B.A.S.I.C. NEWSLETTER #205
I Cor.. 16:9 ‘For a wide door for effective work has opened to me, and there are many adversaries.’
November 30, 2011
Mark Bohde and his son Carlton, when finishing work in Myanmar with the CLCM will be proceeding to Thailand to investigate possibilities of the resumption of work there. Pray for this success.
Most recently Mark and his family lived and served in Thailand from 1999-2005. It was in 2005 that they had to return stateside due to Mark’s deteriorating health. Many of us have been praying for his complete recovery.
“… We have pastoral meetings on a monthly basis and we are studying the different published books provided by the CLC and as well doctrinal essays. This year we have published Luther’s Small Catechism in Nepali and we have studied it through. The pastoral meetings were very interesting and informative for the men. Our pastors from remote villages come and study with us and it helps enrich their understandings of the work of the kingdom of God.
Sometimes we have pastors and leaders coming from the Tibetan border as well and we go there too to preach. It is very strict to preach in the Tibet land. We are praying and working though the results seem negligible because of the bondage and resistive heart of the people…Our pastoral meetings are arranged in locations like Kathmandu, Hetauda and Chitwan.
…Mission Helpers from the CLC visited 18 different locations and did a great job on child evangelism. Many children were blessed in this campaign and we are very happy to initiate this type of new program to different communities and people groups. Altogether more than 1500 children were evangelized. The team taught children from the Seven C’s – Creation, Corruption, Catastrophe, Confusion, Christ, Cross, Consummation…We have church conferences/seminars for the church leaders as well as the believers. Pastor JB mostly travels to different mission stations and leads the conferences…The conferences done this year were in these places: Kathmandu, Hetauda, Nijghad, Chitwan, Shaktikhor, Tatopani(near Tibet), Butwal, Dhading. Altogether in these conferences the participants exceeded 3000..
- Acts 8:18 “Now when Simon saw that the Spirit was given through the laying on of the apostles’ hands…”
- Acts 19:6 “And when Paul laid his hands upon them, the Holy Spirit came on them; and they spoke with tongues and prophesied.”
- Acts 28:8”…and Paul visited him and prayed, and putting his hands on him healed him.”
- At Antioch in sending out Paul and Barnabas – Acts. 13:3 “Then after fasting and praying they laid their hands on them and sent them off.”
- In the Jerusalem congregation in commissioning the seven to their service – Acts 6:6 “These they set before the apostles, and they prayed and laid their hands upon them.” It should be remembered that Stephen and Philip, two of the seven, also were given power.
- 1 Tim. 4:14 “Do not neglect the gift you have, which was given you by prophetic utterance when the elders laid their hands upon you.”
There is no command for us to lay on hands, but it is a fine custom. Its symbolism is clear in that the blessing or gift of office comes from above as in the hand upon the head. Jesus gives us the example we can follow, “Then children were brought to Him that He might lay His hand on them and pray…” Mt. 19:13