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B.A.S.I.C. #285

Volume 13, Issue 15 Augsburg Confession: New Obedience By Pastor Nathanael Mayhew The title for this article is “New Obedience”. While that term does not occur in our article, it is a good summary of what is being presented here. Note: Many of the titles we have for the articles of the Augsburg Confession in our Book


B.A.S.I.C. #283

Volume 13, Issue 13 The Augsburg Confession: Justification By Pastor Nathanael Mayhew The Chief Article This article on justification is the chief article in the entire confession. To the average reader it may not seem like this article is of great importance especially when one considers the brevity in which it is presented. But as


B.A.S.I.C. #282

Volume 13, Issue 12 The Augsburg Confession: Third Article By Pastor Nathanael Mayhew In Article 3 the reformers begin to set the foundation for what would be the pivotal articles in the Augsburg Confession. This article discusses the person and the work of Jesus, the Christ. A proper understanding of this article is vital for

B.A.S.I.C. #282

Volume 13, Issue 12 The Augsberg Confession: Third Article By Pastor Nathanael Mayhew In Article 3 the reformers begin to set the foundation for what would be the pivotal articles in the Augsburg Confession. This article discusses the person and the work of Jesus, the Christ. A proper understanding of this article is vital for


B.A.S.I.C. #278

Volume 13, Issue 8 The Catechisms of Luther By Pastor Nathanael Mayhew We have considered the ecumenical confessions of the early Christian church and have seen how the early church found it necessary to go into greater detail with their confessions and articles of faith in order to defend against error and false teaching, and

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B.A.S.I.C. #277

Volume 13, Issue 7 The Athanasian Creed By Pastor Nathanael Mayhew Whosoever will be saved, before all things it is necessary that he hold the Catholic faith. Which faith except every one do keep whole and undefiled, without doubt he shall perish everlastingly. And the Catholic faith is this, that we worship one God in


B.A.S.I.C. #275

Volume 13, Issue 5 The Apostles’ Creed By Pastor Nathanael Mayhew As Lutherans we state that the three ecumenical creeds (that is the Apostles’, Nicene and Athanasian) are true and an accurate statement of what we believe. As we study them, we notice that as each  developed they became successively longer, due to the devil


B.A.S.I.C. #274

Volume 13, Issue 4 The Book of Concord By Pastor Nathanael Mayhew What are the Lutheran Confessions? How are documents which were written hundreds of years ago – in another continent across the world – important or valuable for us today? What use should we make of them? In this series we will consider these


B.A.S.I.C. #270

Volume 12, Issue 15 B.A.S.I.C. –DECEMBER 2014   Greetings in the name and for the glory of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! Dear Brothers And Sisters In Christ, it is my privilege to write to you on behalf of the CLC Board of Missions. This past June, the CLC met in convention and discussed


B.A.S.I.C. #269

Volume 12, Issue 14 Immanuel by Pastor Emeritus Daniel J. Fleischer In the uniqueness of the divine God-head the pre-incarnate Son of God was Immanuel, even as He was Immanuel in His incarnate state, and is the God-Man Immanuel in His ascended state. As there never was a time when God was not, so there


B.A.S.I.C. #268

Volume 12, Issue 13 If you would like to download the 2015 Pericope, click on the link below.   The Lord is Coming by Missionary Matthew Ude Advent is here. Advent means “coming.” It is the season during which we wait and prepare for the coming of our Lord. This makes it the perfect time

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B.A.S.I.C. #267

Volume 12, Issue 12 [download id=”371″ format=”10″]   EXCERPTS FROM REGENERATION IN BAPTISM Originally written by Dimitri Quast for the Lutheran Free  Conference in Germany, August 29-31 2014 III) Baptism in the New Testament – The circumcision was a shadow in the Old Testament for the real covenant made by God with the human, namely the

BASIC Newsletter #261

Volume 12 Issue 5 [download id=”356″ format=”10″]   The series of articles on the SDA will resume next issue. The CLCI Seminary Pastor Jyothi Benjamin Psalms 103:21 “Bless the LORD, all you His hosts, You ministers of His, who do His pleasure.” Greeting! It’s been sixteen years since the CLCI Seminary has started and we

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BASIC Newsletter #257

B.A.S.I.C #257 Volume 12 Issue 2 [download id="347" format="10"] The Works of God Displayed And his disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” 3 Jesus answered, “It was not that this man sinned, or his parents, but that the works of God might be displayed in


BASIC Newsletter #256

B.A.S.I.C #256 Volume 12 Issue 1 [download id="346" format="10"] The Revelation of the Mystery Great indeed, we confess, is the mystery of godliness: He was manifested in the flesh, vindicated by the Spirit, seen by angels, proclaimed among the nations, believed on in the world, taken up in glory. (1Timothy 3:16 ESV) A mystery is




B.A.S.I.C. Newsletter #253

[download id=”340″ format=”10″] The Seven Prayers of Advent The ancient church there were seven special prayers which were used for one week proceeding Christmas, from Dec. 17 – 23. Each of these seven prayers begins with a different name from Christ. Because they all begin with an “O”, they are often referred to as the



[download id=”338″ format=”10″] New Missionary to India The LORD answered our prayers for a new foreign missionary to India when He called and led Pastor Ed Starkey to accept this calling in the Gospel ministry. Pastor Starkey, who is replacing Pastor David Koenig in India, will be working side by side with Pastor Matthew Ude.


B.A.S.I.C. #251

B.A.S.I.C. #251

[download id=”336″ format=”10″] The Solas of the Reformation Sailing at night without compass or GPS, North becomes the greatest direction. It can be found by the shinning of the polar star, and from it all other directions can be ascertained. The ship can then be sailed straight and true towards home. Although no doctrine of

Joint Asian Pastoral Conference

Dearly beloved in Christ, Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. 13th Joint Asian Pastoral Conference 9th to 11th October 2013 in Nidubrolu, India:- Once again it is a joy to see through this conference that everyone is connected in prayer and spiritual fellowship with such a unity. Every effort was

Foreign Missionary Commissioning

On Monday, September 23rd, the commissioning service for Pastor Ed Starkey as foreign missionary  to India was conducted at Messiah Lutheran Church in Eau Claire, WI. Pastor Michael Eichstadt, CLC President, addressed the assembly on the basis of Isaiah 66:18-22 with the theme “Proclaim the Wonders of Salvation!” Pastor Mark Gullerud, Secretary of the CLC

New CLC Missionary to India

The LORD answered our prayers for a new foreign missionary to India when He called and led Pastor Ed Starkey to accept this calling in the Gospel ministry. Pastor Starkey, who is replacing Pastor David Koenig in India, will be working side by side with Pastor Matthew Ude. While Pastor Koenig is retiring from his




BELC Expansion in India

We thank the Lord and the representatives of the CLC in convention and the Board of Missions for the support of new outreach. With the increased budget approved by the Convention, 174 men are in studies with our seven district chairmen. Pastor Ude and I teach some in those new studies, though the responsibility of

West Africa Visitation Report

Earlier this year Pastor Patrick Udo from Nigeria finished his earthly struggle and was taken home by the Lord. Missionary Matthew Ude accompanied by Pastor Todd Ohlmann, chairman of the Board of Missions, flew to Nigeria at the end of June for the pur-pose of representing the CLC at Pastor Udo’s funeral. It was unfortunate


2012 CLCI June 15th saw the 14th graduation from the seminary with 12 men sent into the field. July-Aug. & Nov.- Pastor Ude and Prof. Ude taught and preached in the CLCI. Feb.-Mar.- Pastor Koenig taught and preached in the CLCI.Year 2012 BELC March saw Mr. and Mrs. Duden visit the chairmen and congregations. Vanessa

January 2012

January 2012 – 1st West Africa CLC Pastoral Conference Missionary Matthew Ude joined the pastors and members from our fellow church bodies in West Africa for a joint conference in Badagari Nigeria. Members from the NCLC in Nigeria, the EELCT in Togo, and one young man from Ghana were present. Following is a list of


CLCI Graduation from the Seminary took place for 14 men on June 15th. Dave Lueck, mission helper, was able to teach and preach in various situations. Five CLCI men attended the Joint Asian English Pastoral Conf. in Chennai Oct. 13-14 BELC Graduation from MLBS for 18 men took place Feb. 28th. Dave Lueck, mission helper,


CLCI Flood relief monies were sent in late 2009 and 2010 to assist CLCI members. Pastor David Baker came in January and preached and taught. June 15th graduation saw twelve men graduate for service in the ministry. Joint Leaders’ Conference was held at Nellore with BELC and HCLCN in October. This year began the two

CLC Mission Development Fund — MDF

We look to the Lord to bless the CLC with the financial means and willing spirits to do all that we can to satisfy the many legitimate requests for help. The MDF has proven to be a great blessing over the years in financing various projects and needs in our mission fields. While many requests

Travelling VBS — 2010 Report

The Lord once again has blessed the efforts of the many who volunteered in the Traveling Vacation Bible School (TVBS) program for the summer of 2010. Only the Lord knows for sure how to measure success; we can only guess. Here are some numbers that we are using to suggest that the program this summer

Mission Visitation to East Africa

After a recent visitation, part-time visiting foreign missionary Nathanael Mayhew of Zion, Atlanta,GA, reports: “We thank the Lord for the many faithful pastors and leaders He has provided for His church in East Africa who serve the Lord with joy and zeal. These men have a desire to grow in the Word and to teach


June Pastor E E Essien president of NCLC is called home to his Lord. August Pastor Matthew Ude returns to Nigeria early to be there for the victory service of Pastor E. E. Essien. Due to militant activity Pastor Ude’s normal visitation routine is disrupted, but thanks to God there is no more serious problems.

August 2010

Pastor Ude returns to Ghana briefly. Pastor Gideon travels to Togo to be present for the last half of the week of teaching in Togo. Pastor Ude and Pastor Gideon return to Ghana for a few days and visit Pastor Gideon’s congregation.

December 2009

Dec ’09 Gideon accompanies Pastor Ude on his visit to Togo, for an open pastoral conference with Pastor Kossi and the pastors of the NCLC from the Lagos area.

November 2009

Pastor Matthew Ude returns to Nigeria. Pastor Eric and Pastor Essien Michael join Pastor Ude in an open pastoral conference in Lome Togo. Plans are made to make visits regular between Togo, Ghana, and the western churches of Nigeria.

2009 (CLCI)

Mission Helpers came and worked to assist in July. They were: Peter Evensen, Dorena nd Katie Wiechmann. June 15th saw the graduation from the three year program with both missionaries present. Twelve graduated. Oct. 1-2 saw representatives attend the Joint Leaders’ Conf. in Nellore.

2009 (BELC)

Graduation from MLBS (1st) took place on Feb. 20th with both missionaries present. Sixteen men graduated. Mission Helpers came and worked at MLBS and in the districts in July. They were: Pastors Frank Gantt, Todd Ohlmann, Stephen Eichstadt, Mike Naumann, Josh Ohlmann, Jackie Schwersinske, Johanna Reim, Carly Meyer. October 1-2 saw the Joint Leaders’ Meeting


January — Pastor Gideon was visited by Pastors Ude and Koenig. Gideon continues to try to support himself with grants from the CLC. He has some contacts in Tema and Accra. Pastor Ude will now take over the visitation and contact here. December — Pastor Ude visits with Pastor Gideon.


NCLC January — Pastors Ude and Koenig visited the field and went over the work we do jointly with our brothers. Three graduated from the institute and two students remain in the five year program. Work at Bauchi among Muslims was ended as there was no result. Pastor Matthew Ude will now be taking over

2008 (BELC)

February – Pastor M. Ude arrives to work in India. April-May – Mission Helper, Larry Dassow, works in various capacities in the church including a trip to the Andamans assisting there. April – November – Joint District Conferences are held throughout the BELC to assist in district fellowship connections with each other. Oct. 9-10 – Joint

2008 (CLCI)

February – Pastor M. Ude arrived to work in India. June – Pastors Ude and Ohlmann attend the CLCI Seminary graduation of the largest class yet of 14 also celebrating the 10th anniversary of the school. October 9-10 – Joint Leaders’ Meeting is held in Nellore between the CLCI and BELC leaders to consider the

2007 (CLCI)

–The seminary graduated(9th year) 12 on June 15th. -Mission Helpers worked from July 10 to Aug. 1. They were: Pastor Baker,  Sandy Baker, Heidi Maas, Kate Friedrichs, Whitney Martin, and Aprill Lillo -Joint English Conference was attended in Sept. -Missionary was in the field Feb. 12 to July 21, Sept. 12 to Oct. 21.

2007 (BELC)

–A Bible School was started at Nagalapuram on Feb. 20 with 19 students to go for two years. -Mission Helpers worked in the various districts from July 10 to Aug. 1. The helpers were: Pastor Todd Ohlmann, Pastor David Reim, Mike Gurath, David Lueck, Rick Nelson,    Alison Hansen,  Lee Klammer, Laura Hulke, Danielle Beekman and Danielle Ryan -The Joint


Crown of Glory Lutheran Church Due to time factors the missionary was only able to meet with Pastor Gideon one day at Accra as well as with some other interested parties. It appears that the congregation in Denu may be disbanding as Pastor Gideon is trying to get work in Tema/Accra area.


There was a visitation to the field by the missionary in Jan-Feb.


At the close of ’06 there were: 20 pastors, 4 students in the institute, and 8 children in the children’s home. We continue with the four supported missions: Lagos, Port Harcourt, Bauchi, Badagry. The visit of the missionary was postponed to Jan. of ’07 due to visa problems.

2006 (CLCI)

June – Six graduated from the seminary at Nidubrolu. Thirty-two are enrolled. September – Joint Pastoral Conference was held in Guntur from the 27th to 29th. October – Pastors Ohlmann and J. Fleischer worked at Nidubrolu.

2006 (BELC)

September began the planting for the 8.2 acre paddy land purchased by the CLC as a self-help project. September saw pastors attending the Joint Pastoral Conference held at Guntur. October was a time for Pastors Ohlmann and J. Fleischer to work in the areas supervised by Pastors Victor and Moses.


Missionary and Pastor Gideon conferred briefly on the work. Hopefully several young men can complete study of the catechism and differences with other churches to attend NCLC Bible Institute next year. New work is starting in Accra.


January 11-May 26 Mission helper Scott Schiermeister functioned in a variety of ways in Nigeria among the brethren. January. 7 – May 31, December 2-15 The missionary was on the field. Seven enrolled in the Institute with a change to come in January 2006. February 12 Five graduated from the Institute, one of which (Eyo)

2005 (CLCI)

January – Pastor Ohlmann on the field with help for victims of December tsunami February 22 – Missionary Koenig called and accepted call to work shifted to India as base. June – Six men graduated and 32 are enrolled in the Seminary. June 26-July 20 – Mission Helpers Paul Nolting (in seminary), Kristen Nolting, Linsey

2005 (BELC)

January – Pastor Ohlmann on the field with help for victims of December tsunami. February 22 – Missionary Koenig called and accepted call to work shifted to India as base. June 26-July 20 – Mission Helpers Nathanael Mayhew, Peter Evensen, Mike Gurath, Paul Tiefel III, Todd Ohlmann, Candy Ohlmann, Liz Povolny, Tamar Reim and Josh


Crown of Glory Lutheran Church Work started in Tema – Roofed worship area in Denu – New man, Agossou, joining as pastor. Missionary in the field in June and November.

2004 (CLCI)

September 8-10 – Joint English Pastoral Conference was held in Guntur October 23 – A dedication of the second floor (for students and orphan boys) was held. December 26 – A Tsunami hit the east coast of India and Pastor Ohlmann came over to assist with word and work. Statistics – The CLCI has approximately

2004 (BELC)

September – New Districts started last year of Vaniyambadi, Renigunta, Kadapa were busy stabilizing.  A new study group was started in Chennai. August 16-November 18 – Missionary in the field on three circuits of the six study centers.  Forty-eight congregations were visited.  Aug.-Sept. – Pastor Ohlmann worked in the field for several weeks. September 8-10 Men


January 26 The school year began with eleven in the four year program and no new students in the probationary year. March 16 Pastor Matthew Gurath, wife Priscilla and son Jed were in Nigeria for three months. April 4 Patrick Johnny was ordained to do work among the Muslims in the north. Previously, he and


Pastor Gideon has moved to the outskirts of Denu due to several problems. A Bible study was held with several people. The missionary was there in April.


January 27 Began new school year with 3 first year students and 11 four year students. May The second house at the new site, for Pastor Udo, was dedicated to the glory of God by Pastor Stewart and the students and pastors. May 8-July 2 Pastor Karl Stewart was in Nigeria teaching and preaching, in

November 2003

Pastor and Mrs. Koenig visited Gideon. A $300 loan was made to Gideon for trading. He will be investigating working in the ministry and in business in the area where his wife is staying with her mother.

2003 (BELC)

July 15-August 5 — Mission Helpers Evensen, Busse and Owings arrive.  Peter Evensen teaches at Nagalapuram and Nellore centers.  The two young ladies conduct VBS in ten congregations covering over 700 children.  The Jesus video is shown in connection with the VBS. July — The CLC sets up the Jesus Video Film Ministry for BELC to use.

2003 (CLCI)

June — Nidubrolu Bible Institute graduated another class.  Seventeen are in the new school year. July 15-August 5 — Mission Helpers Evensen, Busse and Owings arrive.  The two young ladies spend time with the orphans going over material used in VBS.  Peter Evensen teaches in the seminary. July-October — Missionary goes on three circuits during which he teaches

June 2003

Pastor Karl Stewart met with Pastor Gideon on the work.

December 2002

December 14 Graduation service for Benedict and Antai from the Bible Institute.

November 2002

The missionary made a brief visit to Denu with Pastor Gideon on the work. The international school with its proprietor, Daniel, have opted to bring in charismatics and exclude Gideon from teaching.

2002 (CLCI)

March — VBS was held in several stations with a total attendance of 915. June — The Bible Institute graduated three men.  Attendance for the new year was sixteen. September 25-27 — The Second Joint English Pastoral Conference was held at Guntur with Pastor Mark Bohde, of Thailand, as chairman. October 14-17 — Mission Helper, Tim Schreyer, visited congregations

2002 (BELC)

January 23-February 6 — The missionary was sent to sift through to ascertain the truth and then to salvage our work there for Him.  Pastor Bas finally admitted his sin and asked for forgiveness.  The missionary assured him of it.  The missionary asked for Pastor Bas to resign his presidency of the BELC for the best

April 2002

April 1-4 Mike and Mary Thom and over a dozen NCLC people carried out our first Vacation Bible School in an attempt to do child evangelism. The final attendance was 187. This first VBS was carried out at Efa. April 6 Mike and Mary Thom, mission helpers, left Lagos, returning to the USA.

March 2002

Since it appears that Gideon is located for the time being in Denu, Ghana (across the border from Togo), our work is now in Ghana also. During this visit the studies continued and there was discussion on outreach. Pastor Gideon holds services at the humble school with attendance at about 15. He also goes to

January 2002

Classes began at the Bible Institute with: 3 new students, 12 in the four-year program, 1 in a six-month program to determine if he could be recommended for the ministry, having completed nearly the full five years. January 25 While for the first dedication of buildings at the new site, around three hundred people came

December 2001

December 7 After 7 or 8 calls were extended for a second missionary, the Mission Board asked Mike and Mary Thom to come to Nigeria as missionary helpers. They arrived in Port Harcourt on December 7th and left from Lagos on April 6, 2002. December 15 A retirement service was held for Pastor E.E. Essien,

2001 (BELC)

July 19-21 — The first Joint English Pastoral Conference was held at Chennai. July-August — Mission helpers Nathan Greve and Karl Koenig worked with the orphans at Uthukottai. Pastor Ohlmann and M. Schierenbeck, and Peter Evensen taught, and preached at Nellore and Uthukottai. Pastor Ohlmann took a mission trip with Pastor Bas to the Andamans.

2001 (CLCI)

July-August — Mission Helpers came from the USA to assist the brethren. Pastor Mike Schierenbeck and Peter Evensen taught at the seminary at Nidubrolu, preached in the congregations and worked with the orphans. July 19-21 — The First Joint English Pastoral Conference was held at Chennai with six representatives from the CLCI, five mission helpers

April-May 2001

Missionary trip involved the following locations: Ghana – Visits, discussions and giving of theological books to Pastor Gideon and Daniel (proprietor of a private school). Togo — Unable to visit new contact Kossi, at this time. Kenya — Visits, discussions and giving of theological books to Pastor Samson and people of CLC Etago where 40

April 2001

The new buildings of the NCLC at the new site in Efa were dedicated to the glory of God. The cost was well under $5,000.

March 2001

The NCLC board called, among others: First Missionary to Lagos – Pastor Bassey Teacher to replace Pastor Essien at the Bible Institute – Pastor Edwin Missionary to Badagry – Pastor Essien Michael.

January 2001

The first volunteers for the NCLC arrived to help in Nigeria. Martin and Larry Hansen worked for a month, completely remodeling a house for a second missionary. Up to 18 Nigerian volunteers helped each day.

December 2000

Pastor and Mrs. Koenig visited contacts in Togo (Ghana), Mike evidently would not be joining us.  Further discussions were held with Gideon.  We also met with Daniel, the proprietor of a private school where Gideon was the sole religious instructor.  Daniel asked for assistance with his 350-student school.  Work with Gideon will be carried on

October 2000

Pastor Essien Michael, who had been trained in our five-year program in Nigeria but had left us, asked for re-entry. After doctrinal discussions, he was admitted back into fellowship in the NCLC. For this and much more, we praise our Lord.

2000 (BELC)

January — BoM members, Pastor Bruce Naumann and Mr. Jack Mayhew, accompanied by Missionary Koenig conducted a visitation in both the BELC and the CLCI.  This allowed the board members a fuller understanding of some of the intricacies as well as the scope of the work. July — The missionary visited the new field in the Nicobar

2000 (CLCI)

January — BoM members, Pastor Bruce Naumann and Mr. Jack Mayhew, accompanied by Pastor Koenig conducted a visitation. This allowed the board members a fuller understanding of some of the intricacies as well as the scope of the work. June — The first two graduates of the seminary were Isaiah and Jacob. Jacob went out

June-August 1999

The first extended period of time in India of preaching and teaching in the field was carried out by the missionary in both the BELC and the CLCI. During this time, volunteers Lawrence and Natasha Bade and David Povolny helped in the field.  Lawrence and David preached and taught pastors and seminary students in the BELC

Summer 1998

Volunteer Karen Strike spent a month working with the orphans at Nidubrolu (CLCI), especially helping them with English.

May 1998

Pastor Jyothi Benjamin began his Bible Institute program on a two-year basis at Nidubrolu. Previously in the BELC, Pastor Bas had started his Martin Luther School two-year training program at Uthukottai in 1990.

February 1998

A preliminary visit was made by Pastor Koenig to the field to prepare to move there.

February 1998

The called missionary to Nigeria was to work about three months in India each year. A preliminary visit of holding seminars and visiting congregations was conducted.


July  Seminarian Todd Ohlmann and Pastor Koenig carried out a visitation.  They recommended to the Board of Missions that a resident missionary be again called. November  Pastor Koenig accepted the call to Nigeria, with time also to be spent each year in India.

July 1997

A visitation was carried out to India by seminarian Todd Ohlmann and Pastors Walter Schaller and David Koenig. The new field of the BELC at Nellore was visited and meetings held with the preachers who want to affiliate. Many recommendations were made to the BoM, especially in the area of training of preachers in India.

December 1996

Pastor Gurgel ended his term of service. The Mission Board decided to try to have the mission operate without a missionary present.

August 1995

The Kinship Committee approved sponsorship of 15 orphans taken care of by Pastor Bas outside of Madras. The number of orphans at Nidubrolu under Pastor Benjamin was 35 at this time. Project Kinship continues to operate under the Scripture direction of James 1:27 to visit orphans in their affliction. One of the men of the

January 1994

A visitation team of Pastors Daniel Fleischer and Mark Bohde was sent by the BoM “to give encouragement to our brethren…and provide us with a better understanding of the Lord’s work that we are sharing in…”.  They returned, reporting “…most distressing beyond the physical poverty we saw was the spiritual poverty that holds the masses

June 1992

It was reported to us that the CLCI had over 30 congregations of approximately 5,000 souls. In 25 years of work by Pastor Benjamin, nearly 8,000 souls have been baptized. We were assisting in the care of 25 orphans at Nidubrolu. The BELC consisted of approximately 2,000 souls. Pastor Bas was still working outside of

January 1991

Pastor Paul Gurgel, his wife and three children arrived on the field, having accepted the call. Pastor Gurgel served for two terms, having been called once and then again by the Mission Board. During his service, the Bible Institute graduated the first class to go the five years. Several men also graduated in the succeeding

November 1990

Pastor Koenig left the field, having resigned for personal reasons.

Spring 1990

A cyclone ravaged the area where our sister church, the CLCI, is located. There was extensive damage to property. The Kinship Committee, upon learning of this immediately sent over $3,000, sure that our people would respond to this need. Pastor David Koenig was sent to the ravaged area to consult with Pastor Benjamin on how

September 1989

Jyothi Benjamin began his courses at ILC and, upon finishing the two year program returned to India in July 1991.

June 1989

The two evangelists who have served with Pastor Essien for 14 years and completed part of the Institute program were ordained.

February 1989

Pastor Norbert Reim, who had served for fifteen years in Nigeria, and Mr. Lee Krueger carried out a visitation. At the conclusion of this year we could look back and praise God that the Missionary/Expatriate Quota Number was granted by the Nigerian government and that the missionary gained resident status.

February 1989

A visitation team of Pastor Norbert Reim and Mr. Lee Krueger (member of the BoM) visited our sister churches in India.  Besides reporting that they thoroughly enjoyed every day they were over there, they came back with recommendations, which were carried out.  They recommended that three more acres be purchased, to add to the two

January 1989

Ever since the arrival of the resident missionary, the work with the government was going on to obtain a church missionary quota number. Without this number, no foreign missionary could work with the NCLC. The missionary could be required to leave Nigeria at any time. Finally, all necessary papers were completed and forwarded to the

December 1988

In February of this year, the government notified the Institute that the state government must approve it. In December the state government gave notice of its approval.

January 1988

The Bible Institute began its second year of operation with three students in the first year (one completed the course and was passed into the next year) and with eight students in the second year. During this year, two new preaching stations were started.

Easter 1987

It was determined that Patrick Udo was sincere in his desire to serve the Lord in the NCLC ministry. The NCLC Board aurhorized his ordination, which took place at the Nya congregations.

January 1987

Classes at the Lutheran Bible Institute began. This school was set up to train pastors for the ministry in the NCLC. Pastors Essien and Koenig taught with the help of Mr. Patrick Udo. It was to have one year of preparatory studies followed by a three-year course of a modified seminary program. Of the 12

September 1986

The CLC’s first resident missionary arrived in Nigeria to take up the work. Pastor David Koenig, his wife and five children located at Efa Anyam, Etinan, Cross River State. The congregations and preaching stations numbering 12 were visited. Meeting after meeting was held concerning the split. In early 1987 the Ibeno group was clearly no

July 1986

The CLC in convention formally recognized that confessional fellowship existed between us and Pastor Bas and the Bharath Ev. Lutheran Church (BELC). As of this date the CLCI consisted of 22 pastors and 35 congregations representing about 2,800 souls. The BELC consisted of two pastors serving six congregations with approximately 300 souls.

November 1985

Visas were applied for to enter India. Different avenues to gain entrance were investigated but proved unworkable. The BoM decided to send the missionary to Nigeria.

January 1985

Calling a missionary to India began. Pastor David Koenig accepted the call. When it appeared that we would not be able to get the missionary into India, the Board of Missions decided to send the missionary to Nigeria instead.

January 1985

Calling of a missionary to India began. As developments proceeded that year, David Koenig accepted the call.

Late 1984

A Bible correspondence course, developed by Pastor Bertram Naumann, was advertised in several newspapers in India, with CLC laypeople then correcting the mailed worksheets.  A Mr. V.S. Willard led many young people through the course in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh.

July 1984

The CLC Convention formally recognized that “the Holy Spirit has established fellowship between the CLC and the CLCI.  With grateful hearts we praise His holy name…”  The convention authorized the construction of an orphanage building to house 25-30 orphans.  Though the cost eventually ran somewhat higher, the first estimate for land and building was $11,327. 

January 1984

The situation within the Church was not improving due to several factors, one of which was that no resident missionary was present. A visitation team of Pastors Norbert Reim and David Koenig visited the remaining congregations and held discussions with the leaders. A split within the NCLC was manifest, both before and after the visitation

January 1984

A visitation team was sent ot India, consisting of Pastors Norbert Reim and David Koenig. They were to hold doctrinal discussions with Pastor Bas at Trivandrum and visit Pastor Benjamin and his people. Discussion disclosed an agreement on the teachings discussed and a willingness of Pastor Bas to continue in the Word.

April 1983

Based upon doctrinal agreement with V.S. Benjamin’s Church of the Lutheran Confession of India (CLCI), and with a prayer for a missionary to be sent, the BoM authorized the purchase of a Mission House in Nidubrolu at a cost of $9,500.  The building was then used as a residence for Pastor Benjamin and as a

January 1983

A visitation team representing the CLC embarked for India to investigate the field of labor around Nidubrolu, Guntur District, Andhra Pradesh State, India. The team consisted of John Rohrbach and Pastors David Schierenbeck and David Koenig. They held doctrinal discussions with V.S. Benjamin in which it was observed that we were in doctrinal agreement and

July 1982

The BoM in a supplementary report to the CLC convention made mention of a meeting with John, correspondence with both John and the contact in India, Mr. Benjamin, a West Central Conference Memorial on the issue, and a projected budget for the effort. The report stated, “Recognizing the apparent mission opportunity the Lord may be

Initial Contact

The CLC Board of Missions (BoM) received a letter from John Rohrbach, a member of Zion, Ipswich, S.D., dated Dec. 10, 1981. In it he wrote, “This past summer I went to Sri Lanka and India… While there I became sick and was hospitalized for ten days. During my stay at the hospital a schoolmaster

March 1980

Recognizing that correspondence was not doing the job of keeping in touch with our sister church, a visitation team of Pastors Egbert Albrecht and P.F. Nolting visited the churches and held discussions with the leaders. The number of congregations had declined to 27. There were serious internal problems in the church. After assessing the report,

September 1977

The NCLC had applied for a government registration number. This was a prerequisite to eventually apply for overseas missionaries. After much work and time on the part of NCLC members, the church was incorporated and registered with the Federal Government.

Late 1974

Patrick Udo with his wife and infant daughter arrived in the USA to begin his studies at Immanuel Lutheran College to prepare for the ministry. He had been chosen by the visitation team to come to the USA for training. At this time also, it appeared difficult to get a missionary into Nigeria from our

April 1974

Pastor E.E. Essien and several stations that he served addressed a letter to the CLC inquiring of affiliation. Pastor Essien had been trained at the old Synodical Conference school at Obot Idim. It seemed this would be a real doctrinal boost to the group now calling itself the Nigerian Church of the Lutheran Confessions (NCLC).

January 1974

In answer to this request, which was forwarded to the CLC Board of Missions, a visitation team of Pastors Carl Thurow and Norbert Reim traveled to Nigeria and visited the churches and individuals that voiced interest in the CLC through Oscar. It was determined by this visitation that here was a mission field in which

Initial Contact

In the early 1970’s Oscar Erpenstein of St. Stephen’s of San Francisco came into contact with certain Nigerian students schooling in the USA. He showed them the truth from God’s Word. When they returned to Nigeria, contact did not stop with these students of the Word. Oscar continued to correspond with them and their friends

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