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The Pacific Conference of Churches 10th General Assembly and 50th Anniversary

Posted by: Prasuna on Thursday, May 23, 2013 | Read 13080 times
On the 3rd – 10th March 2013, the Pacific Conference of Churches (PCC) which is a fellowship of Pacific Island Christian Churches had its 10th General Assembly in Honiara, Solomon Island. The PCC’s strategic thematic programmes include Ecumenism in the Pacific, Human Rights, Good Governance and Leadership, Environment and Climate Change, HIV/AIDS, Globalization and Trade. There are also two sectoral programmes specifying on certain target groups which are Women Development and Youth Empowerment.

Participants from PCC member churches who took part in the General Assembly came from the small low-lying atolls nations like Samoa and Kiribati to the large island nation like Papua New Guinea.

The PCC General Assembly is held every five years and this year’s PCC General Assembly also marks the 50th Anniversary of PCC.

Delegates from the only LWF member church in the region also participated in this event. The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Papua New Guinea (ELC-PNG) delegates were led by the General Secretary Mr Albert Tokave and the Inter-Church and Ecumenism Director Rev Kinim Siloi. Other delegates include a youth representative, a woman’s representative and two clergies. Three of the youths from ELCPNG also took part as stewards at this meeting.

Rev John Henderson the fifth national leader of LCA

Posted by: Timo on Monday, May 13, 2013 | Read 1610 times
Rev John Henderson the fifth national leader of LCA It is with real joy that Lutheran Church in Australia shares that at its recent convention of Synod, the LCA elected Rev John Henderson to be its fifth national leader. After his installation in July, Rev Henderson will be the Bishop of the Lutheran Church of Australia (LCA).

Pastor Henderson brings to the office broad pastoral and leadership experience within the LCA and beyond. He has been Principal of Australian Lutheran College for these past four years. Prior to that (2002-2008) he served the LCA in the seconded position of General Secretary with the National Council of Churches in Australia (NCCA), based in Sydney.

Letter from Japan Lutheran Church to the LWF

Posted by: LWI on Tuesday, March 15, 2011 | Read 3689 times
Dear Rev. Martin,

I am writing on behalf of Rev. Yutaka Kumei, NRK president and the Japan Lutheran Church (NRK). My name is Shinri Emoto and I am the Vice President of the NRK and interim Mission Secretary.

We would like to thank you and the LWF, for your consistent concern and prayers. We have received messages of support and encouragement from churches around the world. It is a wonderful thing to see how the body of Christ comes together at a time like this.


Building Hope in Palestine

Posted by: Elizabeth on Wednesday, March 02, 2011 | Read 3421 times
Cornerstone Laid for New Building for the Evangelical Lutheran School of Hope in Ramallah Students from the Evangelical Lutheran School of Hope in Ramallah around the new cornerstone.

Students from the Evangelical Lutheran School of Hope in Ramallah gather around the new cornerstone laid by Rev. Dr. Munib A. Younan, Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land (ELCJHL); Dr. Salam Fayyad, Prime Minister of the Palestinian Authority; and Mr. Christian Berger, Representative of the European Union Monday, February 7, 2011.

To view more pictures from the event, click here, or click on the photo to the right.

JERUSALEM/RAMALLAH, February 7, 2011 - “This new building builds hope, not only for the Evangelical Lutheran School of Hope, and not only for the Lutheran community, but for all of Ramallah and the Palestinian people,” Bishop Younan said in his words at the cornerstone laying Monday morning for the new school building in Ramallah.


Bishop Younan speaks at Muslim-Christian Conference on Non-violence

Posted by: Elizabeth on Wednesday, February 23, 2011 | Read 7694 times
Bishop Younan at the Third International Conference on Christian-Muslim Relations

Photo: Bishop Younan speaks at the Third International Conference on Muslim-International Relations. To see more photos from the day, click here, or click on the photo. Photos © ELCJHL/Rev. Elizabeth McHan.

BETHLEHEM, February 12, 2011 - “For me, non-violent struggle is an integral part of spirituality that teaches us to see the image of God in the other. This non-violent way is the only way for justice, peace, reconciliation, forgiveness, and acceptance of the other.”


“Loving Lord, have mercy”: LCA prays for Christchurch

Posted by: LWI on Wednesday, February 23, 2011 | Read 2882 times
23 February 2011, 12.00 noon - As emergency services workers race against the clock to rescue survivors from the rubble in Christchurch, the prayers of LCA members join with that of LCNZ President Robert Erickson’s petition: “Loving Lord, have mercy”.

Just over 24 hours ago a 6.3-magnitude earthquake violently shook the city of Christchurch in New Zealand’s South Island. So far there have been 75 confirmed deaths and up to 300 people are still unaccounted for.


LWF President Younan Urges Diligence in Promoting Religious Co-Existence

Posted by: LWI on Monday, February 07, 2011 | Read 2127 times
Interview with Bishop Younan on First “World Interfaith Week of Harmony”
JERUSALEM/GENEVA, 4 February 2011 (LWI) - Classroom and playing field activities at Talitha Kumi Evangelical Lutheran School in Beit Jala, West Bank, are an opportunity for Christian and Muslim students to grow and learn together. This is one of the four schools run by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and Holy Land (ELCJHL). The 2,027 students enrolled in the ELCJHL schools in 2011 comprise around 52 percent Christians and 48 percent Muslims.

On the occasion of the first “World Interfaith Harmony Week” (1-7 February 2011) designated by the United Nations General Assembly last October, Rev. Elizabeth McHan spoke with ELCJHL Bishop Dr Munib Younan, also president of The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) about the significance of this week for the Holy Land faith communities and for the global Lutheran communion.


“Thanks be to God”! Yasi takes no lives

Posted by: Linda Macqueen on Sunday, February 06, 2011 | Read 1725 times
With thanks to God, the Lutheran Church of Australia (LCA) rejoices that no lives were lost in the greatly feared Category 5 tropical cyclone Yasi, which crossed the coast around midnight on 2 February. At the same time the church extends the love and compassion of God to the people who lost homes and properties in what was one of the most ferocious storms in Australia’s history.

Homes, properties and crops in and around Cardwell, Mission Beach and Tully, which were in the direct line of the cyclone, have been extensively damaged. Many homes have been completely destroyed and sugar-cane and banana crops have been flattened. The region produces 75% of Australia’s bananas.


Cyclone Yasi to strike! PRAY for Australia

Posted by: Linda Macqueen on Tuesday, February 01, 2011 | Read 2226 times
Dear Friends

Even those of us far from the direct line of the cyclone are feeling fearful this morning as we wake up to the news that it is now a Category 5! Some reports suggest it is twice the size of Katrina. It is far more dangerous than anything Australia has seen before. All of Australia is fearful of what is about to happen to the people in north Queensland. Please pray for them.

North Queensland was the only part of the state not flood-affected.


The worst floods in Australia’s history

Posted by: Linda Macqueen on Sunday, January 23, 2011 | Read 3337 times
Queensland underwaterIn late December and January, the worst floods in Australia’s history caused record-breaking destruction across Queensland!

At their peak they covered 75% of the state, an area the size of Germany and France combined. Apart from causing widespread damage to homes, properties and infrastructure in the state’s food-producing belts, the flooding also caused great devastation in some of Queensland’s largest cities, Rockhampton, Toowoomba and Ipswich. The state’s capital and Australia’s third-largest city, Brisbane, suffered its worst flooding since the infamous 1974 flood. Across Queensland the cost of repairing infrastructure and restoring homes and livelihoods is estimated at over US$30billion.


Sad Demise of Rt. Rev L G Rao, Bishop Emeritus

Posted by: ELC-MP on Friday, January 21, 2011 | Read 2479 times
Rt Rev Lawrence G RaoTo all concerned

In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, this is to convey to all that the dedicated servant of God, Rt Rev Lawrence G Rao, Bishop Emeritus of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Madhra Pradesh (ELCMP) breathed his last on 20th January, 2011. After completing his clergymanship services, he has now been called by God Almighty.

His burial ceremony took place at 04:00 pm on 20th January, 2011 at Christian Grave Yard at Chhindwara in which Jehovah Nissi will bless him with eternal sleep till the Lord's second coming. Please pray for members of the bereaved family members of the entire ELCMP.

Rt Rev E Panchoo
Bishop, ELC in MP


SALC Ordains First Women Pastors

Posted by: LWI/UELCI on Thursday, January 20, 2011 | Read 3109 times
Nelavala Gnana Prasuna ordained by Bishop Chandra SekharA Step Toward Inclusion, Reconciliation and Equal Opportunity

TITUPATI, India/GENEVA, 20 January 2011 (LWI) – The South Andhra Lutheran Church (SALC) in India ordained its first women pastors on 12 January, marking a new era for ordained ministry in the church whose history dates back to 1865.

“Finally the dream has come true,” said SALC Bishop Chandra Sekhar at the ordination service of the four women and two male pastors at St Peter’s Lutheran Church in Tirupathi. He noted that historical, cultural and traditional roots of SALC had prevented theologically trained women from “even dreaming of ordination.”


New Office Bearers - Arcot Lutheran Church, India

Posted by: ALC on Tuesday, January 11, 2011 | Read 3216 times
The Arcot Lutheran Church has elected its new church board on November 6, 2010 at the Resurrection Church, Cuddalore, India. The new office bearers for the period of 2010 to 2013 are:

Rt Rev R Davadass Vijiyakumar, Bishop
Mr B Jeasudian, Secretary
Rev Dr VVJ Gurunathan, Treasurer
Rev V Samuel Kenndy, Central Manager
Rev P Nelladass, Property Officer


Unity in Diversity

Posted by: LCA-BFM on Thursday, December 09, 2010 | Read 3364 times
Sharing about God's love with the childrenSouth Australian school students formed part of a unique team assisting Cambodian villagers with medical – and spiritual – first aid

To share the love of Jesus Christ with the people of Kampong Chhnang province, Cambodia, a unique team of 90 people from different parts of Australia, Singapore and Hong Kong came together – for 13 days – in July this year. Among this group were 10 Year Eleven students and three staff members from Unity College Murray Bridge, South Australia, as well as Western Australian District president Rev Greg Pfeiffer and wife, Janet.

This team’s practical work and ministry built on the past medical, dental, optical and ministry teams which had been coordinated in Kampong Chhnang during the past four and a half years by the Lutheran Church in Singapore, through Lutheran World Mission (LWM) Cambodia, under the leadership of Dr William Chang.


Damages by Cyclone Giri in Myanmar

Posted by: LCM on Monday, November 08, 2010 | Read 2211 times
Dear Friends and supporters:

The tropical cyclone Giri slammed into the nation, Myanmar on October 22nd and 23rd battering Rakhine State, a city of more than 1 million, Magwe and Sagaing divisions with wind sometimes exceeding 140 km an hour. Warning about this storm was aired from foreign news and media days before.

The storm is strong but a bit less than Cyclone Nargis which hit the country in 2008, destroyed many houses and killed about 150,000 people. The most heavily damaged places were in Kyauktaw, Myebon, Minbya townships and many villages in Rakhine State and some other villages and towns in the Magwe and Sagaing divisions directly hit by the storm.


LWF Member Church affected by Earthquake & Tsunami

Posted by: LWF-Asia on Wednesday, October 27, 2010 | Read 3162 times
Earthquake and tsunami at Mentawai Islands
We have received news from Bishop Parasoran Simanjuntak of Protestant Christian Church in Mentawai (GKPM) about the effects and damages in the Mentawai islands after an earthquake of 7.7 magnitutde and tsunami hit the west coast of Sumatra on Monday.

This initial news reported that churches in Mentawai islands are affected and in one village, 78 people were found dead and with more than 100 people still missing. Another 80 people are injured.

LWF Geneva is in touch with other concerned parties to see how help can be extended to our member church GKPM.

Updates & video clip(Oct 28)


ELCA Announces New Churchwide Organization Design for 2011

Posted by: ELCA on Tuesday, October 12, 2010 | Read 2783 times
Bishop Mark S HansonCHICAGO (ELCA) -- The Church Council of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) took action on October 8 to affirm the concept for a new design of the ELCA churchwide organization in 2011, said the Rev Mark S Hanson, ELCA presiding bishop, in an Oct 11 announcement to churchwide staff. The council authorized the officers of the churchwide organization to take the necessary personnel actions and to implement the new design beginning Feb. 1, 2011, the start of the next fiscal year.

The council deleted continuing resolutions in the ELCA Constitution related to churchwide units and adopted new continuing resolutions to implement the design and establish lines of responsibility, Hanson reported.

The council also expressed appreciation to the staff of the churchwide organization, saying they would "hold in prayer" employees personally affected by a reduction in staff prompted by the new design.


New Leaders in Indonesian Churches

Posted by: LWF-Asia on Tuesday, September 28, 2010 | Read 1623 times
Bishop and General Secretary of GKPSOur heartiest congratulations and prayers to the newly elected leaders of the following member churches in Indonesia:

Ephorus (Bishop) Patut Sipahutar
Christian Protestant Church in Indonesia (GKPI)

Ephorus Dr Jaharianson Saragih (L-Photo)
Siamalungun Protestant Christian Church (GKPS)
Rev. Elimanson Sumbayak (R-Photo)
General Secretary

Ephorus Dr L Stitorus
The Indonesian Christian Church (HKI)


Radio Workshop, India

Posted by: SCM on Sunday, September 12, 2010 | Read 1170 times
The Northern Evangelical Lutheran Church (NELC) has two Radio Ministries - in the Santali language (Jharkhand) and the Boro language (Assam). The Santali radio ministry was started 36 years ago and the Boro radio Ministry 23 years ago. Both these radio ministries are an instrument in proclaming the Gospel and also in building awareness in the tribal society in its own respective culture. Many have come to know the Lord and is an instrument in helping the churches in
making disciples.


Seminar: Ecumenical Movement in Asia/Pacific & PNG

Posted by: songang on Friday, September 10, 2010 | Read 2100 times
Rev SiloiThe Evangelical Lutheran Church of Papua New Guinea (ELC-PNG) Partners Forum Consultation is an annual event hosted by ELC-PNG and its Lutheran Overseas Partner Churches (LOPC) to discuss issues that ELC-PNG needs to respond to in its evangelical responsibility in the country and abroad.

“As the second largest Christian denomination in PNG, ELC-PNG sees the need to initiate the revitalisation of the ecumenical movement in the country that was for long being idle.” Rev. Kinim Siloi, the director for ELC-PNG’s Inter-Church and Ecumenical Affairs desk commented “there are many pressing issues like climate change, natural resource exploitation, social unrest and natural disasters that are affecting the people in PNG and also other nations in the Asia/Pacific region, though each and individual Christian denomination have been instrumental respectively, but an Ecumenical voice would have much more impact.”


Urgent Appeal: Myanmar Rats Disaster

Posted by: MLC on Sunday, September 05, 2010 | Read 1171 times
Crops in the field totally destroyed by ratsDear MMF members and LWF member churches

We would like to request you to seriously consider this urgent relief for Myanmar as soon as possible in the Name of Christ.

This rats’ disaster started in Kanpalet Township since the month of January, 2010. Paddy, maize, pineapples and vegetable crops in the farms were destroyed and domestic animals killed. Nothing is left in the fields for the villages to harvest (see picture).

The rats destroyed not only their farms but also their domestic animals such as chicken and ducks. Even household stuff like pillows and blankets were not spared. Urgent appeals requesting for help were sent out to donors to help them over the crisis.


First Woman Ordination in Chinese Rhenish Church, Hong Kong

Posted by: CRC-HKSynod on Monday, May 17, 2010 | Read 5677 times
CRCHKS first woman's ordinationAfter a relatively long period of deliberation, discussion at different levels, and going through the necessary procedural approval, the Chinese Rhenish Church, Hong Kong Synod (CRCHKS) is now happy to announce May 30th, 2010 as the day CRCHKS will ordain its first woman -- Ms Siu-ling Ho -- a church deaconess who had served in one of the congregations since her graduation from seminary in 1994.


ELC-PNG new website

Posted by: ELC-PNG on Monday, April 19, 2010 | Read 2788 times
Webmaster, Guti WarimeGreetings from Ampo!

The ELC-PNG website has been upgraded and some advanced features have been added.

The previous website http://www.elcpng.org.pg will be cancelled due to inconsistencies with the hosting server to handle advanced internet features.

The new ELC-PNG website is: http://www.elcpng.org


Dr Kunchala Rajaratnam laid to rest

Posted by: Timothy Melvyn on Tuesday, April 13, 2010 | Read 3214 times
Dr Raja laid to restThe memorial service marking the celebration of the life, faith and commitment of Dr Kunchala Rajaratnam was held at the Ziegenbalg Auditorium, Gurukul, Chennai, India on April 10, 2010. Hundreds of people from many parts of the country and continents representing various churches, organizations, educational institutions – theological and secular, ecumenical and people’s movements, resource agencies and non-governmental organizations paid homage to the ‘leader’.


Sad News - The Passing of Dr K Rajaratnam

Posted by: UELCI on Wednesday, April 07, 2010 | Read 3746 times
Dr K RajaratnamWe have received news from Dr Augustine Jeyakumar, Executive Secretary of United Evangelical Lutheran Church in India (UELCI), about the passing away of Dr Kunchala Rajaratnam on Wednesday, April 7, 2010 at 14.00 hour local time. Dr Raja died in his home after a brief illness. In January this year he had a set back and was given a pacemaker. He was 89.

The funeral service will be at 9.30 am, Gurukul Auditorium on Saturday, April 10 in Chennai. (UELCI)

P.s Post condolences by clicking the link below "Read full article"


ELCJHL, Church of Scotland affirm, formalize partnership

Posted by: aschmitt on Sunday, March 28, 2010 | Read 1393 times
Churches cooperate in order to strengthen evangelical Christian witness, not their institutions. Our interdependence as churches is a source of strength. This was part of the message of ELCJHL Bishop Munib Younan gave at the March 24, 2010, partnership service. There, Younan and the Rt Rev William Hewitt, moderator of the Church of Scotland, signed an agreement formalizing the relationship between the ELCJHL and the Church of Scotland. St Andrew’s Church in West Jerusalem hosted the afternoon event.


New Bishop of ELC-PNG Consecrated

Posted by: ELC-PNG on Thursday, March 11, 2010 | Read 2832 times
Newly elected bishop of ELCPNGThe newly elected Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Papua New Guinea (ELC-PNG), Rev Giegere Wenge, was consecrated after he took his public confession on March 7, 2010. He pledged to carry out his duties faithfully as Head Bishop before the Lord and in the presence of government officials, church members and overseas Lutheran overseas partners.


LWF NCI Strengthened to Enhance Communion of Churches

Posted by: LWF NCI on Monday, February 15, 2010 | Read 1629 times
LWF NCI Workshop In conjunction with the visit of LWF General Secretary and Asia Secretary in 2000, LWF member churches in Indonesia were encouraged to establish a LWF National Committee. The LWF National Committee in Indonesia (NCI), established in 2000, has performed its tasks as stipulated by the LWF to:
- Strengthening relationships, unity and cooperation between LWF and among member churches
- Retaining the right of direct communication between LWF and member churches
- Presenting an annual report on its activities to the LWF Council

The daily work of the Committee has been implemented by its Executive Secretary in consultation with its Board members and accompanied by the LWF Department for Mission and Development (DMD).


JELC Youth Celebrates Green Christmas

Posted by: JELC-India on Tuesday, January 19, 2010 | Read 2243 times
Several eco-messages were spread out on placards which the youth held during the rally as strong climate convictions. The Youth Desk of the Jeypore Evangelical Lutheran Church called on its congregations to celebrate Green Christmas in order to express its solidarity with the dying eco system. A big Climate Justice Peace Rally was organized on 29th December 2009 in Koraput, Orissa which drew the attention of many as this was the first of its kind in Koraput town. Youth from different parts of JELC participated in the rally. The event also received good media coverage. The rally is to bring about greater awareness among youth and the community. More than 500 youth participated in the rally.


Message of LCMS during Dialogue Session with Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim

Posted by: LCMS on Wednesday, January 13, 2010 | Read 3316 times
Speech by Bishop Philip Lok of the Lutheran Church in Malaysia and Singapore, at the Dialogue Session between Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and Church Representatives, on 10 January 2010 at Luther Centre Petaling Jaya

First, on behalf of the Lutheran Church in Malaysia and Singapore, I welcome Datuk Seri Anwar, and all other distinguished guests to Luther Centre. How I wished that your first visit to the headquarters of the Lutheran Church is under more pleasant circumstances.

As Christians, we are very saddened and shocked by the terrible events which took placed in our nation during the past 2 days. Our dream for a peaceful and progressive Malaysia was viciously shattered by the petrol bombs. These series of unjustifiable attacks upon churches have shaken the very foundation of our Malaysian society and scarred our common psyche. On a personal level, I am distressed by the fact that one of our oldest Lutheran churches was also attacked yesterday.


3rd Updates on Malaysia's Situation

Posted by: LCMS on Tuesday, January 12, 2010 | Read 2117 times
Dr Arul AramFresh attacks on churches occurred yesterday (Sunday, 10 January 2010) but fortunately, the affected churches suffered no major damages or injuries to individuals. What is more disturbing is that yesterday's attack was no longer limited to the Kuala Lumpur Petaling Jaya area. In fact, the oldest Anglican church in Malaysia , and another Catholic church, both in Taiping (Perak) were petrol-bombed. Another Baptist church in Melaka was splashed with black paint. Even a mission school in Perak was targeted. For more information, please refer to the attachment below or the following links: http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/index.php/malaysia/49125-miri-church-attack-makes-it-7-


Updates on Malaysia's situation

Posted by: LCMS on Saturday, January 09, 2010 | Read 2129 times
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ

First, I would like to thank all of you who have sent me emails assuring us of your solidarity and prayer support as our nation tries to pick up the pieces, and finds a peaceful and long-lasting solution to the present religious tensions.

Second, allow me to bring you up to date with the latest situation in Kuala Lumpur. Earlier this morning (9 Jan 2010) arsonists attempted to set fire to one of our oldest congregations, the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Petaling Jaya. By God’s mercy, the petrol bombs missed the targeted windows, and thus causing only minor damage to the exterior walls. The congregation pastor, Rev. Augustine, discovered the scorched marks on the walls at about 2 pm. A police report was immediately lodged and the police forensic team arrived promptly to investigate the incident.


Prayers for Christians in Malaysia

Posted by: LCMS on Saturday, January 09, 2010 | Read 1977 times
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

On behalf of the Lutheran Church in Malaysia, I bring you greetings in this season of Epiphany. May the Everlasting Father grant us an unwavering faith till we behold his glory face to face.

Since our nation gained independence from Britain in 1957, Malaysians have always prided ourselves of the peace and prosperity we enjoyed in this multi-racial and multi-religious society. Apart from a minor blip in 1969 when racial riots took placed in Kuala Lumpur, the majority of our people were committed to build a nation where we respect and accept each other differences. We are always proud to show off to our foreign friends and visitors how we lived harmoniously in all our cultural diversity.

But our dreams for a One Malaysia, and the image of a peace-loving nation was tragically shattered in the early hours on this day, 8 Jan 2010, when three churches were attacked with firebombs perpetrated by irresponsible and hateful persons. These churches (each from the Roman Catholic Church, the Assembly of God and the Brethren) are located within Petaling Jaya. The only comfort is that there was no loss of life in these acts of insanity.


Sad News - President Benjamin Lasegan of LCP

Posted by: LWF-Asia on Friday, January 01, 2010 | Read 2604 times
President Benjamin LaseganWe bring you the sad news of the passing away of Rev Benjamin Lasegan, President of Lutheran Church in the Philippines. He passed away last Wednesday morning, December 30. His wake is at the Baguio Memorial Chapels and burial will be on Monday, January 4. He has been undergoing dialysis for renal problems and succumbed to his 3rd stroke. Please remember his family and LCP in our prayers.


Asian Churches Advocate Strong Advocacy on Responsible Stewardship

Posted by: LWI on Saturday, December 12, 2009 | Read 1779 times
Asia DelegatesEquitable Distribution and Consumption Will Curb Food Insecurity

BANGKOK, Thailand/GENEVA, 10 December 2009 (LWI) - The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) member churches in Asia concluded their preparatory meeting for the forthcoming LWF Eleventh Assembly with an appeal to the global Lutheran communion to strengthen advocacy on responsible stewardship over God-given resources.

"Hunger in Asia is not the result of insufficient food production in the region but rather human-made crises" such as corruption, unjust distribution, militarization, colonialism, occupation and overwhelming national debtamong others, participants in the Asia Pre-Assembly Consultation (APAC) said in a final message.


Lutherans in Asia Encouraged to Lead in Diakonia and Diapraxis

Posted by: LWI on Saturday, December 12, 2009 | Read 1575 times
Discussion Group on DiakoniaLWF Regional Meeting Calls for Education and Resources to Enable Active Engagement

BANGKOK, Thailand/GENEVA, 10 December 2009 (LWI) - Diakonia is the gospel in action. Diapraxis is interfaith diakonia. But, as participants at the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) Asia Pre-Assembly Consultation (APAC) and Asia Church Leadership Conference (ACLC) deliberated further, they agreed these expressions of church mission encompassed much more.

Members of a group discussion on "Diakonia as Reaction to Exclusion" at the 6-9 December regional LWF meeting in Bangkok, Thailand, concluded that diakonia is service that reconciles, empowers and accompanies. Diakonia, they agreed, is prophetic when it announces an alternative way of being or denounces injustice in defense of marginalized people.


Minority Churches Seek Global Lutheran Solidarity in Climate Change Response

Posted by: LWI on Saturday, December 12, 2009 | Read 1587 times
Discussion Group on Climate ChangeSignificant Impact on Mission and Evangelism Work in Asia

BANGKOK; Thailand/GENEVA, 9 December 2009 (LWI) - Representatives of the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) member churches in Asia are asking the LWF, its ecumenical and interfaith partners to provide and share appropriate resources and expertise to enable churches respond effectively to the issue of climate change.

Whether it is catastrophic flooding or drought, deforestation or mining, the social, economic and political problems emanating from climate change are interrelated, stated the report of a group discussion on this topic during the Asia Pre-Assembly Consultation (APAC), taking place 6-9 December in Bangkok, Thailand.


Youth Plead for Inclusion and Spiritual Guidance from the Church

Posted by: LWI on Saturday, December 12, 2009 | Read 1815 times
Youth response to keynote addressCall to Emphasize Rich Lutheran Heritage in Worship Life

BANGKOK; Thailand/GENEVA, 8 December 2009 (LWI) - Young adults in Asia faced with the disillusionment of a good education that no longer guarantees employment opportunities need spiritual guidance from the church on how to get their daily material bread and meet their spiritual needs.

"What does a job mean? What does work mean?" asked Rev. Sekino Kazuhiro from the Japan Evangelical Lutheran Church, presenting the LWF Asian region youth response to the keynote address of the Asia Pre-Assembly Consultation (APAC), taking place 6-9 December in Bangkok, Thailand.


Asian Women Seek Structures That Ensure Visible Inclusion in the LWF

Posted by: LWI on Saturday, December 12, 2009 | Read 1403 times
APAC plenaryCall to Empower Women’s Response to Climate Change, Poverty and Human Trafficking

BANGKOK; Thailand/GENEVA, 8 December 2009 (LWI) - Women delegates attending the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) Asian region Pre-Assembly Consultation (APAC) commended the LWF's far-reaching advocacy for marginalized groups in church and society, but called for urgent changes to structures and traditions that further perpetuate exclusion.

"Making women visible is the first step in reducing their vulnerability," said Ms Dora R. Hemalatha, when she presented the women's perspectives on the keynote address by LWF vice president Bishop Dr Munib A. Younan. The presentation by the bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land (ELJHL) focused on "daily bread as a holy call to justice" in the Asian context.


APAC/ACLC: Lutheran Leader Urges Asian Churches to Expose Systemic Causes of Hunger

Posted by: LWI on Monday, December 07, 2009 | Read 3645 times
Greetings from the Host Church, ELCT, with music and danceLWF Churches Meet in Bangkok for First Regional Pre-Assembly

BANGKOK, Thailand/GENEVA, 7 December 2009 (LWI) - As the ancient prophets challenged the powerful who ignored the cries of the needy, so too must the church today act to dismantle systems that prevent people from getting their daily bread.

This was the central message of the keynote address from Palestinian Bishop Dr Munib A. Younan at the opening of the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) Asia Pre-Assembly Consultation (APAC) and Asia Church Leadership Conference (ACLC), taking place from 6-9 December in Bangkok, Thailand. "Give Us Today Our Daily Bread: A Holy Call to Justice" was the title of the keynote address.


New Leadership - JELC

Posted by: JELC on Tuesday, December 01, 2009 | Read 1679 times
During the 60th Synod Election of Jeypore Evangelical Lutheran Church (JELC) in Jagdalpur (CG) from 25-27th of November, 2009, the following were elected as the church's new office bearers for a term of four years (2009-2013).

Bishop-elect: The Rev. Subas Chandra Goudo
Synod Chairman: The Rev. Asish Kumar Pal
Secretary: Mr. Amar Thomas
Treasurer: Mr. Biroj Kumar Benya


ELCJHL supports CRIHL demand for respect for all religious sites

Posted by: aschmitt on Wednesday, November 25, 2009 | Read 1585 times
Bishop Munib YounanJerusalem – (Nov. 19, 2009) Rev. Dr. Munib A. Younan, bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land, today affirmed the statement of a Jerusalem interfaith organization calling for respect for the city’s holy sites.

“At the height of tensions in Jerusalem, Jewish, Muslim and Christian leaders were able to come together to write a statement in order to bring peace and justice to Jerusalem,” Younan said. The bishop of the Middle East’s Lutheran church body is a founding member of the Council of Religious Institutions of the Holy Land, which issued the statement, and is comprised of local leaders of Jerusalem's Jewish, Muslim and Christian communities.


Seminar on Women's Ordination, India

Posted by: UELCI, WICAS on Monday, November 16, 2009 | Read 1774 times
The outcome of a national women consultation resulted in several churches in India recommending UELCI to facilitate and advocate the respective church authorities to ordain the theologically trained women and to encourage more women to be trained theologically.

There was also a decision to raise a signature campaign signed by all women urging the church leaders to ordain women.


Dr Mike Semmler re-elected as President, LCA

Posted by: LCA on Wednesday, November 11, 2009 | Read 4595 times
President Mike SemmlerRev Dr Mike Semmler has been re-elected as president of the Lutheran Church of Australia during its 16th General Convention of Synod from October 2-5, 2009. Dr Semmler told Synod that he was ‘honoured and humbled’ to represent the church as president. He thanked Synod for their confidence in him but urged the people of the church to put their trust in Christ, the head of the church. ‘In his name we will go forward’, the president said.

Rev John Henderson, also principal of Australia Lutheran College (ALC), was re-elected as vice-president of the church.


Dr Um Hun Seop was re-elected as President of LCK

Posted by: Lee Jiesung on Friday, October 16, 2009 | Read 2487 times
Dr Um Hyum Seop
Rev Dr Um Hyun Seop was re-elected as President of the Lutheran Church in Korea (LCK) during the church’s 29th General Assembly at the Lutheran University from October 8 & 9, 2009. Dr Um won more than a majority of the votes cast.


Conflict is political, not religious, bishop says

Posted by: aschmitt on Thursday, August 27, 2009 | Read 1476 times
The political ­– not religious – nature of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict was the central theme of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land (ELCJHL) Bishop Munib A Younan's July 15 address in Pori, Finland. Bishop Younan delivered his speech, "Reconciliation in the Middle East," to a conference of the UN Association of Finland and the Finnish Red Cross, in cooperation with the Tampere Peace Research Institute.

The full text of Bishop Younan's address is available at www.elcjhl.org.

New AELC President Elected

Posted by: Timothy_Melvyn on Tuesday, July 07, 2009 | Read 5688 times
Dr BhanuThe 44th Biennial Convention of the Andhra Evangelical Lutheran Church (AELC) was held at Schade Girl’s High School in Rajahmundry, Andhra Pradesh, India.

‘Justice and Righteousness’ was the theme of the May 27-28, 2009, AELC convention. The convention witnessed the election of its new President, Rev Dr Suneel Bhanu Busi for the term 2009-2013. He succeeds Rev Dr Christopher.


Installation of LCS New Bishop

Posted by: LCS-Martin Yee on Monday, June 01, 2009 | Read 3686 times
Rev Terry Kee and Bishop John Tan The Lutheran Church in Singapore (LCS) installed its new bishop, Rev Terry Kee, at a special installation service held on the Sunday afternoon of 24th May 2009.

Rev Terry Kee succeeds Bishop John Tan as the second bishop of the Lutheran Church in Singapore since its formation in 1997. The installation service for the new Bishop and Executive Committee at the Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer was attended by about 300 people including local mainline denomination church and seminary leaders, representatives of Lutheran churches from the region and missions agencies worldwide.


Arcot Lutheran Church - Bishop Election

Posted by: bastianbabu on Thursday, May 21, 2009 | Read 3490 times
Bp VijayakumarRev R D Vijayakumar has been elected as 6th Bishop of Arcot Lutheran Church. His term as Bishop will be from 2009-2014. The election took place on 18th May 2009 and he will assume his responsibility on 24th May 2009. Rev Vijayakumar had served as Treasurer for three terms in the Board of Arcot Lutheran Church.The Rt Rev R J Gideon has stepped down due to health reasons.


ELCPNG National Youth Sunday

Posted by: songang on Thursday, May 07, 2009 | Read 1800 times
ELCPNG YouthsEvery year the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Papua New Guinea (ELCPNG) observes the first Sunday of May as the National Youth Sunday. On May 3 this year, all congregations throughout the seventeen (17) districts of ELCPNG observe the day in supporting the Youth Ministries with prayers and thanksgiving.

One of ELCPNG’s oldest youth hall, Immanuel Youth Hall, built by the then active Lae Lutheran Youth (LLY) of ELCPNG in the 1970’s, came to life that day. The Redeemer Parish congregations in Lae city gathered at the hall for Sunday Service and many youth participated in leading the worship in music and songs, creative dance and drama.


ELCJHL Prepares for 50th Anniversary Celebration

Posted by: ELCJHL on Wednesday, May 06, 2009 | Read 1605 times
The ELCJHL celebrates its 50th anniversary this month. Pictured here is the Beit Jala congregation during the year of its formation, 1883. “Living Witness - Creative Diakonia” is the theme for the upcoming ELCJHL 50th anniversary celebration. The synod will also observe the 30th anniversary of the Arabic bishopric and 170 years of evangelical mission in Palestine.

Festivities will kick off on May 16 at the campus of the Lutheran school and church in Beit Sahour. School children will present dabka dancing, singing and drama performances. Items made at the schools, such as candles and ceramics, will be put up for sale. A book fair will feature books by church pastors and lay people. The celebration also set aside time for interviews on the church’s past, present and vision for the future.


ELCT Assembly calls for serving God in unity

Posted by: Timothy_Melvyn on Monday, May 04, 2009 | Read 2964 times
ELCT Bishop Visanukorn Upama

BANGKOK, 2 April 2009 - The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Thailand (ELCT) held its 15th General Assembly in the central eastern province of Mukdahan, Thailand.

“Serving the Lord in Unity” was the theme of the March 24-26, 2009, ELCT Assembly.


New Bishop & Leadership of LCS

Posted by: LCS on Thursday, April 09, 2009 | Read 2049 times
Rev Terry Kee
During the 13th annual general meeting of the Lutheran Church in Singapore on 28 March 2009, the Rev Terry Kee was elected as Bishop of the church.

Bishop John Tan has completed his third term in office and will relinquish his office with effect from 25 May 2009.


Nine Pastors Ordained - GKPI

Posted by: GKPI on Wednesday, April 08, 2009 | Read 4899 times
The nine persons ordained were: Rev Rotua Sidabutar, Rev Betty Manurung, Rev Erny Christina Hutauruk, Rev Ferdy Gabriel Nainggolan, Rev Hendry Aritonang, Rev Samuel Aritonang, Rev Abadi Simaremare, Rev Sutan Pasaribu and Rev Linti Dongoran. “Don’t rely on yourself, we must learn and learn, we must be humble and want to receive. These are the ‘stamp’ of our Christianity”, stated the Bishop in his sermon during the Pastor ordination ceremony of the Christian Church Protestant in Indonesia (GKPI). The Bishop of GKPI, Rev Dr Mangisi SE Simorangkir based his sermon on Jeremiah 9:23-24. This ceremony was held on February 8, 2009 in GKPI Tanah Jawa Kota, one of GKPI congregations in Simalungun district.


LCA New Church Secretary and Mission Director

Posted by: LCA on Friday, March 20, 2009 | Read 1505 times

Rev Neville OttoDear Brothers and Sisters in Christ Jesus

Greetings from the Lutheran Church of Australia (LCA).

It is with a deep sense of joy and thankfulness to God that I write this letter to you.

Yesterday Rev Neville Otto accepted the call as Secretary of the Church and Director of Board for Mission. Currently Rev Otto is the District President of the LCA New South Wales District.


Consecretation of Bishop Solomon Rajah, ELCM

Posted by: ELCM on Monday, February 23, 2009 | Read 4874 times
Ordination of Solomon Rajah KUALA LUMPUR: The new head of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Malaysia (ELCM) promises to forge greater inter-religious tolerance and understanding between the different faiths in the country.

"I not only want to serve the church, people and the Lord, I want to foster greater unity among Malaysians," said Bishop Right Reverend Dr Solomon Rajah at his consecration and installation ceremony at the Zion Cathedral in Brickfields yesterday. Solomon added he plans to initiate various social services to help the less fortunate and to ensure churches not only have some standing in society but are self-reliant.


UELCI, Mission & Development Partners Round Table Meeting

Posted by: Timothy_Melvyn on Tuesday, February 17, 2009 | Read 3339 times
A section of delegates engages in group discussionThe United Evangelical Lutheran Church in India (UELCI), Mission and Development Partners Round Table Meeting held in YMCA, Chennai during January 24-26, 2009 marked a significant landmark in the historical landscape of UELCI. “Accompanying each other for Justice and Life” was the theme of the 2009 Round Table Meeting.


Bishop Julius D Paul Laid to Rest

Posted by: LWF-Asia on Thursday, December 11, 2008 | Read 4268 times
The body of the late Bishop Julius D Paul, 63, of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Malaysia (ELCM) was finally laid to rest at the Subang Lutheran Garden, Malaysia, on December 9. This put an end to the anguish of his family who had waited 16 days for papers from the various authorities to bring his body home from Guatemala where he drowned in a boat accident last month. News of the sudden and untimely death of Bishop Julius Paul had taken the local Christian community and international Lutheran communion with shock and sadness. The funeral service at Zion Cathedral in Brickfields, KL, was packed with people coming from far and near to pay their last respects to their beloved bishop, mentor, friend.


UELCI, New Officers

Posted by: UELCI on Monday, December 01, 2008 | Read 2229 times
Rt. Rev. Godwin Nag, Bishop of ELCITHS I am happy to inform that the 27th Triennial Conference of the United Evangelical Lutheran Church in India (UELCI) scheduled on November 27th and 28th 2008 at ICSA, Chennai unanimously elected the following officers for UELCI for the next triennium with immediate effect:

1) President - Rt.Rev. Godwin Nag – ELCITHS
2) Vice President - Rev. Dr. H.A. Martin – TELC
3) Vice President – Youth - Mr Sem Hemrom – GELC
4) Vice President – Woman - Mrs V Mani Kumari – AELC

Sad News: The Untimely Death of Bishop Julius Paul

Posted by: LWF-Asia on Sunday, November 23, 2008 | Read 9461 times
Bishop Julius Paul
RE: Bishop Julius Danaraj Paul, Malaysia

Sad news was received on the late night of November 22 about the passing of Bishop Julius Paul of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Malaysia, a member of the LWF Council and chairperson of the Standing Committee for World Service. The message below is informative enough for you to get the impression of the cause and circumstances of his untimely death.

[Pls post your condolences under 'comment' at the end of this write-up]

New Leadership in Lanka Lutheran Church

Posted by: LLC on Thursday, October 16, 2008 | Read 2189 times
National flag of Sri Lanka New leadership was elected by the Lanka Lutheran Church on 26th of July 2008 in Nuwara-Eliya, Sri Lanka. The newly elected key officials of the church are:
President: Rev Govindan Nadaraja
Secretary: Rev A Arulchelvan
Treasurer: Rev S Devanesan


LWF/DMD Project Brings Hope to the Poor in Bangladesh

Posted by: BNELC-DF on Wednesday, October 08, 2008 | Read 1546 times
Training session The Bangladesh Northern Evangelical Lutheran Church-Development Foundation (BNELC-DF) started its Participatory Community Development Program (PCDP) in 1986. It is an integrated programme which consists of awareness building, adult literacy, training, health care, socio-economic development and human rights components aiming to organize the community people to build their own people’s organization to ensure access to their human rights. At that time not many NGOs were working with the poor people in the rural areas of Bangladesh, PCDP started working with the needy groups in the community, especially the underprivileged indigenous groups who are deprived in many ways.


Diakonia Efforts of Lutheran Church in Thailand: Do Small Things with Great Love

Posted by: ELCT Diakonia on Monday, September 29, 2008 | Read 3904 times
Leena Helle It was almost four years ago that Thailand was hit by the tsunami. Though the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Thailand (ELCT) did not have any work in the affected areas, it was deemed important to get involved in such a time of need and emergency. With help from partners abroad, ELCT got involved in the relief work by meeting the most urgent needs: food, clothing and medicine. Later, the relief work also included support in rebuilding, and several teams of congregation members participated in the practical work as well. The long-term rehabilitation programmes have continued until today. At the moment, ELCT is still supporting employment programmes at Phangnga province, recreational activities at Ban Nam Khem and new permanent building for a day care center at Tapdawan sea gypsy village. These projects will hopefully be completed before the end of 2008.


Priscilla Singh Ordained

Posted by: Priscilla Singh on Wednesday, September 24, 2008 | Read 3049 times
Priscilla Singh On 9 July 2008, Tamil Evangelical Lutheran Church (TELC) had an ordination service held during the 302 anniversary of Ziegenbalg Mission festival where the latest lady to be ordained was Rev Priscilla Singh. She had served in the Lutheran World Federation for the past 10 years (1998 -2008) as Executive Secretary in charge of the global Desk for Women in Church and Society (WICAS). She was the first Asian lady to hold this responsibility and as she concludes her ministry in this position, God has called her to serve through pastoral ministry.


LWF Development workshop in Bangladesh

Posted by: Dolly Khan, RDRS on Wednesday, September 03, 2008 | Read 1861 times
Workshop participants RDRS (Rangpur Dinapur Rural Service) Bangladesh hosted a 2-day workshop (21-22 August 2008) at RDRS Rangpur in cooperation with the National Christian Fellowship of Bangladesh/Koinonia, Dhaka, Bangladesh Lutheran Church (BLC), Birganj and Bangladesh Northern Evangelical Lutheran Church (BNELC), Dinajpur.

Mr Jacob Koos Schep (Jaap Schep), Secretary for Project Implementation & Monitoring (PIM) and Ms Catherine Elizabeth Currat of the Department for Mission and Development (DMD) of the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) Geneva, moderated the workshop.


One-Day Fellowship of Lutheran Women in Indonesia

Posted by: CLCJ on Wednesday, August 27, 2008 | Read 1796 times
Lutheran women in greater Jakarta held a one-day fellowship on August 18, 2008, hosted by the Angkola Christian Protestant Church (GKPA) at Penjernihan, Jakarta. This meeting opened a new chapter for ecumenical movement among Lutheran churches in Indonesia. It was a follow-up program after the declaration of the Communion of Lutheran Churches in Jakarta (CLCJ) on April 20, 2008. Around 450 women attended the fellowship, representing Lutheran churches in greater Jakarta (AMIN Church, BNKP, GKPA, GPKB, GKPI, GKPPD, GKPS, HKI and HKBP).



Posted by: GLTC on Wednesday, August 13, 2008 | Read 2126 times
With deep regret we announce the sudden demise of the Rt Rev Dr J Gnanabaranam Johnson, (IX Bishop of Tranquebar), Tamil Evangelical Lutheran Church, India.


A Gathering of Chinese Lutherans

Posted by: LWF-Asia on Thursday, August 07, 2008 | Read 2445 times
Since the LWF Assembly in Hong Kong in 1997, the Chinese Lutheran churches in Asia had seen the need to come together on a regular basis to enhance fellowship and cooperation between them. The group has since been meeting every 2-3 years to strengthen relationship and to deliberate on important issues pertaining to Chinese churches in the region and worldwide. The host and venue for each consultation is on a rotation basis with the first being hosted by churches in Sabah in 1998, followed by Hong Kong in 2000 and Taiwan in 2005.


New Leaders in The Protestant Church In Sabah (PCS)

Posted by: Daniel_Oduhau on Tuesday, July 22, 2008 | Read 3483 times
President Rev Jimmy O. Asam Congratulation to the following newly elected leaders of The Protestant Church In Sabah (PCS). They were elected during the last PCS Synod held from 3-5 of April 2008:

President: Rev Jimmy O. Asam
V President: Rev Joseph S. Daang
Secretary: Rev Sopirid Masandu
Vice Secretary: Pastor Janios Masingkai
Treasurer: Pastor Torido Rumanggong


New Church Leaders in Japan and Hong Kong

Posted by: LWF-Asia on Monday, July 21, 2008 | Read 2042 times
Our heartiest congratulation to the following newly elected leaders from Japan Lutheran Church (JLC) and Tsung Tsin Mission of Hong Kong (TTMHK)

Japan Lutheran Church
President: Rev Yutaka Kumei
V President: Rev Shinri Emoto
Secretary: Rev Masaki Shirai
Treasurer: Mr Takao Taguchi


New Leadership in JELC, Japan

Posted by: LWF-Asia on Thursday, June 05, 2008 | Read 1973 times
The president Rev Sumiyuki Watanabe and the Executive director Rev Yasuhiro Tatena The Rev Sumiyuki Watanabe (right) was elected as the new President of the Japan Evangelical Lutheran Church during the General Assembly of the church from May 1-3. The term is two years with eligibility for re-election up to three terms. Other elected officials include the Rev Isamu Aota, former Executive Director, as Vice-President and Rev Yasuhiro Tatena (left), pastor of Hiroshima Lutheran Church congregation, as Executive Director.


New President of KELC, Japan

Posted by: KELC on Monday, June 02, 2008 | Read 2001 times
Rev Shigeo Sueoka
We are happy to announce that the newly elected leader of Kinki Evangelical Lutheran Church (KELC) is the Rev Shigeo Sueoka. He was born in 1962 and ordained as a pastor in 1997. During the Church General Assembly on March 21, 2008, Rev Sueoka was elected as President after having served as Church Secretary for four years. (KELC)


Reaching Out by Radio

Posted by: jnekka on Sunday, June 01, 2008 | Read 1768 times
Kurukh language radio program producer Sunil Tirkey, the former Bishop of the NW Gossner Lutheran church
The North West Gossner Evangelical Lutheran Church, Ranchi, Jharkhand, India has been partnering with Trans World Radio to broadcast the Gospel of Jesus Christ in the Kurukh (Oraon) language. Considering this an important ministry, Bishop N. Lakra has reaffirmed this partnership of radio ministry which is still very relevant in this part of the world.


Leadership of ELCHK

Posted by: ELCHK on Thursday, May 29, 2008 | Read 1949 times
Bishop Nicholas Tai Hong Kong Evangelical Lutheran Church
The Annual Assembly of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Hong Kong (ELCHK) was held on May 1, 2008. The offices of Bishop, Vice Bishop and Executive Committee have been assigned anew. We are glad that Rev. Nicholas Tai Ho-fai and Rev. Jenny Chan Kin-lai have been reelected to the office of Bishop and Vice Bishop. May God bless their service in our church and in our worldwide partnerships.


Prayers for all people in the Holy Land

Posted by: LWF-Asia on Thursday, March 13, 2008 | Read 2508 times
Salaam and grace to you from Jerusalem, City of Peace!

We are profoundly and deeply saddened by the recent escalation of violence that killed 8 in the Yeshiva last night and 120 in Gaza in the last week. We express our sincere condolences to all who are mourning the loss of loved ones.


Lutheran church building burned by masked men

Posted by: LWF-Asia on Friday, February 29, 2008 | Read 1692 times
burned church On 7th February 2008, at about 2.00 am, GKPI (Christian Protestant Church in Indonesia) Jurong was burned down by some unknown people. GKPI Jurong is one of the congregations of GKPI in Pematangsiantar at Riau Province (Middle Sumatra). This group of unknown people were masked. They smashed the door, burned the altar and pulpit of the church.


End the Siege on Gaza

Posted by: LWF-Asia on Monday, February 18, 2008 | Read 1306 times
Heads of Local Churches: In the Name of God End the Siege on Gaza<br />
One and a half million people imprisoned and without proper food or medicine. 800,000 without electricity supply; this is illegal collective punishment, an immoral act in violation of the basic human and natural laws as well as International Law. It cannot be tolerated anymore. The siege over Gaza should end now.

Voices from our people there say "We feel the threat of being exterminated by this siege"


Tomorrow’s Hope – A new home for the fatherless, Nias, Indonesia

Posted by: LWF-Asia on Wednesday, January 09, 2008 | Read 3979 times
Children of Nias Over the years, God assured many of us that our efforts, though insignificant in our sight, would eventually reap a great harvest.

24 November was Celebration Day! After more than two years of building, the landscape has totally changed. Joining us in the opening ceremony of Tomorrow’s Hope Community (Komunitas Harapan Hari Esok) were the Regent (Buparti) of Nias, his wife Ibu Lenny, representatives of the Singapore Red Cross, the children, mission trippers and 200 well-wishers.


Reunification of LCP

Posted by: LWF-Asia on Monday, December 17, 2007 | Read 1873 times
The Lutheran Church in the Philippines (LCP), established in 1946 through missionary activities of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LC-MS), was formally organized in 1957 and became autonomous in 1967. LCP joined the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) in 1973 and a partnership and working relationship with the LC-MS was established in 1984.

But in 1986, LCP experienced serious difficulties in its life and work due to a number of factors which threatened the unity of the church. This led LCP into a long conflict where the church has been having two parallel administrative leaderships since 1992 until now. Many LCP members and pastors were discouraged and left with little hope about resolving the LCP conflicts.


Change of Leadership in BCCM

Posted by: LWF-Asia on Thursday, December 13, 2007 | Read 3617 times
Bishop elect Dr Thomas Tsen & his wife Laurel New leaderships were elected during the 33rd General Assembly of Basel Christian Church of Sabah (BCCM) from November 20-23, 2007.

Central Council:
Bishop – Rev Dr Thomas Tsen Lip Tet (pic. with wife Laurel)
President – Mr Peter Lee Khun Choi


In Solidarity with Dalits

Posted by: Timothy_Melvyn on Sunday, December 09, 2007 | Read 1744 times
The reality of many Dalit movements all over the country and abroad fighting against caste system in India and other parts of South Asia was recognized in the National Consultation held under the theme, “In Solidarity with the Dalits: Nurturing New Partnerships".


Visiting an Indigenous Church in Sabah - PCS

Posted by: LWF-Asia on Sunday, December 02, 2007 | Read 3345 times
Bishop Sopirid Masandu of Protestant Church in Sabah (PCS)
After the Consultation on Indigenous People’s Rights at the BCCM Camp in Kundasang, Sabah from November 6-8, it was apt for Bishop David Piso of Gutnius Lutheran Church and myself to visit the LWF member church, Protestant Church in Sabah (PCS), which is made up of all indigenous people.


JELC's Work Camp in Cambodia

Posted by: LWF-Asia on Thursday, November 22, 2007 | Read 2865 times
Japan Evangelical Lutheran Church (JELC) and its Foundation (JELA) recently launched a work camp in Cambodia with a group of teenagers. Pastor Kazuhiro Sato led the campers and assistants of eight people to the northern district of Cambodia from October 17 through 26, 2007 under the theme, “Make smile and build future by engaging in God’s work”.


500 trees to mark half-millennium of Luther's Reformation

Posted by: LWF-Asia on Monday, November 19, 2007 | Read 2190 times
Luther Garden II - current design <br />
© KLA milano-duisburg/www.kiparland.comGeneva (ENI). Churches throughout the world are to be asked to sponsor trees in a special "Luther Garden" in Wittenberg in eastern Germany to mark the 500th anniversary in 2017 of Martin Luther's Protestant Reformation. The first tree is to be planted in 2008 on 31 October, which is known as Reformation Day. This marks the day in 1517 when Luther is said to have nailed his 95 Theses to the door of Wittenberg's Schlosskirche (castle church), thereby setting in train his breach with the Roman Catholic Church. "The Luther Garden will be a symbol of solidarity, interconnectedness and reconciliation between Christian churches throughout the world," said the Rev. Norbert Denecke, executive secretary of the German National Committee of the Lutheran World Federation. (ENI)

LWF General Secretary Noko Confirms Lutheran Communion Support ...


Holy Land - Religious Leaders Met with US Secretary Rice

Posted by: LWF-Asia on Tuesday, November 13, 2007 | Read 1612 times
Religious leaders from the Middle East meet Condoleezza Rice For the first time, Christian, Muslim and Jewish leaders met with US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to explain the importance of involving religious leaders in the peace process for the Palestinian/Israeli conflict.

Rabbi David Rosen said that this meeting was an important empowerment for the efforts of this newly-formed Council of Religious Institutions of the Holy Land. "We need this empowerment for our work with justice and peace," he said.


JELC Addressed HIV/AIDS during Jubilee

Posted by: LWF-Asia on Monday, October 22, 2007 | Read 3194 times
AIDS graffitti Jeypore Evangelical Lutheran Church (JELC) in Koraput district, Orissa, India, celebrated its 125th year jubilee from October 13-14, 2007 with great jubilation under the theme “Thy Kingdom Come”. “Health Concern HIV/ AIDS” is one of the mission programmes of JELC and during the celebration priority was given to create awareness and to address the problem on HIV/AIDS.


Earthquake Struck Indonesia Again!

Posted by: LWF-Asia on Thursday, September 13, 2007 | Read 1854 times
Letter from Rev P Simanjuntak, Ephorus of Protestant Christian Church in Mentawai (GKPM)

Wednesday Sept 12 at 18.10 an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.9 struck Bengkulu, which is along the Sumatran coast - parallel with Mentawai island. The earthquake was strongly felt in Padang and Mentawai island

This first earthquake has resulted in a small tsunami about 1 -1.5 meter high in Mentawai. Some houses located in the coastal area were overflowed by water in Sikakap and almost all residents fled for higher ground, which is not quite far from villages. The earthquake has also damaged electricity and communication, telephone connections.


Canadian Lutherans elect their first national woman leader

Posted by: LWF-Asia on Monday, June 25, 2007 | Read 1815 times
Vancouver (ENI)
The Rev. Susan Johnson is to become the first woman to hold the post of national bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada. "I'm just overwhelmed and honoured by this incredible honour," Johnson said after her election at the denomination's national convention in Winnipeg. She will succeed National Bishop Raymond Schultz, who announced in January that he will retire on 1 September 2007. Meanwhile, the Anglican Church of Canada, meeting in Winnipeg at the same time as the ELCIC, has elected Bishop Fred Hiltz as its new primate, or national leader. He defeated Bishop Victoria Matthews of Edmonton in the final ballot.

A Floating Congregation

Posted by: LWF-Asia on Friday, June 08, 2007 | Read 1646 times

Pastor Werner Strauss’s congregation is all at sea. It comes and goes like the tide. There are no members, only contacts. They don’t come to church, and if he sees the same person twice in six months he considers that a blessing.


Featuring The Lutheran Church in Singapore

Posted by: LWF-Asia on Tuesday, June 05, 2007 | Read 3555 times
Linda Macqueen, Editor of The Lutheran magazine, LCA

Full of vision and vigour, the young Lutheran Church in Singapore sizzles with mission energy, writes Linda Macqueen (Editor of The Lutheran, Lutheran Church of Australia)

Blessed to be a blessing

It’s young, not yet ten years old. And little, around 4100 members in seven congregations. But statistics don’t intimidate the Lutheran Church in Singapore (LCS), which possesses an energy for the gospel that’s electric, enthusiastic and invigorating. You get the feeling that if you join this church in order to cruise, you’ll get crushed in the stampede. There’s a world out there that doesn’t know the love of God; why would you just be sitting here doing nothing?


The Bible Doll Story

Posted by: LWF-Asia on Sunday, June 03, 2007 | Read 15798 times
An exciting ministry by a Japanese Lutheran puppet artist, Mrs. Hiroko Sugioka

Jesus sentenced to death. Piece of puppet art by Mrs. Hiroko Sugioka “It all began about six years ago when I was asked to draw pictures for Sunday School collecting cards in my own congregation in Japan”, tells Mrs Hiroko Sugioka, a Japanese puppet artist holding a small scenery of dolls in her hands. “At the time I had not been drawing a lot but I said yes anyway. However, I found drawing very difficult”, she says.

“At that time I made doll houses and dolls as an interest; it was just a hobby. It was my idea to make scenery on those Bible verses to be printed on the cards.”


Women as Ambassadors for Transformation

Posted by: LWF-Asia on Monday, April 23, 2007 | Read 1928 times
The Adivasi Women Empowerment programme for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in the Himalayan States (ELCITHS) was held in Zoami colony, Manipur. The theme chosen was “Women as Ambassadors for Transformation”. 52 women and 12 men participated in the programme which included devotion, bible study, special session on “Status of women - Socio – economic – political empowerment – Millennium Development Goals, and leadership qualities.


Cambodia Mission

Posted by: LWF-Asia on Monday, April 16, 2007 | Read 2675 times
The interest of the Lutheran Church in Singapore (LCS) in the Cambodia mission is a result of and response to the Mekong Mission Forum (MMF), a mission project of LWF. Through the MMF, LWF is trying to coordinate mission works among Lutheran churches and mission agencies in the Mekong Delta.

In July 2004, the LCS team which includes Bishop John Tan and Rev William Chang, led a fact-finding team to Cambodia which comprised representatives from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), Evangelical Lutheran Church in Bavaria (ELCB), Danmission and Japan Evangelical Lutheran Church (JELC).


First Women's Ordination, TELC, India

Posted by: LWF-Asia on Monday, February 05, 2007 | Read 3867 times
TELC ordination service
A new leaf was added to the book of the Tamil Evangelical Lutheran Church (TELC), a member church of the United Evangelical Lutheran Church in India (UELCI), when it ordained women for the first time in its history. The ordination service was held on Reformation Day on October 31, in Tiruchi under the auspices of Rt Rev Dr T Aruldoss, Bishop, TELC. The same day also marked the LWF Sunday. The service ordained six women, nine men and commissioned four theologically trained men.


Internet Connection Disrupted by Earthquake

Posted by: LWF-Asia on Monday, February 05, 2007 | Read 1918 times
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 28 - Internet and telecommunication services were disrupted throughout East Asia yesterday, after a powerful earthquake off Taiwan’s coastal damaged several undersea cables on Tuesday. The disruptions were widespread, hitting Singapore, China, South Korea, Japan, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Taiwan and even Australia.

Rev Selma Chen, a pastor of the Lutheran Church of Taiwan and council member of the Lutheran World Federation, was leading a Bible study with a group of members in Kaohsiung when the earthquakes occurred.


Gutnius Lutheran Church’s 22nd Convention

Posted by: LWF-Asia on Wednesday, August 23, 2006 | Read 1714 times

Bishop David Piso, GLC PG, Papua New Guinea, Rev. David Piso was reelected as Head Bishop of GLC PNG for another 4–year term during the church’s 22nd convention, which took place from 28th June to 4 July 2006. The convention with the theme “Give thanks to the Lord for He is good and His love endures forever” (Psalm 106:1) was attended by 650 official delegates and thousands of visitors. There were also more women delegates at this convention than in all previous years.

In the next few years the church will be emphasizing ministries in the area of nurture, stewardship, mission as well as a 5-year plan on HIV/AIDS awareness campaign at all level of the church through seminars, Bible study and preaching.


South-South Cooperation

Posted by: LWF-Asia on Tuesday, August 22, 2006 | Read 1614 times

East India - Malaysia Emerging partnership between India and Malaysia

Bishop Gideon Devanesan and four other members of the Arcot Lutheran Church (ALC), South India, made a visit to attend the 40th Anniversary celebration of the Junior Work in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Malaysia (ELCM), Malaysia.

One of the outcomes of this visit was a proposed formal partnership between the ELCM and ALC. This partnership will mainly focus on capacity building programmes and joint mission initiatives.


New Leadership in GKPA

Posted by: LWF-Asia on Sunday, August 20, 2006 | Read 1780 times

New leaders were elected during the recent Synod meeting of the Christian Protestant Angkola Church (GKPA) from July 11-16, 2006. Ephorus Sabam P Marpaung was succeeded by the Rev Abraham L Hutosoit, while the Rev Pinda H Harahap was elected as the Church’s General Secretary. The term is from 2006 – 2011 (GKPA)


Federation of Evangelical Lutheran Church in Malaysia & Singapore

Posted by: LWF-Asia on Friday, August 18, 2006 | Read 5265 times
FELMS Leaders
The Federation of Evangelical Lutheran Churches Malaysia (FELCMS) had its General Meeting at Kota Kinabalu, Sabah in May 2006. At the meeting, Bishop Julius Paul (ELCM) was elected as Chairperson, Bishop Voo Thien Fui (BCCM) as Secretary and Bishop Philip Lok (LCMS) as Treasurer.


Celebrating 300 Years of Mission in India

Posted by: LWF-Asia on Thursday, July 06, 2006 | Read 3529 times
Ziegenbalg's Commitment to serve the Church and Society Remembered

Inauguration of the celebrations on July 3, 2006, Chennai

The week-long celebration marking the ter-centenary of the beginning of Protestant mission in India was inaugurated today at the Gurukul Lutheran Theological College (Chennai, India) by His Excellency Surjit Singh Barnala, the Governor of Tamil Nadu. The celebrations marked the three hundredth anniversary of the arrival at Tranquebar (Tamil Nadu) of Bartholomaus Ziegenbalg, the first Protestant missionary in India. The programmes are being jointly organized by the United Evangelical Lutheran Church in India, the National Council of Churches in India, the Tamil Evangelical Lutheran Church and the Gurukul Lutheran Theological College and Research Institute.


Request for help from Yogyakarta

Posted by: LWF-Asia on Monday, June 19, 2006 | Read 1852 times
Dear Friends in Christ

On 27th May, 2006 Saturday morning, as you may have heard through the media, another natural disaster has struck Indonesia. The earthquake measuring 5.9 on the Richter scale (by Indonesian National Meteorology and Geophysics, but other sources measure the quake at 6.2), rattled Yogyakarta and its surrounding towns while people were on full alert for the rumbling Merapi volcano.

In less than a minute, that earthquake brought down thousands of poorly constructed houses and buildings, turning them into tombs for thousands of people. The newspaper on Tuesday 30, 2006, reported of 5,130 death and some homeless survivors camping in cattle shed and others begging for food from passersby.


JELC Biennial Assembly & Power Mission 21 (PM 21)

Posted by: Person on Monday, May 22, 2006 | Read 2644 times
From left to right, Mr. Masahiro Sekiguchi -Treasurer; Rev. Sumiyuki Watanabe - Vice President; Rev. Masatoshi Yamanouchi- President; Rev. Shunichiro Matsuoka - Executive Director The Japan Evangelical Lutheran Church (JELC) held its regularly scheduled biennial national assembly on May 3-5, 2006. Elections were held for all major posts within the church administration. President Masatoshi Yamanouchi (3rd from left) and Vice President Sumiyuki Watanabe (2nd from left) were re-elected to what will be their final term, and Rev. Shunichiro Matsuoka (1st right) was nominated and confirmed for the position of Executive Director. Rev. Masahiro Sekiguchi (1st left) is JELC treasurer.

The main order of business of the assembly was to evaluate the progress of Power Mission 21 (PM 21), the ten year evangelism and church restructuring program adopted by the JELC in 2002, as well as make needed by-law and constitutional changes to further strengthen PM 21.


Sudden Demise of Rev Dr Prasanna Kumari Samuel

Posted by: LWF-Asia on Thursday, March 16, 2006 | Read 5684 times
Dr Prasanna Kumari
We are very sad to inform you that Rev. Dr. Prasanna Kumari Samuel, passed away at 11 a.m. on Thursday, the 16th March 2006 at the Apollo Hospital in Chennai due to a massive cardiac arrest. The plans for the burial will be intimated to you later on.

Rev. Dr. Prasanna Kumari Samuel, a theologian and a Church leader has held several important positions in the global as well as the national Church. She is currently the Vice-President of the National Council of Churches in India. She is also the Head of the Department of Women's Studies, Gurukul. Formerly the Vice-President of the Lutheran World Federation, she has contributed tremendously to the life of the Church, globally and in India.

The Lutheran communion and the Gurukul family expresses its deep sadness at this sudden demise of Rev. Dr. Prasanna Kumari Samuel.

Dr. K. Rajaratnam, Director, Gurukul Dr. Mani Chacko, Principal, Gurukul
Rev. Dr. Chandran Paul Martin, Executive Secretary UELCI
Rt. Rev. Gideon Devanesan, President, UELCI


WICAS Regional Coordinators Meet in Chennai, India

Posted by: LWF-Asia on Sunday, January 22, 2006 | Read 1869 times
CHENNAI, India/GENEVA, 5 December 2005 (LWI) * Economic globalization, HIV/AIDS, violence against women and ordination of women were among topics discussed at a meeting of regional coordinators of the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) Office for Women in Church and Society (WICAS) in Chennai, India.

Twelve regional coordinators from Botswana, Canada, Chile, Iceland, India, Korea, Madagascar, Malaysia, the Netherlands, Peru, Sierra Leone, and the Slovak Republic, and Ms Priscilla Singh, LWF Department for Mission in Development (DMD) WICAS secretary, discussed their work with regard to strengthening the role of women in church and society, November 23-27.


“Growing Together With God” Affirmed by the Indian Lutheran Church

Posted by: LWF-Asia on Sunday, January 22, 2006 | Read 2166 times
Press release: United Evangelical Lutheran Church in India

November 21 - “Growing Together With God” Affirmed by the Indian Lutheran Church
In a calm, quiet and serene climate the 26th Triennial Conference of United Evangelical Lutheran Church in India begins at Dumka, Jharkhand on 20th November with the theme “Growing together with GOD”. Delegates from eleven member churches attended. Rt.Rev L.G. Rao, President, UELCI declared open the conference.

Most Rev. Shiblal Soren, Moderator, NELC and Rev. Dr. Chandran Paul Martin Executive Secretary of UELCI welcomed the delegates for the Triennial. Rev. Dr. Kjell Nordstokke, Director of Department for Mission and Development for the LWF, Geneva delivered the keynote address.

New Bishop of GKPI

Posted by: LWF-Asia on Saturday, January 14, 2006 | Read 2367 times
At its recent 16th Term General Synod Meeting from September 14-18, Christian Protestant Church in Indonesia (GKPI) elected Rev Mangsisi S E Simorangkir as its new Bishop and the Rev Maurids Simamora as the church General Secretary. Bishop Simorangkir took over the leadership from Rev G O P Manurung for a term of five years from 2005-2010.

Lutheran Church in Korea elects new President

Posted by: LWF-Asia on Saturday, January 14, 2006 | Read 2571 times
News Release, Seoul, Korea - At the 2005 annual convention of the Lutheran Church in Korea (LCK) which convened October 5-6 at Sarang Maeul Lutheran Church in Kwangju, Rev Dr Hyun-Sup UM was elected to a four-year term as the new president of the LCK