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[May 31, 2018 | No Comment | ]

On May 29th, representatives from the Lutheran Church Synod of Nicaragua (ILSN) and Christian Mission Association in Nicaragua (AMCN), advised Lutheran Church Canada (LCC) that they no longer view it as safe to send mission teams and other representatives to Nicaragua, due to the escalating unrest and uncertainty.
The current situation in the Central American nation of Nicaragua has grown more tense since changes to the country’s social security system triggered protesters to take to the streets for the past month. The protests have prompted clashes between protesters, the government, and …

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[April 24, 2018 | No Comment | ]

STADTHAGEN, Germany – A special convention of the Independent Evangelical Lutheran Church of Germany (SELK) convened Thursday, April 19 to elect a bishop upon the expiration of the current bishop’s term of office. Rev. Hans-Jörg Voigt was elected in 2005 to serve a twelve-year term.
To prepare for the 2018 convention, last year SELK’s national pastoral conference nominated Bishop Voigt and Pastor Markus Nietzke as candidates for the position. During the Thursday afternoon session, the two candidates responded to questions submitted by delegates prior to the gathering. Forty-seven voting delegates participated in …

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[February 9, 2018 | No Comment | ]

BERLIN, Germany – The situation for former Muslim asylum seekers who have converted to Christianity has dramatically deteriorated in Berlin and Brandenburg reports Rev. Dr. Gottfried Martens pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church in Berlin-Steglitz. The pastor serves the Independent Evangelical Lutheran Church (SELK) congregation which has more than 1,600 church members, many of whom are refugees who converted to Christianity. He has baptized more than 1,000 former Muslims, especially Iranians and Afghans.
Martens told a Protestant news agency “several hundred” refugees from his community have already been rejected because they have …

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[December 19, 2017 | No Comment | ]

ODESSA, Ukraine – The Synod of Evangelical Lutheran Churches in Ukraine (SELCU) has once again welcomed the active involvement of Lutheran Church–Canada (LCC) this fall, both at its Convention and in the ongoing teaching ministry of its seminary.
The annual Synod convention met November 21-22, 2017 at Concordia Seminary in Usatovo, a northwest suburb of Odessa. Because of the illness of Bishop Alexander “Sasha” Yurchenko, the Synodical vice-president, Rev. Oleg Schewtschenko, preached at the opening service and presided over business sessions.
In addition to customary reports from the Bishop, Treasurer, and Theological …

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[December 13, 2017 | No Comment | ]

WINNIPEG – The Board of Directors of Lutheran Church–Canada (LCC) is seeking nominations for an Executive Assistant to the President for Mission and Social Ministry Services. He shall be called by the Board of Directors upon recommendation of the personnel committee and with the consent of the President of Synod. He shall be responsible to the President as Executive Assistant to the President for the Mission and Social Ministry programs of LCC.
(Note: In light of the restructuring actions taken by the 11th LCC Convention, it may clarify to add that …

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[December 11, 2017 | No Comment | ]

KITCHENER, Ontario – A short-term mission team made up of Rev. Roland Syens, his wife Anita, along with DPS Intern Lenora Wallden from Holy Cross Lutheran Church and Erika Brandt from Bethel Lutheran Church in Kitchener, Ontario went to Nicaragua from October 25-November 2, 2017. The group spent seven days filled with different ministry events, and were able to visit many of the churches in the area around Chinandega as well as churches in Leon all the way up to Sebaco.
A major event during that time was the Reformation anniversary …

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