Also, be even more diligent in your prayers for the many men who will not be receiving calls these next two evenings, simply because there is a shortage of calling congregations. These men are trained, able, and willing to serve, but will have to wait until something opens up somewhere before they can be placed. I know a little bit about this, too, since I was contacted a week before Call Night and told that there was a shortage of calls that year and that, since I was on a delayed vicarage, they were asking those of us in that situation to not report for Call Night, but to stay put until they could place us. Long story short, I was, thankfully, called on the Saturday before Call Night and told that they did have a call for me after all, and to come on down. But, that week was very trying on me and on my family, as we did not know what the future held for us. I can only imagine how trying it would have been on us had we had to suffer for longer than that week, as many of these dear brothers and their families will have to do. My heart goes out to them big time! Please, please, please keep them in your prayers!
You can tune in and watch the Placement Services streaming online (I'm actually watching the Vicarage Placement and Deaconess Internship Service at Concordia Theological Seminary in Ft. Wayne which started a few minutes ago right now; the Candidate Call Service will be held in Ft. Wayne tomorrow night at 7:00 p.m.; Concordia, St. Louis has its Call Service tonight at 8:00 p.m. EST). Simply go to the seminary websites linked below:
Here is a video explaining the Placement situation at CTS-Ft. Wayne this year: