God has wonderful ways of turning simple gifts into great blessings. The Lutheran Church of Australia’s Stamps for Mission project has raised nearly $447,000! All proceeds are donated to LCA International Mission programs and projects. This is possible due to the dedication of volunteers who collect, clean, package and sell the stamps.
Stamps for Mission was established in 1938 through the efforts of Pastor Ted Koch and Mr Ern Unger. Ern became the first stamp receiver and did this for the next 65 years, encouraging many others along the way. 2018 marks ten years since LCA International Mission (formally Board for Mission) took over the Stamps for Mission project from the Lutheran Youth of Australia. It is overwhelming to think how much money has been raised from those seemingly worthless used stamps. We thank God for His blessing through this project.
If you would like to join in God’s mission in this way, please post your used stamps to one of our wonderful volunteer stamp receivers (listed opposite). To make life easier for them, we’ve prepared some guidelines for you, as you prepare your stamps for them. Download the guidelines.
To print a poster which you can display at your stamp collection point download the poster here.
2020 Programs and Projects supported by Stamps for Mission
Sprau family, Papua New Guinea
Anke and Patrick are based in the Eastern Highlands of Papua New Guinea. Ukarumpa is a centre of operations, where many Bible translators come to check their work, liaise with others for mutual support, participate in professional development or receive medical care. Through your support Anke and Patrick will work in their respective professions in the Ukarumpa medical clinic, treating expatriates as well as local people from the surrounding villages. Furthermore, they will participate in outreach clinics and health patrols to villages that otherwise would not receive medical care.
Courses on Lutheran Distinctions, Myanmar
Through your support, participants in Myanmar are trained on a range of topics: Biblical, historical and systematic-theological aspects of grace, baptism and holy communion; explanation of Lutheran concepts of Word and sacrament; and the Lutheran understanding of baptism and holy communion in the context of other denominations. This training provides participants with a deeper understanding of issues from a distinctively Lutheran perspective, demonstrating that the Christian faith is informed, rather than just a feeling or pious activity. Encouragement is also given to strengthen co-operation and unity among the four Lutheran church bodies in Myanmar.
Translation of Lutheran theological resources
The Bible is becoming increasingly available in languages and dialects even in some of the remotest parts of the planet, however, supporting Christian education resources in heart languages are often hard to find. This is especially true for Christian educators wanting to teach Lutheran doctrine. Your support enables the translation of Lutheran theological material and discipleship resources which encourage a cultivated, purposeful way of living, incorporating useful habits. They provide opportunities to abide in Christ, continuing in a constant relationship with Jesus Christ as Lord.
Ogelbeng seminary in Papua New Guinea
Ogelbeng seminary is located in the Papua New Guinea highlands. The seminary trains local pastors in the pidgin dialect so they can return to their local communities and proclaim the gospel. Your support helps this to happen, but also provides funds to repair a rental property on site to be used for much needed regular income for the seminary. Many of these young pastors will not be paid a salary in their ministry and part of their responsibility at the seminary is to grow their own food crops as they live and study in community.
Indigenous Young People living in Sabah
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. Through your support of the Basel Christian Church of Malaysia youth ministry, the young Christian leaders in East Malaysia plan ministry camps and seminars to train their youth to be Jesus in their communities. Christian camping programs in Malaysia see high numbers of young people attend and provide wonderful opportunities for hearts to be warmed by the gospel and lives given purpose for being God’s children.
Home of Grace, Thailand
The women who come to Home of Grace have different backgrounds and stories. What they have in common is that each of them is in a very difficult situation and are in desperate need of care and love. Some women have been working as prostitutes, while others have become pregnant, and abandoned, perhaps by a man they have found out was already married. Home of Grace is run by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Thailand. Your support enables the offer of refuge to women, otherwise unsupported, during their pregnancy and in the months following the birth of their child. Witness is also made to these mothers about Jesus and the mercy he has for all of his precious children.
Download the programs/projects flyer or contact the LCA International Mission office to request hard copies.
Need more inspiration?
Read these stories about our stamp receivers and the difference Stamps for Mission is making in God’s mission.