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2016 CLC World - Issue 2

Dear Reader, Welcome to CLC World!
This free mission magazine enables us to share with you, our faithful supporters, current news, testimonies, as well as prayer and praise points, illustrating how we are daily impacting thousands of lives in over 50 countries.
As I contemplated what ‘discipleship’ theme to focus on for this issue I kept being struck by things in my own life that affect our joyfullness. Perhaps you have health issues, like me or there are situations that you are facing that really seem to be stealing your joy. So, feeling led to go in this direction, I began my research. During this process I watched the new film, War Room, a film I highly encourage anyone interested in improving their prayer life to view. Within the film, I was truly impacted by the verse in John 10:10 (NLT) that says, The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.
One of the main characters in the film, Miss Clara, tells us that we are not to let the enemy steal our joy. I was struck by the thought that if ‘the joy of the Lord is your strength’, (Neh. 8:10 KJV) does this mean when our joy is lacking, our strength is diminished? If so, then how do we find that joy again? Thankfully, I was interviewing Stormie Omartian and decided to ask her some tips to rediscovering joy, and I hope you are as encouraged by her response as I was.
Throughout this issue, we’ve chosen to highlight mission news, testimonies, project updates and recommended resources that we hope will
help you on your journey to rediscovering joy in the Lord and in your life! Let that joy then overflow into those around you so that they want what you have! May we all once again be filled afresh with ‘the joy of the Lord’!