Mission for the World

Recently, at my church, we had a ‘Mission Festival’ Sunday. A day that we focussed on, not only the work the Lutheran Church of Australia (LCA) does in overseas (International) mission, but also what the LCA does with local and home missions. As a church we try to reach out to all those who need to hear the Gospel and the saving love of Jesus. During the service, Lutheran Tract Mission was also mentioned as being an integral part of sharing the Gospel in written form.

Paul continually used the written form as a way of sharing the love of Jesus in his letters to the churches in Rome, Corinth, Ephesus, Thessalonica etc., and also to his friends out doing missions: Timothy, Titus, and Philemon. (There are also others). In his letters, Paul was always very encouraging and grace-filled:

I pray that you may be active in sharing your faith, so that you will have a full understanding of every good thing we have in Christ. Philemon v6 (NIV)

So too, as women of the church, we continue to share our faith in so many little, and often unseen, ways to bring others to Christ. The Lutheran women of the church have always been very supportive of Lutheran Tract Mission and are still the greatest uses of tracts for ministry. Thank you! That is what the Tract Mission is all about – sharing the love of Jesus in little ways, reaching people in different ways through different means.

 

Picture of ‘Journey through Advent’ devotional – 37193

In the last few years, we have been producing Lenten and Advent devotionals for each Lutheran Church to download and print, and hopefully every member in every church has one to read over this time. The new one for this Advent is “Journey through Advent”. In it we encounter the people who foretold of our Lord’s coming and those who were the first visitors to the manger. Stories around the traditions of Christmas are also included. If you do not have one, ask your pastor to print them out for your congregation from our website: www.ltm.org.au

Picture of Magnetic Nativity Set – 37189

This Christmas, we have also produced a new Magnetic Nativity set – $3 for an A4 sheet of 15 magnets to be put on fridges, for grandchildren, great-grandchildren, displayed in aged care facilities, given as gifts to children for Christmas, or pre-school gifts. The uses are limited only by the imagination.

Picture of Christmas sticker sheet – 40003

We also have a new sticker sheet ($1) for 15 stickers on an A4 sheet. These can be used in Christmas cards, on the envelopes or made into little gift cards.

Picture of Countdown to Christmas Advent Calendars – 37175 & 37183

Along with these new items, we also have the sticker Advent calendars: ‘Countdown to Christmas 1 & 2’ at $1 each, they are very affordable to give away and share. We also have all the new Christmas tracts, postcards, bookmarks, leaflets, text cards.

Pictures of a couple new Christmas tracts/bookmark/text card/postcard – 37186, 37187, 37190, 37192, 37191, 37184

This Christmas, find ways to share the Gospel, spread the love of Jesus and join in the mission to have all understand the saving love that Jesus gives at Christmas!

Wishing you all God’s love and peace this Advent and Christmas. Please let me know how you use LTM’s resources in your mission. www.ltm.org.au


About the Author

Anne Hansen

I am presently the Lutheran Tract Mission Development Officer and have been for 16 years. (LTM is an outreach ministry of the LLL.) I am married to Pastor Mark Hansen (serving in Noosa, Qld) and have three grown children – Jonah, Christian and Emma. Previously I was a Lutheran school teacher – having taught at Good Shepherd Lutheran, Noosa Qld; St Marks, Mt Barker SA; Golden Grove Lutheran School SA and some other relief work. Other roles: pastor’s kid, LYSA president, Lutheran Youth Encounter (USA) Events Director, nanny in Wales, backpacker through Europe, puppeteer, musician (touring USA for two years) and children’s ministry leader. I love serving Jesus!

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