From: Lutheran Heritage Foundation <info@LHFmissions.org> Sent: Wednesday, October 31, 2018 1:25:24 PM To: Jeremy Klaustermeier Subject: Prayers requested this Reformation Day
Last week, Kolpanny, Russia was rocked by a factory explosion that decimated all the buildings in the immediate area... except one.
Still standing is the Lutheran church, the only building in the area to remain fully intact, its steeple a stark contrast to the rubble surrounding it. Inside the building remains a large storage area of LHF's Russian language books, including the Book of Concord and Luther's Small Catechism.
While the church has some damage, LHF's books are safe – a witness of God's powerful Word.
Grant then, O God, where'er men roam, That, when the church-bells are ringing, Many in saving faith may come Where Christ His message is bringing: "I know Mine own, Mine own know Me; Ye, not the world, My face shall see. My peace I leave with you." Amen.
LHF TRANSLATOR ATTACKED
Rev. Mohammed Gurhan, LHF's translator for Somalia, has suffered a physical attack. He writes [with some details omitted for his protection]:
"Dear brothers in the Lord, on Sept. 27, I went to [the city] for a court decision related to my property against two Islamist mullahs (teachers). On October 3, the court reached a verdict in favor of me. Around noon when I left the courthouse, a mob of mullahs attacked me with stones and wounded me severely. I lost a lot of blood and was hospitalised for three days.
"Although I recovered and feel much better than the last four weeks, still I sometimes feel dizziness and get tired. Three of those mullahs who attacked me are now in police custody waiting for a court trial. The property was being used as a safe house to accommodate those who have run away from persecution and are in need of temporary shelter. Currently there is one family and a single man. The Islamists' intention, which is to eliminate Christian Somalis from the city, made the property one of their first targets.
"Please pray for my health and the safety of the believers in [this city]."
THE REFORMATION CONTINUES
On October 31, 1517, Martin Luther rocked the Catholic Church by calling for a return to the clear and faithful teaching of Scripture. Today, LHF continues what Luther began by translating books like the Small Catechism, Augsburg Confession and Book of Concord into the languages of the world.
This past Sunday, our Lutheran brothers and sisters in the country of Romania dedicated LHF's translation of the Small Catechism in the Romanian language. For East African countries like Kenya and Tanzania, LHF has just published 10,000 copies of Here I Stand, a biography of Martin Luther.
The work Luther began – built on the rock-solid foundation of Jesus Christ – will continue throughout the world for generations to come. This Reformation Day, please consider how you can help LHF lay a foundation of faith in places like Somalia, Russia, Romania and Kenya.
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