Young and alive in Jesus

Each of us knows the importance of supporting and encouraging our youth in their walk with Jesus. Most of us also know the challenges this can bring. Many have been touched by the disappointment of seeing a young person slide away from the church. I suspect the topic sits heavily in many of our hearts. […]

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Blessed to build up Christ’s body

More than 450 participants gathered in Malaysia for the 38th Synod of the Protestant Church in Sabah (PCS), focusing on the theme ‘Memberkari Sesama Membangun Tubuh Kristus – ‘to bless each other to build the body of Christ’. Three were from the Lutheran Church of Australia (LCA) – volunteers Ilene and Pastor John Thiel and […]

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This is Josip with me

Josip is a pastor of the Protestant Christian Church in Sabah, Malaysia, and he is one of the students with whom I recently worked at the Sabah Theological Seminary (STS) in Kota Kinabalu. Josip is working towards his Master of Divinity, and my task was to act as his tutor in a guided study unit […]

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‘Just tell people what God did for you’

True to his word, Rev Chandran shared his life story as we sat looking out over Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, until well past midnight. As a young boy Chandran would go to the Hindu temple with his father and grandfather to offer prayers to the Hindu gods but when his father died, Chandran’s mum, who was […]

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‘Please pray for our people’

For many of us, when we think about life in a small village in Asia, we picture a life with less pressure and stress, an existence without reliance on mobile phones and facebook, and being surrounded by family and community. Latina lives in a village in the north of Sabah where, from the green surroundings […]

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What a sight, what a joy!

Imagine seeing more than 1000 young people coming together to study for ministry. What a sight that would be. What a joy! This is a ministry in which you play a part. Every year the Basel Christian Church of Malaysia (BCCM) runs its Bahasa Malay ministry camp for indigenous young people, which is attended by […]

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Reconciliation among our Lutheran neighbours

In years gone by, the Lutheran Church of Australia (LCA) tended to look to North America and to Europe when locating brothers and sisters in the faith, in terms of fellowship arrangements. We occasionally need reminding that Lutheran churches in South East Asia are our immediate neighbours with whom we have long-standing and close relations […]

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Stamps for Mission Projects in 2012

Thank you to all those involved in collecting, cleaning and sorting stamps. In 2011, an amazing $7,679.39 was raised and an additional $3,094.09 was deposited in January 2012. These funds will be put to good use supporting these mission projects: Support for the 6 Lua evangelists working with Rev Simon Mackenzie in Nan Province of […]

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