Feet of an evangelist

Across the planet, some things in life don’t change. A young man marries a young lady. Dreams and future hopes shared! They have a child. He leaves her. Many young women and their parents know the heartache, the hurt and the broken dreams in this story. This is magnified when you are a young woman […]

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Teaching Jesus

James Zebbeddy is a young man who teaches students at Amialu Primary School on Siassi Island in Papua New Guinea. James’ surname is his father’s first name. Married to Catherine and a dad to 2 children, James grew up in a Lutheran family. His faith continued to grow when, in year 10 at school, he […]

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International educational partnerships strengthened and grow through ACLE5

At the invitation of Lutheran Education Australia and LCA International Mission, principals and teachers of some of our partner churches in Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and Malaysia enthusiastically joined with others who gathered in Adelaide for ACLE5 2017. Nine of the international guests came from Lutheran schools in North Sumatra, and represented schools which have […]

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Sharing a Treasured Heritage

Have you ever imagined being a museum caretaker, waiting for the sun to go down in the hope that ancient artefacts come alive? Imagine this fantasy world within a tiny museum in the Adelaide Hills housing thousands of extremely rare and valuable antiquities, dating back to pre-Christian times. The real-life caretaker of this museum, John […]

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PNG church leaders visit

Bishop Jack Urame and other leaders of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Papua New Guinea (ELC-PNG) visited Australia last month in recognition of their church’s partnership with the LCA. ELC-PNG Director for Inter-Church Relations and Ecumenism Pastor Kinim Siloi and General Secretary Bernard Kaisom joined Bishop Urame in meeting with LCA Acting Bishop Rev Dr […]

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Change for Bible Translators

The oversight of LCA Bible translation work, including that by Hanna Schulz in Papua New Guinea and Margaret Mickan in the Northern Territory, has changed. Lutheran Bible Translators Australia (LBTA), which has overseen the promotion of Bible translation and literacy work within the LCA for 35 years, has been wound up in its current form […]

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Emily’s baby shower will save lives

My husband Anthony and I were so excited to find out we were expecting our first baby. We wanted to have an event to celebrate the baby’s arrival. However, I felt uncomfortable with the conventional baby shower concept. My baby did not need piles of gifts that he would only use occasionally. I knew that […]

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I’m Thankful

In a recent emailed newsletter Hanna Schulz shared her thankfulness. ‘I am thankful for each of you. Thank you for continuing to encourage me through your emails, letters, prayers and financial support. I could not be here doing what I do without you. I am thankful for the Kope community and their enthusiasm for having […]

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Scotty’s great mission support

‘The dog is the most faithful of animals and would be much esteemed were it not so common. Our Lord God has made His greatest gifts the commonest.’ This quote is often attributed to Martin Luther. When a dog named Scotty forgets his manners inside the house, his behaviour is graciously forgiven as his faithfulness […]

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Back to PNG – ‘life-shaping’

It was 50 years since I last walked on Papua New Guinea’s rich, life filled soil. I was born there, the child of mission parents almost 53 years previously. My parents were sent by our Church to establish new schools in remote communities. After returning to Australia my sisters and I grew up on PNG stories. Those stories […]

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