2009 – Initial Contact
Pastor Liberty Atawa first learned about the CLC through internet searches and was led to contact the CLC via email. Correspondence began with Pastor Todd Ohlmann. Following the initial correspondence, Pastor Mark Gullerud led Pastor Atawa through a correspondence course.
Pastor Todd Ohlmann, Pastor Matthew Ude, and Pastor Ibrahim (from Zambia) spent several days visiting Pastor Atawa in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. While they were there they conducted a seminar for several independent evangelists who were living and working in the Bulawayo area. They presented an overview of CLC doctrine using the CLC Statement of Faith and Purpose as an outline. Individuals in attendance expressed their agreement with CLC doctrine and requested ongoing training in the Word.
The number of evangelists in training has decreased since the initial meetings due to the fact that the CLC does not pay salaries and the prevalence of Pentecostalism in the area where they are working.
Funding from the MDF was approved for Pastor Ibrahim from Zambia to travel to Bulawayo every-other month to conduct pastoral training seminars.
Because of false accusations from other churches and pastors in Zimbabwe that Pastor Ibrahim was bringing money from the U.S. and Pastor Atawa was not sharing it with the evangelists being trained, Pastor Atawa asked that Pastor Ibrahim no longer visit Zimbabwe on a regular basis and that funding be suspended. Pastor Mark Gullerud continues to send sermons and other materials via email.