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Friday (21st) – Pray for CLC Thailand

Friday (21st) – Pray for CLC Thailand

In partnership with the Bible League, CLC has published an affordable and easy to read Thai Bible. The project has taken longer than anticipated and the Bibles finally arrived in Chiang Mai in August. Pray that they will be a blessing as they are distributed.
Praise the Lord for a new member of staff, Ruchadapain, for the Chiang Mai shop. She started in August and from her first week was making a positive impact in the shop. 
This has been a great encouragement for Don and Betsy Veldboom, ‘retired’ missionaries from the USA, who are currently helping to lead the CLC ministry here.
We urgently need to sell CLC’s property in Bangkok, and then the one in Chiang Mai. The money released will mean debts can be paid, and a new suitable property in Chiang Mai acquired for the bookshop. 
Thursday (20th) – Pray for CLC Myanmar

Thursday (20th) – Pray for CLC Myanmar

We praise God that we have been able to publish, print, import and distribute the Myanmar Study Bible. We thank the Lord for His provision to be able to do this.
Our prayer requests are: for wisdom as we work in a world that moves and changes so fast; for the hand of the Lord to be seen in the daily situations we face; and that we would give glory to God in all that we do.
Wednesday (19th) – Pray for CLC USA

Wednesday (19th) – Pray for CLC USA

The lease for the bookshop in Moorestown expires next February. Since the mall where we are located is experiencing a decrease in customer traffic, we are already looking for other options nearby. It will be a challenge to find a place where customers will easily find us.
Another challenge is deciding the best size for the new store. We want our customers to feel comfortable, and have a good choice of stock, but we are seriously considering downsizing.
Tuesday (18th) – Pray for CLC USA

Tuesday (18th) – Pray for CLC USA

Following a sabbatical period earlier this year, Dave Almack has moved on from his role as the National Director for CLC, and an opportunity has opened up for him to work with P&R Publishing. Please pray for Dave and Debra as they adjust to all the changes after many years’ service with CLC. We are grateful for all they have done with, and for, CLC.  
David Scouler, who has served with CLC in a number of countries over the years (most recently in the UK), is now acting National Director for the next few months. David will work with the team on a number of issues including establishing a new leadership structure to facilitate the sustainability and growth of the ministry in the years ahead. David has had heart surgery recently so pray for stamina and good health as well. 
Monday (17th) – Pray for CLC Canada

Monday (17th) – Pray for CLC Canada

Our distribution branch is now in recovery mode, having lost thousands of dollars in previous years. We are not yet stable however, and profitability is yet to come. Please pray for a complete recovery.
We have also gone through a significant organisational crisis in recent years, and came close to ceasing all our activities. However, for the past two years we have seen a noticeable improvement in our situation, and feel we are coming out of the crisis, for which we thank the Lord.  
The Weekend (15th/16th) – Pray for CLC UK

The Weekend (15th/16th) – Pray for CLC UK

Across the whole of retail, the number of shop closures in the UK, which includes many major and well-known names, has been dramatic this year. This is due to the move online, and the unsustainable costs of physical shops. CLC is caught up in this and has had to close our bookshops in Tonbridge, Coventry and Newcastle this year. We have moved the Sheffield shop to a smaller, more central location next to the Cathedral. Please pray with us that we will find the right model to be effective and sustainable for the future. The UK Trustees meet for two days next week. Please pray for them, as they are very involved in the decision-making. 
Thank you Lord for the steady stream of testimonies from customers who have found ‘just the right book’ or have seen a book making the difference in someone’s life. We want this to continue!
Friday (14th) - Pray for CLC Switzerland

Friday (14th) - Pray for CLC Switzerland

Thank God that last June we, together with two other organisations, were able to arrange a conference with a pastor from Israel. Attendance at all three seminars was encouraging, and people seemed very enthusiastic about the event.

Now, for October, we are planning an event in the bookshop to highlight the work of Compassion International. Please pray that this event will be well attended, that people will be encouraged to support this ministry and that more people will discover CLC at the same time!


Thursday (13th) – Pray for CLC Russia

Thursday (13th) – Pray for CLC Russia

Praise the Lord for the arrival of the Tabernacle book, a joint project with CLC Korea and the Redemptive History Center. 
Currently we are planning to publish the New Evidence that Demands a Verdict – a combined and updated Volume 1&2 of the book by Josh McDowell. We are praying for God’s help in this big project.
Sales in the Moscow bookshop have been in decline since Easter, which has been a concern. Praise God for signs of sales levelling during August. Please pray for better sales during the last quarter of 2018.
Wednesday (12th) – Pray for CLC Poland

Wednesday (12th) – Pray for CLC Poland

Praise the Lord that sales continue to grow although we only have one bookshop - in Katowice. Much of this is due to publishing and selling our own CLC books to individual customers and other bookshops throughout the country. In addition, our old website is still functioning and even growing, though it really needs to be renewed.
Please pray for our publishing department, which has grown significantly over the past 6 years. We have 38 titles in print including books by Josh McDowell, A.W. Tozer, Francis Chan, Corrie Ten Boom and John Stott. We need wisdom to pick the right titles that not only have an important message but that will potentially sell well. We also need to find extra storage space for the books as the back of our shop is almost full!
Tuesday (11th) – Pray for CLC Hungary

Tuesday (11th) – Pray for CLC Hungary

We are thrilled that the last three titles we published are already bestsellers… 10 Boys [and the book 10 Girls] that Changed the World by Christian Focus and Fervent by Priscilla Shirer - which is selling well on line too and was highlighted by a popular speaker at a major conference for women in Hungary. We are now planning to publish Awaken, also by Priscilla Shirer.
Please pray for the bookshop in Miskolc. Since staff member Hugi retired the shop has only been open part time. Please pray for the right co-worker for Eva so the shop can open full time again, both for the benefit of our customers and for our sales.
Monday (10th) – Pray for CLC Bulgaria

Monday (10th) – Pray for CLC Bulgaria

We have to reorganise the company structure to avoid paying unnecessary taxes. This is taking a lot of our time and involves a lot of people. Please pray that we will get all the paperwork in order as soon as possible as this is a big distraction for the work.
We are in the process of publishing the book Not a Fan by Kyle Idleman. We are looking forward to its publication but the work has slowed down due to different staff members taking holidays. Please pray that we will be able to link up the various people involved in the project so that we can publish the book soon.

The Weekend (8th/9th) – Pray for CLC Japan

Summer this year has been a difficult time for people in Japan. In just one week, during July, at least 65 people died of heatstroke and many thousands were admitted to hospital. Heavy rainfall also led to flooding, mudslides and fatalities. Please pray that CLC can minister through Bibles, books and testimony to many people who are tired and feeling hopeless in such situations. 
Pray too for the CLC team, some of them are nearing retirement, as there are also health issues and other problems. 
Praise God for good sales of a new translation of the Japanese Bible last year. However, generally sales are still not enough, and the work has suffered financially for quite a while. Pray for wisdom, encouragement and God’s strength for the team. 

Friday (7th) – Pray for CLC Korea

CLC Korea’s ministry is centred on publishing and they have hundreds of titles. Please pray that some of the older stock in the warehouse would sell/move. Although CLC Korea does not deal in retail, they have a small bookshop in the headquarters for their own titles. Pray that more people would find this place, and for new outlets for our books in churches, seminaries and bookshops. The majority of CLC Korea’s books are on the deeper Christian life and theological study books.
At the time of writing, there is also a need for more staff on the team – for editing and in the warehouse.

Thursday (6th) – Pray for CLC Pakistan

Please pray for Sohail Javed, the manager of the bookshop in Karachi, and his co-workers Khalid and Habeel as they work together and seek to share the Good News in their country. Every year, during the last week in September, there is a major Christian convention in Sialkot. CLC will once again have a book table there. Pray for preparations, the journey with the books (it’s about 1,500 km from Karachi) and good sales and contacts at this event. 

Wednesday (5th) – Pray for CLC Philippines

CLC Philippines will be participating again in the annual Manila International Book Fair that will be held from the 12th to 16th of September. It is the biggest book fair in the country and CLC will have 8 stands at the event. Please pray for the final preparations, for favourable weather (it is the rainy season now and there can be typhoons in September) and for strength and good health for the staff and volunteers. Pray too for encouraging contacts with visitors to the fair, and for good sales.
CLC Philippines has a partnership with Josh McDowell Ministry, and is publishing some of Josh’s titles, which they plan to have ready to launch at the book fair. 

Tuesday (4th) - Pray for CLC Indonesia

Praise God for our latest publication Love Not the World by Watchman Nee. We are working together with another agency to distribute this. Please pray that the book will be a blessing.
We currently have plans to publish another two books – The Bible and the Meaning of Life by Christopher Flint (a book already published by CLC Philippines) and a title by Warren Weirsbe. 

Monday (3rd) – Pray for CLC India

National Director Justin Chellappan asks for prayer regarding two of the CLC (ELS) buildings. We need to relocate the bookshop in Mathikere, Bangalore, as the basement property is not easily accessible for some customers and there can be problems when it rains. Rent is high in the area so finding a suitable and affordable place is not easy. 
In Chennai, where the rent for our main premises is also high, we own land (about 7,000 sq. ft.) not far from the headquarters and want to build a bookshop, a warehouse and living accommodation there. It is a big project for which we pray for God’s guidance and provision.

The Weekend (1st/2nd) - eBooks

Please continue to pray for the eBook project that has taken us a long time to develop. As you read this, the Android App is being tested in various countries so that we can identify any problems that need to be addressed. Pray that we will soon be able to launch this project, and make it available in many countries.

Friday (31st) – CLC Sierra Leone and POD

We thank God for the new Print on Demand equipment that we received this year, with the help of CLC USA. Please pray that we as a team can market this well and let it be widely known what this new branch of CLC Freetown can offer! Also pray as we get to grips with using and maintaining the equipment - it’s a big learning curve! Pray especially for Mr. Tamba and Emmanuel who are in the “POD department”, that they will have a good flow of the right kind of work coming in and that they will be able to produce books of a high quality. 

Thursday (30th) – CLC Kenya and POD

POD (Print on Demand) continues to keep us very busy, as we focus increasingly on publishing local authors. Please pray that we will be able to offer quality publishing to the right authors to bless our nation - and even beyond our nation – in the coming months. 

Wednesday (29th) – CLC UK and POD

CLC UK is just about to launch a new Print on Demand platform in collaboration with a Dutch technology company.  This platform will allow us to print books in multiple languages in multiple locations. Publishers can also use the service to order small to medium print runs, again in many different locations. This technology allows us to provide foreign-language books, which is a great opportunity in these days when populations and cultures are being mixed together in unprecedented ways. Once the platform is tested we intend to extend it to other CLC websites.

Tuesday (28th) – Partnership with Josh McDowell Ministries (2)

For Prayer… Following on from yesterday’s prayer point, CLC then needs to have the necessary funds for the printing costs. This is a huge project, which will take many months before the book is ready to be published in the various languages. Please pray that the Lord will provide all of the funds needed for this wonderful project. And pray with us that this book will bless and challenge the lives of thousands of readers.

Monday (27th) – Partnership with Josh McDowell Ministries (1)

For Praise… CLC has had a growing relationship with Josh McDowell Ministries (JMM) over recent years.  Several CLC countries have been printing books by Josh McDowell, including the bestseller "More than a Carpenter" and his moving autobiography "Undaunted". In the past few months our two ministries are now joining forces to print the updated version of "Evidence that Demands a Verdict" into multiple languages. JMM is giving the rights for CLC to publish in French, Italian, Russian and probably Polish - and others could follow. We are delighted that JMM is raising the necessary funds for our CLC teams to oversee the translation, editing and layout of this 800-page book.  

Weekend (25th/26th) – Belarus

In 2019 the ancient city of Brest, where CLC’s bookshop is located, will celebrate its 1,000th birthday! The Bible also has a long history in the city as a man called Mikalai Radziwill printed the Bible there back in 1563. Churches in Brest are planning a special tour ‘Evangelical Brest’ devoted to the history of the evangelical movement in the city. The CLC bookshop will probably be the finishing point of the tour - a place where people can chat, browse and purchase Bibles, books and souvenirs. Please pray for this event and CLC’s part in it.

Friday (24th) – Netherlands

We have been asked to help a bookshop, from a book chain company, which will be closed down by the end of this year. Please pray for wisdom and guidance to decide if we should get involved with this.
In Apeldoorn, we have rebuilt our office into an apartment so we can rent that out to generate extra income for CLC – hopefully from October. Thank God for this opportunity, and that the whole process went very well.

Thursday (23rd) – Romania

CLC Romania has just had a difficult and discouraging period with dropping sales on the old website, increases in taxes, and some holdups (beyond our control) in the publishing programme. In addition, severe winters, and heavy rain this spring, caused damage to the CLC building.  To get the repairs done is also a problem as many people with the relevant skills have left the country.  
Praise the Lord for answers to the team’s prayers in July! The new website was launched, which we hope will be appreciated by Christians, and encourage customers again.  We are also grateful that God touched the hearts of some people to come and help us with the repair work – some of which has already done and more is planned.

Wednesday (22nd) – Portugal

After many years working on his own, with a small and faithful group of volunteers, Carlos Cunha now has a part time worker, Vinicyus Fortes, in the Coimbra bookshop.  Vinicyus is from Brazil and he is still going through the process of applying for a visa to stay long term in Portugal. He will be taking documentation to the relevant authorities in September. Please pray that he will have all the right paperwork in order to be accepted. This will make it easier for him to take on more work – a second part time job to help with finances and possibly more responsibilities within CLC.

Tuesday (21st) - Mozambique

We were amazed at the speed with which our “Bible for All” project came about last year! Please join us in praising God for His financial provision and in thanking Him for all the people who contributed to the print run of 10,000 economy edition Bibles in a modern version of Portuguese. We have had two special launch events in Maputo and Beira and we plan a third one in Nampula in September. Please pray that this will be well supported and that we can truly distribute these Bibles all over the country. 

Monday (20th) – Spain/Equatorial Guinea

CLC Spain is working to provide materials for Equatorial Guinea - the only Spanish-speaking country in Africa.  Though CLC no longer has a shop in the city of Bata, we do still have contacts in the country and some funds available specifically for books and Bibles.  We hope to provide some important books for the WEC Bible School and another Seminary as well.  We also want to provide Study Bibles and a large assortment of books on Christian Living.   Please pray for us as we work out the details for this project, and that the books and Bibles will be a true blessing to pastors, seminary students and many churches in Equatorial Guinea.   We are also exploring the possibility of providing 5,000 economic Bibles for the country.  Please pray for guidance and provision.

The Weekend (18th/19th) – Venezuela

Please pray for the CLC team and ministry in Venezuela. The living and working conditions in this country have been extremely difficult for a number of years with no sign of improvement. Our work and our staff have been badly affected along with everyone else. In the last few months, CLC has had to look at closing one or two shops and some staff have left. Please pray especially for our new Director for Venezuela – Deivis Blanco. With support from other CLC teams, publishers and donors, it was possible to send a shipment of books from Miami recently.  

Friday (17th) – Panama

Praise the Lord for all the hard work and commitment of the CLC staff whose efforts have made it possible for CLC Panama to get up to date with paying all their outstanding debts. Currently the team are in the process of acquiring two small vans for mobile work in and around Panama City and the city of David, which is near the border with Costa Rica.