Myanmar (Southeast Asia) – Pastor Kham recently sent a sad and troubling report that after eight days of ground combat between the Myanmar military and People's Defense Force (PDF), the military Junta sent in bomber and fighter jets and destroyed several villages. Many houses of CLC-Myanmar members have been burned, damaged, or destroyed. These families have left their home villages in search of safety and shelter. This has also caused many conflicts between tribes as they blame each other for the harsh treatment they receive from the Junta. On top of this, the Military Junta has dissolved all political parties and recently announced that they have postponed the August 2023 elections they have been promising since they took over the country by force in February of 2021. Continue to Pray for justice and peace for all the people of Myanmar. Pray especially for our brothers and sisters in Christ that our Savior will give them strength, comfort, 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 and prayers.
CLC Mission Helper Trip to Nepal (Southeast Asia) – The 2023 CLC Mission Helpers to Nepal returned home safely on July 14th. While in Nepal, they had the privilege of working alongside pastors and leaders of the Himalayan Church of the Lutheran Confession of Nepal (HCLCN) to teach the Good News of Jesus to nearly 1,500 children. Thank the Lord for giving the love, compassion, patience, wisdom, and safety to the Mission Helpers that was necessary to speak the truth of His love to so many children. Pray for the pastors and church leaders of the HCLCN who continue to labor daily among the sheep of our Savior Nepali flock.
The Philippines (Southeast Asia) – Typhoon Doksuri recently hit the Philippines. Pastor Palangyos reports that those he serves are safe as they continue to assess and repair damaged homes and property. Pastor Andrew Schaller (CLC Bd of Doctrine Secretary) continues the colloquy with Pastor Jordan Palangyos and the Lutheran Autonomous Mission in the Philippines (LAMP) via email correspondence. Thank the Lord for keeping the sheep of His LAMP flock safe, and ask for His love, provision, and mercy as they rebuild. 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 continue to proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ!
Pakistan – Pastor Tim Daub continues to teach online video Bible lessons to two groups of Christians who are eager to start a Lutheran church in Pakistan. The Board of Missions has authorized Missionary Ohlmann to accompany Pastor Daub on a visit to Pakistan in early 2024. Pray that the Lord will continue to bless the teaching and learning of His word. Thank our Savior for this opportunity and the technology to proclaim the truth of His word in such a way.
Uganda (East Africa) – Through individual sponsors, Kinship has begun to provide support for the orphans and children in need that Pastor Daniel Mugeni and his wife Ida care for. Thank the Lord for this opportunity to serve Him by serving these orphans and children in need. Pray for the Lord's provision and blessings that these children may continue to be brought up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.
India (Southeast Asia) – Immanuel Lutheran Seminary of the Church of the Lutheran Confession (CLCI) graduated 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.
Kenya (East Africa) – The CLC Bd of Missions (BoM) recently sent MDF Grant funds to assist with much-needed classroom repairs and new building construction at the Kinship-supported schools in Etago and Moi's Bridge. Construction is almost complete, and the buildings are already being put to good use. Pastors Mike Gurath and Del Maas, along with Ted Quade (Kinship Christian School Instructor Supervisor and Kinship Chairman), are planning visits to Kenya in the not-to-distant future. 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. Ask the Lord to bless the trip preparations for Pastors Gurath and Maas.
Missionary Bruce Naumann (Tanzania-East Africa) – Missionary Naumann has been on furlough in the U.S. for the past few weeks. His wife Paula will accompany him when he returns to Tanzania on August 20th. The new semester at the Wittenberg Lutheran Theological Seminary will begin soon after his arrival. While in the States, he has been blessed to visit family and a new grandchild and to preach/present at a few CLC congregations. You can keep updated on things happening in Tanzania at: clc-tz.blogspot.com Ask for the Lord's blessings and safe travels for Missionary Naumann and Paula as they make their way to Tanzania in August and that the Lord will continue to bless the work of training pastors, teachers, and leader in Tanzania.
Missionary Peter Evensen (Togo-West Africa) – Missionary Evensen recently returned to Togo following a one-month furlough in the States. He will be making plans to coordinate a visit to the D.R. Congo with Missionary Ohlmann in early 2024. Thank the Lord for his safe travel back to Togo and ask for our Savior's blessings on his work of helping to train faithful preachers, teachers, and leaders for the Gospel work in Togo and other French-speaking African nations.
Missionary Ohlmann – is scheduled to be working overseas most of October, November, and December with visits to West, Central, and East Africa. He is also making plans to visit Thailand and Laos in early November. Pray for all that is necessary for these trips to be planned and take place. Ask for the Lord's blessing on the D.R. Congo visa application and approval process again this year. Ask the Lord to keep his wife Beth and their family safe while he is away. Pray for the Lord's love, wisdom, patience, and zeal during these visits that His name be glorified as the truth of His saving word is proclaimed, and pastors are trained. You can read his blog at: missionaryohlmann.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.