Different gifts; same mission

Meeting several godly volunteers in Bangkok who confront enormous problems and difficult situations every day, I found myself wondering why more Australians aren’t on the frontline of mission. Anja Markkanen pauses mid-sentence, takes a deep breath, looks away. It’s a hopeless exercise though; nothing will stop her tears. So she cries … along with Jeab […]

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Integrity – no matter the cost

Integrity- no matter the cost Living for Christ “24/7” is how a married Lutheran missionary couple approach their crucial Gospel work in Central Asia. The passion of Jane and Ben* to share God’s word a long way from the comforts of Australia, boils down to one challenging command for Christians everywhere: maintain integrity. Jane and […]

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LCA farewells ‘the face of our church in Asia’

The LCA has farewelled one of its most senior and respected officers, Pastor Wayne Zweck, who retired on 31 October. Pastor Zweck had served the church for 40 years as parish pastor and LCA secretary/mission director. This latter role had been described by some as ‘two full-time jobs, and probably more’. He was LCA vice-president […]

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‘My, Oh, My, How Things Can Change!’

In January 2004 I went to Thailand and spent a month with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Thailand (ELCT). While I was there, I met Oiy, who was then a student at the Lutheran Institute of Theological Education (LITE) in Bangkok. First impressions weren’t so good. I found her appealing but was informed (wrongly as […]

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