Monday, December 9, 2019
Wednesday, November 20, 2019
Monday, November 4, 2019
If all goes according to plan, I'll meet up with Missionary Peter and Pastor Kossi (flying from Lomé, Togo) in Johannesburg for the last leg of the journey.
We'll spend the next couple of weeks working with Pastor Yumba in Lumbumbashi and Pastor Jacques Pondi Lumiangu in Kinshasa.
I've been denied a visa to vist the DRC three times over the past couple of years. I'm thankful to the Lord for clearing this obstacle and I'm very much looking forward to another visit with my brothers and sisters in Christ!
We'll be conducting a four day pastoral training seminar, visiting the Holy Trinity Lutheran Bible Institute building project, discussing seminary curriculum and future plans, and doing evangelism with Pastor Yumba in the southeast part of the DRC.
In Kinshasa, near the western border of the DRC, we'll be conducting the first face to face doctrinal discussions and visit with Pastor Lumiangu.
As always, prayers for safe and uneventful travel are requested and appreciated. Pray also that the Holy Spirit will bless and sanctify our every thought, word, and deed according to His will for the furtherance of His kingdom!
Friday, October 18, 2019
Specifically, I'll be visiting Togo, Nigeria, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. I'll spend a little over a week in Togo working with Missionary Peter Evensen and the pastors and leaders of the Mission Evangelique Lutherienne de Confession du Togo (MELC-T). I'll arrive late on Saturday evening and then it's up bright and early on Sunday morning to preach and teach. While I'm there I'll have the opportunity to teach two different groups. I'll be teaching on-going pastoral training lessons to the pastors and then also to the students of the Mt. Horeb Lutheran Bible Institute. When not teaching I'll accompany Pastor Kossi and Missionary Evensen to the MELC land that is a few hours north of Lome'. This land was purchased with an MDF grant a few years ago. The land is currently being farmed as they raise funds to build a church and school.
From Togo, I will fly to Lagos, Nigeria. With a population of 21 million and growing, Lagos is the largest city in all of Africa. Because of some sort of protest that was blocking traffic, the last time I was there it took me 1.5 hours to go 4 km to get from my hotel to the airport and I almost missed my flight home. I'll only be spending one night in Lagos and then I will fly to Akwa Ibom State to spend time with the pastors and leaders of the Nigeria-CLC at the headquarters and seminary in Efa. While I am there I will have meetings with the NCLC Board, the Seminary Faculty, the budget committee, the disciplinary committee, and the newly formed Children's Home committee. Because of the on-going security issues in Nigeria, I will be keeping a low profile while I'm there. I will be in Nigeria for a couple of weeks and will have the opportunity to preach in the two NCLC congregations and teach at the seminary.
From Nigeria, I will fly from Lagos to Johannesburg, South Africa to Kigali, Rwanda, to Lubumbashi, The Democratic Republic of Congo where I will be met by Pastor Gaston Yumba Lumbala of the CCLC. This will be the first CLC visit to the CCLC since 2013. This will be my fourth visit to the DRC. Over the past 2 1/2 years, I have tried three times to visit but was denied a visa. No reason was given for the denial, but I have learned from others that they were denying all western visitors during the elections in late 2018. After twenty-one years of despotic rule, President Joseph Kabila agreed to open elections. Rumor has it that he did not want anyone from other countries to observe the election so that he could make sure the man of his choosing would replace him. Whatever the case may be, I was denied entry in 2017, 2018, and again in early 2019. With the advice of a few visa agencies, I made a trip to Washington, DC a few weeks ago and applied for a visa in person at the DRC embassy. The visa was granted in two days! So, the Lord has cleared the way for a long-awaited visit to our brothers and sisters of the CCLC.
Your prayers for safe and uneventful travel along with the blessings of the Holy Spirit on the preaching, teaching, and hearing of God's saving word are requested and very much appreciated. Please keep my wife and children in your prayers as well.
Wednesday, October 16, 2019
Saturday, September 21, 2019
|Pastor Monotosh teaching "An Introduction to Lutheran Doctrine and the CLC"|
Togo – Pastor Kossi, the main leader of the MELC, was recently involved in a motorcycle accident. He was spared from major injuries but will require some downtime to rest and recover. Pray that the Lord will grant him a quick and complete recovery.
Togo – With a resident missionary now in place, Pastor Kossi is excited as they begin planning and conducting five evangelism campaigns throughout Togo over the next year. A CLC-MDF grant was recently approved to provide funding for this effort to preach the truth of God’s saving word in Togo, Ghana, and Benin. Pray for the Lord’s blessing on this effort.
Liberia - Pastor Joseph continues to reach out with the Gospel in Monrovia and Bopolu. He is currently leading classes in both areas. Visiting Missionary John Hein is planning his trip to Liberia in November 2019. Pray that the Lord will bless the preparations necessary for Pastor Hein’s visit.
Tanzania – The newly established Wartburg Lutheran Seminary of the CLC-Tanzania with six students in attendance will conclude their second semester of classes soon. The students will return to their home congregations to begin a four-month practicum as they assist in the ministry. They will return to classes in late February. 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.
Tanzania -- Over the past several months seminary facilities have been built and improved. The CLC Board of Missions recently approved a small Mission Development Fund grant to assist with roofing the church building that is being used as the seminary classroom. They are currently conducting classes under a lean-to that has been constructed within the walls of the church building. This is necessary because of the hot sun and heavy rains. Pray that the Lord will continue to bless and provide for more necessary improvements to the seminary facilities.
|Church Building/Classroom ready for a roof|
|Newly constructed student dormitory|
|Newly constructed (temporary) dining and study area for the students|
|Student laundry and washing facility behind the dormitory|
|Student toilet and washroom|
|Newly constructed seminary teachers' office and library|
|CLC-Zambia Building before Repairs and Renovations|
|Demolition work on the back of the building|
|Construction begins on the classroom/chapel addition|
|Preparing to build roof trusses for the classroom addition|
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:
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