The Lutheran Church in Cambodia

Rev Tuch Keov Sreyleak’s life is part of the story of the Lutheran Church in Cambodia. Rev Sreyleak comes from the village of Phum Krus in Cambodia. She is one of four children and was only eight years old when tragedy struck – her father died, and her mother left the family in the village. As the eldest, Rev Sreyleak became responsible for the care of her siblings, including finding food and education, as well as caring for their grandmother, Who Met. Life became very tough for her as there …

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What lies down the track?

In the warm shadow of the overhead Bangkok highway, alongside the railway tracks slicing through the slum structures, in an area full of sights and smells most people go out of their way to avoid; lives Kainui. Kainui already wears his environment like outer clothes. Although six years of age, he has the size and look of a three-year-old. His constant companion is the television – always on – often showing images children should not see. His parents are drug users and the slums harbour crime. Few words shock Kainui. …

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Reliable power for Yagaum Rural Hospital in the Madang District

Each year the Lutheran Women of Australia (LWA) contribute funds for the provision of solar power to health centres across Papua New Guinea (PNG). In Australia, we take for granted that our hospitals and health centres have reliable power to function and that the flick of a switch will light up the rooms. Not so in PNG where blackouts are a common occurrence, disrupting the functioning of essential equipment and medical interventions. When the Yaguam Rural hospital received funding through the LWA, they tasked their maintenance man, Mr Benjamin, with …

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Birthing Kits – an overseas embrace

Thank you for the heart you have and God bless.  Lupsy The Birthing Kit project is one of the ways that LCA International Mission provides practical support for women at the grassroots, in Papua New Guinea (PNG). Having responsibility for this project is one of the joys of being a program officer for this country partnership. In the recent shutdown, I have missed the regular deliveries of birthing kits, which come to the LCA Churchwide office from Lutheran women’s groups across Australia. The words of thankfulness and appreciation scattered throughout …

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Feet of an Evangelist

Across the planet, some things in life don’t change. A young man marries a young lady. Dreams and future hopes shared! They have a child. He leaves her. Many young women and their parents know the heartache, the hurt and the broken dreams in this story. This is magnified when you are a young woman in a male dominated culture with little work, no welfare and one child.

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LCAIM Overseas Students

Scholarships – Connecting Lives to the Gospel

Pictured above: Kilber (left) and Deddy (right) We thank you, Lutheran Women! You have continued to support the scholarship ministry of International Mission. This has allowed the further training of pastors and lay people in Lutheran Theology from our overseas partner churches. Lives are changed! In the past year, the following people have been recipients of a Lutheran Church of Australia (LCA) International Mission scholarship: Emmanuel Som Yalamu continued his Doctoral studies through Australian Lutheran College (ALC). Emmanuel attends ALC three times a year for one month at a time. …

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