…pray for us, that the word of the Lord may run swiftly and be glorified... 2 Thessalonians 3:1
The Philippines (Southeast Asia) – Pastor Rob Sauers (CLC Bd of Missions) and Missionary Ohlmann recently spent a week in the Philippines to visit Pastor Jordan Palangyos and those he serves. During the visit, they got to know Pastor Palangyos and discussed the ministry of the Lutheran Autonomous Mission of the Philippines (LAMP). They also led informational meetings with several LAMP church leaders and evangelists in two different locations. Pastor Palangyos is an independent Lutheran pastor who serves two congregations and a few preaching stations in the mountains north of Manila. He has been working independently since 2008 when he followed God's Word and his conscience and withdrew from the Lutheran Church of the Philippines. Over the past couple of years, he has completed the first introductory Online Theological Study course based on the CLC Statement of Faith and Purpose and continues regular correspondence with Missionary Ohlmann. They will now begin the official colloquy process after President Wilke appoints a CLC representative to work with Missionary Ohlmann. Pray that the Lord will bless the colloquy and that this 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!
Tanzania and Missionary
Naumann (East Africa) – Missionary
Naumann recently reported that the first four weeks of classes at the
Wittenberg Lutheran Theological Seminary in Arusha have gone well. He is
impressed with the dedication of the seven students and their sincere desire to
study and learn God's Word. He has also been active in the ministry at the
local congregation in the Arusha area. He has started a Sunday School program
for the children of the congregation. You can keep updated on things happening
in Tanzania on his blog at: clc-tz.blogspot.com
seminary/evangelism course. Ask for the Lord's continued blessings on
these students and those called to teach and train them.
Bangladesh (Southeast Asia) – Missionary Ohlmann recently returned from a visit to Bangladesh. He was able to visit and share the Gospel at eleven Bangladesh Lutheran Church Mission (BLCM) congregations and preaching stations. He also conducted a four-day pastor and church leader training seminar for sixteen BLCM pastors and church leaders. He also had the opportunity to tour the BLCM land that was recently purchased with a partial grant from CLC Mission Development Fund. You can read his report from the visit at: missionaryohlmann.blogspot.com. Thank the Lord for His abundant blessings on the Gospel ministry as pastors and evangelists are being trained in the truth of God's saving word, as many are being led from Hinduism and Islam to saving faith in Jesus Christ. Ask the Lord to continue to bless both the preaching and hearing of the Gospel of Jesus Christ by the BLCM. Pray for the Lord's wisdom and provision as the BLCM continues to make plans to construct a building.
Myanmar (Southeast Asia) – For the past two years since the military coup d’é-tat, Myanmar has been struggling under the harsh rule of the military Junta. This has brought much pain, suffering, economic hardship, and uncertainty. Our brothers and sisters in Christ of the CLC-Myanmar (CLCM) in rural Chin State are struggling to provide for their families. Recent reports indicate that more than two million people have been displaced since the military coup in February of 2021. The CLC Board of Missions recently sent additional Kinship humanitarian funds to assist the leaders of the CLCM in providing basic needs to the more than 400 families suffering in March. Continue to 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, courage, and boldness during these difficult times and that He will provide for all their needs. Thank the Lord for moving the hearts of His children to give generously to the needs of others through their offerings to Kinship.
India (Southeast Asia) – Immanuel Lutheran Seminary of the Church of the Lutheran Confession (CLCI) will graduate seventeen men on June 15th. These graduates have all successfully completed four years of Biblical seminary training. They will be assigned to both newly established and existing CLCI congregations. Seventeen students graduate from the seminary each year; most go on to serve new congregations. Kinship sponsorship allows these men to continue supporting their families while at the seminary. Thank the Lord for these new, faithful, and well-trained pastors, and ask the Lord to bless their preaching and teaching of His saving Word.
Togo and Missionary Evensen (West Africa) – Missionary Evensen will return to the U.S. in June for some rest, furlough, and to attend the CLC General Pastoral Conference. Pray that the Lord will grant him safe and uneventful travels back to the U.S., and pray for God's blessings on the time of fellowship and growth during the conference.
Kenya (East Africa) – The CLC Bd of Missions (BoM) recently began sending the MDF Grant funds to assist with much-needed classroom repairs and construction at the Kinship-supported schools in Etago and Moi's Bridge. Construction has begun and is moving along quickly. Give thanks to the Lord for the privilege of assisting our brothers and sisters in Christ in training so many young souls through the two schools. Pray for the Lord's continued blessings upon the teachers, students, and staffs of St. David's Kinship School and Emmaus Millimani School as they grow in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.
Zambia (Central Africa) – The leaders of the Zambia-CLC continue the process of registering the church body. This is an important and necessary step as they continue to organize Gospel outreach in three different areas of the country in an orderly way. Having a registered church body will also allow Pastor Ibrahim, originally from Tanzania, to continue his work unimpeded. Pray for the Lord's blessing on this registration work and grant the leaders patient persistence.
CLC Mission Helper Trip to Nepal (Southeast Asia) – The 2023 CLC Mission Helpers to Nepal are counting down the days until their June 26th departure. This trip will provide eleven CLC volunteers and two trip leaders the opportunity and privilege of proclaiming God's saving word to an estimated 1500 children. Some of these children will be members Himalayan Church of the Lutheran Confession (HCLCN) congregations, but most are not. For many of the children, this will be the first time they have heard a clear and Biblical presentation of the Good News of Jesus Christ as the one who died and rose from the dead for their sins! Please pray that the Lord would give love, compassion, patience, wisdom, and safety to the Mission Helpers and to those they go to serve as the Gospel is proclaimed to children in Nepal. Pray also for the pastors and church leaders who have spent much time and effort preparing for this Gospel outreach opportunity. You can follow along with the Mission Helpers at: 2023clcmhtnepal.blogspot.com
Ongoing Opportunities – please continue to pray for all of our brothers and sisters in Christ around the world, who, by God's grace, are dedicated to proclaiming the truths of God's saving word for the salvation of souls as they trust the promise of our Savior that His Word will not return to Him void but will accomplish that for which He sent it.
That Your way may be known on earth, Your salvation among all nations. Psalm 67:2