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Cold Spell in Bangladesh

Posted by: RDRS on Thursday, January 14, 2010 | Read 2128 times
RDRS distributing blanketsAnother cold wave is now sweeping over the country. Most parts of the country are shivering in the cold. Yesterday (Jan 12), the lowest temperature was recorded in Srimangal at 5 degree Celsius. The Metrological Office said the cold wave will continue for the next few days.

RDRS Bangladesh has already distributed 2,905 blankets and 7,150 wrappers to the cold affected people through local church associates, Federation of NGOs in Bangladesh (FNB) and partner NGOs. RDRS' staff have also donated warm clothes for the poor people in its working area. RDRS will continue the distribution of warm clothes and another 1,900 blankets to the needy.


FMEEC votes to support the ordination of women

Posted by: aschmitt on Wednesday, January 13, 2010 | Read 1459 times
Small GroupHarissa, Lebanon – (Jan. 12, 2010) Ordaining women as pastors to serve Middle Eastern churches took one step closer to becoming a reality today. Delegates at the Fellowship of the Middle East Evangelical Churches (FMEEC) voted unanimously to adopt a statement in support of this change. The statement was drafted on the spot in response to a report by the fellowship's theology committee, which found no biblical or theological reasons to oppose female ordination.


Message of LCMS during Dialogue Session with Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim

Posted by: LCMS on Wednesday, January 13, 2010 | Read 3321 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 2122 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-


ELCJHL bishop decries violence, declares solidarity with grieving Christians

Posted by: aschmitt on Tuesday, January 12, 2010 | Read 2270 times
ELCJHL Bishop Munib A. Younan today announced his support and prayers for His Holiness Pope Shenouda III, patriarch of the Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria, and his church in the wake of killings in Nag Hammadi, Egypt, last week.


Updates on Malaysia's situation

Posted by: LCMS on Saturday, January 09, 2010 | Read 2131 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 1984 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.


Asia Lutheran News Issue 48

Posted by: LWF-Asia on Tuesday, January 05, 2010 | Read 2832 times
Dear Friends

Here is wishing all of you a very happy and blessed 2010! May the blessings of God be with all of you.

ALN 48 is now ready for your reading pleasure. Click the newsletter (right) to update yourself with news and information on the LWF General Secretary-elect and more on the LWF Council meeting.

Also read about the LWF Asia Pre-Assembly Consultation (APAC) that had just taken place in Bangkok. Many had deemed this APAC to be one of the best in the past years. Log on to find out more through the many news write-ups and photographs.


Prayers & Emergency Relief for Indigenous People in Bangladesh

Posted by: BNELC on Tuesday, January 05, 2010 | Read 2270 times
Northern Bangladesh, Rajshahi and Chapai Nawabgonj districts, are experiencing very cold weather this year with temperature ranging from as low as 6-8 degree Celsius.

The indigenous people in that region, who lives mainly on their daily income, are unable to get work at this time and many are living without food or only on half a meal a day. There was also a lack of warm clothing and many are falling sick and some had died.

Please pray for us and for emergency relief for these indigenous people. (BNELC)


Sad News - President Benjamin Lasegan of LCP

Posted by: LWF-Asia on Friday, January 01, 2010 | Read 2609 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.


Christmas & New Year Greetings!

Posted by: LWF Asia Desk on Sunday, December 20, 2009 | Read 3335 times
Christmas card by Andrew NdayyisenjaDear brothers and sisters in Christ

On behalf of the Asia Desk of the Lutheran World Federation - Department for Mission and Development, we would like to send you our best wishes for a Very Merry Christmas and a Blessed Happy New Year 2010.

Christmas is for joy, for giving and sharing, for laughter, for coming together with family and friends, but mostly, Christmas is for love. It was this love for which Jesus came to this world and sacrificed his life. Christmas is a time for confronting the reality of the bad news, and declaring that peace, justice and righteousness have come into the world in Jesus Christ. Therefore, Christmas is the time to rejoice in the glories of Christ's birth and celebrate all the blessings of the Holy Spirit with our friends, family, acquaintances and loved ones.

May God bless you and give you the best Christmas ever, as Jesus becomes incarnate in our hearts and moves each one of us to share His mercy and love. As we anticipate the year 2010, we pray that it will be for you a very meaningful year filled with peace and joy.

Rev Dr Ginda P Harahap
Ms Sally Lim / Kee
Ms Janis Cummings


Asian Churches Advocate Strong Advocacy on Responsible Stewardship

Posted by: LWI on Saturday, December 12, 2009 | Read 1783 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 1577 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 1588 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 1819 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.

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