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[February 7, 2017]
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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]
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]
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MULHURST, Alberta – Non-pastoral church workers and volunteers are invited to take part in the 2017 Sabbath Conference. The Sabbath Conference in a professional church workers conference open to Lutheran Church–Canada church workers and volunteers across the nation, taking place February 28-March 3, 2017 at Mulhurst Lutheran Camp in Alberta.
The Sabbath Conference is an opportunity for non-pastoral church workers and volunteers to gather together for a time of Sabbath rest, and to learn, grow, and fellowship together as God’s servants in His church. Special guests for the event include Alberta-British …

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[February 2, 2017]
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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]
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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]
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 …