At 5.00pm on 15 January, the local population of Tonga was deafened by an almighty bang so loud that the sound waves went twice around the world, and within minutes, ocean waves flattened homes and ash rained down.
Since coming to Morley Bethlehem in Western Australia a year ago, Pastor James Luk has developed a relationship with the local Sudanese community. A local Sudanese choir was invited and blessed us with some African hymns and songs during a worship service.
When the LCANZ was contacted by a member of La Jolla Lutheran Church in California USA because of that church’s ‘Bibles for the Nations’ project, Local Mission Executive Officer Tania Nelson soon realised this ‘out-of-the-blue’ connection was no coincidence.
It was a ‘day of celebration’ for members of Bethlehem Lutheran congregation at Morley in suburban Perth recently, when a visiting Sudanese community choir swelled their numbers and shared African hymns and songs during worship.
Are planned church programs or congregational community outreach efforts essential to effective cross-cultural ministry? Or can we work for the Lord’s harvest with people of all nations in everyday life? LCANZ member Beverley Heidenreich thinks God often provides opportunities for evangelism.
Recently International Refugee Week was recognised. Such occasions are a chance to reflect on our response to people in this predicament, says LCANZ Cross-Cultural Ministry Facilitator Craig Heidenreich.
The wait, oh, the wait. We can all relate to waiting, and this story is a wonderful celebration about waiting and waiting for answered prayer in the life of a family we have been supporting for years now.
Let me tell you a story about my friend Mwajemi. I first met her about 10 years ago when she and her family arrived from the Congo. They had been in a refugee camp in Burundi, and if you can imagine something tough, double it, and you would be closer to the circumstances they endured.
The LCANZ’s New Horizons local mission conference program is heading to Sydney this month. The conferences are being staged across Australia and New Zealand, as the teams work together to engage with new arrivals and support congregations wanting to be more embracing of newcomers.
Over the Easter weekend, my wife and I were guests at an African youth affirmation event and had the privilege of joining hundreds of colourfully dressed and exuberant young people while they encouraged each other – it was full on!