Excited about a shared future

Wide eyes, beautiful singing, delicious food, busy traffic, different cultural experiences, and unfamiliar sights, smells and sounds were some of my experiences while visiting schools and meeting with Lutheran church and educational leaders in northern Sumatra on the recent Australian Lutheran principals and teachers trip there. It has been good to take time to reflect […]

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Learning to be Partners in Mission

In March this year, seven Australian Lutheran schools (Victory College Wodonga, Faith College Tanunda, Tanunda Lutheran Primary, Unity College Murray Bridge, Endeavour College Mawson Lakes and St Martins College Mt Gambier) sent educators for a visit with LCA International Mission to explore the possibility of partnerships with Indonesian Lutheran schools. Judy Minge was a participant […]

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Building a brighter future

Herlina Sihombing’s mother and father died when she was young. Family members took them in and they were spread out between households. It’s a situation many of us are blessed not to have been through. But Herlina knows firsthand the heartache and loneliness of losing parents as a child and uses this knowledge to help […]

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Warm-hearted Lutheran women

Elvilina shivered as she came through the airport doors and was greeted by the icy wind and rain blowing across the Adelaide airport walkway. The hot and humid climate of Nias, a small island off the coast of North Sumatra, Indonesia was left far behind as she began her eight week, LCA International Mission sabbatical […]

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Who remembers Rentina?

The LCA, through International Mission, offers scholarships for people from Asia and Papua New Guinea to study. Sometimes the students take up study opportunities in Asia-based seminaries and sometimes they study in Australia. The following story is from one of the students who came to study in Australia in a year when our population was […]

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Partnership improves student education

LCA International Mission and Lutheran Education have been working in partnership with Lutheran World Federation assisting Lutheran schools in North Sumatra, Indonesia. The LCA has in the past supported the schools by the provision of buildings, books, computers and other equipment. However, the demand for assistance is so great, that the need cannot be met. […]

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Prayer for Christians in Indonesia

Lutheran Church of Australia Bishop John Henderson is calling on LCA members to pray for Christians in Indonesia facing attacks on their churches and people, as well as for those behind the attacks. Dear Friends, As we celebrate Advent, and prepare for the coming in Christ in the relative peace of New Zealand and Australia, […]

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Reformer brings nations together

Scholars, theologians, bishops, church leaders, clergy and lay people from 14 countries gathered in Melbourne recently, united by an interest in Martin Luther. Hosted by the Australian Lutheran Institute for Theology and Ethics, under the umbrella of Australia Lutheran College, the Martin Luther@500 conference attracted 180 people to the Catholic Leadership Centre across 5 days […]

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Conference first for Indonesian teachers

Lutheran school teachers in Indonesia have met for a national conference for the first time. Sponsored by LCA International Mission, the conference drew 110 teachers from the thirteen member churches of the Lutheran World Federation National Committee in Indonesia to a three-day gathering in North Sumatra’s Samosir District. The aim of the June conference was […]

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Church is not a building but the people of God

During October and November 2015, Matt and I volunteered to teach English in Indonesia. I studied Indonesian at university and was teaching it at Living Waters Lutheran Primary School, Alice Springs. While still at university, I had a desire to use my language skills abroad. I therefore had spoken with Glenice Hartwich about mission opportunities […]

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