Togo

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Post Date: September, 2015
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From the Field September 6,’15 In 1999 Elinore Gbedey, a CLC member of Peace thru Christ, Middleton, WI, was returning to the USA from teaching in the country of Benin. She came through Lome, Togo to visit there, since she is married to a Togolese. While in Lome, she came across a Lutheran, Mike, and Read More Read More

Out of Africa

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Post Date: August, 2015
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From the Field August 24, ’15 While our sister church in Etago, Kenya has seven congregations with over 500 members, that is not the total picture. What follows are my notes as we visited congregations on one trip. Many of these were not in fellowship with us, but gave us the opportunity to teach them Read More Read More

BELC Ambur District Visitation

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Post Date: August, 2015
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From the Field August 14, ’15 There are fourteen men preaching in this district. In eight of the villages they serve there is no other Christian church. This is important in our considerations as we want to be like Paul preaching where Christ is not known. Half of the men came out of another Lutheran Read More Read More

Learning Lessons in Ponneri Dist. Visitation (BELC)

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Post Date: July, 2015
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From the Field July 30, ’15 Thangavel is a pastor in the BELC and a grade school teacher. For the new Ponneri District of fifteen men he has given over his upstairs as a monthly meeting place for the men. This is the kind of generosity we want in the church. Lesson – Do good Read More Read More

Flexibility

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Post Date: July, 2015
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From the Field – Flexibility July 25, ’15 Jyothi Benjamin completed his two year training and returned to India in July ’91. His work at that time was to assist his father in the church and to work with the orphans. After a ’97 visitation team recommended starting a seminary, Pastor Jyothi Benjamin began the Read More Read More

New Pastors Visitation BELC

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Post Date: July, 2015
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From the Field July 17, ’15 We are in the process of a visitation to new pastors in the BELC in India. We are accompanied by the district chairman and go to the pastors’ homes and meet their family. This allows us to visit also many times in the village where they preach. Questions are Read More Read More

Tanzania Ups and Downs

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Post Date: June, 2015
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From the Field When the ELCT, which was the large union of Lutheran churches in Tanzania, decided to ordain women, it was the last straw for a small group in that church body. They formed a group and wrote letters of inquiry to the LC-MS, WELS and the CLC. The letter to the CLC dated Read More Read More

CLCI Seminary Graduation

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Post Date: June, 2015
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From the Field June 17, ’15 The CLCI has requested that the sponsorship enrollment in the seminary be increased to fifty from thirty-eight. What a wonderful bit of good news, that the number of applicants warrants this. The Mission Board has approved a phased in increase over three years to fifty with one third graduating Read More Read More

Living the Life of Riley

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Post Date: June, 2015
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From the Field June 14, ’15 Heat – I arrived in India in the midst of a heat wave with temperatures consistently over 100 F. It was reported that during this heat wave well over 1000 people lost their lives due to the heat, though you have to remember that is in a country of Read More Read More

BELC Vignettes

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Post Date: June, 2015
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Pastor M.Jesuraj, 45 years old, is serving 112 believers in the BELC Tiruvallure District in Tiruvallure city.His wife’s name is Shanthi, 42 years old, and they have two children. This all would seem rather normal except he and his wife both are fully blind. Both they and some of his church believers read the Bible Read More Read More