Value of deep conversation

Only a few days after I had investigated teaching English again, I was asked by Pastor Matt Anker if I would consider teaching English at the Jetun Silangit conference campus in the mountains surrounding Lake Toba in Indonesia. As I had been working casually, I was able to take the time off work, and so […]

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New Life in Old Stamps

There’s special symbolism in a small wooden Christmas tree sitting in the local Lutheran church in the regional Victorian town of Nhill. Not only does it remind us of the birth of Jesus Christ, but this tree’s peculiar decorations also remind us of the new life Jesus brings. This is because the adornments completely covering […]

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Two decades of supporting mums and babies

Twenty years after Margaret Voigt presented the idea to the Lutheran Women of Australia’s (LWA) convention to supply birthing kits to Papua New Guinea (PNG), the 2023 birthing kits shipment arrived in Lae in mid-November. The 750 birthing kits will be distributed to various health facilities which are supported by Lutheran Health Services, the health […]

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Caring for those who society rejects

Home of Praise nursery is a ministry operating under the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Thailand Diakonia Department. It is located in the notorious Klong Toey slum, in central Bangkok. Dating back from the 1950s, Klong Toey is one of the country’s oldest and most well-known slums. Many inhabitants of Klong Toey originate from the country’s […]

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Learning and interacting online

Twenty volunteers living in South Australia, New South Wales, Queensland and Victoria joined together from five Christian denominations to serve the STT Abdi Sabda Seminary conversational English program overseas in 2023. Each weekday for four weeks, these servants demonstrated the love of Jesus to the young people who are beginning their theological studies to become […]

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Practically assisting PNG teachers

Many Australian Lutherans know of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Papua New Guinea – perhaps from past missionaries to the country or from media updates.  Perhaps not so well known is the existence of an extensive Lutheran School system across the country. When we think of the words “Lutheran School”, our minds may go to […]

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A Gift of Love

After almost 20 years of preparing birthing kits for women in rural areas of Papua New Guinea (PNG), Joan Kluge and her sewing machine are retiring. This article is a tribute to the wonderful contribution which Joan has made over the years, to the church and to our sisters in Christ in PNG. Joan became […]

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Experiencing the joy of music

Varin Artvilai (Ton) was one of the first to join the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Thailand’s Immanuel Church Home of Praise leisure club. He was 8 years old when he joined. He loved the leisure club and attended all activities which include music, art, sports, and English lessons. The leisure club was his second home. […]

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