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[February 7, 2017 | No Comment | ]
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WORLD – Open Doors, an international ministry that attends to the needs of persecuted Christians has published the latest edition of its World Watch List, which ranks the 50 countries where being a believer in Jesus Christ is most dangerous.
North Korea remains at the top of the list, a position it has held for 15 years. Christians there cannot show any public expression of their faith, and doing so will find them imprisoned or executed. Somalia is in second place due to continued Islamic radicalism and political dysfunction. The same …


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[February 6, 2017 | No Comment | ]
SELCU prison ministry event in September 2016.

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 | ]
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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 | ]
LWMLC members meet with Nicaraguan women in Matagalpa.

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 27, 2017 | No Comment | ]
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CANADA – For the first 400 years after its publication, the complete Book of Concord was unavailable in French. Finally in 1980 it was released not by or even necessarily for the Lutheran Church, but primarily as a document of academic and historical interest under the title La foi des Églises luthériennes: confessions et catéchismes.
By the time it was published, most of Lutheranism in France was already well adrift towards a more generic expression of Protestantism than that defined by the confessional documents. The relatively few hardcover copies were eventually …


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[January 19, 2017 | No Comment | ]
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WORLD – Christians around the world are recognizing the annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, which takes this year from January 18-25. The call for Christian unity takes on renewed significance in 2017, as this year marks the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. Lutherans recognize the Reformation as a tragic necessity—tragic in that it led to the division of the church, but necessary in its move to restore biblical clarity to the church’s teachings on justification, among other doctrines.
Lutheran Church–Canada (LCC) takes seriously Jesus’ call for unity in His …


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