How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach UNLESS THEY ARE SENT? ...So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
Romans 10:14–15a, 17
Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the
Lord may run swiftly and be glorified, just as it is with you... 2 Thessalonians 3:1
1.Missionary to India – Our missionary to India is
planning a late January return to India. Pray that the Lord will bless his
travel plans. Pray that he will have a safe and uneventful trip and that there
will be no issues clearing through immigration upon his return to India.
2.Visiting Missionary – Missionary Ohlmann departed on Wednesday,
January 9th for visits to Tanzania, Zambia, Myanmar, Nepal, and
Bangladesh. He will be gone from home for almost nine weeks. He is scheduled to
return home in mid-March. Pray for safe and uneventful travel and for his
family while he is away.
3.CLC Mission Helper Program – The application period for the 2019
trip to India has come to close. The 2019 Mission Helper Team will be announced
after the Board of Missions has had an opportunity to approve the applicants
for participation. Pray for the volunteers over the next several months as they
make preparations to proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ to thousands of
children in July. Pray also for the pastors and leaders of the CLCI and BELC in
India as they prepare to host the 2019 Mission Helper volunteers.
4.Tanzania – The leaders of the CLC-Tanzania will
meet with Missionary Ohlmann in January to finalize plans before classes begin
in February at the newly established Wartburg Lutheran Seminary in Arusha,
Tanzania. There are currently twelve men from four districts who are planning
to attend. Pray for both students and teachers that the Lord will bless this
effort and that He will provide all that is necessary for this important work
to go forward.
5.Zambia – Missionary Ohlmann
will be in Zambia in late January and early February. He will have the
opportunity to teach pastoral training seminars in the Lusaka, Livingstone, and
Kitwe districts. Pastor Ibrahim has recently moved the headquarters of the
CLC-Zambia from Lusaka to Livingstone. They hope to property that can serve as
a church, Bible Institute, living quarters, and student dormitory. Pray that
the Lord will bless their plans and provide the resources necessary to serve
the sheep of God’s CLC-Zambia flock and train men to serve as faithful
preachers and teachers of His saving word.
6.Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) – Due to the current political climate, refugee crisis, and
on-going armed conflict, it has been a few years since our CLC missionaries
have been able to acquire the necessary visa to visit DRC. Leaders of the
CLC-D.R. Congo will travel over the border into Zambia in late January to meet
with Missionary Ohlmann while is making his annual visit to the CLC-Zambia.
7.Myanmar – Seminars in
Kalaymyo and Yangon will be conducted while Missionary Ohlmann visits in
February. Pray that the Lord will bless these seminars that many will be
strengthened in their faith and that those who hear the truth for the first
time will be led by the Holy Spirit to repent and in saving faith rejoice in the
forgiveness of sins, salvation, and eternal life through Jesus Christ.
8.Nepal – Translation of
Luther’s Large Catechism into Nepalese has recently been completed and five-hundred
copies will be printed and ready for distribution to the pastors of the HCLC-Nepal
in February. The pastors will then begin leading congregations and preaching
stations through a study this book. This project was made possible through a
grant from the CLC Mission Development Fund (MDF). Thank the Lord for providing
the gifts, abilities, and resources to complete this project. Pray that the
Lord will bless the study of His word and strengthen the faith of those who are
given the opportunity to study this book together with their pastor.
9.Nepal – CLC Board of Missions Chairman, Joel Krafft will join
Missionary Ohlmann in Nepal in mid-February. Together they will visit several
congregations and meet with the pastors and students of the Himalayan Church of
the Lutheran Confession of Nepal for a training seminar. While in Nepal they
will also have the opportunity to travel to the recently established Dang
district to meet with the pastors and students who are training to be faithful
preachers and teachers of God’s saving word. Pray for safe travels and success
in the proclamation of God’s saving word.
10.Bangladesh – After more than three years of extensive Online
Theological Studies correspondence courses, Board of Missions chairman Joel
Krafft and Missionary Ohlmann will visit Bangladesh for our first face to face
meetings with the president and leaders of the Bangladesh Lutheran Church
Mission (BLCM). Pray that the Lord will bless these meetings as we work toward
establishing agreement in doctrine.
11.Nigeria – Rejoice in the Lord’s provision as two men who have
successfully completed the five-year seminary course of the NCLC Luther Bible
Institute graduated in December. These two men were ordained and assigned to the
congregation they will serve. Pray that the Lord will bless their ministry!
12.Nigeria – Our brothers and sisters in Christ of the Nigeria-CLC are
facing a variety of challenges as they work together to provide both spiritual
and bodily care for orphaned children. They are currently working to develop guidelines
and policies that are in compliance with the regulations of the Nigeria
Ministry of Women and Children’s Welfare. If and when they are able to re-open
the NCLC Children’s Home the CLC Kinship Committee will be involved in
providing support for these children. Please pray that the Lord will provide
the NCLC the wisdom, compassion, and all that is needed to carry out this
important work of love, care, and compassion.
13.CLC Online Theological Studies – continue to pray for
individuals in the following countries around the world who are studying God’s
word through email correspondence courses as they continue to train to be
faithful preachers and teachers of God’s saving word:
1.Uganda – Pastor Daniel Mugeni of Iganga, Uganda is recovering from
a serious hernia operation. He is out of the hospital and recovering at
It was recently reported by our brother in Kathmandu that more than one hundred
non-Nepalese individuals were accused of violating the newly enacted
anti-conversion laws. These individuals had their visas revoked and were
deported for participating in religious activities and evangelism. Our brothers
and sisters in Christ in Nepal have not yet had any trouble but they are being
very careful with their outreach efforts. The first deportations were reported
in a local Nepali
newspaper back in July. Pray that the Lord will protect our brothers and
sisters in Christ in Nepal as they continue to proclaim God’s saving word with
boldness and confidence.
Pastor Charles in Yangon reports that the ongoing The Rohingya Crisis has
brought a lot of international political pressure causing a rather un-settled
political climate in Myanmar. These struggles have caused much hardship for
many of God’s children that he serves. Pray that the Lord will provide for all
the needs of His people and give them the strength to persevere as they
continue to serve the Lord in the midst of these trials.
Islamic extremists, who until recently have been concentrated in the north of
Nigeria, have been moving into and causing problems in the areas where the NCLC
are located. Just recently four
Catholic priests in the area were kidnapped
and held for ransom. Also, violent
Islamic protests in the capital city of Abuja
resulted in the Nigerian Army opening fire on the protestors and killing
several. In addition to all of this, local and national elections are scheduled
for early 2019 with several Muslim candidates running for offices. Many fear
violence if these Muslim candidates are not elected. Pray!
Rejoice in the Lord’s provision as two men who have successfully completed the
five-year seminary course of the NCLC Luther Bible Institute will graduate, be
ordained, and assigned to a congregation on December 15th! Pray that
the Lord will bless their ministry!
There are six men who have applied to enter the seminary beginning in January.
Their applications are being reviewed by the faculty. If all of the men are
approved for enrollment, this will be one of the largest classes to begin the
five-year seminary course. Pray that the Lord will bless the students and
faculty in their work and that He will provide them all that is necessary to
prepare themselves for the public ministry.
Our brothers and sisters in Christ of the Nigeria-CLC are facing a variety of
challenges as they work together to provide both spiritual and bodily care for
orphaned children. Please pray that the Lord will provide them the wisdom,
compassion, and all that is needed to carry out this important work.
It was recently reported by our brothers of the CLCI that they are facing
increased persecution by Hindu extremists. Just a few weeks ago the CLCI was
conducting outreach evangelism in a village. During the evangelism effort
several Hindu extremists began shouting and disrupting the event. A few
individuals began to record their actions on their cell phones as evidence. The
Hindu extremists then turned physically violent and began to beat those in attendance
and to destroy the tent and equipment. When all was said and done several
individuals were injured and cell phones, a laptop, a projector, and sound
equipment was either destroyed or stolen. All of this was reported to the local
police but there no one expects anything to come of it. Please pray that the
Lord would replace any discouragement and doubt that this may have caused among
His children with the Joy of salvation and a firm committed to be faithful to
the Lord even unto death.
The leaders of the CLC-Tanzania continue to make preparations for classes to
begin in February at the newly established Wartburg Lutheran Seminary in
Arusha, Tanzania. There are currently twelve men from four districts who are
planning to study God’s word as they prepare for the ministry. Pray for both
students and teachers that the Lord will bless this effort and that He will provide
all that is necessary for this important work to go forward.
to India – Plans are for our missionary to
return to India in January. Pray that the Lord will bless his return to India to
continue the work of training and encouraging men to be faithful preachers and
teachers of God’s saving word.
11.Visiting Missionary – Missionary Ohlmann recently returned home from Nigeria a
few days before Thanksgiving. He is thankful for the opportunity to be home
with his family through the Christmas season. He is scheduled to leave on
January 9th for a nine-week visitation trip that will take him to
Tanzania, Zambia, Myanmar, Nepal, and Bangladesh. Pray for safe and uneventful
travel and God’s blessings on the opportunities to train and encourage men to
be faithful preachers and teachers of God’s word. Pray also for his wife and
family while he is away.
12.CLC Online Theological Studies – continue to pray for individuals in the following
countries around the world who are studying God’s word through email
correspondence courses as they continue to train to be faithful preachers and
teachers of God’s saving word: