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The Weekend (3rd/4th) – Pray for CLC Mozambique

The Weekend (3rd/4th) – Pray for CLC Mozambique

“We thank God for the recent launch of the Bíblia para Todos (Bible for All) in Nampula, northern Mozambique. Nampula is the third largest city in the country and until now, CLC was unknown there. Our testimony is to God's love and faithfulness working through His people. We were able to have this event because of the collaboration in fellowship with just a half dozen believers in Nampula, whom God had previously connected us with. As a result, we now have a good connection with the Nampula Institute of Theology and we are looking forward to developing this partnership further in 2019. “ Liz Patten (ND)
Tuesday (16th) – Pray for CLC Uruguay

Tuesday (16th) – Pray for CLC Uruguay

“Please pray for our newer members of staff, that God would give them wisdom and ability as they learn how to carry out their roles and responsibilities.”
Humberto Urrutia (ND)
Monday (15th) – Pray for CLC Mozambique

Monday (15th) – Pray for CLC Mozambique

“After one year of serving with CLC, Johane Macuacua left us on 21st September to take up full time pastoral ministry. This was at the request of his local church, as the senior pastor was retiring. Please pray for Johane and his wife, Nercia, as they begin this new phase in their lives. We will miss their direct involvement with us but we know that they will continue to recommend CLC in their church!
 
Also pray for CLC Maputo as we begin to train someone new to replace Johane.” Liz Patten (ND) 
The Weekend (13th/14th) – Pray for CLC Portugal

The Weekend (13th/14th) – Pray for CLC Portugal

“We would appreciate prayer for God’s help in overcoming the issues with importing books from Brazil. These issues are:
Problems at customs in Brazil, with frequent strikes, mean our orders can be held there for a month or more.
Changing bureaucracy in Portugal, with increasing demands to fulfil, and documents that need to be produced.” Carlos Cunha (ND)
Friday (12th) – Pray for CLC USA

Friday (12th) – Pray for CLC USA

Pray for the distribution of the new, complete Uzbek Bible. Multi Language Media (a ministry within CLC USA) worked with Wycliffe Bible Translators and others to help get this Bible printed and we have now made it available in the USA for the first time!
Thursday (11th) – Pray for CLC Spain

Thursday (11th) – Pray for CLC Spain

“In October we should receive 100 copies of the book Pastores de Carne y Hueso (Pastors of flesh and bone) by Alfonso Guevara. We plan to give this book to pastors and church leaders who visit our bookshop as a means of making personal contact with them, and to find out ways in which we can serve them in their ministry, and their congregations.” Darwin Vergel, Manager
 
Wednesday (10th) – Pray for CLC Colombia

Wednesday (10th) – Pray for CLC Colombia

“CLC Publishing in Colombia is rejoicing! God has allowed us to win the Harold Kregal Award for the best book of the year 2017-2018 for Christian literature in Spanish. The book, Pastores de Carne y Hueso, (Pastors of flesh and bone) has had an impact on many lives and has sold very well. We thank the Lord for the author, Pastor Alfonso Guevara, and pray that God will bless many pastors, and their ministries, through the message in this book. It confronts them with the realities they face and shows them there is hope in God and reward for their work.” David Pabón (ND)
Tuesday (9th) – Pray for CLC Benin

Tuesday (9th) – Pray for CLC Benin

“Please give thanks with us that, despite the fact that the economic crisis is very real in our sub-region, we have really experienced God's grace in relation to our sales, especially where Bibles are concerned. We trust that this will continue, as people always need the Word!”  Emmanuel Ladeyo (ND)
 
Monday (8th) – Pray for CLC Mozambique

Monday (8th) – Pray for CLC Mozambique

“Last year, CLC Mozambique received 500 copies of a book called Saber E Fazer (Knowing and Doing) by John McQuoid, and published by Opal Trust. Thanks to generous donors, the book was highly subsidised for us. As a result, we have been able to promote this book at a very affordable price. The book has 20 short chapters covering all the basics of Christian teaching and practical application. It is a wonderful resource for teaching new believers especially. Please thank God with us and pray for lasting fruit from the distribution of this book. “ Liz Patten (ND)
 
The Weekend (6th/7th) – Pray for CLC Colombia

The Weekend (6th/7th) – Pray for CLC Colombia

The 27th Booksellers’ Meeting, organised by CLC Colombia, takes place in Bogota – October 11th-13th. This is obviously a much-appreciated event!
David Pabón (ND) asks for prayer for the booksellers travelling from all over the country to attend. May it be a time of communion, learning and growth so that participants will have a greater impact on the distribution of Christian literature in the nation.
 
Friday (5th) – Pray for CLC Belarus

Friday (5th) – Pray for CLC Belarus

On the 6th of October, a Forum, organised by Mission Eurasia Field Ministry, is to be held in Minsk and is entitled ‘The Time of Professionals’. Up to 1,000 young professionals are expected to participate and the author Philip Yancey is invited as a special guest.  CLC Belarus will run the bookstall during the meeting. Please pray for the Forum and our participation in it.
 
Thursday (4th) – Pray for CLC Ecuador

Thursday (4th) – Pray for CLC Ecuador

We give God thanks for the invitations, from other Christian ministries, to participate in their events. We have several such invitations this month:
  • 4th-6th – National Summit of Christian Service organisations, which is headed up by the Ecuadorian Evangelical Confraternity
  • 20th – An event for 1,000 women organised by Radio HCJB
  • 24th-27th – Thompson Bible Seminars, organised by CLC
  • 26th/27th  - Global Leadership Summit organised by the Iñaquito Church (Quito)
Wednesday (3rd) – Pray for CLC Panama

Wednesday (3rd) – Pray for CLC Panama

Tomorrow, October 4th, CLC Panama will be holding their annual Booksellers and Colporteurs Meeting. This is primarily for their wholesale clients from all over Panama. Representatives from 6 publishers will also take part. 
In the evening there will be a conference for couples.  This is open to the public and two authors have been invited to speak.
There is also a small group Thompson Bible Seminar course being held on Saturdays in the Via España bookshop this month.
 
Tuesday (2nd) – Pray for CLC France

Tuesday (2nd) – Pray for CLC France

From Monday until Wednesday this week, the CLC France team have their annual staff conference. This is an important occasion, and the only time in the year that the whole team get together. Pray for Herve Lessous (ND) and the team as they meet for fellowship, share news and talk through difficulties, successes and future plans.

Monday (1st) – Pray for CLC Chile

Monday (1st) – Pray for CLC Chile

“CLC Chile has been working in the city of Temuco for 40 years! Today, October 1st, we have a service to give praise and thanks to God for His goodness. Invited guests include Humberto Urrutia (RD for Latin America) Eduardo and Alicia Moreno, who started the ministry in Temuco, and Bill Gibson from Tyndale.  Christopher Shaw, author of the devotional Dios en Sandalias (God in Sandals) will be the speaker.
 
Over the next 4 days, in 4 cities, we are also organising, together with Tyndale, workshops for pastors and leaders. The theme of the seminars is ‘The Life Application Bible, a tool for the Christian worker’. Christopher Shaw will be the main speaker.” Patricio Romo, ND
 
The Weekend (29th/30th) – Pray for CLC Dominica

The Weekend (29th/30th) – Pray for CLC Dominica

Prayer would be appreciated as the shop landlord has asked us to move out. We praise God that, for the moment, we have been given permission to stay a few more months but we will need to find new premises soon.
 
Praise the Lord for an increase in ministry opportunities – seeing people come to faith and others encouraged in their faith. We also saw an increase in sales particularly in the wake of Hurricane Maria last September.
 
Friday (28th) – Pray for CLC Trinidad & Tobago

Friday (28th) – Pray for CLC Trinidad & Tobago

In 2016, VAT was introduced for Bibles, having previously only applied to books and gift items. We are praying that this cost will be removed to make Bibles more affordable to our customers. We are also praying for an increase in sales, despite the decline in the economy in general. Sales are particularly low in the San Fernando bookshop.
 
Praise the Lord for a recent order for 1,000 NLT Bibles for the work of Youth with a Mission who will distribute these Bibles in schools around the islands.
 
Thursday (27th) – Pray for CLC Uruguay

Thursday (27th) – Pray for CLC Uruguay

September is the ‘Month of the Bible’ in Uruguay and we hope to have an impact in the country with a major distribution of Bibles through churches. 
 
In recent months, sales have fallen in the Montevideo bookshop but we continue to gain new opportunities and contacts with the mobile ministry and through book tables.
 
After more than 30 years with CLC, Roberto Prochnau is nearing retirement. In 2019 we will be training and preparing one of our staff members, who will take over administrative responsibilities from Roberto.
 
Wednesday (26th) – Pray for CLC Mexico

Wednesday (26th) – Pray for CLC Mexico

Thank the Lord for good relationships with representatives from other ministries in the country, as well as alliances with pastors and seminaries.  Through these bonds of friendship and cooperation, we have been able to introduce authors to a number of groups. During September and October we would appreciate prayer for the various authors who will be visiting Mexico – not all are well known in Mexico, but they have established and appreciated ministries. By God’s grace, we trust the events will be well attended, and we pray especially that it will be life changing for those who come with little or no knowledge of the Word of God.
 
Tuesday (25th) – Pray for CLC Chile

Tuesday (25th) – Pray for CLC Chile

Earlier this year, Sergio Mellafe, previously the manager of the bookshop in Santiago, took on a new role exclusively dealing in public relations. We recognised a need to create links with Bible Colleges, church denominations and pastors’ associations etc. and visit radio and TV stations to connect with more of the 6 million inhabitants in the capital city. Sergio’s work has already proved very successful with new opportunities for book tables, to promote CLC in conferences and, in the case of two major denominations, the possibility of helping to establish bookshops in churches.
 
We have really felt God supporting us in this venture. We are encouraged and give God the glory.
 
Monday (24th) – Pray for CLC Colombia

Monday (24th) – Pray for CLC Colombia

Praise the Lord for opportunities for CLC, in partnership with an American ministry, to distribute Bibles in prisons. Recently 2,400 were given out in a prison in Bogota but 7,000 have gone out to five prisons in total so far. Pray for this ongoing project as CLC plan to do this for all prisons in the country.  Along with Bibles, the CLC Colombia Social Foundation provides evangelistic tracts to be given out with the Bibles.
 
Praise the Lord for a new distribution agreement between CLC Colombia Publishing and Editorial Unilit, which is based in Miami.  This will enable our books to have access to a much wider market than we are capable of ourselves.
 
The Weekend (22nd/23rd) – Papua New Guinea

The Weekend (22nd/23rd) – Papua New Guinea

Praise God for a pallet of books from Book Aid Australia that finally arrived in August, having been dispatched in January! This was a donation, and we only had to cover shipping costs. We are now expecting 3 pallets of stock from the USA that was shipped in August and is due in October.
 
In November, the APEC Leadership Summit will be held in Port Moresby. Pray that our leaders will make the right trade partnerships. Regulatory charges, land lease, land tax etc. have been increased recently, adding more strain to businesses. Pray that, despite the challenges, we will continue to serve the people through CLC.
 
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!