Tuesday, January 8, 2019

CLC Mission Opportunities Prayer List - 8 JAN 2019

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.    TanzaniaThe 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.  BangladeshAfter 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.    Senegal, West Africa
2.    D. R. Congo, Central Africa
3.    Togo, West Africa
4.    Liberia, West Africa
5.    Bangladesh, South East Asia
6.    Zimbabwe, Africa
7.    Myanmar, South East Asia
8.    Tanzania, East Africa
9.    Kenya, East Africa
10.   Uganda, East Africa

Sunday, December 9, 2018

CLC Mission Opportunities Prayer List - 09 DEC 2018


1.     Uganda – Pastor Daniel Mugeni of Iganga, Uganda is recovering from a serious hernia operation.  He is out of the hospital and recovering at home.

2.     Nepal – 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.

3.     Myanmar – 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.

4.     Nigeria – 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!

5.     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 will graduate, be ordained, and assigned to a congregation on December 15th! Pray that the Lord will bless their ministry!

6.     Nigeria – 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.

7.     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. Please pray that the Lord will provide them the wisdom, compassion, and all that is needed to carry out this important work.

8.     India – 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.

9.     Tanzania – 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.

10.  Missionary 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:
1.     Senegal, West Africa
2.     Democratic Republic of Congo, Central Africa
3.     Togo, West Africa
4.     Liberia, West Africa
5.     Bangladesh, South East Asia
6.     Zimbabwe, Africa
7.     Myanmar, South East Asia
8.     Tanzania, East Africa
9.     Kenya, East Africa
10.   Uganda, East Africa