Friday, August 9, 2019

From the Field...by David Koenig, Missionary Emeritus

In the CLC one of our chief goals in working in other countries is to train and help in training pastors. We have consistently worked with our sister churches in this area. Below you have a rundown on the progress in establishing and maintaining seminaries and Bible institutes for this formal training.

Nigeria - The Lutheran Bible Institute was started in 1987 with 12 students. Today there are three men enrolled.

India - The Church of the Lutheran Confession of India started a seminary in 1998. This last June they graduated seventeen. The school has 51 in training. The Berea Evangelical Lutheran Church had Martin Luther Bible School for a number of years up until 2002 when a disruption happened in the church and it was closed. It was started again in 2007. This year they graduated 20 men and accepted 25 new.

Tanzania - From 2003 to 2010 a seminary was in operation until a disruption happened in the church and it was closed. Now the CLC-TZ opened Wartburg Lutheran Seminary in 2018 with six students. 

Nepal - The Himalayan Bible Institute was started in 2016. In early 2020 they expect to graduate 21.

Togo - Mt. Horeb Lutheran Bible Institute is in operation with 7 students having graduated recently its first class.

Congo - In 2018 the Holy Trinity Lutheran Bible Insitute opened and has 5 students.

Zambia - Seven pastors are in training and a building is planned for a site of a school. 

Mexico - Four men are in training

Myanmar - In the CLCM four men are in training. 

Theological Education by Extension

Overseas we have many situations where the men cannot leave their home, family or congregation to go to a seminary or Bible institute site. The theological training is then brought to them. Especially in the BELC in India this has been carried out with monthly meetings until the men are found to be in doctrinal agreement and have learned a lot. Then further monthly meetings are held to continue in the Word. 

Most recently in Laos, Thailand and Vietnam this kind of meeting has been held to lead men through the Word. The CLC will have more and more of a part in this growing effort at training men in South East Asia.

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.    Burundi, East Africa

2.    Senegal, West Africa

3.    D. R. Congo, Central Africa

4.    Liberia, West Africa

5.    Bangladesh, South East Asia

6.    Zimbabwe, Africa

7.    Myanmar, South East Asia

8.    Kenya, East Africa

9.    Uganda, East Africa

10.  Congo-Brazzaville, Central Africa

We thank our God that He has given us such wonderful opportunities to work with the Word of Truth and Life with our overseas brothers. 


Thursday, August 1, 2019

CLC Mission Opportunities Prayer List - August 2019


August 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 (NKJV)

India – South India, where many of our brothers and sisters in Christ live, is again experiencing extreme heat and severe drought. Many of our brothers and sisters in Christ are suffering. Pray that the Lord will send the rains soon and provide relief from the extreme heat.  

Nepal and Bangladesh – The annual monsoon season rains have been heavier than usual this year. This has brought severe flooding and landslides to the foothills of the Himalaya where several HCLCN congregations are located. There has also been server flooding in Bangladesh among some of the congregations of the BLCM with whom we have been corresponding. More than three-hundred people have lost their lives.

IndiaPersecution of Christians in India continues to increase. Recent elections resulted in a landslide victory for the Hindu Nationalist President Modi and the BJP party. This will, no doubt, embolden Hindu extremists who seek to establish Hinduism as the only and official religion of India. Pray that the Lord will protect His children and that He will use this persecution to strengthen and increase His flock in India.

India – Pastor David P. recently returned from a teaching visit to our brothers and sisters in Christ in India of the CLC-India and the BELC. Give praise and thanks to our Savior the blessings of safe and uneventful travel and for the privilege of proclaiming the truth of His saving word among the pastors, leaders, and members of the CLCI and BELC.

Mission Helper Trip – Nine CLC Mission Helper recently returned from a three-week trip to Tanzania and Zambia. Give thanks to the Lord for the blessings received by those who participated and those who received the word of God that was taught. Pray that the word of God taught to thousands of children will bear much fruit. You can read about the on the blog at: https://2019clcmhteastafrica.blogspot.com/

Bangladesh – Pastor Monotosh, who has successfully completed several Online Theological Studies courses with our missionary over the past few years and was visited by our missionary and Bd of Missions chairman this past March, has finished the translation and printing of the Online Theological Studies course titled “An Introduction to Lutheran Theology and the CLC.” He has recently traveled throughout several districts of the Bangladesh Lutheran Church Mission to teach these lessons to pastors, congregational leaders, and evangelists of the BLCM. Pray that this effort to proclaim the truth and train faithful leaders with be successful.  

Nepal – Pastor Raju recently reported that he and his father have returned from a successful week of pastoral training in a district of Nepal that is dominated by an anti-Christian political majority and law enforcement. The Lord blessed this training with eager and attentive men and safe travels during the severe monsoon/landslide season.

Tanzania – The newly established Wartburg Lutheran Seminary of the CLC-Tanzania recently began their second semester of classes with six students in attendance. Pray that the Lord will continue to bless this effort with all the resources necessary to train these men to be faithful preachers and teachers of God’s saving word.

Zambia – Repairs, renovations, and construction of a classroom continue on the building recently purchased in Livingstone. The classroom and dormitory rooms are not yet finished, but plans to conduct pastoral training classes at the facility are be developed with the hope of beginning classes in October. Ten students/pastors from four districts of Zambia are planning to attend. Pray that the Lord will provide for the completion of the facility and will bless all the preparations that need to take place before classes can begin.

Democratic Republic of Congo – The CCLC is working to complete construction of multipurpose building that will serve as a seminary classrooms, offices, library, and dormitory. This project was partially funded through offerings to the CLC Mission Development Fund (MDF). Thank the Lord for opening the hearts of His children to support His work of training more men to preach and teach His saving word in DRC.

Democratic Republic of Congo – Due to political unrest during the recent presidential elections, our missionary was twice denied a visa to visit our brothers and sisters in Christ of the CCLC two years in a row. With the elections complete we are hopeful that a visa will be approved so our missionary can make a much-needed visit in October. Pray that the Lord will clear the way for a visit to take place.

Uganda – Evangelism seminars in Busia are planned for mid-August. Pray that the Lord will bless this opportunity to spread the Gospel and that many will be led by the Holy Spirit to repent of their sins and rejoice with us in the forgiveness and salvation found only through faith in Jesus Christ.

Missionary Evensen in Togo – Missionary Peter Evensen continues to get settled into his apartment and work in Lomé.  Pray that the Lord will continue to bless this transition to Togo and the work he is doing to assist in training men to be faithful preachers and teachers of God’s saving word. You can read Missionary Evensen’s blog at: http://evensen.lutheranmissions.org/

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.    Burundi, East Africa
2.    Senegal, West Africa
3.    D. R. Congo, Central Africa
4.    Liberia, West Africa
5.    Bangladesh, South East Asia
6.    Zimbabwe, Africa
7.    Myanmar, South East Asia
8.    Kenya, East Africa
9.    Uganda, East Africa
10.  Congo-Brazzaville, Central Africa

Sunday, June 30, 2019

CLC Mission Opportunities Prayer List...July 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 (NKJV)


1.    India – South India, where many of our brothers and sisters in Christ live, is again experiencing extreme heat and severe drought. Many of our brothers and sisters in Christ are suffering. Pray that the Lord will send the rains soon and provide relief from the extreme heat.   

2.    IndiaPersecution of Christians in India continues to increase. Recent elections have given more power to the Hindu nationalists who seek to establish Hinduism as the only and official religion of India.

3.    India – Pray for Pastor David P. as he visits our brothers and sisters in Christ in India over the next couple of weeks. Pray also for the pastors, leaders, and members he is working with to assist in training pastors.

4.    Mission Helper Trip – On Tuesday, July 2nd nine CLC Mission Helpers will fly to East Africa to spend three weeks conducting child evangelism. They will divide into two teams. One team will go to Tanzania and the other team to Zambia. You can follow the trip blog at: https://2019clcmhteastafrica.blogspot.com/

5.    Nepal – Pastor Raju recently reported that several new Christians were baptized in the Raigaon district. This is an area the HCLC-Nepal has conducted evangelism seminars. There were over fifty new people who attended the most recent evangelism seminar following the baptisms. Praise the Lord blessing this effort to call sinners out of the darkness of unbelief and into the marvelous light of our Savior’s love and salvation.

6.    Missionary Evensen in Togo – Missionary Peter Evensen is getting settled into his apartment and work in Lomé.  Pray a prayer of thanksgiving for the Lord’s provisions in helping to get Missionary Evensen moved to and settled in to his new home and the work. Pray also that the Lord will continue to bless this transition to Togo and the work he is doing to assist in training men to be faithful preachers and teachers of God’s saving word. You can read Missionary Evensen’s blog at: http://evensen.lutheranmissions.org/

7.    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.    Liberia, West Africa
4.    Bangladesh, South East Asia
5.    Zimbabwe, Africa
6.    Myanmar, South East Asia
7.    Tanzania, East Africa
8.    Kenya, East Africa
9.     Uganda, East Africa
10.  Congo-Brazzaville, Central Africa

Friday, June 28, 2019

Pray for India...

This post is adapted from a recent email newsletter sent out by Missionary David Koenig...

The following comes from a recent report on India from the "Voice of the Martyrs"
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is leading a push to make India a purely Hindu nation, just won a second term. Under his first five-year term, Christians experienced an increase in persecution. More believers... were arrested on false charges of “forced conversions.”

Despite increasing persecution, the church in India is experiencing incredible growth. After centuries of Hinduism and its caste system, Indians are hungry for the hope and freedom that come through knowing Jesus Christ.

More than 5 million Hindus are part of the RSS, which has been known to intimidate and even force Christians to convert to Hinduism to return them to “their nation’s Hindu roots.” The RSS has informants living in nearly every village in India. These informants report evangelism activities or the names of Hindus who choose to follow Christ.

The following is taken from Christian Post after Modi's recent election.

Since Modi was first elected as prime minister, India’s rank as one of the worst persecutors of Christians in the world went up from No. 28 in 2014 to No. 10 this year.
“Since 2014, Hindu extremists have actively promoted hate toward its Christian and Muslim minorities which has led to a tragic escalation of violence,” said David Curry, CEO of Open Doors USA. “So the results of this election — which keeps the same people in power­ — is an absolute tragedy.
“Christians in this region already routinely experience harassment and discrimination in the form of social ostracism, property destruction, hate speech and condemnation of their religious activities. We need the international community to stand up and do more.”
A recent NY Times article concerning the persecution of Muslims in India makes reference to the latest report by the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom revealed that “religious freedom conditions in India continued a downward trend”
Increased attacks have occurred with the “growth of exclusionary extremist narratives — including, at times, the government’s allowance and encouragement of mob violence against religious minorities — that have facilitated an egregious and ongoing campaign of violence, intimidation, and harassment against non-Hindu and lower-caste Hindu minorities."
Specific attacks include Hindu lynch mobs, which have perpetrated more than 100 attacks since 2015, resulting in 44 deaths, according to USCIRF. Cows are considered sacred to Hindus and many Muslims have been targeted by mobs for cow slaughter or eating beef.
USCIRF noted that Modi “seldom made statements decrying mob violence, and certain members of his political party have affiliations with Hindu extremist groups and used inflammatory language about religious minorities publicly.”
“Victims of large-scale attacks in recent years have not been granted justice, and reports of new crimes committed against religious minorities were not adequately accounted for or prosecuted.”
U.S. Congress members and church leaders have made several appeals to Modi over the last few years to call for more protection of religious minorities. 
Pray for our fellow Christians in India!

Monday, May 6, 2019

Sent to Togo...

I think this is my fifth visit to Togo, but this visit is different from all of the other times I've been here. Past trips, like most of my trips, have included a heavy load of teaching. The last time I was here, I spent ten days teaching two different groups of men. This time I am here for a different purpose. I am here to introduce Peter Evensen, our new missionary, to the men he will be working with and training. I will only be here for a couple of weeks as meet the men, visit a couple of congregations, look for a place for Missionary Evensen to live, and take care of immigration, banking, communication, and transportation issues so he can get busy with the work he has been sent here to do. 


Missionary Evensen and Pastor Kossi
upon arrival at the airport in Lome'
A couple of months ago a "Notes from the Field" article I wrote for the Lutheran Spokesman appeared in the March issue. This article was intended to introduce the folks of the CLC back in the U.S. to the man we have been working with here in Togo. At the time I wrote this article (December, 2018), none of us knew what the Lord had in mind. Missionary Evensen was scheduled to return to India to resume his work there. Little did we know that his Indian visa would be canceled and he would need to return to the U.S. one day after his arrival. The Board of Missions considered several options for Missionary Evensen to continue his service to the Lord. It was decided that Peter's abilities in the French language would be put to good use in Togo. So here we are, sent to Togo. 

What follows is the article that appeared in March issue of the Lutheran Spokesman:

Pastor Kossi Blewu of the MELC-Togo

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NOTES FROM THE FIELD
In this series, thoseinvolved with CLC foreign missions profile one aspect of our overseas endeavors.
Pastor Kossi Blewu is forty-eight years old. He is married, has seven children, and—along with his wife—cares for four orphans. He serves as a pastor, Bible Institute teacher, and chairman of the Mission Evangelique Lutherienne de Confession du Togo (MELCT). Togo is a former French colony on the south-west coast of Africa. The name of this church body translates to “The Confessional Lutheran Evangelical Mission of Togo.”
Pastor Kossi is a former high school teacher, school headmaster, and prison evangelist. Before he affiliated with the CLC, he had been working with a Togolese Lutheran pastor in a prison ministry. This Togolese pastor had graduated from Concordia Lutheran Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri. In 1999 this Lutheran pastor had met a CLC member who was visiting Togo and had expressed interest in working with the CLC. At his invitation, Missionary Koenig made a trip from Nigeria to meet with him. But when it was determined that we did not share a common confession of faith with this man, the CLC Board of Missions did not pursue further contact. At that point it seemed as if our involvement in Togo would be short lived. But the Lord had other plans, better plans! Through this initial contact, Missionary Koenig was introduced to Kossi Blewu. He was described as someone who was sincere in his desire to proclaim God’s Word, but who also needed more theological training. Over the next several years Kossi studied with Missionary Koenig both in person and by correspondence. He also attended the seminary in Nigeria for a short period of time. The CLC declared fellowship with Pastor Kossi and the MELCT. Pastor Kossi was ordained by Missionary Ude and the MELCT was officially registered with the Togo government in 2008.
Over the past ten years the Lord has blessed the work of Pastor Kossi and the MELCT. Four men have gone through seven years of part-time theological training with Pastor Kossi, assisted by CLC missionaries. In March of 2017 these four men were ordained and appointed to serve as pastors of MELCT congregations and preaching stations. In April of 2017 the Mt. Horeb Lutheran Bible Institute was established, and seven men began their studies in preparation to serve as faithful preachers, teachers, and evangelists. The Lord has also provided opportunities for the MELCT to care for seven orphan children. Forty other needy children gather at the church in Lomé each week for Bible study and nutrition. The care that these children receive is supported through offerings to the CLC Project Kinship.
What has unfolded over the past eighteen years is just a part of the story of our gracious Lord working in and through the life of Pastor Kossi Blewu. As a child he grew up as the oldest of ten children. He grew up in a rural village a couple of hours north of the southern coastline of Togo. He was the oldest of ten children; he had four sisters and five brothers. His father was a hardworking and successful farmer, carpenter, and businessman. He was shrewd in his financial dealings and the Blewu family was envied by many in the area. Kossi attended a private Presbyterian school as a child but does not remember ever attending worship services or believing in Jesus in his youth. Neither he nor any of his family were Christian. They followed the old superstitious religions of their ancestors.
When Kossi was only seventeen years old, his father died rather suddenly. Several men in the area, who were envious of his father’s success, saw this as an opportunity to change their fortunes in life. These men drove Kossi away from his home and family with threats of violence if he continued his father’s businesses. This led Kossi into a deep depression for several months as he stopped attending school and refused to eat or go outside. He feared for his life and the welfare of his family. His mother called in a local Juju doctor to try to help him. But of course, this didn’t help. The visit from the Juju man only frightened him more, so he decided to run away. He left home and went to the big city of Lomé. He remembers that he did not care if he lived or died, but he was not going back to the Juju doctor, and he wanted to get away from the men who hated him and his father. As the oldest son and heir to the family businesses, he thought this was the best way to protect his family.
When he arrived in Lomé, he noticed that there were a lot of churches and many people were coming and going on Sunday mornings. He decided to find out what Christianity was all about. That was where Kossi first learned of God’s grace and mercy. What the Holy Spirit revealed to Kossi through His Word led to a saving faith and a life of service to the Lord and His kingdom. While living in Lomé, he attended college and studied to become a school teacher. He graduated, but before he completed his government teacher exams, he took a job teaching French at a high school in Ghana. After a few years he returned to Lomé, where he passed the government teaching exams and began teaching secondary school. He eventually became a headmaster (equivalent to our position of principal). During all of this time he continued to attend church services and Bible studies. As his faith grew, so did his desire to serve the Lord and share the Good News of Jesus Christ.
Around the age of thirty he became involved with a non-denominational prison ministry, organized by the Lutheran pastor mentioned earlier. As a result, Kossi began to hear and learn the truths of Scripture in a new and systematic way. He was introduced to Lutheran doctrine and was shown how it was derived from Scripture alone. The CLC’s plan had been to work with the Lutheran pastor who was mentoring Kossi, but that never materialized. Instead, the Lord used that man to introduce Pastor Kossi to Missionary Koenig and the CLC. This teaches us again not to think so highly of our plans that we miss the privilege of following the Lord as He directs us down a much better path of His choosing.

Friday, May 3, 2019

Mission Opportunities Prayer List...03 MAY 2019


CLC Mission Opportunities Prayer List
May 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 (NKJV)

1.    Myanmar – Pastor Thang has been discharged from the hospital. He will need several more weeks of rest at home before he begins rehab to regain his strength. Thank the Lord for blessing Thang with successful surgery and healing. Continue to pray that the Lord will continue to bless his recovery and to provide for all his and his family’s needs.

2.    Nepal – Recently three Nepali Christian pastors along with one American and one Australian missionary were arrested for proselytizing in a district where the HCLCN has also been working. The Nepali pastors have been imprisoned and the foreign missionaries were arrested and then deported. Pray that Satan’s efforts to stop the spread of the Gospel in this area of Nepal will be thwarted and that many more may hear the Gospel, repent of their sins, and join us in rejoicing in the forgiveness and eternal life we have through faith in Jesus.

3.    New Missionary to begin work in Togo and West Africa – Missionary Peter Evensen is flying to Togo on May 3rd. Missionary Ohlmann will accompany him to introduce him to the leaders, pastors, and work in Togo. Missionary Evensen take up residence in Lomé, Togo where he will be working with Pastor Kossi Blewu and the Mission Evangelique Lutherienne Church of Togo (MELC). Since Missionary Evensen is conversant in French, this will be a great blessing in working with the seven men who are currently studying to be evangelists and ordained pastors at the MELC Mt. Horeb Lutheran Bible Institute. He will also have opportunities to preach and teach at the French speaking congregations and preaching stations of the MELC in Togo and Benin. Offer prayers of thanks to the Lord for the language gifts that He has given to our missionary and pray for all that is necessary for such a transition. Pray also for the Lord’s blessings on all the opportunities Missionary Evensen will have to proclaim the truth of God’s saving word.

4.    CLC Mission Visit to Kenya – Pastor Michael Gurath, who serves as our CLC part-time visiting missionary to Kenya and Uganda, is in Kenya for the first two weeks of May to visit to the two schools that are being supported through Project Kinship. He will also be on hand for a pastoral conference for pastors and contacts from Kenya and Uganda. Pray for Pastor Gurath, his wife and family, and for those he goes to work with, train, and encourage.

5.    India – National Elections are taking place in India over the next several weeks. For the past four years the Hindu nationalist political party (BJP) has held the majority in their government and has appointed a BJP Prime Minister. This has led to an increase in persecution of Christians in India. Continue to pray for our brothers and sisters in Christ of the CLC-India and the BELC as they carry on with the great privilege of making disciples of all nations as they baptize and teach all that God has commanded in His Word. Pray that the Lord will keep them strong in the faith and filled with confidence in His love and the privilege of suffering for the sake of Christ and His Kingdom.

Friday, April 12, 2019

CLC Mission Opportunities Prayer List...12 April 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 (NKJV)

1.    Myanmar – Pastor Thang has undergone surgery and will spend a few more weeks in the hospital in India before going back to Myanmar. He is eating and drinking on his own and gaining strength. Through the CLC Project Kinship, financial aid has been sent to assist with medical bills and other expenses involved. Pray that the Lord will continue to bless his recovery and that the Lord will continue to provide for all his and his family’s needs. And thank the Lord for moving hearts to provide financial gifts during this time of need.

2.    Nepal – Rama Bhitrakoti (Raju’s mother) was recently admitted to the hospital and is now scheduled to undergo surgery to remove cysts on her ovaries. Pray that the surgery is successful and that she recovers quickly so she can return home to her husband and the orphan children that she cares for.

3.    New Missionary to Begin work in Togo and West Africa – Missionary Evensen will be moving to Togo in early May. Missionary Ohlmann will accompany him to introduce him to the leaders, pastors, and work in Togo. Missionary Evensen will be primarily working with Pastor Kossi Blewu and the Mission Evangelique Lutherienne Church of Togo (MELC). Since Missionary Evensen is conversant in the French language, this will be a great blessing in working with the seven men who are currently studying to be evangelists and ordained pastors at the MELC Mt. Horeb Lutheran Bible Institute. He will also have several opportunities to preach and teach at the French speaking congregations and preaching stations of the MELC in Togo and Benin.

Missionary Evensen’s new call will also involve working with other French speaking pastors, churches, and contacts in D.R. Congo, Benin, Republic of Congo, and Senegal. Living in Lomé will also put him in close enough proximity to visit and help out in other countries in West Africa. Thank the Lord for the language gifts that He has given to our missionary and please pray for all that is necessary for such a transition.

4.    Liberia – Pastor Joseph Kwiwalazu will be traveling to Bopolu with a few individuals from the congregation he serves in Monrovia. While in Bopolu they will spend a few days conducting classes and doctrinal discussions as they meet together to draft a church constitution as they work to establish a new church body in Liberia. Pray that the Lord will provide all that is necessary for this work to go forward and that He will bless this effort.

5.    Kenya – Ownership of the property of St. David's Kinship Academy is still caught up in a family dispute. Local leaders are making sure that classes continue peacefully for the time being.  Pray that all those involved will find a peaceful and God-pleasing resolution to the issue.

6.    Uganda – Bulondani and Iganga have been hit by heavy rains again and many have been forced to rebuild.  The church in Iganga needed extensive repairs and the Mission Board was able to provide a small grant through the MDF. Pray that the Lord will keep His children from discouragement during these trying times and grant them courage to continue to proclaim the truth.

7.    Kenya/Uganda – Pastor Michael Gurath, who serves as our part-time visiting missionary to Kenya and Uganda, will be traveling to Kenya and Uganda the first two weeks of May to visit to the two schools that are being supported through Project Kinship along with several pastors, teachers, and contacts. Pray for Pastor Gurath, his wife and family, and for those he goes to work with, train, and encourage.

8.    India (BELC) – Twenty men recently graduated from the Martin Lutheran Bible Institute of the BELC. These men were ordained and assigned to the congregation they will be serving. Classes began again with Twenty-Five new students on March 15th. Pray that the Lord will bless the ministry of these newly ordained pastors and that He will bless the studies of the new students as they spend the next two years training to be faithful preachers and teachers of God’s saving word.

9.    India (CLCI) – Seventeen men from the Immanuel Lutheran Seminary of the CLC-India will graduate, be ordained, and assigned to their congregation in June. Thank the Lord for the training these men have received, for their dedication to their studies, and for the privilege being able to support this important work of training pastors.

10.  India – National Elections are taking place in India over the next several weeks. For the past four years the Hindu nationalist political party (BJP) has held the majority in their government and has appointed a BJP Prime Minister. This has led to an increase in persecution of Christians in India. Continue to pray for our brothers and sisters in Christ of the CLC-India and the BELC as they carry on with the great privilege of making disciples of all nations as they baptize and teach all that God has commanded in His Word. Pray that the Lord will keep them strong in the faith and filled with confidence in His love and the privilege of suffering for the sake of Christ and His Kingdom.

11.  Bangladesh – Following the March visit by Board of Mission Chairman Joel Krafft and Missionary Ohlmann, the official colloquy process (via email correspondence course) has begun with Pastor Monotosh and the leaders of the Bangladesh Lutheran Church Mission. Pray that the Lord will continue to bless this correspondence and that it will lead to a God-pleasing fellowship based upon a unity of doctrine.

12.  The National Lutheran Church of Myanmar – During the annual week long Buddhist Water Festival in April, the NLC-Myanmar will be conducting a series of special outreach Bible studies during this national holiday. This outreach effort is being partially funded through an MDF grant. Thank the Lord for this opportunity to proclaim the Gospel and pray that those who hear the Good News through this effort will be led by the Holy Spirit to repent of their sins and rejoice in the forgiveness that Christ won for all on the cross.

13.  CLC-TZ Outreach in Burundi – With the assistance of a Mission Development Fund Grant from the CLC Board of Missions, a representative from the CLC-Tanzania recently completed a three-week visitation to the newly established Mwanza District in the North-Western part of Tanzania. They also visited a few contacts in the country of Burundi that shares a border with Tanzania. Pastor Mshana Godson, vice president of the CLC-TZ, reports that the two weeks of meetings with these eight pastors in Burundi went very well. These are independent pastors who have either withdrawn from false teaching fellowships or have never been formally affiliated with a church body. Following the two weeks of daily seminars the men wrote and all signed a statement declaring their agreement with the teachings of the CLC-TZ. This statement will serve as a God-pleasing starting point as they continue to build upon this God-pleasing foundation of mutual agreement on Biblical doctrine. Pray that the Lord continues to bless and provide for this opportunity to train and develop pastors who are faithful and dedicated to proclaiming the saving truths of God’s saving word.

14.  Wartburg Lutheran Theological Seminary of Tanzania – The newly established seminary was dedicated to the Lord and the first semester classes began with six students on February 25th! Praise the Lord for this opportunity to train more men to be faithful preachers and teachers of the Gospel. Pray that the Lord will continue to provide all that is needed and that He will grant wisdom, patience, knowledge, and commitment to all who are involved in this effort further God’s kingdom among the people of Tanzania.

15.  Nepal – Our brothers and sisters in Christ are considering many opportunities to further the Gospel in this predominately Hindu and Buddhist nation. They would like to schedule more outreach trips to several districts throughout Nepal. They also continue to train twenty-one men to serve as pastors with an expected graduation/ordination date of early 2020. They are in need of a larger, more permanent facility for the Bible Institute classrooms, dormitory, offices, library, and residence. The cost of land and construction in the Kathmandu valley is very high. They are exploring different ideas and opportunities for such a building project. The HCLCN has also completed translation work on the Luther’s Large Catechism and need funding to send it to the printers. There are several other books and teaching materials that they are working to translate and print for use in Evangelism efforts and for use in the Bible Institute. Pray that the Lord will bless these efforts and provide the necessary funding for their proposed building project, outreach efforts, and translation/printing projects.

16.  Zambia – The nation of Zambia is in the southern hemisphere and so they are deep into their summer months. They are experiencing extremely hot temperatures and a lack of rain. Please pray that the Lord will provide much needed precipitation for the nation and especially for the many families we are privileged to call brothers and sisters in Christ.

17.  Zambia – Say a prayer of thanksgiving to the Lord for the opportunity that He has given to the CLC-Zambia to purchase a building for about one-third of the going cost. They have been looking for a building to purchase for the past few years but there was nothing available within a price-range that they could afford with a CLC-Mission Development Fund grant. Their patience paid off and the Lord has provided! With a grant from the CLC MDF they were able to make a down-payment on the property before it was sold to another buyer. They have taken possession of the building and with a special memorial gift they will begin making repairs and renovations soon.

18.  Zambia – Plans are being developed for pastoral training seminars that will meet quarterly for one week in the newly acquired Mission Building in Livingstone. Pray that the Lord will bless this effort to provide necessary on-going training for the Gospel ministry and that He will provide the necessary resources to carry out this work in an efficient and God-pleasing way.

19.  Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) –Through an MDF grant from the CLC, construction continues on three buildings that will serve as classrooms/chapel, dormitory, and a library/office for Trinity Lutheran Seminary. There is also plenty of room on the property for farming where the students will be responsible to grow their own food as a portion of their school fees. They will also be able sell some of the food they grow for their own financial support. Pray that the Lord will bless these men and those who are teaching them in their last year of classroom instruction and during their year-long internship. They are all scheduled to graduate and be ordained in October of 2020.

20.  Nigeria – Our brothers and sisters in Christ of the Nigeria-CLC are facing a variety of challenges as they work together to proclaim the Gospel, care for the sheep of the flocks the serve, provide both spiritual and bodily care for orphaned children, and train men for the Gospel ministry at the NCLC Martin Luther Bible Institute. Please pray that the Lord will provide the pastors and leaders of the NCLC with wisdom, compassion, patience, commitment to the Lord and His word, love for one another, and all that is needed to carry out this important work.

21.  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.    Liberia, West Africa
4.    Bangladesh, South East Asia
5.    Zimbabwe, Africa
6.    Myanmar, South East Asia
7.    Tanzania, East Africa
8.    Kenya, East Africa
9.     Uganda, East Africa
10.  Congo-Brazzaville, Central Africa