Global Outreach Ministries
These are the outreach projects and non-profit organizations that are supported by Christ Lutheran Church (CLC) through congregational gifts of time and money.
Navin Doman Theological College - North India
Feed My Starving Children
NAVIN DOMAN THEOLOGICAL COLLEGE in Ranchi, India was developed by The Revs. Nijhar and Neeraj Ekka, former members of Christ Lutheran Church, through the North Western Gossner Evangelical Lutheran Church in India. It is supported by CLC and a web of other churches in the U.S., and the World Mission Prayer League.
The need for training of Pastors and Evangelists is great in the northern part of India. The NWGLC in India has more than 130,000 members in over 725 congregations, but has only about 80 pastors. Pastors serve many congregations on a rotating basis and some congregations are only served by Evangelists who have minimal or no theological training. The college is a multi-purpose residential facility, and used by the Church in North India to:
• train pastors, evangelists, missionaries, and lay leaders in Lutheran theology
• host religious conferences, exchange students, foreign visitors, and mission trips
• study the religions of India to better learn how to communicate the Gospel
The Ekkas and their children moved back to Ranchi, India in the fall of 2005 to provide leadership for the building process. The building began in 2006 with the digging of the well. The first class of 10 students began their studies in July 2007 at a temporary facility. Though the building was still incomplete, it was dedicated in 2008 and the students moved in for the 2009 session. The first class graduated in 2010. Graduates are assigned ministry responsibilities in parishes and some of them have more than 10 worshipping congregations.
The Bachelor of Theology program is a 3 1/2 year course and the Evangelist Training is one year. Evangelists are in charge of one congregation while the B.Th.graduates are ordained and given responsibility of a parish with multiple congregations.The college has 8 full time teachers (including Nijhar and Neeraj) and 2 part time, as well as 3 non-teaching staff for office work and meals.
Future plans for the college include expanding course offerings, constructing a dining room and kitchen, adding an administrative building, a big hall and residential quarters for the staff. Contributions to help fund Navin Doman Theological College, scholarships for students, or living expenses for the Ekka family can be made through Christ Lutheran Church.
The Ekkas recently returned to India after a year long sabbatical in Minnesota.
FEED MY STARVING CHILDREN
Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) is a non-profit organization that helps to feed hungry children around the world by packaging and delivering nutritious meals for them. For more information, visit fmsc.org . Groups from CLC periodically visit the Coon Rapids site to manually assemble food packets and box them for shipping.