Joyful reunions at Goroka anniversary celebration

Several key Australian missionaries and their families recently went back to Papua New Guinea to celebrate the 50th anniversary of St John’s Lutheran Church, West Goroka. The anniversary celebrations took place over three days from 27–29 September, which included a service, a one-day seminar and a cultural show featuring traditional dancing. Pastor Brian Schwarz and […]

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Learning the language of love

South Asia is a captivating place that overwhelms the senses with its vast crowds, loud noises, vibrant colours, spicy food and overpowering smells. There are thousands of distinct groups of people, who speak hundreds of different languages in this region. The majority of people follow Hinduism or Islam, meaning that most people have not heard […]

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How a school partnership has grown in Indonesia

“God is alive and leads every step I take. He is dynamic and flexible and always shows his love in many ways. He is simple but gorgeous, awesome and wonderful in the reality of my life.” Friska Pakpahan Friska Pakpahan is an English teacher at HKBP vocational high school in Sidikalang, North Sumatra (Indonesia). Sidikalang […]

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“You’re not a visitor, you are family!”

Karkar, or ‘High Island’, is an island about 40km north east of Madang, Papua New Guinea (PNG). The community of 90,000 people is nestled around a dormant volcano. German and Australian churches have provided support to the people on Karkar Island and, in particular, for Gaubin hospital which serves the local community. During my recent […]

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