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Serve Christ by Serving One Another!

Posted by: LWF-Asia on Sunday, January 22, 2006 | Read 3125 times
Rev. Dr. Ishmael Noko, LWF General SecretaryNew Year Message from the LWF General Secretary

"He is called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace." This is the one of whom the prophet spoke and who the three magi were seeking on their journey toward that bright star. They journeyed with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh for that tiny baby, our Savior. As we move into the New Year and the Season of Epiphany, we too find ourselves on a similar journey, each bearing our own gifts. We recall our achievements and failures, joys and sorrows, and seek new ways to effectively serve as God's faithful witnesses to the gospel, bearing Christ's mission on earth.
7.Seminary News

The Bible a closed cannon or continued revelation?

Posted by: LWF-Asia on Saturday, January 14, 2006 | Read 4147 times
A seminar on “The Authority of the Bible in the Life of the Church” was organized by the LWF Department for Theology and Studies (DTS) in collaboration with the LWF Department for Mission & Development (DMD) in Warsaw, Poland, June 24-30.

The objective of the seminar was to “support member churches in their efforts to take the Bible seriously as the Word of God and as a decisive norm for preaching, teaching, and practice of Lutheran churches, and also to bear in mind the historical and contextual conditions that inevitably determine our understanding and interpretation of the Bible.”


Posted by: LWF-Asia on Saturday, January 14, 2006 | Read 1876 times
The 2005 to 2010 World AIDS Campaign’s goal is to ensure that governments and all other groups including churches which can make a difference to the HIV/AIDS epidemic keep up their promises. In June 2001 the Declaration of Commitment was signed by 189 countries at the United Nations General Assembly Special Session on HIV/AIDS. The Faith Based Organisations also made a commitment to do all in their effort to help prevent the spread of AIDS. There has been increasing recognition of the role of religious leaders and faith-based organisations in response to HIV and AIDS. Churches in different parts of the world have made statements at various meetings and consultations over the last ten years committing themselves to breaking the silence, to a newer theological thinking and accepting and accompanying those living with the virus. Some promises have been kept, many have not while the epidemic with all its virulence continues relentlessly to destroy more lives.


Fourth Asian Mission Training Program

Posted by: LWF-Asia on Saturday, January 14, 2006 | Read 1793 times
With a passion to share our vision and experience in missiological training, the Lutheran Theological Seminary (LTS), Hong Kong, has accepted the invitation of the LWF to conduct the 4th Training in Mission for Asia.

The theme was “Holistic Mission in Urban Setting” for the period from October 16 to November 3, 2005. There were 13 participants from different parts of Asia, including 1 from Bangladesh, 5 from India, 4 from Indonesia, 1 from Korea, 1 from Papua New Guinea and 1 from Taiwan.


Towards more joint actions in spirit of partnership and equality – MMF

Posted by: LWF-Asia on Saturday, January 14, 2006 | Read 1912 times
The meeting of the Mekong Mission Forum (MMF) took place at the Goldiana Hotel in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, from Sept 29-30. This is the first MMF meeting held in Cambodia with 20 participants representing LWF member churches and related mission agencies from Asia, Australia, US and Europe. Taiwan Lutheran Church and the Chinese Rhenish Church Hong Kong Synod were also represented (observers) for the first time in the meeting. Prior to the meeting, an outing was arranged for participants to visit the work of the LWF Department for World Service (DWS) in Cambodia and also the Kampuchea Christian Council (KCC).

A bridge of fellowship across Asia

Posted by: LWF-Asia on Saturday, January 14, 2006 | Read 2368 times
This year as members of the Japan Evangelical Lutheran Church (JELC) gather to worship the Prince of Peace and sing "O Little Town of Bethlehem" at Christmas time, they will do so with a new understanding of both peace and Bethlehem.

Although Japan and Bethlehem stand at opposite ends of the vast Asian continent, there is now a new bridge that connects the two. It is the bridge of fellowship under girded by faith, which has been made visible through the visit of the Rev Dr Mitri Raheb to Japan, pastor of Christmas Lutheran Church in Bethlehem.
Note: Christmas Lutheran Church is a congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land (ELCJHL)

Southern China - Harvest is plentiful, workers are a few

Posted by: LWF-Asia on Saturday, January 14, 2006 | Read 2081 times
After serving in Basel Christian Church of Malaysia and Sabah Theological Seminary for 33 years, Rev Dr Pang, joined by her retired husband, Mr Yong Liong Fah, participated in the ministry in the southern part of China among the Hakkas (meaning: guest people living in the mountain areas) in September this year. Leadership training, community development work, pastoral ministry, women and children ministries are the priorities of their ministries.

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 2574 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

I believe our church would benefit

Posted by: LWF-Asia on Saturday, January 14, 2006 | Read 2134 times
No doubt the consultation on Diakonia and Development in Asia Context was very successful and we have learnt a lot about the Diakonia service of churches. I believe our church would benefit from the learning/lessons and findings (statement) of the consultation. Since Bangladesh Lutheran Church (BLC) is growing church with very limited fund and human resources, we need very much the support as recommended in the consultation to face the challenges in our church, especially in are of area of education, unemployment and poverty.

The diakonia consultation greatly impacted my life.

Posted by: LWF-Asia on Saturday, January 14, 2006 | Read 2228 times
Actually I was one of the “sleeping” believers. I scarcely spent any time on diakonia activities though I have kept saying that serving people is what the Christians should do. The session on “Biblical and theological foundation of diakonia” had helped to wake me up to consider what I and the church should do. I plan to organize a diakonia session during the afternoon service on a Sunday in November or December. In the session, I shall propose public service program (helping the elderly and foreign workers) and request for volunteers. With the volunteers, we will have special session for education and teamwork building.

‘Poverty not due to lack of resources but lack of opportunities’

Posted by: LWF-Asia on Saturday, January 14, 2006 | Read 2313 times
The week of consultation in Bangkok defined ‘diakonia’ theologically and showed us practical examples of it. Coming from a Dalit background, I was able to appreciate the topic and connect to understand the practical limits of the subject. The consultation, I thought, acutely echoed the problems we are facing here in India and Andhra Pradesh in particular.

it is truly a consultation where participants argue and discuss

Posted by: LWF-Asia on Saturday, January 14, 2006 | Read 2282 times
I am so blessed to be part of an international gathering sponsored by LWF. This is my first time to attend such a gathering and thought it will be just one of those consultations that you attend and then forget about it. But this consultation is different. First, it is truly a consultation where participants argue and discuss the topics at hand. Second, the topics and presentations are well documented.


Asia-lutheran.org upgraded

Posted by: Timo on Tuesday, January 10, 2006 | Read 2585 times
The Asia-Lutheran.org web site has been upgraded. There will be a lot of new features on the new site. It will be fully interactive, database driven, community based and decentralized updating. All members of the Lutheran communion in Asia are invited to contribute to the site. This site will not live without active participation in developing by members. Read more about the new features...
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