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“Thanks be to God”! Yasi takes no lives

Posted by: Linda Macqueen on Sunday, February 06, 2011 | Read 1726 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 2227 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.


ALN54 is here!

Posted by: LWF-Asia on Saturday, January 29, 2011 | Read 2742 times
Dear Readers

A very happy and blessed 2011 to all of you. ALN54 is released! Click on the newsletter on the right and download for your reading pleasure.

Do you know the new Asia Secretary has already been appointed? This issue also brings you the LWF New Year's message by the LWF General Secretary, Rev Martin Junge. Read about the flood situation in Queensland and how members of the Lutheran church in Australia reach out to the community in the midst of the worst flood in Australia. All these and more in this issue of the Asia Lutheran News!

Kindly forward this link to others who may find the news helpful and relevant.

Best regards
Sally Lim


LWF together - the earth needs you

Posted by: LWF-Youth on Tuesday, January 25, 2011 | Read 2809 times
LWF Together'LWF together' links groups of young people worldwide aged 15-30 for conversations and action on God’s creation and environmental stewardship.

Three groups in different continents will be matched so they can share insights and learn about ecological issues people in the Lutheran communion are facing.

From May to October 2011, each group in connection with the two others will study relevant Bible passages and take a look at creation care challenges where they live.


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.”

7.Seminary News

Sabah Theological Seminary offering Christian Social Concern Course

Posted by: STS on Tuesday, January 18, 2011 | Read 3486 times
Sabah Theological SeminaryBased on the Christian biblical mandate to express love, care and concern within society, Sabah Theological Seminary now endeavors to develop a new department to facilitate and nurture theological students in attaining professionalism in providing Christian Social Concern services. Students who choose this particular track will be provided with exposure in theology of social care, techniques of human services, human behaviour and social environment, community care and social work management. Sufficient practicum hours will also be provided. On graduation, students of the Social Concern track will be well equipped to establish, manage and serve in social concern institutions of the church, and provide community services to people of all ages within the wider community.


LWF Annual Report 2009

Posted by: LWI on Sunday, January 16, 2011 | Read 1466 times
LWF Annual Report 2009Read about the global work and ministry of the Lutheran World Federation in 2009 from its annual report:



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


2011 LWF New Year Message

Posted by: LWI on Tuesday, January 04, 2011 | Read 2698 times
Rev Martin JungeResist Violence, LWF General Secretary Urges
2011 New Year Message Cautions of Religion’s Role in Fueling Violence
GENEVA, 4 January 2011 (LWI) - The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) General Secretary Rev. Martin Junge has urged in his 2011 New Year Message that Christians adopt language and actions that foster nonviolence and peace-building.

“I pray that this New Year will find us deeply engaged locally, regionally and globally in all possible efforts to overcome violence, hatred and persecution, and to resist manipulation of religion as a fuel to violence motivated by other interests,” Junge said in his New Year Message issued on 4 January.


Happy 2011!

Posted by: LWF-Asia on Friday, December 31, 2010 | Read 1282 times
Dear Readers

Life is beautiful! Happy 2011! May the LORD bless you with peace and joy for the New Year and always. May you experience Him in such a new and personal way, feeling His closeness and guidance each day of the year.

Blessings and best wishes!
ALN Team


LWF/DMD New Asia Secretary

Posted by: LWF-Asia on Tuesday, December 21, 2010 | Read 2868 times
Dr William ChangDecision of the LWF Executive Committee on the Area Secretary for Asia
The LWF Executive Committee has appointed Rev Dr William S C CHANG, pastor of the Lutheran Church in Singapore (LCS), to the position of Area Secretary for Asia in the LWF-DMD for a period four years.

Dr Chang will take office in Geneva as soon as his work permit is approved by the Swiss authorities. H will be invited to participate in the upcoming meeting of the Lutheran Council in Asia (LUCAS) and the Asia Church Leadership Conference (ACLC) in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia from March 8-9 and 10-13, 2011.

Registered members who wish to leave a message may do so by clicking on link below:


Pope Benedict XVI Invited to Help Plan 500th Anniversary Commemoration

Posted by: LWI on Monday, December 20, 2010 | Read 2384 times
LWF Delegation visiting Pope Benedict XVIImportance of Continuing Ecumenical Relations Stressed by Both Leaders

VATICAN City, Vatican/GENEVA, 16 December 2010 (LWI) - The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) President Bishop Dr Munib A. Younan has invited Pope Benedict XVI to work together with the Lutheran communion in realizing an ecumenically accountable commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Protestant Reformation.


LWF Vacancy Announcement:

Posted by: LWF-OP on Thursday, December 16, 2010 | Read 2990 times
Position: LWF Regional Officer for Expression of Communion in Asia
Reports to: Area Secretary for Asia

Department for Mission and Development
Place of Assignment: to be defined in Asia
Starting Date: 1 April 2011
Duration of contract: 3 years with possibility for extension

Required Qualifications: (click link below)

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