Friday, March 16, 2018

Foreign Mission Prayer Opportunities...March 16, 2018

1.    Myanmar – Pastor Kham and his wife have taken the appropriate legal action to adopt and care for a Seventeen-year-old Buddhist convert who has been rejected by her family because she converted. Thank the Lord for His grace in calling this young lady out of the darkness of idol worship and into the marvelous light of the Good News of God’s love and forgiveness through our Savior Jesus Christ! Pray that his young covert will continue to grow in her faith as she studies her Bible with the Kham family and the members of the CLC-Myanmar.

2.    Myanmar – Three pastors of the CLC-Myanmar have passed away in recent months and another pastor had to resign due to health problems. Five young men have been identified and will receive training to replace these four men. Pray for their training and for congregations they will serve.

3.    Myanmar – A young man named Sam who is the son of Pastor Charles Edwards of the National Lutheran Church of Myanmar will begin Online Theological Training to prepare him to assist his father. He has recently earned a bachelor’s degree in information technologies and has good job. He is committed and dedicated to serving His Lord and working with his father in the Gospel ministry in the Yangon, Myanmar area.

4.    Myanmar – Thanksgiving to God for new the religious freedoms that have come from the new government in the past couple of years. Both the CLC-Myanmar and the National Lutheran Church of Myanmar report that they no longer receive any interference from the government, military, or police that was once common-place.

5.    Myanmar – Thanksgiving for the completion and dedication of the new buildings that the CLC-Myanmar was able to build with help from the CLC-Mission Development Fund.

6.    Myanmar – two men of the CLC-Myanmar are actively working to evangelize Buddhists in villages around Kalaymyo. Ten Burmese Bibles were purchased for their use as they conduct Bible studies with contacts.

7.    Nepal – Thank the Lord and ask for His on-going blessings on the four men who graduated on March 7th from the two-year Himalayan Bible Institute.

8.    Nepal – pray for God’s blessings on the new students and those who continue their studies at the Himalayan Bible Institute of the HCLC-Nepal.

9.    Nepal – There are ten men in distant districts of Nepal that are requesting Bible training. A visit is being planned. Pray that the Lord will bless this meeting and that these men will be dedicated to the truth of God’s saving word.

10.  Nepal – Visits are planned to the far-west regions of Nepal to meet with pastors who are interested in learning more about Lutheran doctrine and training to be faithful preachers of God’s saving word. Christians are very far and few between in these regions. Nepal is less than 2% Christian. Most of those Christians live in the Kathmandu area so it is great to see to the Gospel reach far beyond the Kathmandu valley!

11.  Nepal – Pray for the Gospel outreach in Nepal as new anti-conversion laws come into effect in July. These new laws are open to the interpretation of those who are charged to enforce them. The law states that those who publicly preach or teach the Bible to those of another faith with the intention of conversion are subject to punishment of five years in prison and hefty fines. Some have interpreted these laws to even prevent parents from bringing their children to baptism and Sunday School until the children reach the age when they can decide on their own if they want to hear God’s word. Pray that the Lord will embolden His children during these troubling times. For more information go to: http://www.christianitytoday.com/news/2017/october/nepal-criminalizes-conversion-christianity-evangelism-hindu.html

12.  India – Mary Benjamin, the wife of Pastor V.S. Benjamin has suffered from diabetes for several years. She has been released from the hospital and is home resting after trouble with her kidneys. She will undergo more tests.

13.  India – A Hindu nationalist party currently holds the majority in the Indian government. Part of their platform is to promote Hinduism as the national religion of India. New rules and regulations that govern the transfer of money to India from foreign countries has created a great deal of difficulties for our CLC Treasurer and our brothers and sisters of the CLCI.

14.  India – Even amid the government crack-down on Christianity mentioned above, the doors of opportunity to train faithful pastors to proclaim the truth of God’s saving word and start new congregations is overwhelming. There is seemingly no end to the opportunities before us. Pray that the Lord would provide the necessary resources, man-power, courage and zeal to continue in this harvest field that is so ripe for harvest.

15.  Pray for the individuals in Senegal, DR Congo, Haiti, Zimbabwe, Bangladesh, and Myanmar who continue CLC Online Theological Studies correspondence courses.

Friday, March 9, 2018

Sent to Myanmar...FEB/MAR 2018

The two weeks in Myanmar went by rather quickly as Pastor Dave Koenig and I worked with the church leaders of the Church of the Lutheran Confession of Myanmar in Kalaymyo in the West and the National Lutheran Church of Myanmar in the east.



Pastor Koenig arrived in Yangon on February 18th from the U.S. and I arrived from India the next day. Our flights from Yangon to Kalaymyo had already been arranged by a local travel agent for the next day. 

We spent the next three days in Kalaymyo teaching at an outreach seminar with the pastors, leaders, and over one hundred church members and guests. Most of the congregations of the CLC-Myanmar are located in mountainous regions of Chin State that borders India to the west. For a variety of reasons that have to do with the socialist and then military dictatorships that, until recently, have ruled this nation for the past several decades, this state is very underdeveloped with poor roads and infrastructure. Until recently, foreigners were not allowed to travel throughout the state. 

The CLC-Myanmar has fifty-six congregation that are served by seven pastors. They serve these congregations on a monthly basis by bicycle. In recent months three pastors went to be with the Lord and a fourth pastor found it necessary to resign due to hearing, sight, and other health problems. Pastors Kham and Thang are in the process of interviewing men and developing a process for training men to fill these vacant pastoral positions. They currently have five young men who are interested in this training. They also hope to train men to reach out to the many Buddhists who live in the area around Kalaymyo. 

Many of those in attendance at the seminar traveled several days to get to Kalaymyo for the seminar. Each day we held classes from 8:00 am until 4:00 pm with a lunch break in the middle. In the evenings Pastor Koenig and I took turns preaching at the special evening worship services that were held. These services were well attended as this gave many who were working during the day the opportunity to come hear the word. On Sunday a final worship service was held and it too was attended by more than one hundred and fifty people with at least fifty children in attendance!


Church Building and Orphanage of the CLC-Myanmar

Dedication and Ribbon Cutting for the New Church Building

Pastors Kham (L) and Thang (R), Secretary and Chairman of the CLC-Myanmar

Gathering for the first day of the Seminar

Pastor Kham (L) , his wife (R) and son, and the eleven children they care for

Pastor Thang, his mother, his wife, and their five children

Group picture on the last day of the outreach seminar for the CLC-Myanmar in Kalaymyo

Pastor Koenig teaching in the newly dedicated church building of the CLC-Myanmar in Kalaymyo
After our time in Kalaymyo came to an end we boarded a flight on a local airline back to Yangon to repeat the outreach seminar with the members of the National Lutheran Church of Myanmar along with friends who had also been invited. There were around eighty in attendance each day for the three day seminar. 

On March 2nd, the National Lutheran Church of Myanmar celebrated their 30th anniversary as a church. Pastor Charles leads this small church body. He spent many years working for the national transportation department until he took an early retirement with benefits so that he could spend more time working in the ministry. His grandparents immigrated to Yangon (then Rangoon) from Tamil Nadu, India. They were Lutherans and brought their Lutheran heritage with them. His grandfather was instrumental in starting some of the first Lutheran churches in Myanmar. Pastor Charles received training from and was ordained by the LC-MS affiliated church in Asia. He left this fellowship for doctrinal reasons. Over the course of a few years, beginning in 2007, he found agreement in doctrine with the CLC and was accepted into fellowship. He serves one main congregation and three preaching stations. His brother (who lives with his two sisters in the family home) conducts services every Sunday as well and Pastor Charles serves the congregation with the Lord's Supper once a month. Pastor Charles oldest son, Sam, has now completed his bachelors degree in information technologies, has a good job, and would like to train for the ministry through our developing Online Theological Studies website. He plans to assist his father in the ministry and eventually take over his father's pastoral duties when the need arises. 

Our last couple of days in Yangon (Saturday and Sunday) were spent visiting and offering devotions at member's homes and preaching stations, and attending and preaching at the worship service on Sunday. Sunday afternoon gave me the opportunity to spend some time with Pastor Charles and to see some of the sites around this old city of Yangon. I went to see the old market, the Shwedagon Buddhist Pagoda (some 2,500 years old), the original church building that Pastor Charles grandfather helped to establish, and the banks of Ragoon river that leads to the Bay of Bengal.
Shwedagon Pagoda
The Shwedagon Pagoda complex
The Shwedagon Pagoda is impressive to see with its millions of dollars worth of gold, diamonds, and precious jewels. As the story goes, it was originally built as a shrine to house eight hairs from the Buddha that were brought to the king by monks. Many of the people there were like me, simple tourists seeing a World Heritage site. But many/most were there as dedicated Buddhists. This was made evident as I watched many dressed in Buddhist monk's garb and others bowing down and praying and performing other rituals to the hundreds of idols contained within the complex. It truly breaks my heart to see this kind of thing. These individuals, who Jesus Christ died for, are blinded by the darkness of idolatry. They bow down to wood and stone and in turn reject the blood bought forgiveness and salvation that our Savior provided on the cross and empty tomb. According to the 2014 census reported on a Wikipedia page, the nation of Myanmar is 87.9% Buddhist and only 6.2% Christian. Let those statistics break your heart and pray for our brothers and sisters in Christ who faithfully proclaim the Good News of forgiveness, salvation, and eternal life through life, death, and resurrection of our Savior!  


Attendees of the Outreach Seminar for the National Lutheran Church of Myanmar in Yangon
Pastor Charles Edwards (L-R) his son Sam, two sisters, brother Ivan
Sunday morning worship at the National Lutheran Church of Myanmar in Yangon
After two full weeks in Myanmar, Pastor Koenig and I both flew out on Monday, March 5th. Pastor Koenig flew home to the U.S. and I flew to Nepal.

For more information about the opportunities the Lord has opened to us in Myanmar go to: http://lutheranmissions.org/nation/myanmar/ 




Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Sent to India...FEB 2018

Well, I've been in Myanmar for over a week now and I finally found some time (and reliable WiFi) to get some words and pictures on the blog from the two weeks I spent in India. Since I'm pretty sure that I don't have a short term memory any longer it becomes more and more important that I get these blog posts done earlier rather than later.

The CLC helps to facilitate an annual Joint Asia Pastoral Conference (JAPC) in India each year. This conference includes pastors and leaders of CLC affiliated church bodies from India, Nepal, and Myanmar. It is typically held in October but it was moved to February this year so that I could attend. There was also some encouragement from the Nepali delegation to move it to a cooler month since they are not too fond of the hot and humid October weather of South India. The dates of the conference were February 6-8. We work with two church bodies in India and they take turns hosting the conference. This year it was hosted by the BELC. 

In addition to pastors from the Berea Evangelical Lutheran Church (BELC), the Church of the Lutheran Confession of India (CLCI), the Himalayan Church of the Lutheran Confession of Nepal (HCLCN), the Church of the Lutheran Confession of Myanmar (CLCM), and the National Lutheran Church of Myanmar (NLCM), the conference was attended by our CLC Missionary to India (name purposefully ommitted), Pastor Tim Daub of Hecla, SD, and myself. Each church body presented reports on the work they are doing. Pastor Daub presented an essay on the Confession Lutheran Approach to Biblical Interpretation and Missionary E. presented an essay on Blessings from God. Pastor Charles Edwards (NLCM) presented an essay on the History of Christianity in Myanmar. Pastor Jyothi presented an essay on Abortion in light of the Bible. I had the privilege of presenting an overview of all the mission fields where the CLC is working. 
Pastor Tim Daub being honored by Pastor D. Paul of the BELC
Missionary E. being honored by Pastor B. Bhasker
Pastors in attendance at the 2018 JAPC
Following the conference Pastor Daub returned to the U.S. and I spent the next few days with Missionary E. visiting a few of the districts of the BELC to teach on-going pastoral training classes and visit with several of the district leaders of the BELC. I have known these men for over twenty years now. I consider them some of my dearest friends and fellow servants in our Savior's Kingdom. I count it a very great blessing from the Lord to be able to visit them in their homes and see how their children have grown. 

Missionary E. and I also had the privilege of being invited to participate in the dedication of a new home and to help celebrate a 60th wedding anniversary of BELC members. 


Husband honors his wife as they celebrate 60 years of marriage 
A true honor to be invited to help them celebrate 60 years of God's grace and mercy on their married life together
I then traveled north, by train, to meet Pastor Jyothi of the CLCI. I was fortunate to be able to preach at an evening Ash Wednesday service at the CLCI headquarters. They also had quite a welcome ceremony planned with singing and dancing by the children. I also got the chance to greet and visit briefly with Pastor V.S. Benjamin and his wife Mary. They are both getting well advanced in years and have had a number of health problems recently. Mary was admitted to the hospital while I was there and was treated for a rather serious kidney infection. She has since returned home on medication and will be re-evaluated in a month with the hopes that they can avoid dialysis or surgery.

Pastor V.S. and Mary Benjamin
Ash Wednesday and Welcome Service
I have to be careful not to mention the specific names of some of the places where I visited and preached because the local government in some of these areas have decided that the current political situation with the pro-Hindu majority party in India presents an opportunity for lining their pockets.

One rather unique experience I had while working with the CLCI was the opportunity to visit a somewhat remote fishing village where there are twenty-five families living. Only one family is Christian, but the father of this family (who was recently converted from Hinduism) is quite diligent in his efforts to proclaim the Good News of Jesus. The CLCI hopes that they will be able to establish a congregation there at some point in the not to distant future. We traveled with the Christian fisherman using the boat that he and his partners rent as commercial fishermen. We traveled to visit a few areas near the village and enjoyed a lunch on a beach. It was low-tide and so the beach was exposed along with lots of crabs running around but nothing else. All you could see from the edge of the this little strip of land was the open waters of the Bay of Bengal.  

Waiting for our boat at the fishing village
Lunch on the beach at the end of mainland India.

They gave us a fishing demonstration and then took a nap for the hour long ride back to the village

There is always the chance in this part of India, under the current pro-Hindu anti-Christian government, that opportunistic police officers will stop the foreigner to see if they can find a reason to line their pockets. So, we stopped at an ancient Hindu temple carved into the side of a stone hill so that we would have some proof of visiting a tourist attraction. This was carved more than 1,000 years ago and is still considered a very holy place by Hindus today. 



Here's my favorite video of a beautiful little girl singing songs of worship to her Lord and Savior...OUR Lord and Savior! Enjoy!



Even amid the government crack-down on Christianity mentioned above, the doors of opportunity to train faithful pastors to proclaim the truth of God’s saving word and start new congregations is overwhelming. There is seemingly no end to the opportunities before us. Pray that the Lord would provide the necessary resources, man-power, courage and zeal to continue in this harvest field that is so ripe for harvest.

After six very busy days with the CLCI of teaching in the mornings and preaching at two or three locations each afternoon/evening I boarded a plane that took me from Vijayawada to Hyderabad in India and then to Singapore and finally to Yangon, Myanmar where I met up with Pastor Dave Koenig. We've been here for a little more than a week and we have about five more days to go until he returns to the U. S. and I continue on to Nepal. 

Monday, February 19, 2018

CLC Mission Opportunities Prayer List - 19 FEB 2018

1.    India – Mary Benjamin, the wife of Pastor V.S. Benjamin has suffered from diabetes for several years. Recently she has been diagnosed with kidney failure. She was admitted to the hospital for tests this week and possibly dialysis.

2.    India – Pastor Isaiah, an assistant teacher at Immanuel Bible College of the CLC-India, has been ill for some time now and has been told by his doctor to take some much-needed rest. Pray for him, his wife and children, the congregation he serves, and those who are filling in for him while he recuperates.

3.    India – A Hindu nationalist party currently holds the majority in the Indian government. Part of their platform is to promote Hinduism as the national religion of India. New rules and regulations that govern the transfer of money to India from foreign countries has created a great deal of difficulties for our CLC Treasurer and our brothers and sisters of the CLCI.

4.    India – The police in certain parts of the country where our brothers and sisters in Christ are working are taking advantage of the pro-Hindu/anti-Christian positions of the ruling party by demanding bribe money to leave them alone.

5.    India – Even amid the government crack-down on Christianity mentioned above, the doors of opportunity to train faithful pastors to proclaim the truth of God’s saving word and start new congregations is overwhelming. There is seemingly no end to the opportunities before us. Pray that the Lord would provide the necessary resources, man-power, courage and zeal to continue in this harvest field that is so ripe for harvest.

6.    India – thank the Lord for His blessings on the 2018 Joint Asia Lutheran Pastoral Conference held on February 6-8 in India with pastors from India, Myanmar, Nepal, and the U.S. in attendance.

7.    Mexico – Pastor Juan Jose Olvera and his family were involved in a hit and run automobile accident in early January. His wife is still healing from the injuries and Pastor Olvera is trying to purchase a new van that is used to pick up church members for weekly worship services and Bible studies.

8.    Australia – Please keep Tim Stiller and his family in your prayers as they contend for the faith in Australia and mourn the loss of his father who went to be with the Lord on February 13th.

9.    Liberia – Pastor Joseph Kwiwalazu of the CLC-Liberia will be making an exploratory trip into Guinea soon to visit with mission prospects.

10.  Myanmar – Pastors Koenig and Ohlmann have arrived safely in Myanmar where they will be working with the Church of the Lutheran Confession of Myanmar and the National Lutheran Church of Myanmar. They will work with Pastors Kham, Thang, and Edwards to host three day Gospel outreach seminars in Kalaymyo and Yangon.

11.  Tanzania – The district chairmen of the CLC-Tanzania have sent a proposal to begin formal training of pastors to the CLC Bd of Missions for their consideration at their April meetings. The name they have proposed for the school is Wartburg Lutheran Theological Seminary of Tanzania.

12.  Tanzania – A new CLC-TZ congregation is beginning in Dar es Salaam. This congregation regularly has Muslim women who attend secretly because they are forbidden by their husbands and families.

13.  Tanzania – Pastors from the CLC-TZ will be visiting new contacts in Mwanza in the North-West part of the country. These contacts are a group of ten pastors and congregations who had left the ELCT (the ELCA of Tanzania) several years ago and have been inquiring about the CLC for the past few years.

14.  Tanzania – Pastors of the CLC-TZ will also be visiting contacts on the island of Zanzibar in the coming months. There are at least four pastors who have interest in the CLC-TZ.

15.  Tanzania – Pastor Malyi, who serves as the chairman of the Moshi district of the CLC-TZ has diabetes and suffered a heart attack about a year ago. He has been slowly recovering from the heart-attack and is being treated for diabetes. He spent quite a bit of time in the hospital and has a lot of medical bills. The CLC Bd of Mission was able to assist him with some of his medical debt so that he was able pay for his medications,

16.  Nepal – Following the Myanmar visit, Missionary Ohlmann will be in Nepal in early March to work with the pastors and leaders of the HCLCN. He will also be on hand for the first graduation ceremony when four students will receive their certificates of completion as the first graduates of the Himalayan Bible Institute. The school was started two years ago in January of 2016.

17.  Pray for the individuals in Senegal, DR Congo, Haiti, Zimbabwe, and Bangladesh who continue CLC Online Theological Studies correspondence courses. Three is also a young man in Myanmar who plans to begin courses soon.

Friday, February 2, 2018

Sent to India, Myanmar, and Nepal...

February 2, 2018

Today I head out for a long trip to South Asia. 

Flag of India
I'll spend a couple of weeks in India where I will have the privilege of attending the Joint Asia Pastoral Conference (JAPC) along with representatives from the CLC-India, The BELC of India, the Himalayan Church of the Lutheran Confession of Nepal, the CLC-Myanmar, and the National Lutheran Church of Myanmar. It will also be nice to spend some time with Missionary Peter Evensen and Pastor Tim Daub. Following the JAPC I'll visit a few districts of the BELC with Missionary Evensen and then I will take the train a few hours north to spend a week with Jyothi Benjamin and the CLC-India. 


Flag of Myanmar
After a couple of weeks in India, I'll fly from Hyderabad India to Yangon, Myanmar. I'll meet up with Retired Pastor David Koenig who is the visiting missionary to Myanmar. I'll spend a quick day in Yangon before we fly a few hours to the west to Kalaymyo where the CLC-Myanmar has it's headquarters. We'll visit with the pastors and leaders and offer a seminar. Then we will fly back to Yangon to spend a few days with Pastor Charles Edwards of the National Lutheran Church of Myanmar where we will offer a few days of seminar.

Flag of Nepal
After a couple of weeks in Myanmar, I'll fly to Kathmandu, Nepal where I will have the privilege of being on hand for the graduation of the first class of students from the Himalayan Bible Institute of Nepal. I will also meet with the pastors, and visit a few congregations.

This will be longest I have ever been away from Beth and my family. Please keep them in your prayers... petitioning the Lord for all things necessary as we serve Him...thanking Him for the privilege of serving Him by serving others...and giving Him honor and praise for His provision in this and in all things! Thank you!

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Tanzania - January 2018

With my time in Tanzania quickly drawing to a close and reliable internet access for the next few hours, it's time to jot down some thoughts and post a few pictures from the visit.

The CLC-Tanzania has four districts that are lead by four seasoned pastors who have been working with the CLC for past several years. These districts are all located along the North-East part of the country. 
Districts of the CLC-Tanzania
The four pastors who serve as the officers of the CLC-TZ and also as district chairmen did a great job of putting together a schedule for the time I would be in Tanzania. I was able to spend time in each district to conduct a pastoral training seminars and visit a few congregations. We also had a general pastoral conference with the district chairmen and two pastors from each district at the beginning of the visit.  There was also a short visit to Dar es Salaam to meet with a small independent congregation that was started by a son of one of the district chairmen. 

Here's a few pictures and videos from the trip...

Leaders of the Himo Congregation in the Moshi District of the CLC-TZ

Maasai Congregation at Msito wa Tembo of the Moshi District of the CLC-TZ

Maasai Congregation at Mbuyuni in the Arusha District of the CLC-TZ
Maasai mother at the CLC-TZ congregation in Olunkai of the Arusha District

Young Maasai mother at Olunkai CLC-TZ congregation





Pastor Jeremia Issanga and one of his banana trees
Receiving a gift from the senior Maasai mama in Olunkai





Moshi District Pastors' Conference 
Arusha District Pastors' Conference
A clearing of the clouds provided a rare glimpse of Mt. Kilimanjaro from Moshi, TZ


Thursday, January 25, 2018

Mission Opportunities Prayer List - 25 JAN 2018

CLC Mission Opportunities Prayer List
25 JAN 2018
1.    Nepal – On January 16th, the Lord blessed Raju and Sanju Bhitrakoti with a healthy baby boy. Sanju was recently been admitted to the hospital to be treated for high blood pressure.

2.    Mexico – Earlier this month, Pastor Juan Jose Olvera and his family were involved in a hit and run automobile accident. He and his two children were treated an released but his wife was in the hospital for extended treatment. The CLC Board of Missions approved some emergency funds for the hospital expenses.

3.    Myanmar – While Pastor Thang was visiting the congregations of the CLC-Myanmar in Chin State he began suffering from some sort of disease that caused partial paralysis. He was admitted and treated at a hospital near the Myanmar/India border. He needs several injections to treat the condition. With the help of the members of the CLC-Myanmar he was able to receive the initial treatment. The CLC Board of Missions approved emergency funding for the remaining injections. He is hoping that he will recover quickly and be healthy enough to attend the Joint Asia Pastoral conference in early Februay.

4.    Tanzania – The district chairmen of the CLC-Tanzania have sent a proposal to begin formal training of pastors to the CLC Bd of Missions for their consideration at their April meetings. The name they have proposed for the school is Wartburg Lutheran Theological Seminary of Tanzania.

5.    Tanzania – A new CLC-TZ congregation is beginning in Dar es Salaam. This congregation regularly has Muslim women who attend secretly because they are forbidden by their husbands and families.

6.    Tanzania – A pastor of a Maasai congregation in Msito we Tembo passed away on Monday, January 22nd from a stroke. The congregation is the only Christian congregation in the area and will now be served from a distance until another pastor can be trained to take his place. The funeral will be held on Friday, January 26th.

7.    Tanzania – Pastors from the CLC-TZ will be visiting new contacts in Mwanza in the North-West part of the country. These contacts are a group of ten pastors and congregations who had left the ELCT (the ELCA of Tanzania) several years ago and have been inquiring about the CLC for the past few years.

8.    Tanzania – Pastors of the CLC-TZ will also be visiting contacts on the island of Zanzibar in the coming months. There are at least four pastors who have interest in the CLC-TZ.

9.    Tanzania – Pastor Malyi, who serves as the chairman of the Moshi district of the CLC-TZ has diabetes and suffered a heart attack about a year ago. He has been slowly recovering from the heart-attack and is being treated for diabetes. He spent quite a bit of time in the hospital and has a lot of medical bills. The CLC Bd of Mission was able to assist him with some of his medical debt so that he was able pay for his medications,

10.  Zambia – A severe Cholera outbreak has recently hit the large city of Lusaka where Pastor Ibrahim is living and working. The government had issued an order for all public offices, schools, and church services to be closed. Pastor Ibrahim was able to leave Lusaka for a few weeks during the epidemic. He will return on January 26th.

11.  India – New rules and regulations that govern the transfer of money to India from foreign countries has created a great deal of difficulties for our CLC Treasurer and our brothers and sisters of the CLCI.

12.  India/Asia – The CLC-India, BELC-India, CLC-Myanmar, National Lutheran Church of Myanmar, and the Himalayan CLC of Nepal are all making preparations for the 2018 Joint Asia Pastoral Conference scheduled for early February. This conference will be held in Nellore where the BELC has a congregation. Pastor Tim Daub is making plans to attend as well. Missionary Ohlmann will be in India during this time and will also be privileged to attend.

13.  Myanmar – Part-Time Visiting Missionary David Koenig and Missionary Ohlmann are making plans to visit Myanmar in late February. Seminars will be held with both church bodies that we work with in Myanmar. The National Lutheran Church is located in Yangon on the South-East border and the CLC-Myanmar is located on the South-West border.

14.  Nepal – Following the Myanmar visit, Missionary Ohlmann will be in Nepal in March to work with the pastors and leaders of the HCLCN.

15.  Individuals in Senegal, DR Congo, Haiti, Zimbabwe, and Bangladesh continue formal Online Theological Studies correspondence courses.


16.  Missionary Ohlmann – will be traveling to India, Myanmar, Nepal, and Haiti to work with pastors and leaders over the next few months.