Five decades after the first Lutherans began a prayer group and built a church in Papua New Guinea’s West Sepik region, a new Lutheran evangelist has been commissioned to continue carrying the good news to people in the remote jungles of the nation’s northernmost province.
The LCANZ gives thanks for the service of Australian Lutheran Hanna Schulz, who has marked 10 years since she arrived in Papua New Guinea to start working with the people there through Bible translation.
Peter Gerang Deng, a member at Immanuel Lutheran Church North Adelaide, hasn’t forgotten the tragedies of his homeland of South Sudan. So, to encourage his Australian faith family to support people in need in Africa, Peter and Pastor Mark Worthing recently launched a month-long prayer challenge.
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.
Pastor Murray Smith and his wife Tracy are getting ready to move to Papua New Guinea. Murray will serve as a lecturer at the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Papua New Guinea’s Senior Flierl Seminary at Logaweng, near Finschhafen, for three years.