ELCA Global Links November 2018

Kirsten Fryer
‘We are one in the Spirit. We are united in Jesus’ name.’
“There is a safety and refuge in this place that is so, so very holy,” proclaims the Rev. Kirsten Fryer. Fryer is an ELCA missionary serving as the pastor of an English-speaking congregation, St. Andrew’s United Church of Cairo. St. Andrew’s houses, several ministries including St. Andrew’s Refugee Services, that serves 25,000 refugees annually. Learn more about her ministry and the work of the St. Andrews community. You can support Kirsten and the over 240 ELCA missionaries serving around the world by visiting ELCA.org/missionaries.
‘Seeking Direction on My Faith Journey’
In his recent blog post, titled “October’s Four Cardinal Guidelines: Seeking Direction on My Faith Journey,” Tony Yang lifts up the following areas: intentionally living the gospel, surrendering to chaos, letting grace win, and become servant to, not servant for. Yang and his wife, Tabby Sanderson, are serving as ELCA Young Adults in Global Mission (YAGM) volunteers in Nyiregyháza, Hungary, where they are learning what it means to walk together with companions in central Europe. Support their year of service.

ELCA, Episcopal and Catholic Church leaders issue statement on East Jerusalem hospitals
In a recent press release, the presiding bishop and Conference of Bishops of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), alongside the presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church on behalf of its House of Bishops, and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ committees on International Justice and Peace and Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs, united to voice their deep concerns surrounding a move by the United States to begin halting humanitarian assistance to hospitals in East Jerusalem.

How do congregations support Young Adults in Global Mission?
Is your congregation interested in supporting young adults in their year of global service and discernment? Ever wonder how other congregations lift up this ministry and raise awareness around this important program? Check out the YAGM page on the website of Central Lutheran Church in Minneapolis, which offers a great example of how to support and engage with this important ministry.

Work abroad with the ELCA — new positions open
ELCA Global Mission has recently posted five new openings for globally based positions: a pastor in Kenya, a communications coordinator in Kenya, a regional representative for the Asia and Pacific region, an English teacher in Hong Kong, and multiple openings for English teachers in Japan through the three-year “J3” program. These openings are full-time salaried positions with benefits. Follow the link to view these and other open global service positions, or email globalservice@elca.org for more information.

Support a growing church: Effective outreach in Tanzania
As part of the Campaign for the ELCA, the ELCA is investing in a project that will support the development of an outreach training course at Tumaini University Makumira, facilitated by the school’s professors and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania’s deputy secretary general for evangelism. Students will learn to analyze their settings and utilize various evangelism strategies to most effectively conduct mission outreach efforts. Learn more by selecting the Tanzania project from the list of global ministries.

YAGM Endowment Fund
Thanks to a major gift from a generous ELCA family, an endowment fund in support of the Young Adults in Global Mission program has been created. The endowment fund will support the program in perpetuity. Make a gift to the fund at ELCA.org/YAGMGive. Select “Young Adults in Global Mission Endowment” from the drop-down menu.

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