LCA farewells ‘the face of our church in Asia’

The LCA has farewelled one of its most senior and respected officers, Pastor Wayne Zweck, who retired on 31 October. Pastor Zweck had served the church for 40 years as parish pastor and LCA secretary/mission director. This latter role had been described by some as ‘two full-time jobs, and probably more’. He was LCA vice-president […]

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Lamingtons foster cross-cultural friendships

‘What is this cake I have seen in women’s magazines?’ asked one of the visitors from the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Malaysia (ELCM). ‘I have always wanted to try one.’ It was a lamington. So began an intense women-to-women discussion about food and cooking. Cross-cultural friendships formed around lamingtons are no less important than those […]

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Global Connectedness

Weaving Threads Together…creating a tapestry of Lutheran schooling. What a wonderful and relevant theme to have for a national conference! Five ‘threads’ were woven together at the recent ACLE conference including spiritual, social, communication, teaching and learning and global. These threads were explored through a range of forums including keynote addresses, elective sessions and workshops. […]

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Our international guests look back

‘Jesus Christ is at the centre of the Lutheran schools in Australia’, these were the thoughts that were echoed over and over again by international guests attending ACLE. ‘The schools are kindness and live in the love of Jesus Christ’ were the opening remarks of Rev Jaminton Sipayung, Executive Secretary of the Gereja Kristen Proestant […]

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Wantok Bilong Mi

Tony Gallasch served as a mechanic with the Australian Lutheran Mission in New Guinea in the 60’s. His wife Coral recounts the story of their moving visit to the country and people that are part of our family of faith. The tropical rain poured down, turning the village tracks to mud and shrouding the Hedsbach […]

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One shirt between two

When my husband Roger and I were in Preah Vihear, Northern Cambodia, a woman came to the World Vision office seeking help. Her two young grandsons lived with her because their mother had died. They only had one shirt between them, so they took it in turns to go to school because you need to […]

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Australia…Wow!

Ria Limbong received a scholarship from Living Faith Lutheran Congregation to study in Australia at Grace College. Read her personal story and see what great progress she has made in her English. Australia…WOW! That was the first thing that stuck in my head when I knew I would come to Australia. I never thought that […]

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Living the Faith

Some four years ago Pastor Rob Erickson was involved in assisting the Huria Kristen Batak Protestan (HKBP) Seminary in Pematang Siantar, Sumatra, with English education. Pastor Rob was then the pastor of Living Faith congregation, Murrumba Downs in Queensland. Following discussions with Dr Willem Simamarta, from the HKBP, about standards of English in Sumatra, a […]

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Dalam Yesus Kita Bersaudara

What were our experiences in meeting young people and observing youth ministry in Sabah? We were challenged to learn new skills and build on established ones. We spent time with both the youth and their coordinators, sharing, through our translators, the similarities and differences between youth programs in Sabah and those in Victoria (eg Christian […]

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I hated the word

Growing up as a pastor’s kid had its advantages. When church dignitaries from the USA visited Australia, we got to meet them. When Nestlé introduced and sponsored instant coffee and Ideal Milk at the 1956 convention of Synod, we got to try it. When two Papua New Guineans came down with Missionary Keith Nagel, they […]

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