Research sheds light on dark practices

Sorcery and witchcraft, while relegated to the past for most of the Western world, are most definitely in the here and now for Melanesian cultures like our near neighbour, Papua New Guinea (PNG). This year there have been some shocking reports from PNG of ‘witch killings’. The victims are accused of using dark powers to […]

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Many tasks…one goal

Hanna Schulz arrived in Papua New Guinea (PNG) just before Easter 2012 to serve as a linguist and translator. Since her arrival, she’s helped various language groups around the country to translate and use Scripture. This has meant getting stuck into the wide range of tasks which contribute to Bible translation and to discipleship. The […]

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Bible Translation in Papua New Guinea

Hanna Schulz is no stranger to the love of God, ‘disclipling’, languages, hardship and exploring. These opportunities have provided her with the skills and aptitude to survive situations like living and working at sea, or Bible translation within a remote village in Papua New Guinea.  Odd examples to just pluck from thin air, but in […]

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Hanna’s call translates to 20 years away from home

Hanna’s call translates to 20 years away from home At the commissioning service for a Bible translator, what could be more appropriate than hearing the Scriptures read in languages other than English? On Sunday, 18 March, Hanna Schulz was commissioned as a lay worker, called by the LCA to serve as a Bible translator with […]

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Pastor Simon Mackenzie

Ordained in 2004 after studying at Australian Lutheran College (ALC) in Adelaide, Pastor Simon Mackenzie was assigned to Thailand as the first full time missionary in Asia, for the Lutheran Church of Australia (LCA). While living and ministering in the Thai city of Chang Rai, Simon was aware of the plight of the Lua’ people […]

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PNG missionaries reunion

In mid October around 80 former missionaries to Papua New Guinea (PNG) and other supporters gathered for a weekend reunion and mission celebration at Trinity Lutheran Church, Pasadena, Adelaide. Visitors came from as far afield as Western Australia, Tasmania and Queensland. They were joined by six guests from the Siassi Islands, members of the Evangelical […]

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How the Gospel came to Siassi

Australian Lutheran men and women played a major role in mission work on the islands of Siassi in New Guinea. This year 2011 is the 75th anniversary of the Australian Lutheran Mission, which was set up by the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Australia (ELCA) in 1936 to send missionaries to the Sepik River area in […]

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Missionary caught in Thai floods

We are calling for urgent prayer support for the LCA’s missionary serving in northern Thailand. Pastor Simon Mackenzie and his wife Oiy lost many of their possessions in a flash flood that devastated the area in which they are serving. Pastor Mackenzie, Oiy and their two-year-old son Aussie are safe in a hotel, after having […]

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