Romans 10:15 And how shall they preach unless they are sent? How beautiful are the feet of them who preach the gospel of peace!
At CLC we believe in Christ's great commission to his disciples: To spread his teachings to all the nations of the world.
Sister Church Kasr el Dobara
In 2013, Christ Lutheran Church (CLC) forged a partnership with Kasr el Dobara Evangelical Church (KDEC) located in Cairo, Egypt. KDEC is the largest evangelical church in the Middle East. Through our contacts at KDEC, we learned that God is doing a mighty work in the Middle East, with millions making decisions to follow Christ since the “Arab Spring” began in 2011.
In Matthew 9:37-38 Jesus said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into His harvest field.” Our friends at KDEC invited us to join them in the work in the Middle East “harvest field,” as they cannot meet the needs alone. This is an historically unprecedented move of God, and we are eager to participate in the revival currently taking place in the Middle East.
As a result, since 2014, CLC has sent 5 teams to the Middle East serving alongside our Egyptian brothers and sisters, ministering to Syrian Refugees, special needs children, members of the underground church and the many extremely destitute people in and around Cairo, Christian and Muslim, alike.
In addition, we send monthly financial donations to KDEC’s “Food Bank” and in early 2019, our congregation raised over $18,000 to help to feed special needs orphans in Cairo for well over a year.
In 2019, CLC's Middle East Vision Committee expanded the scope of our ministry by deciding to send TWO missionary teams from CLC. In May, our Lebanon Team joined with missionaries from KDEC in serving Syrian Refugee camps in Zahle, Lebanon, about 5 miles from the Syrian border. And in late September, “Team Cairo” will also be ministering to Syrian Refugees, special needs orphans and will participate in several “Love Outreaches” with KDEC’s “Volunteer Go” team.
Our heart is very much to deepen our partnership with KDEC by continuing to financially assist their ministry and to send teams as often as possible to participate with them in their many outreach programs.
If you would be interested in serving on a future team, or contributing financially to a team or to the special needs orphanage, please contact Linda Bonar, Middle East Missions Coordinator at 661.259.0200 ext. 210.
High School Summer Missions
Over the years we have sent teams of High Schoolers to Mexico to build homes, to San Francisco to work with homeless... recently we have focused on the community of Black Mesa, AZ. We step into a region where Christians are often disdained for their faith but where churches across the Navajo Reservation are striving to honor God in the midst of poverty, addiction, and other challenges. Our team will have a truly unique, cross-culture experience as we spend time on “The Rez” and listen to stories from the Navajo who continue to live on the land of their ancestors, proudly maintaining their native language and traditions. We will offer assistance in home maintenance and build projects also build relationships, worship, and enjoy our time living within another culture. For more information, please contact Steven Neaton.
Habitat for Humanity
For several years we have been a part of Thrivent Builds, sending members to build homes in Guatemala as part of Habitat for Humanity. This year, we plan to travel to Budapest, Hungary. For more information, contact Bret Wims.
Proverbs 31:9 Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.
Our church as a family sponsors global outreach initiatives through different nonprofit organizations. Here are short descriptions of the work we are supporting.
Lutheran World Relief
The mission of Lutheran World Relief is to affirm God’s love for all people, working with Lutherans and partners around the world to end poverty, injustice and human suffering.
Vision Empowered by God’s unconditional love in Jesus Christ, they envision a world in which each person, every community and all generations live in justice, dignity and peace.
Lutheran Partners in Global Ministry
The mission of Lutheran Partners in Global Ministry is to be a movement that engages individuals and communities in transformational partnerships across the globe. Centered in faith and dedicated to service, LPGM is called to action by sharing resources and hope.
World Hunger Appeal
By providing immediate relief to those who are hungry, World Hunger Appeal meets basic needs and recognizes the universal human right to food. But ending hunger is about more than food; by connecting people with the resources they need to produce food and gain access to clean water, education, health care and sources of income, long-term, sustainable change can be accomplished. This organization starts relationships by conversation and listening. They follow the belief that people know their own communities best. Their congregations and global companion churches first identify the local needs and related solutions to help make a difference. Then, World Hunger Appeal partners with communities to help make those solutions a reality. Through this comprehensive approach, they work to address hunger from all angles — both domestically and globally.
ELCA Disaster Response
ELCA disaster response believes every response needs to be rooted in the community; they work to accompany communities from immediate relief through long-term recovery. This organization addresses disaster response internationally and in the United States.