Home of Praise says: Thanks!

To the Lutheran Church of Australia, We in Home of Praise want to thank you for your support. The parents only pay 10 baht each to send their children to the nursery so we need a lot of support from outside to be able to keep it running. At the moment, 35 children from 6 […]

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Smiles at Hephata

“Hello! Hello!” The smiling man with the missing teeth called cheerily to us every morning – and every time we walked past his sitting place. His warm call and happy grin were guaranteed to make us smile back. But that was normal at Hephata – we were always met with smiling faces and cheerful greetings […]

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Ginger and Honey Chicken

Serves 4 Ingredients 3 tbs oil 2 large onions cut into wedges 2 tsp minced garlic 800g chicken thigh fillets, sliced thinly 5 cm fresh ginger, peeled and cut into fine, thin strips 1 tsp Chinese five spice powder 4 tbs honey 2 tbs fish sauce Ground black pepper to taste 1 red chilli (or […]

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Luther’s catechism gains new traction in Malaysia

Dr Professor Eric Trozzo visited Australian Lutheran College (ALC) in October to discuss the ongoing relationship between ALC and the Sabah Theological Seminary (STS), where he is a lecturer and director of the Lutheran Studies Centre. Since 1988, STS has been training pastors and lay workers for service in the Protestant churches of Sabah, Malaysia’s […]

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my children, your children

To reach Debora Orphanage in North Sumatra, we travel ten hours along the bumpy road from Medan. When we’re almost there, there’s a deep ravine. Down we go, and labour up the other side, perhaps with the help of a winch if the day is wet. Then we turn down a little track, bump through […]

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Sails, Symbols, Synonyms

It’s a clear, warm day as Hanna Schulz and I walk towards the coffee shop. ‘Perfect sailing weather’, Hanna says exuberantly. ‘I’m an ocean person.’ Perhaps it is natural, then, that Hanna is a mate on the One and All, a vessel that offers five-to-seven-day sailing experiences for young people, often from troubled backgrounds. ‘I […]

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The heart language

As our church celebrates over 30 years of involvement in Bible translating, Tim Fischer explains how Australian Lutherans have brought God’s word to people in their own languages. On 8 October 2010 Lutheran Bible Translators Australia (LBTA) marked the passing of 30 years since the first meeting of its committee. In 1980 Lutheran Bible Translators […]

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Welded together: Queensland and PNG sister schools

Eleven people from the Peace Lutheran Primary School community in Gatton, Queensland, have visited their Papua New Guinean (PNG) sister school, Bemal Lutheran Primary. John Trappet, a teacher at Peace said, ‘The journey took us out into the remote bush via a very bumpy and dusty route, including an unsealed logging road. ‘When we drove […]

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No passports, no idea, no way

We’d retired and settled into a quiet life, spending time with the family, working around the house and garden – filling in time quite nicely, thank you very much. Then bang out of nowhere we were thinking about volunteering overseas to teach English. We’d had friends around for dinner and everything was going as normal […]

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