On a tour of Europe in 1973, Valerie Volk had her first accidental encounter with Oberammergau, a tiny town in the southern German Bavarian Alps. At once she was intrigued and it was the beginning of a 50-year love affair with this historic place.
Despite living in a village where more than 95 per cent of people are baptised and actively involved in the church, members of the Lutheran congregation at Banden in Thailand’s Nan province remain passionate about local mission – and the fruits of their tireless commitment are a joy to witness.
International mission practitioners, researchers and theologians from four different continents met last week in North Adelaide, hosted by the LCANZ’s New and Renewing Churches department at Australian Lutheran College.
How can we bring the voice of the youth into our church? And how do we do this so that the work of the youth is considered the work of the church? These are questions 22-year-old Elsa Matthias has been exploring with other young Lutherans from around the globe.
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.