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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To the ends of the earth

‘But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth’ (Acts 1:8). A modern-day take on this well-known verse may read ‘and you will be my witnesses to your neighbours, to […]

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Never no one’s, always someone’s

To meet James now is to meet a whirlwind for Jesus! Confident, enthusiastic and with a deep warmth of hospitality, James is alive with God’s Spirit and is a pastor in the Myanmar Lutheran Church (MLC). James grew up in a village where 50 houses formed his small community. A village missionary evangelist who was […]

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Jesus Replaces Fear with Life

It was my privilege recently to visit the Lua people in northern Thailand. The land is steep and mountainous. In the wet season it rains heavily most days. The vistas are spectacular but the people are poor. The Lua, who live on both sides of the Thai/Lao border, have long been itinerant, partly because of […]

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Thank you Glenice

Many people across Australia and New Zealand will have fond memories of hearing Glenice Hartwich share stories from LCA International Mission’s partner churches and will have captured her joy and love for Jesus. Glenice has been Assistant to the Bishop – International Mission since 2016, having served as LCA Program Officer in international mission from […]

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A forgotten people

The Indigenous, Orang Asli, people of Malaysia know what it is like to be a forgotten people. In a town in the Malaysian countryside, Rev. Kuang gathers the 60 people of his congregation for worship. During sharing and testimony, Brother Lee addresses the congregation, he looks around and begins with the words “Tonight we give […]

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Partnership transforms lives

When did you last do something for someone that made a positive difference in their lives? What if we as a school community from Tanunda, South Australia, could work with another school community and enhance the lives of everyone involved? These were among questions discussed over lunchtime by a teacher and students from Faith Lutheran […]

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