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[April 16, 2019 | No Comment | ]

Prayers from our Lutheran Church—Canada family go out to all who have been impacted by the catastrophic fire that engulfed the famous Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris yesterday.  Not only was the church building a place of worship for centuries, but it was also a symbol of French architecture and culture and a prominent part of the city’s skyline.  Sadly, recent months have also brought reports of other churches destroyed by fire – including the three African American Baptist churches in Louisiana; an Anglican church in Roseneath, Ontario; and an …

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[April 8, 2019 | No Comment | ]

NIGERIA – The International Lutheran Council (ILC) is working with the Lutheran Church of Nigeria (LCN) to support mission outreach in cities and urban areas across the country.
While well-established in rural areas, the Lutheran Church of Nigeria has identified greater emphasis on urban outreach as a growing mission need. Responding to a request for assistance from the LCN, the International Lutheran Council agreed in 2018 to partner with the LCN, providing financial support for Nigerian pastors as they establish new mission plants in urban centres throughout Nigeria, including in Yenegoa, Warri, …

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[March 5, 2019 | No Comment | ]

In early February, Lutheran Church–Canada (LCC) International Mission Executive Rev. Mark Smith met with representatives of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod (LCMS), Lutheran Church Synod of Nicaragua, along with members of the local mission, for the annual Central American FORO in Tegucigalpa, Honduras.
At the FORO meeting on February 1st, all the necessary legal documents were signed and the members present witnessed the formation of the Evangelical Confessional Lutheran Church of Honduras (ECLCH).
LCC, LCMS and the Lutheran Church Synod of Nicaragua have worked for several years to support the mission in …

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[February 27, 2019 | No Comment | ]

HAITI – The Haiti Lutheran Mission Society (HLMS), a listed service organization of Lutheran Church–Canada, has been supporting work among the Lutheran Churches of Haiti for many years.
Much attention has been given to humanitarian aid, chiefly by sending shipping containers full of clothing, building supplies, tools, shoes, and other needed items. Even the odd bulldozer and a lot of sewing machines have been included too. Support has also been provided for the congregations of the Lutheran Church of Haiti (LCH) in the north of the country.
Of late, however, it has …

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[November 27, 2018 | No Comment | ]

ANTWERP – The newly inducted and installed Executive Committee of the International Lutheran Council (ILC) has named Darin Storkson as the ILC’s Deputy General Secretary, filling a post created following the ratification of the ILC’s new bylaws during the 2018 World Conference in Belgium. Storkson had already been unofficially functioning in the role for more than a year.
As a former diplomat with the International Committee of the Red Cross, a former foreign direct investment consultant, and a director in various international roles for The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) for thirteen …

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[October 5, 2018 | No Comment | ]

The following was recently posted on the convention website of the Lutheran Church of Australia (LCA): “This evening, Friday 5 October, LCA Bishop John Henderson declared the result of the secret ballot. Of the delegates registered at Convention, 161 voted against the resolution to ordain both men and women; 240 supported it. The Constitution of the LCA requires a two-thirds majority of registered delegates to bring about a change in matters of a theological or confessional nature. The vote followed a number of sessions of presentations and debate among the …

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