Church is not a building but the people of God

During October and November 2015, Matt and I volunteered to teach English in Indonesia. I studied Indonesian at university and was teaching it at Living Waters Lutheran Primary School, Alice Springs. While still at university, I had a desire to use my language skills abroad. I therefore had spoken with Glenice Hartwich about mission opportunities […]

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Word and water with power and purpose

Immense hardship and deep sorrow have filled much of Kert Voun’s 64 years of life. Married in 1975, her husband and two of her infant sons died during those murderous years of the Khmer Rouge regime in Cambodia. Her second husband, whom she married in 1979, died just one year later, leaving her to care […]

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12,000 voices praising God!

The competition was intense and the songs of praise articulated with joy and precision as 28 groups vied for the title of the best women’s choir of the Huria Batak Protestan church (HKBP) in Indonesia on Saturday, 28 November. Women in a kaleidoscope of coloured kebayas (traditional Indonesia formal women’s dress), brightly painted lips and […]

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‘Border Crossings’ Issue 18

In this latest issue of Border Crossings, read the stories of young women (Baui in northern Thailand, and Sophoeurn in Cambodia) who are so excited about Jesus they have become evangelists; Kawee from Thailand who met Jesus through the ministry of a Singapore Lutheran Church outreach centre; the adventures of Marilyn (Mal) and John Morgan, […]

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Thai Chilli Chicken Basil

Serves 4-6 Ingredients 800g chicken fillet (thinly sliced) 2 large cloves garlic (minced) 1 birdseye chilli (deseeded and finely chopped) 3 tbsp oil (coconut, vegetable, peanut or canola), for frying 1 cup basil leaves (preferably Thai holy basil) Sauce 2 tsp light soy sauce 3 tsp oyster sauce 3 tbsp fish sauce 3 tbsp water […]

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Filled with joy

The joy on Ung Ein’s face is evident as she sits on the bench with her friends from the village of Krus, Cambodia waiting for the bible study to begin following her midday time meal. Ung Ein first started coming to the Life Centre following her retirement in 2011 as a primary school teacher. Since […]

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Free from Fear

Sei’s heart races as the sound of the vehicle winding its way up the steep slopes leading into Huay Me village reaches her ears. She straightens up, drops the tools she has been using to plant her dry rice and races back to her village. In her haste to meet Ajan Amnuay, Sei slips over, […]

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Lifestyles of reconciliation

James Kerber is four years into a five-year double degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering. Passionate about youth ministry, James joined his father, Rev Paul Kerber, for a week in North Sumatra, Indonesia, teaching on lifestyles of reconciliation with people from our Lutheran overseas partner churches. Pastor Kerber is the LCA Assistant to the Bishop, […]

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Ties to ‘silver years’ hold strong

Memories and connections to warm, distant places drew almost 90 people to the fourth annual Fritzsche Oration, held at Australian Lutheran College in Adelaide on a wet and cold August evening. In his welcoming remarks, Principal James Winderlich asked audience members to indicate how many had served in Papua New Guinea, and how many had […]

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