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CLC Project KINSHIP Update

Individuals interested in sponsoring an orphan or seminary student are asked to contact 

Pastor Dave Fuerstenau, 426 Buren Road, Ketchikan, Alaska 99901

(907) 225-2842  •  email:

For thirty years, the Lord of the Church has opened many doors and given numerous opportunities to our church body to serve Him in foreign fields that are ripe for harvest. Project KINSHIP is the means by which the CLC supports orphans, widows, and students, as well as addressing other humanitarian needs among our overseas brethren. Here are some of the ways that Project KINSHIP has aided our fellow believers in foreign countries during the past year.

Nigeria: The Nigerian government has temporarily closed the NCLC Children’s Home due to building code violations. Without repairs, the government could permanently close the orphanage and move ten orphans to other orphanages. Some repairs have been completed and an additional $2,000 of KINSHIP general funds has been approved to finish the necessary repairs. It is our prayer that the Children’s Home can be quickly reopened.

Gifts: KINSHIP provides a modest monetary Christmas gift to each of the orphans, young students, and teachers under our care. Recently $500 was distributed to children in Liberia during a recent mission visitation to that country. KINSHIP also sent $50 to each graduate of the BELC and the CLCI seminaries in India. These gifts help the graduates as they begin their lives as trained ambassadors for Christ.

Disaster Relief: In December a cyclone caused major destruction and loss of property among our brethren in India. The Board of Missions sent $6,000 of KINSHIP funds to India to quickly provide disaster aid for this need.

Opportunities: The Lord of the Church has given us many opportunities to share the love of the Savior with children and students within our foreign mission fields. The Lord has provided opportunities for almost thirty new sponsorships, seven of which are for orphans. He has also provided men willing to sit at the feet of Jesus and train to be His Gospel ambassadors among their own people.

Sponsorships are currently needed in the following areas:

• Four BELC and CLCI students training to be pastors in India

• Ten students training to be pastors in Congo

• Six students training to be pastors in Togo

• Six orphans in Togo

The KINSHIP Committee expresses their sincere gratitude to all those who are supporting our efforts overseas. If you cannot support us financially, please remember that “the effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.” (James 5:16) What joy there is in serving in the Lord’s Kingdom, to the glory of His name, always bearing in mind that “pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble.” (James 1:27)

—Project KINSHIP Committee