The four LWF member churches in Myanmar recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding to work cooperatively under the banner of the Federation of Lutheran Churches of Myanmar. The Mekong Mission Forum Meeting in May 2012 encouraged the leaders from the four member churches to form the National Committee of Lutheran Churches in Myanmar by signing a Memorandum of Understanding. In 2013, the key leaders of the Myanmar Lutheran Church, Mara Evangelical Church and the Lutheran Church of Myanmar, with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Myanmar joining them in 2016.
The Federation of the Lutheran Churches in Myanmar confess the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to be the only and norm of its doctrine, life and service. It sees in the three Ecumenical Creeds and the Confessions of the Lutheran Church, especially in the unaltered Augsburg Confession and the Small Catechism of Martin Luther, a pure exposition of the Word of God.
Through the LCA’s relationship with the Lutheran Church in Malaysia and the LWF Mekong Mission Forum, the LCA International Mission has been gradually involved in partnership relationships with all four of the LWF member churches in Myanmar. The major involvement in this partnership is through providing support for the Lutheran Church of Malaysia as it supports the theological development particularly of the Myanmar Lutheran Church.
Visits to Myanmar have been undertaken by the Assistant to the Bishop – International Mission and Program Officers to undertake investigative visits, in addition to attend LWF MMF meetings. Short-term scholarships to Australia to undertake ALC classes and orientation to the LCA have been given on 2 occasions. In 2012, Rev James San Aung (MLC) and Rev Martin LalThangliana (LCM) spent 3 months in Australia, and in 2014, Mr Luke Andrew (LBC/ ELCB) was in Australia for 3 months, and Rev Victor VeU from the MEC came for 2 months.
The LCA also supports the biannual Women’s Ministry conference for the four LWF member churches. the most recent Women’s Ministry Conference was held in 2016. Kathy Bensted was the keynote speaker and study leader for the November 2016 conference. the previous Women’s Ministry Conference in 20114 was led by LCA lay theologian Dr Margaret Hunt.
There are many opportunities for congregations, schools and individuals to become personally involved in the ministry carried out by and with the Lutheran Churches in Myanmar.
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