12,000 voices praising God!

The competition was intense and the songs of praise articulated with joy and precision as 28 groups vied for the title of the best women’s choir of the Huria Batak Protestan church (HKBP) in Indonesia on Saturday, 28 November. Women in a kaleidoscope of coloured kebayas (traditional Indonesia formal women’s dress), brightly painted lips and […]

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Lifestyles of reconciliation

James Kerber is four years into a five-year double degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering. Passionate about youth ministry, James joined his father, Rev Paul Kerber, for a week in North Sumatra, Indonesia, teaching on lifestyles of reconciliation with people from our Lutheran overseas partner churches. Pastor Kerber is the LCA Assistant to the Bishop, […]

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Blessings of Lessons with Singing Angels

After volunteering at the largest Lutheran seminary in Indonesia in 2014, Marilyn (Mal) and John Morgan returned in July and August this year to serve as volunteer English teachers at the Bible Frau School at Laguboti, North Sumatra. It seemed as though we had been driving for hours through the forests and in the mountains […]

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Lutheran Women help to build foundations

Building foundations might not necessarily be an activity on the calendar of the women’s fellowship meeting. And they may not easily make the connections to building relationships in Myanmar, Indonesia or Papua New Guinea each time they give, make, bake or buy something at the trading table at their Lutheran Women of Australia (LWA) meeting. […]

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Core principals

The LCA has identified the need to work with partner churches to develop capacity of individuals within each country of operation. The partnerships, which are formally documented, are based on needs identified by local people but within the scope of the LCA’s capacity to assist. The National Committee of Lutheran World Federation in Indonesia is the […]

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From my Journal

My eleventh visit to Deborah Orphanage in North Sumatra, was from 29 June to 19 August 2014. The Hulme family from Para Vista came to North Sumatra this year; Bruce, Sonia, five children from twelve to four, and Sonia’s cousin, Vicki Sumner. They were definitely the right people for the venture, culturally sensitive, ready to […]

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A holy unsettling

Our family’s growing cross-cultural awareness and engagement took a big step forwards in July. Together with Sonia’s cousin Vicki, we spent two weeks at Panti Asuhan (literally, ‘house of help’) Debora in northern Sumatra, Indonesia. LCA volunteer Rosemary Winderlich took us all under her wing—no small feat with five children aged between four and twelve! […]

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Encouraged and built up…

Mentoring for the Education Secretaries of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Papua New Guinea and the LWF (Lutheran World Federation) National Committee representing 13 Lutheran Churches in Indonesia, together with delivery of workshops for Indonesian principals and teachers is helping to define what is best practice in Lutheran education and helping to build the capacity […]

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God’s Wingless Angels

For over twenty one years, Mr Jayasingh Rajiah has served as the director of Bethany Home in Malaysia. His leadership, love and care for the children and adults with disabilities who call Bethany ‘home’, and his encouragement and support for the staff who serve there has been inspirational. Jayasingh retired from his role as director […]

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Learning New Things

After some ‘gentle persuasion’ from Glenice Hartwich, we fearfully flew to Indonesia to teach English in Siantar, North Sumatra, not knowing what to expect. Helen Schubert, my wife Audrey and I learned some things and we’d like to share them with you: Imagine a seminary as big as one of our (LCA) secondary colleges. There […]

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