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2004 Global Mission Event

Canadian Highlights

  1. Globalization panel
    moderated by David Primmer
  2. Anne Hallman on panel
    of young adult missionaries
  3. Vice President Susan Johnson
    presided at closing worship
  4. 13 Canadians presented
    global university sessions
  5. Mary Krieger facilitated
    art expressions

Canadian Quote

  1. "The whole weekend was
    amazing. I was so thrilled
    to be here…
    Well done! Thank you so
    much for including
    your Canadian neighbours."
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Global U -- From a Canadian Perspective

Global University sessions open the hearts and minds of participants to mission around the world from Canada to Cameroon. People chose from over ninety different topics to fill the seven hour-long spots in their event schedule. Below is a overview of a few of the presentations with related links for you to explore.

Companion Synods: Walking Together in Ministry in the 21st Century

Stephen Kristenson

Companion synod relationships encourage members of churches from very different parts of the world to connect with each other. In a world torn by violence and economic inequity, walking together as sisters and brothers helps take down walls of ignorance and fear. The more we know about one another, the more effective we can be as we share our common Christian witness with a hurting world.

Stephen Kristenson is Bishop of the Synod of Alberta and the Territories for the ELCIC. He also served as director of ministry and flight operations and as a pastor/pilot for Lutheran Association of Missionaries and Pilots (LAMP).

Related links:

  1. Synod of Alberta and the Territories
  2. ELCA DGM Country Packet for Evangelical Lutheran Church of Colombia

Continuing Mission History
in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Lori Endress

The mission and the work of the church in Thailand has been vibrant since 1868, when Daniel McGilvray traveled from Bangkok by elephant and by boat to establish a mission station in Chiang Mai. Today's Church of Christ in Thailand has been independent since 1934 and Chiang Mai is home to Thailand's first Christian University, Payap University.

Lori Endress is ELCIC missionary to Payap University where she develops English programs and teaches faculty at Payap's main campus and at McGilvray Faculty of Theology and Seminary.

Related links:

  1. Lori Endress
  2. Payap University
  3. ELCA DGM Country Packet for Church of Christ in Thailand
  4. Church of Christ in Thailand
  5. Reformed Online Thailand

Feed My Sheep:
JCMWA, the Churches and the Fulbe

Stuart Brown

The Joint Christian Ministry in West Africa (JCMWA) is a network of churches and mission organizations working among the nomadic, largely Muslim Fulbe people of West and Central Africa. About one percent of the Fulbe are Christians. Do we want this number to increase? What can we do about it?

Stuart Brown served as general secretary of JCMWA for four years on a combined appointment with ELCIC and the Danish Sudan Mission.

Related links:

  1. Stuart Brown
  2. Joint Christian Ministry in West Africa (JCMWA)
  3. Danish Sudan Mission
  4. The Fulani/Fulbe people and their art - Metropolitan Museum of Art


From Grassroots to Grassroots

Tim Graff

How can ordinary people become part of the cycle of God's love? Tim Graff brought stories of people involved with Canadian Lutheran World Relief and helped brainstorm how you and your communities can also become part of the healing cycle.

Tim Graff is director of communications and development education for Canadian Lutheran World Relief.

Related links:

  1. Canadian Lutheran World Relief (CLWR)


Gangs, Globalization and Gospel
in El Salvador

Brian Rude

A mouse in the shadow of an elephant, trying very hard to be like an elephant…this is how El Salvador could be described. Governing politicians emulate the politics and economics of Washington, while criminalizing youth who emulate the street-gang culture of Los Angeles and demonizing opposition politicians for emulating the visions of Cuba and Venezuela. What should Gospel proclamation sound like in the midst of such cacophony?

ELCIC Pastor and missionary Brian Rude has served in El Salvador since 1988, most recently focusing on HIV/AIDS ministry and working with members of two rival gangs

Related links:

  1. Brian Rude
  2. ELCA-DGM Country packet for El Salvador
  3. LWF-DWS work in El Salvador
  4. Radio Netherlands documentary on Street Gangs
  5. World Health Organization HIV/AIDS Programme


Just Trade

Dennis Frado and David Pfrimmer

The church works for just trade because of the justice of God. God sustains and offers abundance for all from the bounty of the gracious economy of God. The formal market must serve the greater economy of life. What does God require of us?

Dennis Frado is director of the Lutheran Office for World Community, representing the ELCA and Lutheran World Federation (LWF) at the United Nations. David Pfrimmer serves as director of the Lutheran Office for Public Policy of the ELCIC and director of the Institute for Christian Ethics at Waterloo Lutheran Seminary. He is a member of the LWF Council.

Related links:

  1. Just Trade
  2. Lutheran Office for Public Policy (LOPP)
  3. Lutheran Office for World Community

Lutheran Companions in Canada and
Argentina, Together in the Patagonia Mission

Cindy Halmarson and Paul Johnson

Change? Even Lutherans can. The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada, after years of sending and supporting Canadian pastors in Argentina, entered into an agreement with the United Evangelical Lutheran Church of Argentina to help support two Argentine pastors instead. From their mutual commitment have come regular visits, communication and exchanges.

Cindy Halmarson is bishop of the Saskatchewan Synod of the ELCIC. Paul Johnson is an ELCIC pastor serving as assistant to the national bishop of the ELCIC for Ecumenical Relations and Mission in the World.

Related links:

  1. Saskatchewan Synod
  2. United Evangelical Lutheran Church of Argentina
  3. ELCA DGM Country Packet for United Evangelical Lutheran Church of Argentina


Ministry in the Remote North

A. Gordon Johnson and Marie Herrenschmidt

The Lutheran Association of Missionaries and Pilots (LAMP) began when miners. loggers, trappers and others asked pastor/pilots to minister to their remote villages in northern Canada. Thirty-three years later, LAMP accompanies remote and native communities in " bringing the gospel to the ends of the earth by listening, observing and responding

Related links:

  1. Lutheran Association of Missionaries and Pilots (LAMP)

Reclaiming the Vocation of Government

Dennis Frado, David Pfrimmer

How is government viewed by people in your context? Why? What are the particular challenges your government faces, especially under the pressures of economic globalization? How is your church interacting with government? How should it be? Is your church preparing members for political participation and advocacy? The outcome of a recent LWF consultation was discussed in the context of being a public church in public life.

Dennis Frado is director of the Lutheran Office for World Community, representing the ELCA and Lutheran World Federation (LWF) at the United Nations. David Pfrimmer serves as director of the Lutheran Office for Public Policy of the ELCIC and director of the Institute for Christian Ethics at Waterloo Lutheran Seminary. He is a member of the LWF Council.

Related links:

  1. Reclaiming the Vocation of Government a draft for review
  2. Lutheran Office for Public Policy (LOPP)
  3. Lutheran Office for World Community


Stories from Slovakia:
Teaching and Living
in a Formerly Communist Country

Erika Parker

The life of the people of Slovakia was discovered through the memories—good, bad, indifferent—of a teacher at the Evanjelicke Lyceum in Bratislava founded in 1607. With only one pause during the Communist years, the Lutheran school has operated for nearly 400 years.

Erika Parker, a retired teacher from Selkirk, Manitoba, emigrated to Canada from Poland as a young child. She served two years as a Volunteer in Mission in Slovakia.

Related links:

  1. Evanjelicke Lyceum
  2. ELCA-DGM Country packet for Evangelical Church of the Augsburg Confession in the Slovak Republic
  3. Evangelical Church of the Augsburg Confession in the Slovak Republic
  4. Volunteers in Mission

 

Under 30 and Claimed by God's Grace
for Global Mission

Tim Barr, Aaron Chan, Anne Hallman and Angela Khabeb

What does 'claimed' mean when you are young and serving internationally? Four young missionaries explore their call, their experiences and how international mission is shaping their life and vocation

Tim Barr, who took part in a three-year LWF leadership program for youth. Aaron Chan, a participant in the World Council of Churches' Ecumenical Accompaniment Program in Palestine and Israel. Anne Hallman of the ELCIC served as a Volunteer in Mission in the United Kingdom through the Time for God program. Angela Khabeb served two years in Namibia.

Related links:

  1. Volunteers in Mission
  2. Time for God
  3. Ecumenical Accompaniment Program in Palestine and Israel
  4. ELCA Young Adults in Global Mission

Walking the Medicine Wheel
with the Gospel

Frank Armistead

A Bible study using First nations concepts of integrational learning, including harmony and balance, learning from our surroundings, four (or seven) direction teachings and story and ceremony. In a circle, undersides and opposites were explored interactively, stressing the importance of listening.

As pastor at Circle of Life Lutheran Native Ministry Center in Regina Saskatchewan, Frank Armistead walks with aboriginal people to learn from them what it means to do ministry together and brings back to the church what he is leaning. He is also the Lutheran representative on the Anglican Council of Indigenous Peoples.

Related links:

  1. Lenten meditation
  2. Saskatchewan Indian Cultural Centre
  3. The Medicine Wheel: Understanding "Problem" Patients in Primary Care

Where on Earth is Mauritania?

Marcus Busch and Margaret Sadler

Who is Houleye? What is a boubou? When is a green belt a forest? How hot is hot? And what are Lutherans doing in the Islamic Republic of Mauritania? Marcus and Margaret contributed their English-language writing and speaking skills to the busy French-speaking Lutheran World Federation program focused on environmental protection, food security amd emergency food aid.

Marcus Busch, social work consultant with Edmonton public schools and Margaret Sadler, instructional design consultant, have spent a year volunteering in a church-run school in Japan and another year volunteering in Mauritania, West Africa. They are saving up for their third sabbatical year.

Related links:

  1. LWF Mauritania
  2. Volunteers in Mission
  3. VIM Mission report: In the middle of life—Volunteering in Mauritania
  4. What is a boubou?

World Mission Prayer League:
The Heartbeat of Our Mission

Rob Lewis

The World Mission Prayer League is a pan-Lutheran mission fellowship involved in church planting, evangelism, medical work, community development and education around the world. What does it mean to know Christ from the perspective of personal commitment and what that commitment may cost; the power of prayer in mission; proclamation and demonstration of th gospel as inseparable and the encouragement we must extend to each other to move forward in mission.

Rob Lewis is executive director of World Mission Prayer League (WMPL) Canada and served as a parish pastor for 15 years.

Related links:

  1. World Mission Prayer League
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