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Wednesday
Oct142015

News from Bill Green in Costa Rica

40 foot container is at sea!

The work on the US side is done – purchasing, moving, packing.  Now we face Costa Rican Customs, and then the logistics of moving the machinery to its final destination!  We are excited about the various “new” machines that will help make our book operation even more efficient.  Your donations for “CLIR printing” help us offset these costs!

 

We are thankful for 3 small volunteer work teams that have kicked off 2015 at the construction site!

Short range plan is to finish the lower floor of the construction and move the CLIR print shop in.  This will solve CLIR’s problem of lack of space, and will put the building to immediate use while we can finish the rest.

Funds are needed for us to move ahead.  Please tag donations:  “Construction Project”.

Shipment of machinery and supplies to Costa Rica needed! (Still hasn’t shipped!)

Thanks to a generous loan and donation by an individual, CLIR has been able to purchase a much needed, used hydraulic guillotine (1980 model).  We have been using a manual paper cutter all these years (1930 model!), and our shoulders are wearing out!  We also purchased a used hydraulic paper drill for the MILLIONS of pages that we will need to punch for the series “Life in Christ”, which uses a spiral bound spine.  We need to ship these articles to Costa Rica as soon as possible, since we already have the first volume of “Life in Christ” printed (250,000 sheets of paper).  And we have run out of printing plates and solution.  Estimated cost for this shipment is $4,500.  Please consider a donation for “Machinery” (the appropriate tag).  Thank you!  We hope to ship sometime in March.  Pray for this need!

 

Theological Journal “Reforma Siglo 21” meets the desires of many church leaders

The theological journal published by CLIR is the only Reformed theological journal that is shipped to all of Latin America.  CLIR has had to reduce the quantity published (now down to 2,000) due to rising mail costs.  Many articles are now available on the internet, but the printed format continues to be an effective means for pastors to share the Reformed faith with friends.  Many have been introduced or strengthened in the Reformed faith through the Journal.  Please remember “CLIR publishing” in your giving! If you desire to help fund this important service, please contact Rev. Bill Green at clirprint@gmail.com Thank you!  We are considering a FREE issue.  Please consider supporting financially this excellent way to share the faith!  Several churches in Cuba have just joined CLIR and we are shipping Journals free of charge to Cuba.

John Calvin’s commentaries on the Bible

CLIR has undertaken the monumental task of translating and printing John Calvin’s commentaries, especially Old Testament commentaries.  There are extremely few Reformed commentaries on the OT, and very little of John Calvin is in Spanish.  At the date of this writing, CLIR has translated and published 2 Peter, Jude, Jonah, Joel, and Genesis and Joshua will soon be printed (are already translated).  Join us for this exciting and needed service to the Latin churches! Joshua is printed!  Genesis soon (it is a huge commentary!  It has taken a long time to edit and correct).  We are now translating the rest of the Pentateuch.

Conferences

Reformed conferences are in demand!  Sometimes we can’t keep up.  Contributions for our ministry help cover travel costs and other expenses for conferences.

Tepeyac Christian School

The Tepeyac school continues to offer Christian education, and provides scholarships to Reformed families who cannot afford to pay. Your donation to the Tepeyac school will help provide these funds for needy families. Thank you!

Construction needs to move forward!  Make sure you mark your donation “High School construction”.  

- See more at:

http://www.reformedmissions.org/funds-needed.html#sthash.pp45Ygad.dpuf

 

Monday
Aug172015

Dale and Nancy Knutson - Cambodia

Medical Missions

 
Medical outreach with local personnel and short term teams have been a way of bringing people to the church. We are glad to be a part of this experience.
You may be interested in observing this short video about medical mission in Cambodia.
Thank you for your support in bringing health and good news to the people of Cambodia.
Friday
Jun192015

Reformed Seminary in Vietnam

Friday May 29 Rev. Nhiem Tran (former Westminster student) met with J.V. Fesko (Academic Dean, Westminster Seminary California) to discuss establishing a reformed graduate seminary in South Vietnam.  The Lord has graciously opened many doors including the purchase of land and permission to build.  The long process begins as four young American men (bi-lingual in Vietnamese and English) will begin their studies at Westminster this Fall in order to train to be the initial faculty at the fledgling reformed seminary in Saigon.  Please implore the Lord's grace for this endeavor to the end that Vietnamese believers might have the blessing of trained pastors who can preach Christ-centered sermons from all the Scripture and rightly distinguish law and gospel.

Historical Timeline

1975
. Fall of Vietnam to communist
. Few churches closed
. Pastors placed in reeducation camps
. Seminary in Nha Trang closed

Summary: churches went underground, many pastors died in the camps, leadership trained only informally but "illegal" because not recognized by the Communist Vietnamese government

1993
. Limited freedom granted for assembly of worship
. Few pastors left to lead the church, desperate need for new leadership
. New leaders trained out of the country in Bangkok

2003
. Increased freedom for assembly
. Some new churches built or reopened
. Continuing hostility especially in rural areas (mountains and Mekong Delta)
. Vietnamese government granted the opening of the first undergraduate seminary for the Tin Lanh Church in Ho Chi Minh City (Evangelical Church of Saigon), granting 50 students per year (one from each province)

Summary: For the past ten years hundreds of new pastors have graduated from the undergraduate institution and returned to their home towns to pastor churches. However, their training is minimal and preaching tends to be moralistic, so there is a great need for good, reformed, graduate-level training.

2014
. Vietnamese government granted a second undergraduate seminary to be opened -- Tin Lanh Church in Hanoi (Evangelical Church of Hanoi)

2015 (May 28)
. Initiation of reformed graduate seminary under Westminster Theological Seminary (land already purchased and permission to build already granted)

Thursday
Apr232015

Focus on Children Under Five by Dale Knutson

The birth of a healthy baby brings joy and happiness to a family.  In a world where mothers receive little to no health care and babies are delivered under minimal medical supervision, the death of a baby often brings heartache.  Childhood disease and inadequate birthing skills contribute significantly to attitude of complacency among parents.  So it is understandable when one observes inadequate bonding of baby and mother.  Why invest time, energy and resources into a baby who stands a chance of not living until his first birthday?

In Cambodia there has been marginal improvement in the infant morbidity and mortality rates among children under age five.  With our small medical team within Mission to the World we hope to improve the attitudes and statistics in the province where we have a presence.  To that end we have begun a project to investigate the health of the children under the age of five. Ambassadors graciously have seeded the money to begin the Under Five Health Project.  The communities will be surveyed, a course on identifying significant health risks will be presented to volunteer health workers from the community and we will monitor the children under age five.  Why do this project?

Showing interest in the health the children will increase the credibility of the church planters.
The information gathered will be presented to the community to encourage those interested in developing activities in the community that will positively affect the health of the children.

As the communities see positive effects of this project they will see other aspects of their community where change may be affected.

Above all, we know the message of the gospel is the most transformative message.  So as we respond to the gospel message we yield our hearts and minds to Christ with the desire to serve others.  This project will open the doors of the hearts of the people to hear the gospel.

Monday
Mar232015

Printing Ministry by Bill Green in Costa Rica

Missionary Bill Green in Costa Rica writes about the printing ministry and audio sermons distributed throughout Latin America:

We are working two shifts down here, trying to keep up with church, conferences (lots of invitations!) and printing.  CLIR is translating the URC Catechism materials because there is a complete lack of any Reformed material for youth whatsoever.  CLIR is trying to fill this huge hole, and we've finished the first volume of "The Price of belonging" and are ready to print the second part. 

We are thrilled by all the opportunities God is opening up, but sometimes we feel the door is too big!  What we need right now are effective, honest distributors of our books in each country.  This has been a difficult process, and we are far from having a good network.  But we continue to receive feedback that our books are very reasonably priced, great content, and well presented (printing, cover, etc). If you haven't seen how our list of titles has grown, you can go to this page:  http://www.clir.net/libros.html

By the way, we have people coming to our church through our internet sermons - we just received two families this way!  And we have hundreds of folks around the world listening to Sunday messages. So the audio equipment you helped us with is being put to good use, and producing fruit for the kingdom!