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Posted by: LWF-Asia on Friday, March 18, 2011 | Read 4096 times
Sally Lim/KeeDear Friends

As of March 16 I have completed my term of service with the Lutheran World Federation. Thank you for your love and support in the past ten years. It has been a joy and privilege to serve God and all of you in the Asia Communion.

God's richest blessings be upon you.

Sally Lim (Kee)


UNAIDS says Pope's condom move makes HIV cooperation easier

Posted by: ENI on Tuesday, November 23, 2010 | Read 1338 times
Geneva/Rome (ENInews). The head of UNAIDS, Michel SidibΘ, says a statement by Pope Benedict XVI that the use of condoms is justified when intended to reduce "the risk of HIV infection" will make it easier for international organizations to cooperate with faith-based organizations in the fight against HIV and AIDS. SidibΘ is the executive director of UNAIDS, the United Nations programme on HIV and AIDS. He was answering a question about the Pope's statement during a 23 November media conference in Geneva. "The announcement will make cooperation easier with faith-based organizations, in the fight against HIV and AIDS," said the head of UNAIDS. "This is an important step forward." The Roman Catholic Church rejects condoms as a means of birth control and had for many years said they are not a means of preventing AIDS. (ENI)

Farewell Message: LWF/DMD Asia Secretary

Posted by: LWF Asia Desk on Thursday, October 21, 2010 | Read 2574 times
Leaving with Good Feelings and a Sense of Satisfaction - Rev Dr Ginda P Harahap, LWF/DMD Asia Secretary

Dr Ginda P HarahapDear sisters and brothers in Christ

As most of you know, I have come to my retirement age and am completing my service as Area Secretary for Asia and the Middle East of the Lutheran World Federation – Department for Mission and Development. My wife and I will return to my home country Indonesia at the end of December 2010, joining our children and grandchildren in Jakarta city. Our daughter, Evilina, and her husband, Cédric Buchel, as well as our youngest daughter Endina will remain in Geneva, Switzerland.

Working with the LWF and DMD, particularly with member churches in Asia since April 1998, has been challenging yet a rewarding and fulfilling experience. In these more than 12 years I have learned tremendously.

Registered member of this website may pen your appreciation for Dr Harahap after the article - Ed


Role of women in food production noted on World Food Day

Posted by: ENI on Monday, October 18, 2010 | Read 2903 times
Geneva (ENI). Women farmers in Africa produce more than 80 percent of the continent's food supply, yet they lack recognition of their property rights, and are the most affected by hunger and malnutrition, says Peter Prove, the director of the Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance.

Prove made his remarks to ENInews ahead of the World Food Day, marked on 15 October by the Rome-based Food and Agriculture Organization and church and civil rights groups around the globe. "Over one billion people are estimated as chronically hungry in our world today and women account for 70 percent of the world's hungry and are disproportionately affected by malnutrition, poverty and food insecurity," said Prove. He noted that according to the report of the United Nations Human Rights Council Advisory Committee, despite representing the majority of the agricultural workforce and production, women are estimated to have access to or to control only five percent of land globally.


Christian communication groups gets first female head

Posted by: ENI on Tuesday, October 12, 2010 | Read 1602 times
Rev Karin AchtelstetterGeneva (ENI). Soon after a study commissioned by the World Association of Christian Communication found that men continue to hog the global news headlines, despite the presence of women growing, the group installed its first female executive head. The Rev Karin Achtelstetter, the former director of communications and editor-in-chief for the Geneva-based Lutheran World Federation, was installed new general secretary of WACC in Toronto on 5 October, during an executive committee meeting.


World Habitat Day

Posted by: World Habitat on Sunday, October 03, 2010 | Read 992 times
World Habitat Day 2010TODAY - Monday, October 4, 2010 is WORLD HABITAT DAY!

Let's raise our voices and advocate for change to help those around the world who do not have a decent place to live.

Find out what you can do at: www.worldhabitatdaynews.org"


Support World Habitat Day - Oct 4 2010

Posted by: World Habitat on Wednesday, September 22, 2010 | Read 1106 times
World Habitat Day 2010On Oct. 4, 2010, in recognition of World Habitat Day, Habitat for Humanity will raise awareness of the need for improved shelter and highlight Habitat’s priorities: the worldwide connection between human health and housing. These themes echo the United Nations’ chosen theme for 2010: “Better City, Better Life.”

Every week, more than a million people are born in, or move to, cities in the developing world. As a result, the urban population of developing countries will double from 2 billion to 4 billion in the next 30 years. (Kissick, et al: 2006)

By the year 2030, an additional 3 billion people, about 40 percent of the world’s population, will need access to housing. This translates into a demand for 96,150 new affordable units every day and 4,000 every hour. (UN-HABITAT: 2005)

Habitat for Humanity hopes that by raising awareness and advocating for universal decent housing we can dismantle and alter the systems that allow for poverty housing and make an affordable, decent place to live a reality for all.

For more information: http://worldhabitatdaynews.org


Salt and leaven in the Holy Land

Posted by: aschmitt on Thursday, November 05, 2009 | Read 1731 times
Can Christians help Mideast peace? If so, is humility the starting place?

Where the world hangs in balance, few Christians remain. Yet Christians have been in that balance for a long time. As leaven, as salt, Christians may yet play a role.

Christian numbers are diminishing in the tense Mideast; Arab Christians departing for safer places. Yet remaining Christians have a long history with Muslims and Jews. “We have been living for years and centuries with each other,” says the Rev. Samer Azar, pastor of the only Lutheran church in Jordan.


Islam is world 2nd largest religion

Posted by: ENI on Monday, October 12, 2009 | Read 2508 times
By Chris Herlinger
New York, 8 October (ENI)--A new demographic study has determined that Muslims represent nearly a quarter of the world's current population with nearly two-thirds of them living in Asia, and that Islam is the second largest religion after Christianity. The study, released 7 October, and conducted by the Washington-based Pew Research Center's Forum on Religion & Public Life, found that 1.57 billion people are Muslims out of an estimated total world population of 6.8 billion.


World YWCA : Vacancy Notice

Posted by: WorldYWCA on Monday, September 28, 2009 | Read 1513 times
Women Leading Change

Position Title: Regional Director for Africa and the Middle East
Starting date: 1 January 2010
Status: Full time position
Reports to: Deputy General Secretary
Duty Station: Geneva, Switzerland


LWF Assembly Feature: Just When I Needed It Most

Posted by: LWI on Monday, June 22, 2009 | Read 1875 times
Thai Church Help Needy Students Realize Their Dreams Mai

BANGKOK, Thailand, 18 June 2009 (LWI) - Mai can smile now, though most of her life has been no smiling matter.

Twenty year-old Sirirat Rueangsri, known affectionately as Mai by her relatives and friends, lives in a small, congested two-room wooden house with her mother in Lad Prao, one of the areas in Bangkok epitomizing the city's economic divide.


An ‘institutionalized Samaritan’ in Hong Kong

Posted by: Francis Chan on Tuesday, May 26, 2009 | Read 2166 times
‘But a [Good] Samaritan, as he travelled, came where the man was, and when he saw him, he took pity on him. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine’ (Luke 10: 33-34). Nearly two millenniums after Jesus told this story, one day a wanderer arrived at a modern social service centre set up by the ‘Tsung Tsin Mission of Hong Kong’ (TTMHK) . He said he has been starving for several days ...


Dead Sea Scrolls - The Living Legacy Exhibition 2009

Posted by: LWF-Asia on Thursday, May 07, 2009 | Read 12081 times
The Dead Sea ScrollsThe Dead Sea Scrolls are coming to Singapore in a rare exhibition featuring archaeological findings that capture the image of biblical times and speak of the persistence of God's Word.

The Living Legacy Exhibition 2009 unearthed, unveiled, unravel! Venue: The Art House, 1 Old Parliament Lane, from August 27 to September 20, 2009, 10.00am to 9pm daily. Admission by tickets. For more information click read more.


Easter greetings and message

Posted by: Harahap on Saturday, April 11, 2009 | Read 1649 times
Death has been swallowed up in victory.
Where, O death, is your victory?
Where, O death, is your sting?
(1 Corinthians 15:54-55)

I would like to greet you all with the expression, ‘Happy Easter’. Easter is a special occasion for us as Christians to reflect on the mystery of our faith.


Bright Stars of Bethlehem - Lenten Reflections

Posted by: Mitri Raheb on Thursday, April 09, 2009 | Read 1604 times
Salaam from Bethlehem during this Passion Week.
CrucifixionThe passion story could have ended with 3 men hanging on the cross: the first a criminal who was taking advantage of the instability under the Roman occupation, the second a fighter resisting the foreign dominance, and the third an “innocent” proclaiming the reign of God. And Palestine could have proved to be yet again only a battlefield on which empires can demonstrate their powers, or a cemetery full of tombs of martyrs. And the disciples could have just indulged like so many others in singing litanies of death, cursing the Romans, taking an oath to retaliate or going around trying to win sympathy for their just struggle. This would be a normal scenario in Palestine.

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