Blessed outside my comfort zone

There are a few things I struggle with, including change, new people and new places. So when I felt called to apply for the Grow Leadership program, which would include spending time in a country I had never visited with people I had never met, I wasn’t sure how I would cope. Thankfully God’s plans […]

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I now know Jesus’ love

Visit the café at Bethany Home, Malaysia, and you will be welcomed by the radiating smiles of the young people who serve there and by their teacher, Rajesh. Rajesh began work at Bethany Home sixteen years ago. At that time, she did not know anything about working with young people who have disabilities, but needed […]

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strength in community

In February 2018, Chris Sumner and Pastor Michael Dutschke travelled to the Nan district in Thailand with Erin Kerber (LCA International Mission Program Officer) to look, listen and learn. Their mission was to discover how we could partner with the local Lutheran church leaders in the Nan district, to give them a hand up with […]

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New Home for Mission Museum

The Louise Flierl Mission Museum, which features more than 1000 culturally-significant artefacts from Australian Lutheran international mission fields, has a new home. The museum, which opened in March 1998 in the old St Paul’s Lutheran Church building in Hahndorf in the Adelaide Hills, has been rehoused in the LLL building, at 175 Archer Street, North […]

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May They Be One …

Visiting Myanmar for the first time – a country only recently opened to the west – was an exciting and slightly daunting prospect for me. I was invited to be a guest presenter at the Biblical Lutheran Women Conference in Yangon in November 2018, hosted by the Federation of the Lutheran Churches in Myanmar and […]

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Hearts for Mission

Popeye had probably never been on such a mission! It was a wet and cold afternoon when one of the small but iconic fleet of recreational ferries which have carried locals, tourists and even royalty along Adelaide’s River Torrens since the 1930s, transported a group of diverse people who had two critical things in common. […]

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A Labour of Love

When I told Marj and Clarrie Schutz that I wanted to write a brief account of their involvement in Stamps for Mission, Marj’s immediate reply was ‘it’s time consuming’. Marj has been involved in cleaning/sorting and bundling stamps since I spoke at a women’s fellowship meeting about Stamps for Mission. So, for more than a […]

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Shelter in a difficult life situation

All the women who come to Home of Grace (HOG) have different backgrounds and different stories. Some of the women are working as prostitutes. Others have become pregnant with a man who they later find out is already married. Common for all of them is that they have ended up in a difficult situation and […]

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Help for Grandma!

Nong Va is a little girl living under the busy highway within a two minute walk to Home of Praise, a school run by the ELCT (Evangelical Lutheran Church of Thailand). Nong Va is only 2 years old, but has already experienced many painful things in her life. She has never known her dad, and […]

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The Importance of English for the Bibelvrouw College

The Bibelvrouw College, or Women’s Bible College is, as its name reveals, a Bible College for women and girls. It was founded in Batak lands, North Sumatra, Indonesia by a German missionary in 1934. She was Sister Elfriede Harder, a missionary of the Rheinische Mission Geselschaft (RMG), which is now the United Evangelical Mission (UEM) […]

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