Volunteering to serve God overseas can be life-changing for you and the people you serve. Serving others in another country, and being a living example of God’s word, is faith in action which can produce incredible fruit for the Gospel.

Throughout the Lutheran Church of Australia’s history, many different people have served as full-time workers or volunteers – for various periods of time – particularly in Papua New Guinea and Indonesia.

God uses people from a huge variety of backgrounds to humbly do his will overseas. Doctors, nurses, teachers, mechanics, accountants, research assistants, students, retired people and even young people wanting to fill a gap year – have been able to join pastors in serving God and his people in other nations.

The LCA has two full-time paid missionaries serving overseas – Mick Hauser (lecturing at Martin Luther Seminary, Lae, PNG) and Hanna Schulz (linguist and translation advisor, Gulf Province, PNG).

However, a growing number of volunteers are offering their time to serve in a wide range of exciting ministry areas with our overseas partner churches.


  • Bethany Home (school/homes for people with disabilities)—teachers with Special Education qualifications; pastors or people able to provide spiritual care and encouragement for the staff and children; adults and young adults needed for practical service
  • Rumah Luther Ria—school for people with disabilities
  • Rumah Chrestus—home for abused children
  • Rumah Hope—home for orphans, abused and neglected children
  • Teaching English in Sabah in the schools for ‘undocumented children’ or in youth-ministry programs


  • Teaching English at the Rainbow Student Hostel (Phnom Penh) or English and computing at the Life Centre (Phum Krus)


  • Home of Praise—day-care centre for infants and after-school programs for children and young people
  • Home of Grace—home for unwed mothers and their babies


  • Teaching English in the schools and seminaries
  • Teaching English and practical help in orphanages

Papua New Guinea

  • Builder/handyman able to help with maintenance, and construction of houses

Needed Now!

Volunteers are always needed but there is a special urgent need now for teachers of English:

  • in two of our partner churches in Indonesia
  • for theological students, pastors and other leaders
  • four weeks, from 11 July to 6 August 2016.

You'll need:

  • experience in teaching English, TFEL, or have been a teacher or a pastor in a teaching role
  • to pay for your return airfares to Medan, Indonesia.

LCA International Mission will cover all your insurance. Our partner churches will provide your accommodation and most meals. Is God calling you to join his mission in this way? Send us an email to ask for more information.

Preparing Well

It's important that you are well-prepared for your international mission experience, and that we keep you as safe as possible. So, if you think God might be calling you to be a volunteer, here is the background information you'll need, including our procedures. Please download these documents and follow the steps outlined in the Volunteer Application Process document:


Want to know more?

  • Visit STORIES/Volunteer to read the international mission adventures of Australian and New Zealand Lutherans
  • Watch these videos about volunteering
  • Or click on any of the stories (bottom left) to see where they (or God) might lead you.