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LWF Member Church affected by Earthquake & Tsunami

Posted by: LWF-Asia on Wednesday, October 27, 2010 | Read 3169 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 2788 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 1643 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 1177 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 2109 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 1176 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 5692 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 2801 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 3229 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 3758 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)

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ELCJHL, Church of Scotland affirm, formalize partnership

Posted by: aschmitt on Sunday, March 28, 2010 | Read 1400 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 2842 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 1640 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 2252 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 3325 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.

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