The folk at Paringa Holy Cross (in the South Australia Riverland) have a pretty good facility. When Pastor Stephen Trautwein noticed the hundreds of itinerant Pacific Islander workers coming into the area, he reached out to offer them a place to meet and worship.
On the last weekend of July, we witnessed something special in the South Australian country town Freeling as the Light Parish hosted some new friends from Shepparton. The weekend will be long remembered by all who were there and was filled with colour and singing.
We may think of cross-cultural ministry as a relatively recent focus of the LCANZ. But that’s far from the case, as a joyful anniversary celebration held last month shows. It marked 150 years since Queensland’s first Scandinavian-language worship service.
The team at Glynde Lutheran Church in the inner northeast of Adelaide have found the recipe to get people together. They are now open for business almost every day of the week, demonstrating what a truly multicultural group can look like.
Have you been to a Middle Eastern supermarket with aisles full of exotic spices, nuts and sweets? LCANZ Cross-Cultural Ministry’s Craig Heidenreich shares a story from a visit to one such shop – it’s a story of Jesus’ love for newcomers.
What started as a simple idea of having a small stall at a community fun day in May 2022 has been a catalyst to enthuse church members from The Ark Salisbury Lutheran Church to engage in more community outreach.
After months of collaboration, Australian Lutheran College and Cross-Cultural Ministry are delighted to launch a new online training course to serve those in the LCANZ who want to engage with ethnic newcomers.
In some countries, it is common for Christians to blend a sense of national identity with their life of faith. In extreme versions, the flag is flown in the worship space and the congregation pledges allegiance to the country as part of the meeting.
Please pray for the Afghans who have settled in Australia and New Zealand and particularly for the new wave of fugitives who have come in the last few months. Those of us who are in contact with them are seeing unusual ‘openness’, which might be the result of increased prayer of late.