ELCA Global Links – April 2019

Sharing the Goodness of God
The Lutheran Church in Malaysia (LCM), a companion of the ELCA, works alongside the indigenous Orang Asli people of West Malaysia. In this south-to-south partnership, Christ’s love between the LCM and the Orang Asli is lived out in many ways, including worship life, education, sustainable farming, land-rights awareness and income-generating projects. The ELCA works with the LCM to support these important evangelism ministries, helping to build relationships rooted in the love of Christ so that God’s goodness is shared far and wide. Give a gift of today at ELCA.org/GlobalGive

A new era of storytelling
Over the next few months you might notice some changes in Global Links and other places where we share the stories of God’s global church. As we near the end of Always Being Made New: The Campaign for the ELCA, we will transition to new ways of lifting up the ministries of our global companions. ELCA Global Church Sponsorship has been an important way to support these global ministries – including our ELCA missionaries, Young Adults in Global Mission, International Women Leaders and global ministries. As we transition into a new era as a church, we will continue to support the same critical ministries and lift up the stories of global engagement and the work of our companions under the name: Global Mission. Thank you for being part of this journey – we look forward to the road ahead! 

Lutherans respond in aftermath of Cyclone Idai
Cyclone Idai made landfall in Mozambique on March 14, bringing catastrophic winds, rain and flooding. Over 1,000 people have been killed across Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe. Hundreds of thousands of others are now homeless and at risk of waterborne illnesses and malnutrition. Lutheran Disaster Response is working with our global companions and partners in the region to respond to those in need. Alongside theLutheran World FederationACT Alliance and members of Lutheran churches in all three affected countries, we are committed to helping rebuild the lives of those who have lost so much, but we need your help to continue this workLearn more about how we are responding as a church and please consider making a gift today

Love Along the Journey
“Love Along the Journey” is the title of a blog written by Erica Bryer, who recently began a three-year term as an ELCA missionary in Japan. In a recent newsletter, Erica shares insights into Japanese culture, as well as her six months of in-country orientation and the experience of living into her call as a missionary. Erica will be working with two congregations, Murozono Lutheran Church and Kumamoto International Service, helping with worship, music, their children’s program and congregational planning. You can learn more about Erin and her work by signing up for her newsletters and by supporting her with a gift

Walking in the footsteps of Jesus
In March, the Rev. Saїd Ailabouni, area desk director for Europe, the Middle East and North Africa, and Andrew Steele, director for global mission funding, led 10 ELCA members on a mission immersion trip to the Holy Land in Jerusalem and the West Bank. They spent time with our companions at the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land (ELCJHL). Andrew said, “During our trip we visited the holy sites and stones of the past, rich with religious history and significance. But it was the ‘living stones,’ the Palestinians we encountered, where we found Christ most during our visit. We spent time in family homes, in schools, churches and other spaces where we witnessed how the occupation is adversely affecting life for Palestinians, both Christian and Muslim.” The group is now discerning how to invest in ministries of the ELCJHL and other companions through the ELCA and how to share the important stories of the Holy Land with others.

Global Mission immersion trip to Tanzania and Rwanda
Join us on a trip to Tanzania and Rwanda to witness the transformative work taking place and experience the power of Lutheran evangelism beyond church walls. Immerse yourself in the hospitality and faith of our companions in Christ, witness the impact of projects funded by the ELCA and rejoice in our ongoing global partnerships. Upon returning home, we invite you to make transformative gifts to sustain and grow the ministries you witnessed firsthand. To register or for more information, please contact Rahel Mwitula Williams, director for mission funding, at Rahel.Mwitula-Williams@elca.orgor 773-380-2647.

Young Adults in Global Mission Endowment Fund
In 2018 the ELCA launched an endowment fund to sustain the ministry of the Young Adults in Global Mission program. We are thrilled about this new opportunity to invest in our church’s young leaders as they embark on a year of faith formation, learning and service alongside our global companions. To donate to the fund, visit the Global Church Sponsorship donation page and select “ELCA Young Adults in Global Mission Endowment” from the drop-down menu. 

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