Nicaragua: It’s no longer safe for Lutheran Church — Canada to send mission teams and other representatives to Nicaragua

The following is a message from the Lutheran Church-Canada Committee on Missions & Social Ministry Services:

Dear faithful friends of the Lord’s work in Nicaragua

It is with deep regret that we inform you of a dire circumstance with Iglesia Luterana Sinod de Nicaragua (ILSN) and the Lutheran Church-Canada (LCC) Mission Centre in Chinandega, Nicaragua.

You may already be aware of the social unrest in this nation. Many international NGOs are reporting abuses and the statistics continue to climb in a way that is out of character for the Nicaraguan people.

Late on May 29, Rev President Marvin of ILSN and Mr Robert Jose Zepeda, Director of the Mission Centre, advised LCC that they no longer view it safe for LCC to send mission teams and other representative to Nicaragua, due to the escalating unrest and uncertainty. Their wish was “to suspend any visit to Nicaragua until the situation improves and security is given to visitors.”

Both Global Affairs Canada and the US Department of State are recommending that non-essential travel be avoided due to the unrest.

LCC and its Committee for Missions and Social Ministry Services wishes to keep you informed as the situation develops. We appreciate our partners such as your organization who have for many years helped us to grow with ILSN through God’s grace and abundance. Now we may require assistance in other ways as Rev Marvin may identify in the near future. We ask you to pray for the restoration of peace and remain on stand-by with us as we await God’s guidance, and updates from ILSN.

For more details please contact LCC Rev President Timothy Teuscher at president@lutheranchurch.ca.

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The Global Leadership Summit: August 9-10 or October 18-19, 2018

It’s time to register for the Global Leadership Summit.  Join Simon Sinek, Angela Ahrendts, Craig Groeschel and 11 more world-class speakers for two days of fresh, actionable and inspiring leadership content at a convenient location near you.

You don’t want you to miss this transformational event in your community. With many Premier Host Sites across Canada, chances are that you’ll find a Summit location not far from your home.

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Let’s Be Disciples — A Children’s Booklet

Let’s Be Disciples is the latest kid’s booklet released by Lutheran Hour Ministries.  In Let’s Be Disciples, we follow little Georgina as she tells her friends what it means to be Jesus’ disciple sent into the world to share the Good News. Go to lhm.org/kids to download or purchase your copy today!

These handy booklets engage youngsters with Bible stories and Christian principles. Being pocket size makes them ideal for kids to tuck in their backpacks, keep a few handy for their friends, or slip one on the pocket of someone with whom they want to share some Good News.

The other six titles in this kids’ mini-library are:

  • Do You Know Who Jesus is?
  • Sharing Your Faith
  • Learning to Pray
  • The Easter Story
  • The Christmas Journey
  • The Bully

Individual booklet titles come in a pack of 25 and cost only $7.00 (US) plus shipping.  You can preview them by going to the LHM website at lhm.org/kids and clicking on a specific title.

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You Lost Me. Why Young Christians are Leaving Church … And Rethinking Faith – David Kinnaman

Close to 60 percent of young people who went to church as teens drop out after high school. Now the bestselling author of “unChristian” trains his researcher’s eye on these young believers. Where Kinnaman’s first book unChristian showed the world what outsiders aged 16-29 think of Christianity, “You Lost Me” shows why younger Christians aged 16-29 are leaving the church and rethinking their faith.

Based on new research, You Lost Me shows pastors, church leaders, and parents how we have failed to equip young people to live “in but not of” the world and how this has serious long-term consequences. More importantly, Kinnaman offers ideas on how to help young people develop and maintain a vibrant faith that they embrace over a lifetime.

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God Works in Mysterious Ways: One Korean Woman Learns of Christ through Her Torturer

The Voice of the Martyrs Canada May 2018 edition tells the story of a North Korean woman who first learned of Christ through her torturer.

The Voice of the Martyrs reports that “About 30,000 of North Korea’s estimated 100,000 Christians are thought to be suffering in one of the four known Kwanliso camps. These camps are reserved for prisoners convicted of serious crimes … In the Kwanliso camps, inmates are often locked in cages like animals; and they are inhumanely forced to stand for hours in torturous positions and beaten until they vomit blood. Nearly 40 percent of these inmates die of starvation. …” (p. 6 VOM Canada May 2018, p. 6)

One woman, Kyung-ja, was beaten with clubs and interrogated for her recent trip to China and her daughter’s recent defection to South Korea.  During the interrogation, she was asked repeatedly about something called, “Christianity.” Up to this point in her 56 years of life she has no belief system nor any concept of God. In prison, she began to search for answers to her questions about “Christianity” by asking other inmates about God, the Bible, among others.

Eventually she was released from jail and she was able to defect to South Korea with the assistance of a Christian pastor.  Kyung-ja was able to ask her questions about Christianity and she soon became a Christian placing her faith in Jesus as her Saviour!  She credits the prison guard, who was beating her for uttering Christian words that set her on a course that eventually led to Jesus! Now, she worships the Lord everyday!

Please pray for the Christians in North Korea! Pray that the Spirit of God will bring other North Koreans to faith in Jesus Christ!

Order your free monthly publication of the The Voice of the Martyrs Canada by clicking on VOM Canada.

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30 Days of Prayer for the Muslim World — May 15-June 14, 2018

You are invited to spend the next month praying for your Muslim neighbour, friend, family member, co-worker and classmate.

30 Days of Prayer is an annual worldwide call for prayer for Muslims.  There is an unprecedented number of Muslims who have embraced Jesus in our time. And, we want more Muslims to believe in Jesus as their Saviour so that they might live in His love, forgiveness, and with the hope of everlasting life.

David Garrison, author of A Wind in the House of Islam observes, “We are in the midst of the greatest turning of Muslims to Christ in 14 centuries of Muslim-Christian interaction. More than 80% of all the Muslim movements to Christ in history have occurred in the past two to three decades, a time period that coincides with the modern prayer movement for Muslims. At the heart of this modern prayer movement is 30 Days of Prayer for the Muslim World. Come, join us, and be a part of shaping salvation history.”

Resources are available for this prayer initiative. Visit 30 Days of Prayer for the Muslim World to access these resources.

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Are You Planning A Short-term Mission Trip? Have You Purchased Travel Insurance for Your Team?

As you make plans to send a team on a short-term mission trip, have you purchased travel and liability insurance?  If not, you should talk with the insurance provider for your congregation.

If your congregation is a member of the Canadian Council of Christian Charities (CCCC) you can purchase short-term travel insurance for your team through the CCCC.

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“I Can Only Imagine” — Take An Unchurched Friend to See this Movie

It’s the song that brings ultimate hope to so many … often in the midst of life’s most challenging moments. Amazingly, the song was written in mere minutes by MercyMe lead singer Bart Millard. In reality, those lyrics took a lifetime to craft.

Although he found faith at a young age, life wasn’t easy for Bart. He leaned into an active imagination and his love of music as escapes from a troubled home life. As he grew older, Bart turned to football in hopes of somehow connecting with his abusive father. But a career-ending injury—combined with the vision of a teacher who saw unlimited potential—set Bart on a musical pathway.

Chasing a dream while running from broken relationships with his father and Shannon, his childhood sweetheart, Bart hits the road in an old, decrepit tour bus with his new band MercyMe—named for his grandmother’s favorite expression. With the guidance of a grizzled music-industry insider, the band begins a journey none of them could ever have imagined.

Directed by the Erwin Brothers (October Baby, Moms’ Night Out, and Woodlawn), I CAN ONLY IMAGINE stars J. Michael Finley, Madeline Carroll, Trace Adkins, Priscilla Shirer, with Cloris Leachman and Dennis Quaid.

A gripping reminder of the power of forgiveness, I CAN ONLY IMAGINE beautifully illustrates that no one is ever too far from God’s love—or from an eternal home in Heaven.

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Every One His Witness Workbook by Mark Wood

The Every One His Witness workbook accompanies the DVD (included in the kit) and delves deeper into the topics discussed there. Important points are highlighted, and and references to external resources for further information are included as well.

What is Every One His Witness?

Every One His Witness is a Lutheran evangelism program that teaches you to witness to your friends, coworkers, and any other nonchurched people you may know. Using the LASSIE approach to witnessing (listen, ask, seek, share, invite, and encourage), you will learn how to naturally share the Good News of Jesus Christ through relational, contextual witnessing.

What does this mean? It means listening to those who are unsure about Christianity. It means asking questions that aren’t accusatory. It means sharing the Good News about Jesus. Notice how there’s no bashing, no judgment, and no forced imposition of beliefs. Instead, there’s understanding, communication, and honesty between friends. And Every One His Witness teaches you how.

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Ishimwe Niryawe Yesu (Praise & Glory Be To You Jesus)

The translation of the song from Kinyarwanda into English is below. May your faith be enriched by this song focused on the hope that Christians have through Jesus Christ, the Saviour of the world.

Mwami Mana yacu
Waratuvinze, uturinda
Umujinya wa Satani
Uturindira muriyisi ishaje
Uraturinda ntitwapfa
Nubwo twahuye nibigeragaezo
Ninzitanye zibibazo
Byomiwisi
Wagaragaje ukuneesha kwawe
Uraturinda ntitwapfa,

Our Lord God
You kept us and protected us
from the wrath of the devil
you kept us in this aging world
Lord you kept us and we did not die
Though we met many trials and tribulations
and many world troubles
You showed your victory by protecting us from death, You showed your victory by protecting us from death

CHORUS:

Ishimwe niryawe, Ishimwe niryawe, Ishimwe niryawe yesu. ishimwe ishimwe niryawe ishimwe niryawe yesu X2
Praise and glory be to you Jesus, Praise and glory be to you Jesus, Praise and glory be to you Jesus, x2
Mwami tukweretse ababkozi bawe
Tukweretse itorero wironkeye
Tukweretse nabasubiye inyuma
Garura izo ntama zawe
Mukiza dufite agahinda kenshi
Ku bwabayoba bava mu byizerwa
Muriyi minsi kora ibitangaza
Bamenye ku dahinduka, Bamenye ku dahinduka

Lord we show you – you’re servants
We show you the charge that you redeemed
But also we show you those who have fallen/retreated
Lord return your ship
Savior we are so heart broken
For those that are leaving the faith
How we pray, that in thesedays you will perform miracles, so that the world may see that you are the God that never changes, you are the God that never changes

CHORUS

Indura zunvikaye mururu World
Amarira nokuboroga kwinshi
Ntakiza twakoze Mukiza Wacu
Kyaturmye uturinda akaga
Benshi waraba cyuye baratashye
Bararuhutse baranezerewe
Nta kabuza tuzabonana nabo
Mu birori byomwijuru, Mu birori byomwijuru

Many crys and yellings were hear in this world
A lot of tears and desperate pleading
There is nothing good we did, Our Savior
to deserve being protected from this horror
But we know, that you have taken many to Glory
They are rested and happy
And there is no doubt, that we shall see them someday
During the celebration in heaven, during the celebration in heaven

CHORUS

Imyaka ishyise ya saha wajenye
Ubwo tuzakubona uri mu bicu
Uzahamagara amazina yacu
Tuzagusanganira ubwo
Niwerckanwa ko tuzasa nawe
Uri kumwe nabo twatandukanye
Tuziruhutsa tugeze mwijuru
Halleluia iteka ryose, Halleluia iteka ryose

When the years come
At the very moment that you planned
When we see you in the skies, you will call our names
We shall come and meet you in the air
And when you are revealed, we know we shall be like you
At that time you will be with those that left us to be with you
When at last we get heaven born
And we will sing Halleluia, forever and ever
we will sing Halleluia, forever and ever

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