Stamps for Mission – Small Items – Big Story

Stamps for Mission (SFM) was started in 1938 by Ern Unger from Parkes in NSW. He was in charge of this project, supported by Lutheran groups, until he passed the baton to Peter Nitschke in early 2003. It is now a project of the Lutheran Church of Australia (LCA) in general, currently supported by “the youth” who are now mostly in their 70s, 80s, and even 90s. Over the years, more than $447,000 has been raised (early amounts not indexed to present day values) by this venture. This has supported …

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About the Author

Peter Nitschke

I was born in SA and, after completing my secondary education at Immanuel College, I attended Adelaide University and Teachers College. After six years in the SA Education Department’s Technical High Schools, I joined the staff of Immanuel College. This led on to other appointments at Lutheran Colleges at Walla Walla in NSW, Ashmore on the Gold Coast, and finally St Peters Lutheran College in Indooroopilly, Brisbane. So, well after more than thirty years in Lutheran schools, I retired while in my early sixties due to my wife Margaret’s ill health. Margaret was suffering from a blood cancer (multiple myeloma) and wanted to be nearer family in Adelaide. On our way to Adelaide we stayed with the Ungers in Parkes, and it was here that Ern Unger asked me to take over the running of the Stamps for Mission (SFM) program. From Easter 2003 I have been the project director of SFM. And, as they say, the rest is history.