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[January 30, 2015 | No Comment | ]
Children attend one of the Vacation Bible Schools put on by the Malabar Mission Circle and supported by the Malabar Mission Society.

INDIA – In its Winter 2014 newsletter, the Malabar Mission Society (MMS) reports a number of ministry successes in 2014, as the agency supports Lutheran outreach in India through the work of the Malabar Mission Circle (MMC).
“In all my annual visits to India I am impressed and inspired that in MMC’s local congregations, the witness of the Church is still vibrant and effective,” said Rev. Carlton Riemer, Project Officer for the MMS. “Laypeople and pastors make friends with their non-Christian neighbours and share the Gospel with them through personal conversations, …

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[January 28, 2015 | No Comment | ]

NOTE: The following is a summary of information on the financial situation taking place in the ABC District, and is derived from news reports, official statements, and other communications
The ABC District has announced that the District, ABC District Investments Limited (DIL), Encharis Community and Housing Services, and Encharis Management and Support Services (collectively referred as the “District Group”) have filed for and received an Initial Order under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act (CCAA) on January 23, 2015. The Order sees the Court appoint an external Monitor—Deloitte Restructuring Inc.—to oversee restructuring …

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[January 27, 2015 | One Comment | ]

WINNIPEG – Lutheran Church–Canada (LCC) President Rev. Dr. Robert Bugbee wants Synod’s professional workers and employers to know that pensions are stable despite ongoing problems reported with the Church Extension Fund (CEF) in the Alberta-British Columbia District.
“I’ve asked leaders of the LCC Worker Benefit Plans (WBP), to summarize just where we stand on this matter,” President Bugbee commented. “The insolvency of the ABC District and its CEF has caused confusion among some folks in the Synod who may fear for their pensions or for the pensions of pastors and deacons …

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[January 27, 2015 | No Comment | ]

by James Morgan
WORLD – In many parts of the world, being a Christian continues to be dangerous. Open Doors, an independent organization dedicated to assisting persecuted Christians around the world, has released its World Watch List 2015. The list contains the 50 countries where the persecution of Christians is most severe.
Among countries with the worst record, the most dangerous place to be a Christian in the world is North Korea. Although the effectiveness of its leader, Kim Jong-Un, is in doubt by some experts, the official opposition towards religious faith …

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[January 23, 2015 | No Comment | ]

by Ted Giese
Rob Marshal’s new adaptation of the Tony award winning musical Into The Woods is Disney’s most recent foray into live-action film musicals. As in the original, Marshal’s Into the Woods finds its story centred on folk tale characters made popular by the Brothers Grimm. Viewers will see everyone from Cinderella to Rapunzel, Little Red Riding Hood to Jack of Beanstalk fame, up on the big screen in a plot that weaves their stories together and plays their respective stories against each other. Add a baker and his barren …

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[January 21, 2015 | No Comment | ]

WORLD – Every year from January 18-25, Christian communities around the world mark a Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. The origins of the event date back to 1908.
“Whether it happens to be this particular week in late January or not, I urge our people to include the matter of Christian unity time and again in their prayers,” said Lutheran Church–Canada (LCC) President Robert Bugbee. “The Lord Christ prayed for the unity of His people in John 17. We do well to attach our hearts to that great prayer of …