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Category: Missions

The Invisible Hand

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In the study of economics, I think it was Adam Smith who first coined the term “the invisible hand” to refer to the operation of economic markets in which thousands and thousands of decisions are made daily, buying and selling, supply and demand. The point is that no government or group of people could possibly make these decisions as well as Read More
Not all the pastors of the Berea Evangelical Lutheran Church (BELC) are ordained. Most have not studied beyond Martin Luther Bible School or attended a formal seminary. Many had their first extended study in God’s Word through another pastor whom they may have helped in their home church. Regardless of how the men come to the BELC, all are asked Read More
A few years ago, while Missionary David Koenig and I were visiting pastors around India, we happened to come across two pastors who could not have been more different in some respects. One was young and bouncing all over the place, full of ideas and dreams, restless and eager to serve the Lord. The second was an older man whose character was Read More
Many have had the privilege of meeting and getting to know Raju Bhitrakoti over the past few years as he attended Immanuel Lutheran Seminary and visited many CLC congregations. The Himalayan Church of the Lutheran Confession of Nepal (HCLCN) has also become rather well known in our circles due to the earthquake that rocked Nepal back in April and Read More

Iganga, Uganda

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“Thank you, Pastor. That was very encouraging!” remarked Daniel, concentrating on each word lest his stutter once again get the best of him. The Word of God, unsurprisingly, shows itself to transcend culture, geography, time, and circumstance. The text for that morning was taken from Habakkuk and the sermon was one preached several times Read More

Marangu, Tanzania

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“Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth. As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world’”  (John 17:17-18).  
It was Saturday. I was near the city of Marangu, Tanzania, at the eastern foot of beautiful Mount Kilimanjaro. I had conducted a seminar with the pastors and Read More
NOTES FROM THE FIELD (FIFTH IN A SERIES) In this series, those involved with CLC foreign missions profile one ASPECT of our overseas endeavors.

Down the Switchback Road

There arises a question, in working overseas, whether the missionary should drive himself or hire a driver. One concern is what kind of liability would be Read More
NOTES FROM THE FIELD (FOURTH IN A SERIES) In this series, those involved with CLC foreign missions profile one area of our overseas endeavors. (Note: because of the risk of persecution, the full names of individuals, as well as place names, have been left out of the following article.)

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Lusaka, Zambia

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NOTES FROM THE FIELD (THIRD IN A SERIES) In this series, those involved with CLC foreign missions profile one area of our overseas endeavors. Written by: Pastor Todd Ohlmann of Faith Lutheran Church in Manchester, Missouri, he serves as chairman of the CLC Board of Missions. Bakthavachalam, Moshi, Sri Kalahasti, Ibrahim, Bulawayo, Read More

Milimani, Kenya

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“Where is grandfather?” was the question I posed to one of his many grandchildren early on a Sunday morning. I wasn’t sure which one of the grandchildren I was asking, as there was a host of names which I couldn’t quite keep straight, but they all shared an unmistakable likeness to their family patriarch. Asking the question, I Read More