“Q” Please

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I just stood in line for an ATM. This is the first time I have tried to get money since the government demonitized the 500 ($7.50) and 1000 ($15) notes, rendering all the cash I had on hand unusable. My ever-vigilent driver and helper, Kumar, saw that the State Bank of India ATM next to the hotel where we were staying had a short queue (line for us . . . read more

From the Field Liberia Nov. 15, 2016

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This is an excerpt of the report sent to the CLC Mission Board - I had the pleasure of working with Pastor John Hein and Alvin Jask in Liberia recently arriving there Nov. 1st and leaving Nov. 11th. It was decided to have the sessions of study for several days on the 45 Colloquy Practice Questions with the following: Joseph Kiwalazu, an . . . read more

No money? No problem!

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This past week in a surprise move on the evening of Tuesday, Nov 8, the Indian government announced that the 500 and 1000 rupee notes (worth about $7.50 and $15, respectively) would no longer legal tender after midnight that night. These were the two highest notes in Indian currency. This move rendered at least 80% of . . . read more
From the Field October 17, 2016 This month we celebrate the Lutheran Reformation. God restored so very much to His church of the Word\'s teachings that had been hidden for so long as the antichrist covered over the truth. We must also admit though that we Lutherans were slow to carry . . . read more

A Famine on the Land

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This past week I taught for two days at the CLCI seminary. I gave an overview of the life of Paul and four of his letters: 1 & 2 Thessalonians and 1 & 2 Corinthians. In addition to the 48 students, 32 pastors came on Tuesday and 42 on Wednesday. The news of our teaching had spread and these pastors came of their own accord. 5 of . . . read more

The gift of faith

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The mission helpers returned back to the US this past Monday night. It was a busy two weeks! We split into two teams. I and 4 others stayed with the CLCI and visited 9 congregations. We did a VBS program for the children at each congregation that covered seven major events from the beginning of time to the end of time: Creation, Corruption (the . . . read more

Aliens and Strangers

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I really like India! When I first arrived, I felt like I was home. Since my arrival, however, a number of things have dampened that feeling. When you check into a hotel, you have to fill out a form giving your passport information, date you arrived in India, purpose of your visit, and other personal information. The hotel also is required to make . . . read more
The election count is over; it is now safe to move around the state.  Jayalathaa, the incumbent, bucked a 32-year-old trend where the incumbent is replaced every 5 years (usually to return in the next election) and won a consecutive second term. When I left for the pastoral training in the Puttur district yesterday, I noticed that my apartment . . . read more

Laying Low for the Election

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Tomorrow (May 16) is election day in Tamil Nadu (where I am staying). The Chief Minister and the Legislative Assembly will be voted on. You can read more here. J Jayalalithaa is the incumbent Chief Minister. She is a former actress and has served as prime minister of Tamil Nadu for a number of years (from 1991 to 1996, in 2001, from 2002 to 2006, . . . read more

Dealing with the Tower of Babel

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One of the things that makes India unique is that there are 23 constitutionally recognized official languages. Each state (almost) has its own language and each language has its own writing system (script). In addition, there are many tribal languages. The BELC works in the northern part of Tamil Nadu (a Tamil-speaking state) and the southern . . . read more