Pray without ceasing!! Thank you for praying for CLC ministries worldwide. Pray because more might depend on it than you know!
Since updates are easy and fast, there may be slight differences between these online CLC prayer/praise topics and what is available in printed form.
7-8 Sat/Sun, UK – Dundee
The second-hand book section in the basement of the shop is going quite well. The income is being shared between CLC and Book Aid. Give thanks for the books and Bibles that are donated for this venture. Pray that it will help even more people in their walk with Christ, bring new customers into the shop and help secure its financial viability. Several other CLC bookshops already have or will have second hand sections. Pray for wisdom in choosing which items to put on the shelves, and for success in publicising that used books & Bibles are available. Some of our shops are collection points for Book Aid and this will continue in parallel.
9 Mon. Ivory Coast – Property Sale
We have mentioned before that we are seeking to sell an apartment in Abidjan to pay some accumulated supplier debts. The legal and administrative process involved in selling the apartment is quite complex and, at the time of writing, the apartment is not yet even up for sale. Please pray that it would soon be ready to go on sale and that we will quickly find a buyer willing to give us a fair price. Pray for Prosper Weda, CLC French West Africa Director, as he oversees this process.
10 Tue. Netherlands – Bright Ideas!
“While the sales are still going down in the Netherlands, the costs don't. This is very discouraging for our staff and volunteers. So please pray for wisdom to reduce the costs and bright ideas to increase the sales.” Bertus Keuter, Director
11 Wed. Venezuela – Fire Damage
On September 4th, the CLC offices and warehouse were significantly affected by a fire that totally destroyed the building next door. Thankfully no one was harmed but, at the time of writing, normal work had not been resumed and the administration department has moved temporarily to a bookshop location. It is expected that the insurance will cover a large percentage of the repair costs but there will be inevitable losses as well. The building was brand new when we moved there just three years ago!
12 Thu. Trinidad – Ongoing Concern
An ongoing concern for our work in Trinidad is the high crime rate, which is predominantly gang and drug- related. In September, a prayer breakfast was held in the Port of Spain bookshop with the specific aim of praying for the social and political situation. One of those present shared that she had been a victim of crime and 15 family members and close friends had been gunned down. Marlene Ramroop, the Director for CLC in the Eastern Caribbean, writes “As Christmas approaches the crime rate seems to increase; please pray for protection, wisdom and steadfastness for the staff, and for adequate staff cover in the bookshops. Most of all, please pray that we will guide our customers to the true meaning of Christmas.”
13 Fri. Ecuador – Representing CLC
Please pray with us for the person we need to represent CLC as a mission and to make our service and products known in Bible Colleges and other Christian ministries.
14-15 Sat/Sun, UK – Handling Requests
From time to time we are asked if we could take over an existing Christian bookshop. Please pray for wisdom for the Leadership Team and Trustees as these requests are considered. While CLC wants to maintain literature outreach in the UK, it would be easy to overstretch both human and financial resources.
16 Mon. Swaziland – Looking Up
Thank you for praying for the ministry, which has been struggling for the past couple of years and with no certain outcome. However, things are beginning to look up. Some generous donations have enabled us to buy stock from the USA, and a number of debts have been cleared. Because of this, and a further donation, we will now be able to pay the advance rents needed to relocate the bookshop in Manzini to a smaller retail unit, which will help reduce rental costs. Please pray for Simphiwe and Snedzcile, the two Swazi ladies running the shop, as they work on possibilities to enable us to relocate by the end of the year.
17 Tue. PNG – Publishing 1
“Pray that we are successful in identifying some local authors whose suitable works we can publish here in Port Moresby. Local authors who publish elsewhere charge quite high rates. Publishing is very new to us and so we want make sure we do it right. Your prayers would be appreciated.” Vere Babona, Director
18 Wed. Netherlands – Publishing 2
Here in the Netherlands we are in the process of returning to publishing, an activity which we believe has the potential to strengthen the ministry. Please pray for us as have been out of the publishing world for quite a time. Our first book will be Why Pro Life? by Randy Alcorn. We are in contact with pro-life organisations to make this book available to as many people as possible. Please pray that this title will help people to stand strong for God’s truth.
19 Thu. Ivory Coast – Possible Shop Closures
Due to our long-term financial problems, it is very likely that we will have to close two bookshops at the end of this year, already having reduced staffing levels at both to cut costs. Please pray for all those involved in these decisions and for those affected by them. Also pray that we may be able to retain the ministry from our bookshop in Abidjan.
20 Fri. Indonesia – Getting to the Root of the Problem!
“For many years, two trees in front of CLC Surabaya had caused concern. The roots had started to damage the pavement and were reaching the foundations of the bookshop. We knew that removing them would be very expensive, so what should we do? We had been praying about the situation and, praise God, in September the local government decided to remove the trees and rebuild the pavement. Our shop is much more visible now and we have plans to improve the front. Please pray for God’s provision for this expense, and that we will get the necessary permission for new signs.” Frans Kairupan
21-22 Sat/Sun. UK – Christmas Thoughts
As our staff approach the Christmas break and the end of a busy year, pray that they will be rested in body and renewed in spirit as they think about the birth of our Saviour – the Saviour of the world - and that in this we will all feel our unity with the CLC family around the world.
23 Mon. India – Chennai
“Construction work for the Chennai Metro (underground railway) is being carried out in different parts of the city. They are drilling very close to our shop in Mount Road and the barricades in front of it are making it very difficult for customers to approach the bookshop, affecting our sales. At the time of writing, some shops in the area are already selling off their stock and even vacating their premises. It will be many months before things are back to normal. Please pray that God will show us a way where there seems to be no way for our Mount Road shop!” Christopher Robert
24 Tue. Portugal - Good News
Praise the Lord for the way He is blessing the Chronological Bible studies being held in the CLC bookshop in Coimbra. Two members of the current group of students recently became Christians.
25 Wed. 1 Timothy 3:16 (NIV)
“He appeared in the flesh, was vindicated by the Spirit, was seen by angels, was preached among the nations, was believed on in the world, was taken up in glory.”
26 Thu. Japan – After Christmas
We are conducting our annual stock count over the next few days. Please pray that this job will be done efficiently, quickly and accurately. Pray too for all our staff as we come to the close of this year and prepare for next year – pray for God’s protection over our lives, for spiritual refreshment and for good health.
27 Fri. Philippines – Change of Emphasis
“We are now having a change of emphasis in our wholesale distribution. With the changing nature of the Christian book market, we would like to focus more on reprinting and publications. Please pray for the staff in our publishing department, that they would have God's guidance in choosing the right titles. Please pray also for good contacts to enable the conversion of our local titles into eBook format. We are also praying and searching for additional local authors whose works we could publish.” Romualdo Macinas.
28-29 Sat/Sun. UK – Opportunities in 2014
2014 will bring new vision and opportunities that will require a lot of hard work to bring them to fruition. Pray that God will guide to get the priorities right and give the strength and energy to do the work. Some of the tasks ahead are: IT improvements for shops, warehouse and accounts; continuing work on health, safety and property maintenance; meeting the need for greater warehouse capacity; running bookstalls for more events; and improving our online sales.
30 Mon. CLC Asia Leaders’ Conference
Please pray for the many preparations and plans for three CLC events that will be taking place consecutively and under the same roof in April or May. These are meetings for CLC Publishing, CLC Regional Directors and CLC Asia Leaders. Much of the background work falls to Romualdo Macinas, CLC Regional Director for Asia. Please pray for wisdom in working out the details and pray too that all the CLC leaders in Asia, or representatives from each country, will be able to attend. Visas and available finance can be obstacles.
31 Tue. Advance in Asia
At the time of writing, CLC is considering opening in more countries, praise the Lord.
Christopher Robert and his team in ELS (as CLC is called in India) are considering opening a CLC ministry, or re-opening in this case, in Sri Lanka.
Romualdo Macinas (CLC Regional Director for Asia and Director of CLC Philippines) is investigating and researching how CLC can be involved in Cambodia.
Please pray for God’s direction and guidance in these very important matters.
More global prayer & praise topics coming soon.
Thanks for praying and praising!!
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