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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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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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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International guests reflect diverse partnerships

The strong contingent of international guests to the 19th General Convention of Synod reflected the diverse partnerships the LCA has with Lutheran churches and bodies in other places. Seven international representatives joined delegates and visitors in worship and in the business centre, observing the Synod in action. Three guests brought official greetings from their churches: […]

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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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Sharing the message of Jesus Christ

High in the mountains, close to the Thai/Laos border in Northern Thailand, on the thatched floor of their one roomed house, sit Boon, his wife Chum, their daughters and granddaughter, together with Lua evangelist Neng. 72-year-old Boon has been the village witch doctor for 22 years. The people in this Lua village, came to Boon […]

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