Wednesday, December 1, 2021

November 2021 - CLC Missions Prayer List

Myanmar – Life continues to be difficult for our brothers and sisters in Myanmar as the military junta continues to rule with severe brutality, especially in Chin State where the CLC-Myanmar is located. Just recently we were informed by Pastor K. of the CLC-Myanmar that soldiers came to his home and demanded money. When he refused to give them any, they ransacked his home and found all the money that had been sent by CLC Kinship to help care for orphaned children in their care. More than $6,000 was taken. Pastor K. also reported that a Baptist pastor of a large congregation in the same area was arrested and later released after they took more than $19,000 from his congregation. There is concern that they will come again to demand more money from Pastor K. assuming that he is receiving financial support from the U.S.  It has been reported that the military is using torture to get to those who are planning and leading the resistance.  Pray for justice and peace for all the people of Myanmar.  Pray especially for our brothers and sisters in Christ that the Lord will grant them strength and courage and boldness during these difficult times. Ask our loving Lord to protect Pastor K., his family, and the children he and his wife care for from further violence and suffering.

India – Extremely heavy rains have caused extensive flooding throughout many of the regions of southern India in places where the BELC is working. Leaders of the BELC have reported that around 400 BELC pastors, their families, and those they serve have been affected. The CLC Board of Missions recently sent disaster aid to provide some minimal assistance to those who are suffering. Ask the Lord to provide all that is needed for our brothers and sisters in Christ, who have so little to begin with, to recover from the floods. Pray for the Holy Spirit to strengthen the faith of those affected that they may shine forth with the light of Christ to those suffering around them that are trapped in the darkness of unbelief.

Bangladesh – Pastor M. recently had his home broken into on a Sunday morning while he was conducting a worship service. His laptop and all of his money were stolen.  He is fairly convinced that he was targeted because he is a Christian pastor. Pray that the Lord would bring justice to this situation and that Pastor M.'s property will be returned. Pastor M. also asks that we continue to pray for himself and several individuals who have recently converted to Christianity from Hinduism.  These individuals have been physically assaulted, persecuted, and falsely accused of crimes. One man (an evangelist/elder) and his wife were assaulted.  The evangelist/elder was hospitalized with a fractured skull and brain damage and continues to suffer.  Ask the Lord to protect and defend His new disciple and to give him the necessary strength and courage to persevere under persecution.

Nepal – Pastor Raju recently injured his neck. He underwent an MRI to determine the extent of the injury. Thankfully, it was determined that surgery was not required. A neck brace and physical therapy over the past three weeks have shown positive results. He received word this week that he should be able to begin traveling again soon. Thank the Lord for providing good medical care for Raju and that He has blessed him with quick healing.  The building project has been delayed due to Hindu festivals and Raju’s injury. Pray that construction will be able to get back on track so that seminary classes can begin in February.

Liberia – Pastor John Hein recently returned home from a visit to Liberia where he and Pastor Joseph along with others of the CLC-Liberia spent time traveling to different areas of rural Liberia to conduct Bible seminars for several groups of pastors and leaders who are interested in learning more from the CLC and becoming better equipped to be faithful preachers and teachers of God’s saving word. Thank the Lord for safe and uneventful travels for Pastor Hein to and from Liberia and while he was in-country.  Ask the Lord to bless the Word that was taught and preached in the seminars that it will accomplish that for which He sent it as He has promised.

Tanzania – Missionary Ohlmann will be returning home on December 9th from a one-month visit with the CLC-TZ. While he was there, he had the opportunity to preach for the graduation of five students from the Wittenburg Lutheran Theological Seminary in Arusha. He was also able to travel extensively through the districts of the TZ-CLC to conduct pastoral training seminars and visit new preaching stations. The seminary faculty is currently interviewing a new cohort of students to begin classes in late January.  Ask for the Lord’s continued blessings as they begin their new calling from the Lord in the Gospel ministry.  Pray that the Lord will provide faithful men for the school year.

2022 Mission Helper Trip – The CLC Mission Helper Trip that was canceled in 2020 and 20211 is tentatively scheduled for East Africa in July of 2022.  Our brothers and sisters in Christ in East Africa are eager for the Mission Helper Teams to come again to assist them in the work of proclaiming God’s saving word.  Pray that our Savior will clear any obstacles that may stand in the way of this trip.

Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Opportunities and the Reach of God's Grace!

I've spent quite a bit of time on the road the first couple of weeks here in Tanzania. After the graduation service, we traveled south to visit the Tanga district of the CLC-Tanzania. This is a coastal region of Tanzania on the eastern side of the country where mainland Tanzania meets the Indian Ocean. To get there you drive through a very arid region that is blocked by a range of mountains that keeps the area from receiving much moisture. But once you turn to the east and cross over the hills, it becomes very tropical.

Tanzania is in the southern hemisphere, so the seasons here are just the opposite of what we have in the U.S. That means that it is summer here. As you would expect, it is very hot. While I was in the Tanga Region, the daytime temperatures were in the high 90s and the humidity was way up there as well. I call it "jungle hot."

The CLC-TZ has had congregations here for many years. This is the district where Pastor Michael Gondwe has served most of his ministry. His home town is Muheza, just a little east of Tanga Town. He is now the Dean of Academics at the CLC-Tanzania Wittenburg Lutheran Theological Seminary. For the past three years, he has been dividing his time between the Tanga District and the seminary in Arusha. He has also been working with and training Pastor Pascal Kimemele for many years. Pastor Kimemele serves a congregation in the Korogwe area and a few other congregations and preaching stations in the region. He has been appointed to take over as the district leader after Pastor Gondwe and his wife make the move to Arusha where he will serve full-time in the seminary beginning with the new semester in late January. 

All of this brings us to the reason for the visit to the Tanga District. There are a couple of new pastors/evangelists that Pastors Gondwe and Kimemele have been working with for the past couple of years. Jeremia wanted me to meet them and to review the lessons they have been studying. There are also some new opportunities to consider in the area as well. One such opportunity is the area known as the Chongoleani Peninsula. This is an area just north of the city of Tanga and just south of the Kenya/Tanzania border on the coast. There isn't much there right now, but that is about to change. In May, the Uganda and Tanzania governments signed an agreement to build a large port at this site to be the terminus of the East Africa Oil Pipeline that will run from the Uganda oil fields, through Tanzania, to the Indian Ocean where it will be shipped all over the world. A city is currently being laid out on this barren stretch of land that will one day soon be bustling with construction workers and the many shops and services needed to support the construction of the new port and eventually the ships that will be coming in and out for many years to come. The government of Tanzania has designated plots of land for churches and the CLC-TZ has been approved to receive a plot where they plan to start a new congregation.  Pastor Kimemele and Missionary Joseph Kaira will be working together over the next several months to do outreach as they work on building the church. They will begin with a simple tent, then they will add a metal roof, and eventually the walls. Praise the Lord for such an opportunity! 

Pastor Kaira had been a Lutheran missionary on Zanzibar for many years. He started four congregations and trained men to lead them before he returned to the mainland. He labored there for more than 30 years. His first several years did not yield a harvest at all. He explained his frustrations of not seeing one individual convert from Islam. He said that many times in those first few years he almost gave up and went back to mainland Tanzania. His labors have not been in vain. There are now that four Lutheran congregations of Christians being fed by the Word. These congregations continue to spread the Gospel where Islam is the dominant religion.  He is now nearing the age of retirement, but he has not lost his zeal for serving the Lord. He has now built a home and started a congregation in Amboni just a short distance north of Tanga. I had heard about the work that Missionary Kaira had been doing but had never had the chance to meet him. It was a real pleasure and a privilege to spend a few days getting to know him and to see some of the other places in the area where he has been working to spread the Gospel. This man has a great zeal for the Lord and spreading the Good News. While in Tanga District, I had the opportunity to visit and preach at seven different congregations and preaching stations over just a couple of days. 

The Land at Chomgoleani Designated for a CLC-TZ church

The spot where the presidents of Tanzania and Uganda met to commemorate the new pipeline

Missionary/Pastor Joseph Kaira and his wife

New CLC-TZ congregation in Amboni, Tanga District

After a few days in the Tanga District, we began to make our way back north. Along the way, we spent time in the CLC-TZ Ruvu District. This is the very arid region I mentioned before. This is where the Maasai live. It is a very harsh environment and during these summer months, it is also very dry. The Maasai are cattle and goat herders. They count their wealth by the number of cows they have rather than the Tanzanian Shillings they have in the bank. Since vegetation is sparse in this region, they move around quite a bit to find grazing areas for their cattle. Most of the villages you see this time of the year are occupied only by women, children, and the aged. The villages are built out of sticks and clay, the materials they can find in the area. Within these "developed" areas, families build what they call a Boma. This is basically a family compound built in a circle with a hedge of twisted thorny branches that form a fence to keep the family and their livestock safe from predators. 

The reason we traveled off the main road for several hours to reach this, mostly forsaken and forgotten, area of Tanzania was to visit two CLC-TZ Maasai congregations. These two congregations have been served by lay-evangelists for the past several years but will now be served by recent CLC-TZ seminary graduate Israel Yakobo. He is a son of the region and well respected by the people. There are also a few other preaching stations in the area that he will also serve and train evangelists. The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Tanzania had started working in the area a number of years ago but they folded up their tents a few years ago when the Maasai would not go along with their liberal and false teachings. Pastor Israel's father is the chief of this Maasai area. You can tell that he is highly respected among the people. He and Israel are both very tall and this is considered a very good thing among the Maasai. While Israel has been away studying these past three years, they have been busy building two church buildings. There are about 100 people in this area that will be served by Israel in these two church buildings and many more in other Maasai Bomas where he will begin outreach efforts. 

Maasai worship area under a tree surrounded by a thorny hedge for protection

Maasai worship area under a tree with Pastors Jeremia, Kimemele, and Israel

worship area to the left...foundation for a new church building to the right

Framework for a new mud-wall church building

Pastor Jeremia giving construction advice to Pastor Israel

Pastor Israel Yokobo on the left next to his father

As I said before, this is a very desolate and harsh place to live, especially during the hot dry season. There is no water available so it is all brought in by donkey trains. Each donkey can carry 100 liters. There are also no villages or shops in this area so, everything they need is brought in. It took us about two hours to drive from the nearest town on the main highway. I would guess that it must take a donkey train at least a couple of days to travel the same distance. And there are many dangers along the way. We were told that a young Maasai boy was recently injured by a Chui (leopard) that was attacking one of the goats he was tending. When he tried to beat the leopard with his staff, the cat turned on him and basically ripped his arm off. I can't even imagine how he survived such a thing without immediate care. They were able to slow the bleeding and he eventually made it to a hospital where they amputated his arm. We were told that the Chui is still living in the area, probably within a few kilometers of where we were at. But, we were assured that we did not to worry because it was too hot for him to be moving around during the day and he would not come out to hunt again until evening. They said they often find paw prints and paths where he would drag his prey. Elephants also make their way through this region during this time of year in search of water. These too cause much damage and kill people every year. 

Maasai Village in the Ruvu District

Getting directions from a Maasai on a motorcycle

This turns into a shallow lake during the raining season but is dry most of the year

Pastor Israel Yakobo's Boma

Praise the Lord for the privilege and opportunity to proclaim the truths of His saving word in so many places. 

By His grace alone we are saved! All of this is His gift to ALL!

We just finished up the 2nd day of the CLC-TZ Pastoral Conference. The rest of the day will be spent meeting with the leaders of the CLC-TZ to discuss future projects and seminary organization and needs. We will also gather for worship this evening at 9:00 pm. 

Two of the new seminary graduates will sit in on the meeting as they are being trained and encouraged for future leadership. I have already gotten to know them and they are fine young men who are certainly dedicated to the Gospel ministry and gifted by the Lord in many ways for service in His kingdom. These are both young Maasai men. Please keep them in your prayers as they work into the new roles the Lord is preparing them for.

The CLC-TZ pastoral conference is being held at YMCA Hostel and Meeting facility in Moshi Town, at the foot of Mt. Kilimajaro. This town is normally crawling with tourists who are planning to summit the mountain or at least climb around the foothills. (I don't really have a bucket list...but this is definitely on my "someday list" ... Someday!!) The Covid pandemic has reduced tourism to a trickle and the economy is really suffering here. I am glad that we were able to bring, at least, a little business to this town. 

The Lord has blessed us with glorious views of Mt. Kilimanjaro the past two mornings. That is not always the case. Many times when I have been here you barely catch a glimpse because of all the clouds. I never grow tired of the beauty of this amazing country!

Some of the CLC-TZ Pastors gathered for the conference
From left to right...Pastors Jeremia Issangya, Edward Kivunyo, Solomon Isaya, Pascal Kimemele, Michael Gondwe, Robert Aloyce Looskira, Israel Yakobo, and me.
Mount Kilimanjaro...tallest mountain in Africa

Monday, November 22, 2021

CLC-TZ Seminary Graduation 14 NOV 2021

After years of prayers, delays, setbacks, frustrations, and Covid, the Lord blessed the CLC-Tanzania with five new pastors today. These men left their homes and families and trained for three years to be faithful preachers and teachers of God's saving word!

A six-hour graduation service followed by a feast and great fellowship celebrated God's grace, blessings, provision, and the graduation of Pastors Solomon Isaya Lazier, Edward Olesakays Kivunyo, Rabieti Anderson, Robert Aloyce Loskira, and Israel Yakobo Isack...the inaugural class of the Wittenburg Lutheran Theological Seminary.

It was a wonderful day with over 200 church members, families of the graduates, CLC-TZ pastors, and several local government officials in attendance. Pastor Jeremiah, who is the President of the CLC-TZ and principal of the seminary has a close friend who serves as Minister of Parliament in the Tanzanian government. His office is in the capital city of Dodoma. He was unable to attend but sent the Assistant MP to bring personal greetings and words of congratulations to the seminary and the graduates. It was clear that this man is well respected among the people and it was a great honor to have him present.

I had the privilege of preaching words of encouragement from Joshua 1:1-9 to the graduates and those in attendance. We were reminded of God's love throughout the Old Testament as He sent prophets to remind and encourage the people of His promise of a Messiah. We were also encouraged by God's faithfulness in keeping His promises when He sent His only Son to live, die, and rise again as the fulfillment of God's promise to send a Savior. The newly graduated pastors of Wittenburg Lutheran Theological Seminary were encouraged with the truth of God's saving word so that they could be strong and of good courage, knowing that God is always faithful and that He will be with them wherever they go.


Pastor Jeremia Issangya

Pastor Michael Gondwe

Seminary Graduates





Praise God from whom all blessings flow!

For “whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”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? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace, Who bring glad tidings of good things!”But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed our report?” So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. Romans 10:13–17

Sunday, November 7, 2021

Sent...to Tanzania (Nov. 2021)

Flag of Tanzania
On Tuesday, November 9th, I will be leaving for a long-awaited trip to the Mission Fields of Tanzania. Having been sidelined by the Covid pandemic for the better part of two years, I am eager and feel incredibly blessed to travel overseas again. I'll be in Tanzania for about a month.

I'm especially thankful for this opportunity to travel to Tanzania because I will be able to attend and offer words of Gospel encouragement at the graduation service for six men who have successfully completed four years of training at the TZ-CLC Wartburg Lutheran Seminary in Arusha. Tanzania has been somewhat of an anomaly during the pandemic as classes have been conducted (uninterrupted for the most part) during the pandemic. This has allowed the students to finish their studies on schedule. Graduation will be held on November 14th at the seminary in Arusha. Individual ordination services will be conducted at their home congregations as we visit. 

Maasai Worship Service in 2019
 TZ-CLC leaders Jeremiah Issangya, Michael Gondwe, and Godson Mshana have put together a rather busy schedule for the four weeks I will be in Tanzania. We will be visiting three new areas of outreach located in Zanzibar, Dodoma, and the Maasai regions in the Arusha and Pare districts. We will be visiting preaching stations, attending ordinations services, and conducting pastoral training seminars for the leaders and pastors who serve in these areas. 

The outreach efforts on the island of Zanzibar are exciting. The TZ-CLC has been sharing promising reports on the opportunities with contacts there for the past several years. Over the past three years, TZ-CLC leaders have made two previous visits. There are currently three preaching stations on the island being served by pastors and lay evangelists who have come out of the Ev. Lutheran Church of Tanzania. The ELCT is affiliated with the very liberal Lutheran World Federation (LWF). They are working with the leaders of the TZ-CLC to be better equipped to serve the Lord as faithful preachers and teachers of God's saving word. We are hopeful that one of these individuals will be able to attend the seminary in the not-to-distant future. Zanzibar has a population of roughly 750,000-1,000,000 residents. Recent census data indicates that the island is predominately Muslim accounting for 99% of the population. Christianity, Hinduism, Sikhism, and Jainism make up the other 1%. Archeological finds date Islamic history on the island back to the 10th century. From the late 1400s to the 1600s the island was a Portuguese colony until the Sultan of Oman seized control and re-established Islamic rule. This island received its independence from Great Britain in 1964 and shortly after formed a union with mainland Tanganyika to form was is now known as the United Republic of Tanzania. What a privilege our Lord has given to us...to be involved in bringing the truth of God's saving word to this unique part of the world where the Gospel is so desperately needed!

I'm also excited and thankful for the privilege of attending and teaching at the TZ-CLC conference that is scheduled for Nov. 17-19 in Moshi. This will be a gathering of pastors and lay leaders where we will hear lessons and essays from pastors of the TZ-CLC with the goal of growth in our understanding of God's word. We will also have time to discuss the work and future plans of the TZ-CLC and the seminary. 

It's going to be a busy four weeks of travel, teaching, and visits. I will travel from St. Louis to Washington, DC to Vienna, Austria to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to Kilimanjaro, Tanzania. The trip will take nearly 44 hours. Once there, I will travel with leaders of the TZ-CLC by car, Land Cruiser, Dala Dala, Bus, and Airplane to reach all the areas where the Lord has given us the opportunity to proclaim the Good News.

As always, your prayers are requested and much appreciated, knowing by faith, that our God, who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, will surely provide all that is needed for this visit to be a success in honoring Him, proclaiming the truths of His saving word, and serving the sheep of His Tanzania-CLC flock with the Gospel!


Thursday, October 21, 2021

October 2021 - CLC Missions Prayer List...

 

Tanzania – Students of the Tanzania-CLC seminary are preparing for their final exams and are scheduled to graduate and be ordained as TZ-CLC pastors in November.  Missionary Ohlmann is making preparations to be there in time to assist with final exams and to participate in the graduation and ordination service.  While in Tanzania, Missionary Ohlmann will also travel extensively through the four districts of the TZ-CLC to conduct pastoral training seminars and will visit new preaching stations in Dodoma, Mwanza, and in Maasai regions.  Thank the Lord for His protection of these students, teachers, and staff through the challenges of the past year, and ask for the Lord’s continued blessings as they finish their formal studies for the Gospel ministry.  Pray that Covid issues won’t interfere with the graduation/ordination service, seminars, and visitations that are planned.

Nigeria – A Graduation and ordination service is being planned at the Nigeria-CLC seminary for two graduates.  Outreach among several independent pastors and the congregations they serve continues in Bayelsa State.  Pray for God’s blessing for these two new graduates and the outreach efforts in Bayelsa State.

Myanmar – Life continues to be difficult for our brothers and sisters in Myanmar as the military junta continues to rule with severe brutality. Many protestors have been imprisoned, killed, or have been missing for many months.  The military has decreed that no public gatherings can take place, and this has kept many Christians from gathering for worship and prayer.  Most government offices and services remain closed along with banks and financial institutions. Food and daily necessities are scarce, and prices have inflated.  Pray for justice and peace for all the people of Myanmar.  Pray especially for our brothers and sisters in Christ that the Lord will grant them strength and courage and boldness during these difficult times.

Liberia – Pastor Joseph is getting ready for Pastor John Hein to visit in November.  They are planning seminars in four different locations while Pastor Hein is in Liberia.  They will also conduct a final colloquy with pastors and evangelists who have been studying with Pastor Hein and Pastor Kwiwalazu for the past couple of years.  Pray for safe and uneventful travels for Pastor Hein to and from Liberia and while he and the others travel to remote areas of Liberia.  Ask the Lord to give them strength to carry out the work and for blessings to open the hearts of those who will attend that they may hear, believe, and confess the truths of God’s saving word.

Togo – Construction on a classroom and small dormitory continues on the land north of Lomé.  The long-term plan for this property is to serve as the church headquarters and Bible institute.  They would like to finish the first phase of construction so that classes can begin with students in the area who have already committed.  The government of Togo has continued to enforce travel and meeting restrictions due to Covid. Missionary Evensen continues to work on translating Online Theological Studies lessons and courses into French for use in Togo and other French-speaking nations in Africa and elsewhere.  Pray that the Lord would continue to bless the construction work so that classes can begin soon.  Pray that Covid restrictions will be lifted or reduced so that classes can resume with the current students.  And ask for the Lord’s continued blessings on the translation work so that many more can benefit from learning the truths of God’s saving word in their language and that many more will be well prepared to serve in the Gospel ministry.

2022 Mission Helper Trip – The CLC Mission Helper Trip that was canceled in 2021 is tentatively scheduled for East Africa in July of 2022.  Our brothers and sisters in Christ in East Africa are eager for the Mission Helper Teams to come again to assist them in the work of proclaiming God’s saving word.  Pray that our Savior will clear any obstacles that may stand in the way of this trip and lead many young CLC members to apply.

Uganda – Pastor Daniel Mugeni has been studying with CLC missionaries and attending pastoral conferences in Kenya for many years.  Missionary Mike Gurath and Board of Doctrine member Pastor Andrew Schaller are conducting the formal process of reviewing Pastor Mugeni’s doctrinal positions for a possible recommendation for a declaration of fellowship.  Pastor Mugeni serves a congregation in Uganda and also cares for several orphan children.  Pray that the Lord would bless this process of establishing God-pleasing fellowship.  Pray for the children that Pastor Mugeni cares for and that He would be able to continue to provide for all their needs.

Nepal – Progress on the building project has been delayed due to Covid restrictions and Hindu holidays. They are nearing completion and are eager to move in and begin Bible Institute classes in January of 2022.  With a lifting of Covid restrictions, the HCLCN is planning to start more preaching stations and continue construction and repairs on church buildings in the coming months.  Thank the Lord for His continued blessings on the building project and ask Him to grant patience to Raju and his family and the students as they wait for completion.  Ask the Lord to bless the teaching of His Word in this building that many more faithful preachers and teachers will be trained to proclaim the saving truths of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  Pray also for those who will be reached with the Gospel during the evangelism trips that are planned, that many will hear, repent, believe in Jesus, and rejoice with us in God’s grace and mercy!

Bangladesh –Pastor Monotosh asks that we continue to pray for several individuals who have recently converted to Christianity from Hinduism.  These individuals have been physically assaulted, persecuted, and falsely accused of crimes. One man (an evangelist/elder) and his wife were assaulted.  The evangelist/elder is still hospitalized with a fractured skull and brain damage.  Ask the Lord to protect and defend His new disciple and to give him the necessary strength and courage to persevere under persecution.

India, Kenya, Zambia, D.R. Congo, and Mexico – please continue to pray for all of our brothers and sisters in Christ around the world who are struggling to stay healthy, provide for their families and the ministry as they proclaim the Gospel…trusting the promise of our Savior that His Word will not return to Him void but will accomplish that for which He sent it.

Missionary Evensen – has returned safely to his home and work in Togo where he is busy assisting Pastor Kossi in the training of pastors at the Mt. Horeb Lutheran Bible Institute.  Pray for the Lord’s continued blessings on His service to the Lord and His kingdom work in Togo.

Missionary Ohlmann – has been sidelined for quite some time due to the pandemic and issues with his passport.  He now has his passport and is planning a long-awaited visit to Tanzania in the coming weeks.   Ask the Lord to bless the trip preparations and to clear any obstacles that may stand in the way of this work.

The Philippines – Missionary Ohlmann has been corresponding for the past several months with an independent Lutheran pastor in the Philippines.  He has been leading this pastor through a series of Online Theological Studies based on the CLC Statement of Faith and Purpose.  Correspondence has been going very well.  This area of the world was recently hit by a powerful typhoon. Pastor Jordan is asking for our prayers for those who have suffered a loss.  He is also asking for our prayers for efforts to train evangelists and establish preaching stations. A visitation is being tentatively planned for some time in early 2022.  Pray that the Lord would continue to bless this correspondence, that it will lead to a God-pleasing unity of faith and teaching.  Ask the Lord to provide opportunities and all that is necessary for Pastor Jordan to proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ!

New and Ongoing Opportunities – The Lord continues to provide opportunities to proclaim the truths of His saving Word in a variety of ways in different areas of the world.  Thank the Lord for the privilege of teaching the truths of His saving Word to others!  Pray for these individuals, and all those around the world that we are working with, as they seek to grow in their understanding of God’s Word to be better equipped to spread the Good News of our Savior Jesus Christ!

God be merciful to us and bless us, And cause His face to shine upon us,
That Your way may be known on earth, Your salvation among all nations. Psalm 67:1–2

Friday, August 20, 2021

August 2021 - CLC World Mission Prayers List

Afghanistan – While the CLC is not currently working in Afghanistan, there are many Christians there who are living in fear as they face the threat of physical persecution and the possibility of death under Taliban rule. Christians know that in the eyes of the Taliban they are infidels who deserve death. Pray for their protection and for strength to remain bold and courageous in Christ’s love and promises in the face of persecution. Ask the Lord to grant them an extra measure of wisdom and discernment as they make decisions for themselves, their families, and their fellow Christians.

Nigeria – Mark Bohde and Missionary Ohlmann will be traveling to Nigeria on September 2nd to conduct a pastoral training seminar. While in Nigeria, Missionary Ohlmann will also have the opportunity to meet with the various Nigeria-CLC boards and committees. Ask the Lord to bless the travels of all those who will attend this seminar and to bless the teaching and the hearing of His saving word.

Myanmar – The situation in Myanmar has not improved and in many ways has gotten worse with a third wave of Covid now taking place. Many in this country continue to struggle through the uncertainty and despair of the February military coup. Many are living in fear of daily conflicts and violence. Daily food and necessities are scarce and banks and most businesses are only open temporarily on a seemingly random schedule. The pandemic has hit Myanmar very hard and reports indicate that the military Junta is withholding Covid vaccines, treatments, and even oxygen supplies as a way to control the people. Our brothers and sisters in Christ in Myanmar are suffering. The CLC Board of Missions has been trying to find a way to send financial resources, Kinship sponsorships for the children, and Covid relief aid to our brothers and sisters in Christ who are suffering. Pray that the Lord will keep, protect, and provide for the sheep of His Myanmar flock, especially our brothers and sisters in Yangon, Kalaymyo, and Chin State. Pray that the truth of God’s word will have free course to strengthen and encourage the faith of His children and that many more will be brought to faith and find hope in Jesus during these uncertain times and always.

India – Pastor T. Sampath, who has served faithfully as a district chairman in the BELC for many years, recently underwent heart surgery. The surgery was a success. By God’s grace, he is getting stronger every day and is expected to return to his work soon.  Pray that the Lord would continue to bless his recovery and to provide strength and comfort for Pastor T. Sampath, his family, and the many souls that he serves with the Gospel.

2022 Mission Helper Trip – The CLC Mission Helper Trip that was canceled in 2021 is tentatively scheduled for Nepal in July of 2022.  International travel to Nepal is currently not permitted with no indication of when it may open up again. Our brothers and sisters in Christ in Nepal are eager for the Mission Helper Teams to come again to assist them in the work of proclaiming God’s saving word and have asked that we make every effort to come if possible. Pray that our Savior will clear any obstacles that may stand in the way of this trip according to His will.

Tanzania – The Wartburg Lutheran Seminar in Arusha has continued, mostly uninterrupted, in their class schedule through the pandemic. Students are preparing for their final exams and are scheduled to graduate and be ordained as Tanzania-CLC pastors in November. Thank the Lord for His protection of these students, teachers, and staff through the challenges of the past year, and ask for the Lord’s continued blessings as they finish their formal studies for the Gospel ministry.

Uganda – Pastor Daniel Mugeni has been studying with CLC missionaries and attending pastoral conferences in Kenya for many years. Missionary Mike Gurath, along with a representative of the CLC appointed by President Eichstadt, will begin the formal process of reviewing Pastor Mugeni’s doctrinal positions for a possible recommendation for a declaration of fellowship. Pastor Mugeni serves a congregation in Uganda and also cares for several orphan children. Pray that the Lord would bless this process of establishing God-pleasing fellowship. Pray for the children that Pastor Mugeni cares for and that He would continue to provide for all their needs. Ask the Lord to continue to bless the preaching and teaching of His saving Word in Uganda that many more will be led to repent and believe in Jesus Christ for salvation.

Nepal – Progress on the building project has been delayed again due to new Covid restrictions. Thank the Lord for His continued blessings on this project and ask Him to grant patience to Raju and his family and the students as they wait for completion. Ask the Lord to bless the teaching of His Word in this building that many more faithful preachers and teachers will be trained to proclaim the saving truths of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Bangladesh –Pastor Monotosh asks that we continue to pray for a man who was recently converted to Christianity from Hinduism. This man has been assaulted, persecuted, and falsely accused of crimes by his family, and was arrested in an effort to force him to return to Hinduism. Ask the Lord to protect and defend His new disciple and to give him the necessary strength and courage to persevere under persecution.

Togo, Liberia, Kenya, Zambia, D.R. Congo, and Mexico – please continue to pray for all of our brothers and sisters in Christ around the world who are struggling to stay healthy, provide for their families and the ministry as they proclaim the Gospel…trusting the promise of our Savior that His Word will not return to Him void but will accomplish that for which He sent it.

Missionary Evensen – has returned safely to his home and work in Togo where he is busy assisting Pastor Kossi in the training of pastors at the Mt. Horeb Lutheran Bible Institute. Thank the Lord for his safe travel back to Togo and Pray for the Lord’s continued blessings on His service to the Lord and His kingdom work in Togo.

Missionary Ohlmann – will be in Nigeria in early September and is making plans to visit Tanzania and Zambia in October and November. The pandemic continues to make planning a challenge. Ask the Lord to bless the trip preparations and to clear any obstacles that may stand in the way of this work.

New and Ongoing Opportunities – The Lord continues to provide opportunities to proclaim the truths of His saving Word in a variety of ways in different areas of the world in places such as South Sudan, Puerto Rico, the Philippines, Russia, and Southeast Asia. Thank the Lord for the privilege of teaching His Word to others!  Pray for these individuals as they seek to grow in their understanding of God’s Word to be better equipped to spread the Gospel.

 God be merciful to us and bless us, And cause His face to shine upon us, That Your way may be known on earth, Your salvation among all nations. Psalm 67:1–2