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.
Trinity Lutheran Church Pasadena in South Australia is blessed with a multiethnic community, with members of European, Indonesian, Persian and African heritages. The challenge and gift from God is to synthesise all these ‘cultural colours’ together to better equip them for cross-cultural mission.
There is a significant number of people originally from Papua New Guinea (PNG) who live in Cairns in Far North Queensland, and Trinity Lutheran Church community is finding more and more ways to engage and connect with them.
A big challenge for African families settling into Shepparton, Victoria, is getting around, as public transport is limited. In response, the congregation at St Paul’s Lutheran Church decided to set up a learn-to-drive program for African people aged over 21.