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Syria: Bishops Hanson, Younan urge diplomacy

In response to a possible U.S. military strike against Syria, ELCA Presiding Bishop Mark S. Hanson urged President Barack Obama to strengthen international diplomatic efforts to resolve the civil war in Syria. See www.ELCA.org/Syria -strike. The Rev. Munib A. Younan, bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land, has also issued a statement against military intervention saying, “While the use of chemical weapons is wrong, the forms of intervention being predicted thus far can do little to bring a positive outcome.” See www.ELCA.org/Syria-Younan.


Middle East: Churchwide Assembly supports commitment to peace

The 2013 ELCA Churchwide Assembly in Pittsburgh reaffirmed support of a peaceful resolution of the conflict between Israel and Palestine. See www.ELCA.org/CWA-peace.


Egypt: Church leaders express concern about atrocities

ELCA Presiding Bishop Mark S. Hanson and Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land Bishop Munib A. Younan have sent President Barack Obama a letter expressing their concern about the political turmoil in Egypt and its implications for the region. See www.ELCA.org/Egypt-atrocities.


Bangladesh: Life-changing health care

Scar tissue from when 11-year-old Ratna Mannan’s dress caught fire, burning over 90 percent of her body, left her with limited movement. Now 21, the free surgeries at Lutheran Health Care Bangladesh, which is supported by the gifts of ELCA members, have changed her life. See www.LivingLutheran.com/Bangladesh-burns.


Cameroon: The reason we’re called here

“Every once in a while we get a reminder of the reason God calls us to this place,” say June and Philip Nelson, ELCA missionaries in Cameroon. Moussa, 13, recently provided such a reminder. To read this story and others from ELCA missionaries in the global church, download the spring Hand in Hand Newsletter or bulletin inserts at www.ELCA.org/handinhand.


Papua New Guinea: Teaching in the tropics

As a female role model in a male-dominated culture, Pastor Ann Klavano, an ELCA missionary, teaches future pastors at a seminary in Papua New Guinea. Learn more while seeing images and hearing music from this beautiful land by clicking the YouTube link at www.ELCA.org/PNG-Klavano.


Year of service ends with thanks

Kelly Culhane, like the other 2012-2013 ELCA Young Adults in Global Mission participants, has concluded her year of accompaniment. She has a new-found trust in God and indescribable gratitude for those who welcomed her into their lives. See www.ELCA.org/YAGM-Culhane.


Anniversary marks rescue of Jews in Denmark

The Lutheran church in Denmark has asked the members of the ELCA to remember in prayer the courageous work 70 years ago this October by Danish citizens that prevented most Danish Jews from being captured by the Nazis during World War II. See www.ELCA.org/Denmark-Jews.You could remember this 70th anniversary in your congregation as part of a Global Church Sunday celebration (www.ELCA.org/GlobalChurchSunday).


World Council of Churches to meet seeking global peace, justice

Under the theme of “God of life, lead us to justice and peace,” the 10th Assembly of the World Council of Churches will be Oct. 30 to Nov. 8 in Busan, South Korea. More than 400 million Christians in more than 100 countries belong to the organization, whose goal is Christian unity. See www.ELCA.org/WorldCouncil.


New ELCA Malaria Campaign video

The ELCA Malaria Campaign is making an impact on lives across Africa. Get a glimpse of the work being done through our Lutheran brothers and sisters in Zambia. This two-minute video could be shown in your congregation, during temple talks or with youth groups to show the impact of gifts from ELCA members. See www.ELCA.org/MalariaCampaign-video.


Stewardship and our global neighbors

How are we using the resources God has entrusted to us to love God and our global neighbors? "Stewards of God's Love," a new ELCA resource for year-round stewardship ministry in your congregation, contains activities, Bible verses and examples from other congregations to encourage global engagement. Download a copy and then see pages 28-33 at www.ELCA.org/growingstewards.


Lutheran Disaster Response sends humanitarian aid

Lutheran Disaster Response, International is responding to the humanitarian crises in Angola, Namibia and the Central African Republic by providing $600,000 in aid. From drought to civil war unrest, we are meeting basic needs of the most vulnerable by providing relief supplies, nutritional aid, education, psychological support, access to clean water, hygiene services and so much more. To add your gift in response to the needs of the world, see www.ELCA.org/disasters-donate.


Sierra Leone: Support a new missionary!

As Sierra Leone heals from a long civil war, Pastor Morsal Collier serves by preaching, training church leaders, and assisting with strategic planning as the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Sierra Leone expands its vision and mission. To support him, call 800-638-3522 or send an email to globalchurch@elca.org. You can also make a gift to support all missionaries and Young Adults in Global Mission at www.ELCA.org/globalchurch/donate.


Making plans for worship and education?

Check out the many ways to create global awareness in your congregation during every season of the church year. See page 22 of the “Our Global Church” Annual Directory. Request 1-5 free copies at 800-638-3522 or RIS@elca.org.


Mexico: Immersion trip Feb. 23-March 2, 2014
Learn while you give! Learn about the hunger and food security in Mexico’s poorest indigenous communities and then make a difference by contributing to organic gardens, nurseries and sustainable technologies like rain water collection, organic composting and solar power. See www.ELCA.org/mexico.


Do you have medical skills? You’re needed!

The ELCA is now offering a short-term volunteer opportunity for practicing or retired medical professionals. The new Lutheran Global Health Volunteer program matches health-care professionals and short-term medical mission opportunities with our companions around the world. See www.ELCA.org/LutheranGlobalHealthVolunteers and www.ELCA.org/jobs-health-volunteer.


In our prayers

Remember in your prayers ELCA missionaries in Nigeria Mary Beth and Bayo Oyebade and their HIV and AIDS ministry there. (This prayer suggestion for Oct. 9 is available along with daily prayers from around the globe at www.ELCA.org/prayerventures.)


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