Wednesday, October 16, 2019

OCT 2019 - CLC Mission Opportunities Prayer List

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.    Nepal – Pray that the Lord will grant patience and guidance as our brothers and sisters of the Himalayan Church of the Lutheran Confession of Nepal wait upon the Lord to provide the resources necessary to purchase a suitable and affordable piece of land to build or an existing building. They need a building that will serve as a worship facility, seminary classroom, library, office for the HCLCN and the Bible Institute, dormitory, and residence. The CLC Board of Missions is considering ways in which the CLC can assist with this effort.

2.    Nepal – Pastor Raju and his family were evicted from their apartment a few months ago for singing hymns and having prayers in their home during a birthday celebration with a few of the youth from the congregation. They are currently living with Raju’s parents while their possessions are in storage. Pray that the Holy Spirit will work faith in the hearts of the landlord through the Word of God that he has heard from Raju. 

3.    IndiaClasses at the CLCI Seminary, the Martin Luther Bible Institute of the BELC, and monthly pastoral training classes continue to be conducted among the 1,000+ pastors, students, and evangelists that with whom we are in fellowship in India. Pray that the Lord will keep all of them, and those they serve, strong and safe as persecution continues to increase.

4.    Bangladesh – As Pastor Monotosh continues Online Theological Studies with our missionary, plans are also being made for an official colloquy in early 2020. Our visiting missionary and a representative of the CLC appointed by President Eichstadt will travel together to Bangladesh to conduct the colloquy. Pray that the Lord will bless this important next step.

5.    Togo – Missionary Evensen is busy teaching the seven pastoral students of the Mt. Horeb Bible Institute of the MELC. He also continues to train four ordained MELC pastors as they continue to grow in their understanding of God’s saving word. Pray that the Lord will bless Missionary Evensen’s developing abilities to communicate and teach in French as he assists Pastor Kossi in preparing men to be faithful preachers and teachers.

6.    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.

7.    Liberia - Pastor John Hein, who serves as the visiting missionary to Liberia, will be traveling to Liberia in October. Pray that the Lord will provide safe and uneventful travel. Pray also for a productive visit as Pastor Hein and Pastor Joseph work together to spread the truth of God’s saving word in Monrovia and Bopolu.

8.    Tanzania – The four pastors who teach at the Wartburg Lutheran Theological Seminary are busy preparing for the third semester of classes that will begin in late January. The students are helping with the ministry at their home congregations for the next few months until classes begin again. 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.

9.    The Democratic Republic of Congo – Our visiting missionary has been granted a six-month, multiple-entry visa. He is planning a three-week visit November and will try to visit again after the first of the year. It has been six years since the CLC has made a visit to the DRC. Thank the Lord for providing the necessary visa and pray that the trip will go smoothly, and much will be accomplished for His glory.

10.  The Democratic Republic of Congo – Missionary Ohlmann will be in the DRC in November to see and report on the construction of a multipurpose facility that will serve as seminary classrooms, offices, library, chapel, and dormitory for the CCLC and the Holy Trinity Lutheran Seminary. 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.

11.  Nigeria – Missionary Ohlmann will visit our brothers and sisters of the NCLC in early November. He will preach at two congregations, visit the seminary, and meet with the various NCLC boards and committees. Pray that the Lord will bless this visit with productive and encouraging meetings that are focused on serving the Lord through faithfulness to the truths of His saving word. Pray also for safe travels.  

12.  Missionary Evensen in Togo – Missionary Peter Evensen has recently received a “Stay Card” which will allow him to stay in Togo for longer periods of time and will also allow him to more easily travel throughout West Africa. This is a big deal and the Lord was clearly behind the scenes making this happen. He has received a Nigerian visa and is hoping to have a DR Congo visa in time to join Missionary Ohlmann on his visit. 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 his blog at:

13.  Visiting Foreign Missionary – Missionary Ohlmann will be leaving soon on a five-week trip to visit our sister church bodies in the West African countries of Togo, Nigeria, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. He is also preparing lessons, making travel plans and schedules for visits to Tanzania, Zambia, the DRC, India, Myanmar, Nepal, and Bangladesh in early 2020. Please pray for safe and uneventful travel, successful meetings with our brothers, and zeal to proclaim the truths of God’s saving word. Pray also for his wife Beth and their family while he is away. You can read his blog at:

14.  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.    Burundi, East Africa
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

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