Our partners in Australia include:
Australian Lutheran College is the tertiary education provider of the Lutheran Church of Australia (LCA). Students at ALC are taught to think imaginatively about issues that affect all of life in the church and the world. They are learning to think faithfully and vitally about life and faith in the light of biblical and church teaching, and be effective spiritual leaders, educators, and workers who bring life and renewal in the church and communities they serve.
ALWS is the overseas aid and resettlement agency of the Lutheran Church of Australia. It operates under a constitution approved by the General Synod of the Lutheran Church of Australia (LCA), and is consistent with the objects of the LCA Constitution.
ALWS and LCA International Mission, together with Lutheran Education Australia (LEA) join together in a range of programs specifically in Indonesia. Through these programs funded by generous grants from the Lutheran Laypeople’s League (LLL) they collaboratively seek to build the capacity of the partner Churches, particularly in the area of education and educational reform.
LLL Australia is a charitable financial institution which provides savings accounts. The LLL prides itself on providing savings accounts that are simple, fee free with a great interest rate. Savings account products include Personal, Children’s, Business and Self-Managed Super Funds that can be in individual or joint names. As an Authorised Deposit-taking Institution (ADI), the LLL is regulated under the Banking Act and by APRA. The mission of the LLL is to provide business and financial support to the Lutheran Church of Australia (LCA) while providing excellent service to all customers and safeguarding the interests of depositors. The LLL only provides loans to approved LCA projects, such as upgrades to Lutheran schools, churches and care facilities, with surpluses assisting the LCA in its mission.
Significant funding given by the LLL more recently has enable the LCA International Mission in collaboration with Australian Lutheran World Service (ALWS) and Lutheran Education Australia (LEA) to assist overseas partner churches in Indonesia to strengthen and build their institutional capacity particularly in the area of education and education reform.
Lutheran Education Australia (LEA) is committed to the mission and ministry of the Lutheran Church of Australia (LCA) through supporting quality, Christ centred education. It operates on behalf of the LCA in partnership with early childhood centres (ECCs), schools and regions in pursuit of this vision.
Through a collaborative and consultative partnership with Australian Lutheran World Service (ALWS) and LCA International Mission and with generous funding from the LLL the Lutheran Church of Australia provides significant practical and financial support to strengthen the education and education reform of partner Churches particularly in Indonesia.
Lutheran Women of Australia (LWA) is an auxiliary of the Lutheran Church of Australia (LCA). They are an association of Lutheran women encouraging a deeper consecration and a greater service to Christ and his church (in particular through the study of the Scriptures), to coordinate and give impetus to the work of the women of the LCA and to foster the bond of Christian fellowship among the women of our church.
LWA’s enduring prayers, giving and practical support have eternal consequences in the lives of many people across the borders of our country. LCA International Mission joins in thanking God for the Lutheran Women of Australia and for their partnership in the gospel. Through their gifts and the working of the Holy Spirit they have enabled many people to hear the message of Jesus Christ in words and actions, and through this, many have come to a saving faith in Jesus Christ. Their lives have been changed from fear to freedom in Christ, and they now have the hope of Christ living in them.
Current LCA International Mission projects supported by LWA:
- In Cambodia, young and older people are coming to know of the love of Jesus Christ and being baptised into the family of God through the ministry and mission, carried out by pastors, evangelists and the new believers in the Lutheran Church in Cambodia. LWA partner in this ministry and mission in Cambodia. The new and emerging Lutheran Church in Cambodia has expanded to include four key ministry centres, where, through children’s and youth programs, English classes, the Daily Bread program for the aged and very young, agricultural projects, Bible studies and worship services people hear and experience the power of Jesus’ love in their lives.
- Through the LCA International Mission scholarship program LWA have enabled pastors and leaders from the overseas partner churches to have the opportunity to study at Australian Lutheran College and gain a deeper understanding of the gift of grace in Jesus Christ expressed through Lutheran theology. Many people who have had these scholarships have returned to their churches to take up roles as bishops, leaders and seminary lecturers.
- LWA’s prayers and financial support for Home of Praise, Thailand have made it possible for Jesus’ love to be experienced in very practical ways by the infants and small children who live difficult and dangerous lives in the slums of Bangkok. At the Home of Praise, these vulnerable children are blessed daily with clean clothes, water to wash, wholesome food, fresh milk, and by the Word of God lived and shared with them during their weekday attendance. LWA’s gifts of love make it possible for the children to ‘come to Jesus’.
- LWA’s generous gifts have been used to provide for education, shoes, clothing, medical expenses and transport costs for the children who call Debora orphanage, Indonesia their home. Due to Australian government advice about the need to cease support for overseas orphanages, LWA support for Debora orphanage will need to be wound down and conclude after this next triennium. We have advised Bishop Togar of this government directive. This will allow the leadership of GKPA to find alternative ways of supporting this ministry.
- LWA’s support for Bethany Home, Malaysia continues to provide opportunities for the teachers and staff at Bethany to develop their skills and grow deeper in their understanding of Jesus’ love for them and for the people with disabilities whom they serve. Bethany Home is a training centre for people with disabilities. It was established in 1966 by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Malaysia. Initially it was a place to give medical attention and physical support to the people affected by epilepsy and mental disability. Not long after that, Bethany Home became a well known training centre for people with all types of disabilities and all level of ages. Today Bethany Home is more than a special education school. It provides functional academics and training which are very much useful for the daily life of people with special needs and disabilities, for their independence and interdependent living, for community life. Through the ministry which the dedicated staff at Bethany Home carry out on a daily basis, the lives of people living with multiple disabilities continue to be transformed at Bethany. Once seen by their communities as people without hope and value, they come to understand that they too are loved by God. The programs and practices of the staff at Bethany enable each person to reach their potential and use their gifts to gain employment, achieve ambitions and gain a sense of hope and purpose.
- LWA’s giving has helped in the publication of new curriculum for the Women’s Ministry (Meri Wok) Training, Papua New Guinea of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Papua New Guinea (ELC-PNG). The training course is carried out over a two-year period. The four Meri Wok Trening schools have been set up to empower women to become strong Christian leaders in their communities. After completing their studies the young women return to home to help to support the women in their own villages to live out their faith at home and in society.
- Birthing Kits, lovingly prepared by women from across Australia and packed by volunteers in Adelaide and Brisbane are shipped to Papua New Guinea to provide vital items for mothers and their new born babies living in remote and rural areas. The kits help give the women a clean and safe delivery, especially when the baby is born in the village with the help of a village midwife, or at a rural Aid Post or Health Centre.
- For those living in remote areas in Papua New Guinea where there are no hospitals and or power supply to refrigerate vaccines and other medical supplies, the gift of solar panels make a great difference to women, and their new born babies, and the elderly and small children. LWA’s gift of Solar panels for rural health centres can literally save the life of the vulnerable and elderly people in PNG’s remote regions.