Pray with Us
December/January – Week 1: Challenging and Changing Situations
Monday (30th) – Peru, Bolivia, Venezuela
Humberto Urrutia, Regional Director for Latin America, reminds us of the need for prayer for: Peru, where CLC is now running a Christian bookstore outreach in Lima; for Bolivia, where the future of the work is a concern and the need for Bibles and Christian books is great; and for Venezuela, where the situation in the country has been causing distress and difficulties for many people for a long time. Pray for the missionaries in each of these countries.
Tuesday (31st) – CLC Global Missions
After a busy Christmas season, January and February are usually taken up with inventories and end-of-year reports in addition to the normal workload. These administrative activities are important for evaluating the performance of the CLC ministry and for making decisions to improve the results of our mission work. Pray that we will be able to accomplish these important duties with accuracy and without delays.
Wednesday (1st) – Netherlands
CLC’s apartment above the shop in Apeldoorn has not been used for over a year and is in need of renovation before it can be rented out once more to help provide funds for the ministry. Please pray for the funds and the time to do the refurbishment. Recently, the team converted office space above the bookshop into another apartment, which is currently rented to a student.
Thursday (2nd) – United Kingdom
At the end of January, we anticipate having to close three or four of our book centers. This is difficult for us, our staff and our customers. Please pray with us as we continue to adapt to the new ways Christian resources are distributed today in the UK.
Friday (3rd) – USA
Praise the Lord with us for the increased outreach of CLC MultiLanguage Media this past year. Pray for shipments of foreign-language Bibles coming to us from all over the world to be shared with the internationals among us. Please pray with us as we pursue a number of exciting opportunities that will enable us to expand this work. (more great prayer resources here)
The Weekend (4th – 5th) – International Director
The USA residence permits for Gerardo Scalante and his family will expire in April 2020. Please pray that Gerardo will have his new residence permit in time to travel overseas for the CLC International Council in May.
January – Week 2: Bookshop and Staff News
Monday (6th) – Spain
Please pray with us for more key contacts with church leaders and Christian ministries in order to help us with the distribution of the Bibles, Jesus para Todos (Jesus for All). Pray, too, for the teams in the three bookshops as we have our annual inventory this week. This needs to be done well as it is a vital process in closing the financial year and starting the new one.
Tuesday (7th) – Russia
A Christian bookshop in Moscow closed down last September, leaving CLC as the only evangelical bookshop to reach the millions of people in this key city. We thank and praise God that He has kept and sustained us until now. Please pray with us for wisdom and strength to meet the increased needs and that we will continue to be faithful witnesses for our King..
Wednesday (8th) – Uruguay
After a time of training and preparation, Albaro S will become the Finance Manager for CLC this month. At the time of writing, there is also a need for a part-time member of staff to work on CLC Uruguay’s website. Please pray for the right person for this important job and for effective and powerful communication of the Gospel.
Thursday (9th) – Romania
Despite continuing difficult times, for CLC and the country generally, we praise God that He has helped and provided for us in different ways. We are thankful for our new worker, Angelica, for the help and support of the CLC International Office and for encouragement from Gary Chamberlin (RD for Europe) regarding our publishing.
Friday (10th) – Trinidad & Tobago
A manager of a large grocery shop in Trinidad picked up a copy of Prayers that Bring Change by Kimberly Daniels from CLC in Arima. Having purchased a copy for herself, she came back again later that day for three more copies. Since then, she has returned for another three copies to share the message in the book with her staff. Praise God for customers who purchase books to bless others.
The Weekend (11th – 12th) – Italy
Roberta D, the Manager of the CLC Christian bookcenter in Rome, returns to work this month after taking maternity leave. Roberta, with her husband and their baby son Manuel, has also moved house to be nearer her parents, which means a slightly longer commute to work now. Please pray for Roberta as she adjusts to parenthood and returns to work at the bookshop. (more great prayer resources here)
January – Week 3: Europe
Monday (13th) – Belarus, Cyprus and Romania
Once again, we would value your prayers for the future leadership of CLC in Belarus, Cyprus and Romania. The three ladies who are the CLC Directors in these countries – Lina, Eva and Ronela – are all near retirement age, but there are still no obvious successors for them. May they know God’s peace in the current situation and see His provision for the future.
Tuesday (14th) – Netherlands
After 17 years of service with CLC, including the past two years as a volunteer following her retirement, Magda H left CLC last September. We are very grateful for all the work she has done over the years and pray for God’s blessing on this new period in her life. We thank God for a new volunteer, Margriet VV, who has filled the gap left by Magda.
Wednesday (15th) – Hungary
Áron, our staff member in the Budapest bookcenter, will leave us this month to complete his studies at university. We need to find a replacement for him as there are already many demands on the time of AnnaMaria and Zsolt. We would appreciate prayer for a capable person to take care of the day-to-day running of the bookshop.
Thursday (16th) – Belarus
As part of the 1000-year anniversary of the city of Brest, the City Council and the Ministry of Tourism have approved a tour guide brochure highlighting the city’s remarkable evangelical history. CLC has been asked to publish this brochure in several languages, and the guide will include information about CLC! Pray that God will use this brochure to attract people to the Gospel.
Friday (17th) – Russian language
Please pray for CLC’s outreach to the Russian speakers in the USA with an estimated 2.9 million people! Bibles, Christian books and tracts are distributed through many channels including the MultiLanguage Media website. May God bring the results!
The Weekend (18th – 19th) – United Kingdom
In the UK, we are reaching out with a growing number of book tables. We will be serving the Vineyard churches at many events throughout the year including their annual National Leaders’ Conference in Nottingham this month. Pray that we will be a blessing and encouragement as we equip them and others with resources.
January – Week 4: Africa
Monday (20th) – Burkina Faso
For two days a month, our team spent time fasting and praying for good sales in order to repay an outstanding loan. What a miracle it was for us when provision was made by the CLC Colombian team to cancel the balance on the loan! In addition, we have received a gift enabling toilet facilities to be installed, something we have never had and that we were also praying for. What a joy to share this testimony!
Tuesday (21st) – Cote d’Ivoire
The subject that remains a very serious prayer concern for us is our 2020 Presidential elections here. Please pray that these elections will go well and that we will avoid the chaos of 2011. We are very grateful to the Lord for the protection of the staff and our two bookshops in Abidjan and Bouake. (more great prayer resources here)
Wednesday (22nd) – Mozambique
We praise the Lord that we have received a start-up grant for a new outreach center in Nampula in northern Mozambique. This will be based in a Bible School and include a work-study program for one of the students there. Please pray for the preparation of the space that is being allocated, and for us to find the right student to take responsibility for the outlet.
Thursday (23rd) – Liberia
James C, the former National Director of Liberia, left CLC recently when his family moved to the USA. We do not yet have a replacement for James, but Laban Dweh is continuing to work at the bookshop for the time being. Please pray for the Lord’s leading as we make decisions related to this work.
Friday (24th) – Sierra Leone
CLC Sierra Leone is in its second year of running a Print-on-Demand operation to make books more readily available. Please pray for Donald John, and his colleagues as they try to keep this running efficiently and effectively. Pray that they will grow in their expertise and quality production so that God will be glorified in all that they do, and with content that will help people in their spiritual walk.
The Weekend (25th – 26th) – Sierra Leone
We are so thankful for our board members as well as others who have faithfully supported the ministry with their advice and encouragement. Please pray for the new Board members, that they will be used by God to give good guidance and that they will have an understanding of the CLC ministry and needs.
January/February – Week 5: Latin America
Monday (27th) – Uruguay
January and February is the summer holiday season in Uruguay and for CLC, this usually means a drop in activity. Pray with us for good strategies to reach out with God’s Word. Pray also as we prepare for three Thompson Bible Seminars to be held in towns in the interior of the country in May. We want to see many people trained in good Bible study techniques at the events.
Tuesday (28th) – Peru
Missionaries Carlos and Luz Marin have moved from CLC Ecuador to take over operations of a well-known bookshop, El Inca, in Lima. Ownership was transferred from Latin Link to CLC last October. Carlos is grateful to God for the many opportunities already opening up to meet with pastors, churches and other Christian organizations, and for the interest shown in CLC’s mission and ministry. Pray for God’s continued blessing on this outreach.
Wednesday (29th) – Venezuela
Delvis B asks us to continue praying for Venezuela: “…that, God willing, there would be a miracle in terms of political change in our much-loved country so that we will see Venezuela begin to come out of the economic crisis.” As we pray for the work of CLC in Venezuela, which continues despite the hardships and setbacks, please also pray for the country.
Thursday (30th) – Bolivia
Please pray for wisdom in making the necessary changes to build up the CLC ministry in Bolivia. Pray for outlets for distribution of the Bible, Jesus para Todos (Jesus for All), that we have available in large quantities and at an affordable price. Pray for good health and strength for Gamaliel and Marlene Padilla, CLC missionaries from Venezuela, as they lead the work in Santa Cruz.
Friday (31st) – Mexico
Please pray for stability in our country’s economy. In recent years, the value of the currency has fallen compared to the US dollar. Many of our books and Bibles come from the USA, meaning they have become increasingly expensive in local money for those who need them. In turn, this impacts our ability to keep up to date with payments to publishers.
The Weekend (1st – 2nd) – Panama
Please pray for us as we review our activities in 2019 and plan for 2020. We trust God for His blessing and direction concerning our distribution and finances. We want to advance with new projects we have for the work in Panama and, where possible, to continue to support needs of CLC International projects.
February – Week 6: Asia
Monday (3rd) – Philippines
CLC Philippines is planning to purchase a state-of-the-art Print-on-Demand machine. This is a stand-alone, made in Japan, high speed printing machine that can produce an entire book in minutes. It is not a modified computer printer but a product of Japanese technology. Please pray with us for the funds needed for this project. We believe that this machine will be a big help in the publishing of books without accumulating large inventories.
Tuesday (4th) – Indonesia
“The publication of Christopher Flint’s book, The Bible and the Meaning of Life, was delayed last year, but we hope to work on that this year. We also believe the book, The Tabernacle, from the Redemption Center in Korea, would be a blessing in Indonesia, so we plan to publish that book as well. Please pray for these two projects and for the resources needed to complete them.”
– Donny Kairupan, Director
Wednesday (5th) – Indonesia
Praise God for the blessing that the book, Power Through Prayer by E. M. Bounds, has been in Indonesia. CLC Indonesia decided recently to do a reprint of this publication, especially as a Reformed Church bought 600 copies and a Charismatic church bought 400 copies towards the end of last year!
Thursday (6th) – India
“Please pray for new members of the team in India who are currently in training and based at the Headquarters in Chennai. Pray for Gnanakumar, Vasanath, Kumar, Kevin and Joseph as they learn the various aspects of the work, and that they will be a blessing to the ELS (CLC) ministry in the future.”
– Justin Chellappan, Director
Friday (7th) – Thailand
Pray for Amanda Intajuk who has recently taken over the responsibility of managing the Chiang Mai bookshop and the role of CLC Director for Thailand. Amanda asks for prayer for wisdom and opportunities to serve the Lord, our customers and the church. Pray also for God’s guidance as the small team consider publishing Thai books from the Redemption Center in Korea – The Tabernacle and the Ark of the Covenant.
The Weekend (8th – 9th) – Thailand
Last year, a suitable property for the relocation of CLC Chiang Mai was identified. The purchase depended on finally selling the CLC property in Bangkok, but it was proving difficult to complete the sale. The outcome is not known at the time of writing, but please pray anyway. There have been several difficult issues regarding CLC properties in Thailand over recent years, and it would be wonderful to be able to resolve them and move on.
February – Week 7: North America and the Caribbean
Monday (10th) – Canada
“We are in the process of developing a programme to reach out to the First Nations and Innu communities. However, Quebec, where CLC is based, is a very large province and these communities are small and widely dispersed. Please pray that we would find the best way to do this in order to make Christian literature available to them. We would like to find contacts and meet with people at their regional events as, for example, at Pow-Wows.”
– Antoine Roberge, Director
Tuesday (11th) – Dominica
The situation for CLC in Dominica remains a concern for prayer, particularly regarding the bookshop location. As mentioned before in Prayer Focus, the cost of renting the shop property has increased significantly in the past year and the search for a suitable alternative, at a lower rent, is ongoing. Please pray for the best location for the bookshop and for the growth and sustainability of the ministry.
Wednesday (12th) – USA
“Please pray for us as we consider the need to either renew our Cedarbrook bookstore lease or consider a move to a new location. The lease expires in June 2021, but we need to make a decision, taking into account declining book sales, in the next few months.”
– Charles Hurd, Director
Thursday (13th) – Barbados
“CLC Barbados was established in 1957. Despite many challenges and thanks to the commitment of faithful workers, we continue today. Recently, the financial challenges in this small island have made our work more difficult. There is also a need for new staff members for the ministry in Barbados. Please pray for people able to drive the organisation forward during this tough time and ensure we are prepared for the years ahead.”
– Gerardo Scalante, International Director
Friday (14th) – Trinidad & Tobago
Please pray for the CLC bookshop in Point Fortin. Sales in this store were affected negatively when Trinidad’s only oil company was closed down and, as a result, many people lost their jobs. Pray for creative ways to reach more customers.
The Weekend (15th – 16th) – Trinidad & Tobago
“At the CLC Americas and Caribbean Regional Conference last year, there were a lot of ideas, some of which we are implementing here. For example, we are using Skype for a weekly staff prayer meeting across all the bookshops, using social media more effectively to promote CLC, and we want to share information about CLC in more places. We already go into schools but are considering hospitals as well.”
– Sandra Robinson, Director
February – Week 8: International Office Staff
Monday (17th) – CLC International Office
Lewis Codington, a member of the CLC IO team, has many years’ experience living and ministering in Asia, having previously served with CLC in France and the UK in the International Office. Recently, Lewis wrote a brief summary of each book of the Bible which, when printed, will be used in the English classes he gives to students from North Korea. Please pray for Lewis and for the students as they learn about the Bible as well as improve their English.
Tuesday (18th) – CLC International Office
Rudy Kuijer has worked with CLC in Spain and the Netherlands. His role now, for the IO, is to encourage evangelism and connect CLC with local churches to engage in outreach. Currently, Rudy is focusing on Florence, Italy, where there are many possibilities for sharing the Gospel among the tourists visiting Michelangelo’s statue of David and with the large immigrant population in the area. Please pray for this ‘mission field’ right next to CLC’s bookshop in the city.
Wednesday (19th) – Communications
“The IO Communications Department is important to keep CLC connected and to share our news around the world. The work includes communicating via social media, the IO website and publishing the CLC World magazine and Prayer Focus. Recently, Yaninna Scalante has taken on the role of leading this department. Please pray for her and the communications team as they implement plans to be more efficient in letting people know about CLC projects and in sharing prayer information.”
– Gerardo Scalante, International Director
Thursday (20th) – Asia Regional Director
“I thank God for the opportunity to be an RD for many years now. It is a challenging role, but it has also been enjoyable. Now I feel it is time for me to pass on the baton. Please pray for my final months in the post, for the person who will replace me, and for blessing and growth for CLC in Asia in the future.”
– Romualdo Macinas, Asia Regional Director
Friday (21st) – Africa Regional Director
“At the CLC Africa Regional Conference, it was decided that I would continue to serve as RD after the International Council this year. This means that I will still anticipate travelling quite a lot to the various countries as well as within Mozambique, where I live. Please pray for wisdom in planning all these journeys and the logistics involved with visas etc., and for health and stamina for the long distances.”
– Liz Patten, Africa Regional Director
The Weekend (22nd – 23rd) – International Council
The four-yearly CLC International Council will be held in Korea in May. This event is the main decision-making body of CLC International, and about 40 CLC leaders are expected to attend. Please pray for the planning and preparation; the IO team as they prepare the agenda; the CLC team in Korea as they host the event; the delegates arranging their travel plans; and the guest devotional speaker, Ron Perschky of WEC International.
February – Week 9 – The Extended Team!
Monday (24th) – Volunteers
In a number of countries CLC is dependent on volunteers, either as part of the bookshop team or in other ways, such as running book tables at events and proofreading (including this text!). Thank God for each and every one of these faithful supporters.
Tuesday (25th) – Retirees
CLC’s worldwide team today is building on the work of hundreds of people who have gone before us! In the UK alone, there are currently 70 retired CLC members, one of whom has worked and prayed for CLC since it started! Many retirees maintain an active interest in CLC, and their contribution, through prayer particularly, is invaluable. Praise God for them.
Wednesday (26th) – Trustees/Board members
A good number of CLC teams around the world are supported by external boards. These men and women give freely of their time and expertise. In many cases, they have the ultimate legal responsibility for the local work. Please pray for these dear and valued friends of CLC.
Thursday (27th) – Church and Ministry Partnerships
Praise God for increasing links and cooperation with churches, church denominations and other like-minded Christian ministries. Some of these are mentioned regularly in Prayer Focus, but there are so many more! Thank the Lord for good working relationships and partnerships.
Friday (28th) – Customers
Thank God for all our customers. Here is a testimony from Martine Foto about the encouragement they are to us and not just because of sales! “A Congolese pastor, who was staying in Ivory Coast, passed along our street and, led by the Spirit of God (his words), he found our bookshop. He was pleasantly surprised to see a Christian bookstore among the clothing and household goods stores in the street. He praised the Lord for the bookshop and prayed individually for each member of the team.”
The Weekend (29th – 1st) – Prayer Partners
Anyone who prayerfully reads through Prayer Focus each month is very much part of the team. It is a privilege to have so many people supporting CLC, and together we are working to fulfil CLC’s mission to ‘make evangelical literature available to all nations so that people may come to faith and maturity in the Lord Jesus Christ’.