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[February 6, 2017 | No Comment | ]

UKRAINE – Beginning in January 2016, Bishop Alexander Urchenko of the Synod of Evangelical Lutheran Churches in Ukraine (SELCU) and other Ukrainian pastors began making regular visits to inmates of the prison in Nikolaev. That outreach has made a significant impact, with more than 27 people confessing faith in Jesus Christ and 19 of them baptized by October 2016.
From January through October, pastors made more than 30 visits to the prison, leading 24 worship services for converts to Christianity. The group also held three outreach events for the entire prison, …


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[February 2, 2017 | No Comment | ]

PARKSVILLE, B.C. – The BC Mission Boat Society (BCMBS) has announced that they have engaged Rhonda Kelman as the agency’s full-time Executive Director. Kelman had previously been appointed Interim Director in 2016.
“Rhonda’s work over the last four months as our Interim Director has shown the Board the value of an Executive Director, and the qualifications Rhonda has for this position,” the society announced in a news release. “Thank you to all who have helped us take this important step in moving forward with our plans to respond to the increasing …


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[February 2, 2017 | One Comment | ]

CAMBODIA – Cambodian Lutherans have applied with the government to register a new church body under the name Cambodia Lutheran Church (CLC).  Final registration documents were submitted to the Kompot authorities for approval on January 23, 2017.
Cambodian Lutherans had previously been registered under the name Evangelical Lutheran Church of Cambodia (ELCC), but the government registration had been allowed to lapse during former President Vanarith Chhim’s tenure.
The move to register a new church body follows a trying year for Cambodian Lutherans. President Chhim resigned from office on June 13, 2016, after …


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[February 1, 2017 | No Comment | ]

NICARAGUA – In 2014 under the guidance of Lutheran Church–Canada’s (LCC) Rev. Dr. Leonardo Neitzel, the Sister to Sister program was conceived. The vision of the Sister to Sister program is that members of Lutheran Women’s Missionary League–Canada (LWMLC) mentor and encourage the women of the overseas mission areas of LCC.
Since women and children make up a large percentage of the mission churches, Canadian women have a unique opportunity to serve them as encouragers and mentors. In December 2016, six LWMLC members put that into practice for the women of …


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[January 23, 2017 | No Comment | ]

CANADA – Lutheran Church–Canada’s French hymnal, Liturgies et cantiques luthériens (LCL), third edition was published in November 2016, with the hymnal now surpassing 10,000 copies printed. The third edition includes minor textual corrections and some updated hymn translations.
Thanks to a generous donor, 2,000 copies of the hymnal are on their way to several burgeoning francophone Lutheran church bodies in West Africa. Previously, 2,000 copies of the second edition had been sent to East Africa. Financing for production of the third edition was contributed in part by the East District, allowing …


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[January 16, 2017 | No Comment | ]

by Daryl Solie
We all know there are times when a seemingly small thing can make a significant difference in our lives. For example, small changes like putting wheels on suitcases or a bit of adhesive on sticky notes have improved the way we tote luggage and keep track of our to-do lists. Likewise, small gestures of kindness and compassion, given at the right time, can serve to encourage us, help us deal with a difficult situation or, at the very least, brighten our day.
On a recent Faith Leaders Study Tour …


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