by Pastor Matt Anker

In large and small groups, Lutheran women regularly gather around Australia as COVID restrictions allow, to study Scripture, pray and ‘conspire’, as they join with LCA International Mission in supporting God’s mission in Papua New Guinea (PNG) and South-East Asia.

These meetings may look humble, but their collective effort, commitment to mission and desire for all people to be saved, has led Lutheran Women of Australia (LWA) to become the single largest supporter of LCA International Mission’s work.

LWA’s support for our partner churches has a dramatic impact on their ability to share the gospel. From providing solar panels on PNG health centres, funding a safe place with Christian care for children in Bangkok’s slums and staffing a women’s shelter in Malaysia, to supporting scholarships for pastors, LWA provides tangible assistance for grass-roots ministry.

President Wendy Habel says LWA members support LCA International Mission because they ‘see the need to share what they have through Christ’. ‘Through the gospel we are members of this ministry, we need to share this and give so that others may receive’, she says. ‘We are blessed by seeing what we can do to help.’

We thank God for these ‘co-conspirators’, who humbly give so that others receive life and salvation in Jesus’ name.

Pastor Matt Anker is Assistant to the Bishop – International Mission.

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