God had other plans

‘We are witnesses of God’s great work being done through you to us here at the Heldsbach Kindergarten Schools Project.’ – Project Coordinator Taningnao. Heldsbach, near Finschhafen on Papua New Guinea’s (PNG) Huon Peninsula east of Lae, is a special place for people of the St Paul’s Hahndorf/Redeemer Nairne Lutheran parish in the Adelaide Hills. […]

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Life – a journey worth embracing

Anyone who has willingly hiked 1100 kilometres has to love the journey. For 68-year-old Queenslander Anne Maczkowiack, walking the 800 kilometre Camino De Santiago trail across Spain was only a part of a post-retirement reward in 2014. She and husband Robert decided to add an extra 300 kilometres to start from Barcelona. That says something […]

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Doing all through the power of God

Papua New Guinea (PNG), where I work, is Australia’s nearest neighbour, a former Australian territory, and home to about 12% of the world’s languages, which is a lot of languages in one country! It is a diverse, challenging and welcoming country. I work in Gulf Province with the Kope people, where three times a year […]

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Is God calling you to PNG?

The people of the Lutheran churches in Papua New Guinea (PNG) hold a special place in the hearts of many LCA/NZ members. In fact, our history cannot be fully told without constant reference to our mission partnership in PNG and the many LCA people who have served there since 1886. What began as a mother-child […]

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Joyful reunions at Goroka anniversary celebration

Several key Australian missionaries and their families recently went back to Papua New Guinea to celebrate the 50th anniversary of St John’s Lutheran Church, West Goroka. The anniversary celebrations took place over three days from 27–29 September, which included a service, a one-day seminar and a cultural show featuring traditional dancing. Pastor Brian Schwarz and […]

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“You’re not a visitor, you are family!”

Karkar, or ‘High Island’, is an island about 40km north east of Madang, Papua New Guinea (PNG). The community of 90,000 people is nestled around a dormant volcano. German and Australian churches have provided support to the people on Karkar Island and, in particular, for Gaubin hospital which serves the local community. During my recent […]

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Connecting lives to the gospel

We thank the Lutheran Women of Australia, for their support of the LCA International Mission scholarship program. This has allowed the further training of pastors and lay people in Lutheran theology from our overseas partner churches. In the past year, the following people have been recipients of an LCA International Mission scholarship: Emmanuel Som Yalamu […]

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Mission museum open to public

Wantok Place, the LCA/NZ’s museum of Papua New Guinea artefacts, is now open to the public one day each week and at other times by appointment. Formerly called the Louise Flierl Mission Museum and founded in 1998 by Christel Metzner in the Adelaide Hills town of Hahndorf, it is now located in the LLL Building […]

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What would you miss if your house burned down?

One day, a lady from a small nearby language group, called the Kambaira (kam-BY-ra) people, came into the Summer Institute of Linguistics Papua New Guinea (PNG) Office, with her granddaughter. She was an unfortunate victim of some local fighting, which is not uncommon, and her thatched roof, bush material house was burned down by people […]

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