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
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.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: