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:

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:

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!