa and the Middle East. He also does private economic consulting and commentary writing: a branch of his career he is excited to expand after moving to Hong Kong. The flexibility of freelance consulting work will enable Lyman to do what he truly loves, volunteering and supporting church work and lay theological education, and also helping to support the Stone Family while abroad.

Please pray for Lyman and Ruth as they live and serve in the Lutheran Church-Hong Kong Synod, and especially the children, faculty, and parents in its’ associated school system.

Any funds raised that exceed Mission Partner’s Total Cost of Missionary Service may be used to further support Mission Partner in missional activities, or Mission Partner may donate, after consultation with the Executive Director, any excess funds to one or more Mission Partners who are in good standing with MCN or to MCN’s General Fund. The purpose for this is that any funds raised are to support missional activities throughout the world.

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