Flexibility

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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 . . . read more

New Pastors Visitation BELC

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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 asked about the . . . read more

Tanzania Ups and Downs

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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 April 4, 2000 was addressed to Prof. Pfeiffer at . . . read more

CLCI Seminary Graduation

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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 . . . read more

Living the Life of Riley

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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 over one billion. . . . read more

BELC Vignettes

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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 by the braille . . . read more

Confessional Lutheranism

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I had the opportunity lately to witness in a small congregation of the Ev. Luth. Ch. in Canada(St. Michael Ev. Luth. Ch., Mystery Lake), although the congregation has had no connections with the ELCIC for over four years. My friend Pastor Gutsche, Barrhead, Alberta, had asked if I could say something when I came to visit him. He serves about 40 . . . read more

From the Field – India

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India May 26, 2015 This is directly from the field as I am having a great time in India serving the Lord for the first week. Here is the rundown so far in the BELC: •Taught 15 of the students at Martin Luther Bible School a segment on \'Doing the Work of an Evangelist\' and assigned homework for when I see them . . . read more

Odisha/Orissa, India

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From the Field May 5, \'15 January 22, 1999 - Graham Staines, an Australian missionary working with lepers in a remote district of Odisha, was burned alive with his two sons by Hindu radicals. Terrible persecution of Christians in Odisha State has taken place. October 2000— We . . . read more

BELC – Bakthavachalam

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From the Field April 26, \'15 D. Paul Bakthavachalam is president of Berea Evangelical Lutheran Church. When we had a division from the former head of the BELC, D. Paul was the vice-president and stayed with us as did most of the pastors at that time. Since then, there has been steady growth in . . . read more