“Do not pray for tasks equal to your powers. Pray for power equal to your tasks.” Phillips Brooks
Australia – Continue to remember the CLC team in Australia. They are going through challenging times, not only because of the recent flooding and cyclone but a number of the staff have recently had surgery, or are waiting for surgery. Wendy Mitchell, CLC Mt. Isa, was due to have surgery at the beginning of this month but it has been rescheduled to February 18th. Fay Collins, CLC Cairns, had fairly major surgery on Wednesday and Rebecca Kena, CLC Lawnton (Brisbane), is recovering from a badly broken ankle and hopes to return to work as soon as it has healed sufficiently. Judy Kitchen, CLC Canberra, has an appointment with the oncologist on February 28th following a course of chemotherapy at the end of last year. Please bring all of these people, their families and fellow CLC team members before the Lord.
Following the cyclone there was some minor water damage to CLC Townsville. The shop carpet will need cleaning up or even replacing. They also lost the shop sign that was on their roof. Remember the news from Kenya last week? The Lord can bring people into CLC even without a sign! Praise the Lord too for news of people going to a church service in Townsville for the first time having been in the building earlier in the week seeking refuge from the cyclone.
Central Asia 1 – Praise the Lord for His protection over our staff and shop in recent months. Please continue to intercede for the ministry in this country where the political, social and economic climate is not stable and Christians are vulnerable to attack and robbery. The situation is better than it was at the end of last year but there is still concern for the safety of CLC in this country.
A burst water pipe in the property above our shop recently has caused some damage but thankfully the stock, documents and equipment are safe. However, it would seem that we will need to pay to repair the damage caused because the owner of the property upstairs is out of contact. Please pray for the finances needed for this, and also for ordering more books. The stock needs to be built up to encourage customers to visit and buy books.
Chile – Two members of CLC Chile, Sergio and Pablo, have had a booktable at a Conference run by the Pentecostal Church this week (February 7-11). Around 400 pastors, plus wives and other delegates have been attending. Isaac Zuniga writes: “For CLC Chile this group is our number one client - the pastors have become avid readers, principally of study books, over the years. Once more may God allow us to be a blessing and guide us in choosing the right books to present at the conference this year.
We have decided that the Book Brothers, we are not Professionals by John Piper will be our ‘Book of the Year 2011’. Given the quality of the contents and the impact that the book can have on the lives of pastors and leaders, we are making a great effort to promote this book from March until November. The first shipment of 1800 books should arrive in February and one organization has already ordered 260 copies to be used as a study text book by their pastors. We are encouraged and expectant despite all the work this involves.”
International Office – Neil Wardrope and the Regional Directors (Gerardo, Gary, Romualdo, Lewis and Liz) will be having planning meetings together next week, February 15th -18th. They will be staying in Hong Kong and giving some assistance to Casey and Mare Allison as they prepare the CLC Hong Kong Warehouse to store the CLC Bible Companion - more news about this publication coming soon!
Neil and Gerardo will then travel on to visit CLC Australia and New Zealand.