The Lutheran Church Concordia (LCC) in Kyrgyzstan, a sister church of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS), recently baptized three people in one congregation, and one infant in another, as well as confirming one adult during the period between October and December, 2013. The LCMS supports projects with this partner church by helping to provide resources for evangelism, theological education, and mercy work. The first congregation was established with the help of the LCMS in 1998, and the church body was registered with the government of Kyrgyzstan in 2001.
Currently, the LCC has 25 mission congregations which are served by five ordained pastors. There are 280 confirmed members. It has grown from just 14 confirmed members in the first congregation established in 1998! The infant girl baptized at one of the churches was the granddaughter of a former evangelist for the church body. The woman now lives and works in Russia, but before going there, she helped to spread the Gospel in her small village until they were persecuted so badly, that they were forced to flee. From there, she moved on to another small village where she helped to start a house church. Eventually, she had to leave Kyrgyzstan to gain a livelihood in Russia, but she hopes to one day return and once again help the LCC reach more people. She was able to visit, though, to see her granddaughter’s Baptism. She has faced much persecution, and hardship, yet she is dedicated to returning one day to help more.
Praise be to God for the continued growth of the LCC! Despite difficulties faced by the leaders and members, they continue to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
- Pray that the newly Baptized would be held firmly in the faith!
- Pray for more leaders to lead house churches and standing congregations.
- Pray for the indigenous development of evangelistic programs in congregations.
- Pray for the Gospel Outreach of the program in churches.