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.
India – Persecution 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.
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: