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Author: Michael Gurath

Malaria Misadventures

Written by Michael Gurath | September, 2018
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NOTES FROM THE FIELD In this series, those involved with CLC foreign missions profile one aspect of our overseas endeavors. The little fella pictured on the right is your basic East African mosquito. He looks harmless enough, but he’s got a dirty little secret that he’s all too willing to share. He can’t help himself; […] Read More

Justice, Chotororo Style

Written by Michael Gurath | February, 2017
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NOTES FROM THE FIELD In this series, thoseinvolved with CLC foreign missions profile one aspect of our overseas endeavors. Imagine this: you are conducting the Sunday worship service, completely unaware that a commotion is brewing somewhere outside the church. The faint chanting of an impromptu band of vigilantes draws incrementally closer. They all started their […] Read More

Pandemic Affects Our African Contacts

Written by Michael Gurath | July, 2020
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We are very familiar with how the global pandemic has affected the U.S. In addition to the threat of the virus itself, other challenges include job loss, school closures, cancellation of life events, and other disruptions. The most vulnerable people in developing countries are being impacted even more directly and severely. A majority of people […] Read More

Iganga, Uganda

Written by Michael Gurath | August, 2015
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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 before. […] Read More

A Trip to Knuckles

Written by Michael Gurath | August, 2019
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NOTES FROM THE FIELD In this series, thoseinvolved with CLC foreign missions profile one aspect of our overseas endeavors. My first full day in Nairobi, in May of this year, was supposed to be rather simple and uneventful. It started out that way. To change money, get malaria meds, and buy local sim cards for […] Read More

A Kenyan Rite of Passage

Written by Michael Gurath | January, 2021
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NOTES FROM THE FIELD In this series, thoseinvolved with CLC foreign missions profile one aspect of our overseas endeavors. The early morning light would not be seen for another few hours. The songs and dancing, clanging of pangas (blades), and the jingle of the bells began at midnight at home and would proceed into the […] Read More

Busia, Uganda

Written by Michael Gurath | February, 2016
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In this series, thoseinvolved with CLC foreign missions profile one aspect of our overseas endeavors. Before boarding the bus to Busia, you had better be sure for which Busia you are bound. Busia is a bustling border city split in half by the countries of Kenya and Uganda, and it is home to one of […] Read More

For God or Mammon? Mission Work in East Africa

Written by Michael Gurath | August, 2017
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Doing mission work in East Africa can be an uphill battle. Corruption is the default mode of operation for society at large, and corruption naturally finds its way into every institution—including the church. Jesus is presented by many as a second Lawgiver, Whose sole function is to police bad behavior. This legalistic emphasis is especially […] Read More

Victory for a Kenyan Brother

Written by Michael Gurath | September, 2021
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NOTES FROM THE FIELD In this series, thoseinvolved with CLC foreign missions profile one aspect of our overseas endeavors. It may go without saying that things don’t always go as planned when it comes to overseas mission work. The book of God’s wisdom reminds us that “The heart of man plans his way, but the […] Read More

The Day a Whole Congregation was Confirmed

Written by Michael Gurath | February, 2018
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NOTES FROM THE FIELD In this series, thoseinvolved with CLC foreign missions profile one aspect of our overseas endeavors. From the Missionary’s Blog, December 11, 2011: “Today the entire congregation at Moi’s Bridge, Kenya, was confirmed, and adult confirmands received the Lord’s Supper together as a KCLC church for the first time. “Great day! It […] Read More

Answering Elementary School Students’ Questions about KENYA

Written by Michael Gurath | January, 2019
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NOTES FROM THE FIELD In this series, thoseinvolved with CLC foreign missions profile one aspect of our overseas endeavors. These were the top questions posed by the students of Holy Cross Evangelical Lutheran School in Phoenix, Arizona, regarding the CLC’s mission work in Kenya. Whose face is on the money in Kenya? Kenyan money is […] Read More

Waiting to Come Home Milimani, Kenya

Written by Michael Gurath | August, 2016
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“Patience is a virtue.” This expression has reportedly been in use since the fourteenth century. It seems that the only time a person is reminded of this is in one of his least virtuous moments. One of the best ways for a person’s patience to be taxed, tested, and tried is to transition from the […] Read More

Holy Cross Evangelical Lutheran Church Phoenix, Arizona

Written by Michael Gurath | June, 2020
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A SLICE OF LIFE IN THE CLC Snapshots of congregations from around the Church of the Lutheran Confession In the Phoenix metropolitan area, known as the “Valley of the Sun,” cities border one another so closely that you can drive through two or three different cities without knowing where one ends and the next begins. […] Read More