Since returning from the Mission Helper Trip to Nepal, it seems like I have been all over the US. It's been a wild couple of months...as I have guest-preached and given mission presentations in seven different places, from California to Wisconsin to South Carolina to Nebraska to Arizona to Missouri to Mexico.
Next stop, Tokyo...then on to Bangladesh, followed by Nepal, and then home to celebrate our Savior's birth with my family!
I fly out this Thursday and will spend next weekend (Nov. 3-6) visiting a congregation once in fellowship with the CLC. This congregation was started in the 1950s and was served by Missionary Fred Tiefel for many years. The pastor he trained to take his place retired in 2005, and they have been served by a pastor with little knowledge of Lutheran Theology since. A few years ago, he contacted the CLC to learn more about the history and doctrine of the CLC after he began to research the history of the congregation he was serving. Correspondence has been limited due to the language barrier. A few visits have been tentatively planned over the past few years but were postponed due to Covid and other scheduling conflicts. We pray for a fruitful visit grounded and rooted in the truths of God's saving word.
From Tokyo, I will fly directly to Dhaka, Bangladesh, on a regional airline. It's only a seven-hour flight! Then, I will board a local Bangladeshi airline to take me from the capital city of Dhaka to a smaller town in the north called Saidpur. The next few weeks will involve a busy schedule of congregational visits for in-depth studies of the Apostle's Creed, Outreach Seminars, preaching station visits, and a five-day Pastoral Training seminar. Bangladesh is a predominantly Muslim nation with a small percentage of Hindus and an even smaller population of Christians. There is much work to be done there, and it is a privilege to be a part of our Savior's harvest crew!
From Bangladesh, I will take another regional airline for an hour-and-a-half flight from Dhaka to Kathmandu, Nepal. I will have much the same schedule for the three weeks I will be in Nepal. I will also be privileged to attend the graduation service for the men who have been studying with Pastor Raju at the Himalayan Bible Institute for the past few years.
Please ask the Lord to provide safe, uneventful, and on-time flights over the next seven weeks. Pray for my wife Beth, her father, and all my family while I am gone. And ask for the Lord's blessings of wisdom, patience, love, confidence, and strength in Him and His word, and everything else needed to serve Him and His Kingdom faithfully and effectively.