Stories of Faith in Action – Your Offering at Work highlights ELCA ministries that span this country and the globe, some of which illustrate the way challenges can lead to God-given opportunities. You are part of each of these stories – through your faithful, regular offering, a portion of which is used to fund ELCA ministries beyond the congregation, which is called Mission Support. Combined with gifts from other ELCA members, Mission Support advances the work of your congregation, your synod and the work we do as a wider church. Thank you!
Mission Work – Multiplied!
A church starting another church has been a mission norm since the early church. This also is the experience of the Lutheran Church in Malaysia (LCM). Born through the work of Lutheran missionaries long ago, the LCM initially grew among the ethnic Chinese population. Soon the church began reaching out beyond its original areas to include the Orang Asli, indigenous people scattered in the hills and forests in the north. A key to the growth among the Orang Asli people has been to develop leadership from within, a challenging prospect for people who have traditionally been hunter-gatherers and have little formal education.
A passion to share the gospel also led the Malaysia church to see itself in mission beyond its national borders. A former Anglican priest from neighboring Myanmar got connected to the LCM, and with their assistance, established the Myanmar Lutheran Church. The LCM has cultivated the growth of this new church by nurturing and supporting pastors from within Myanmar.
“We might be small in Malaysia, but our hearts must be big for God in God’s mission and love for the world. In response to God’s calling and the Great Commission to go and share God’s love with the Myanmar people – our sisters and brother in Christ,” said Aaron Yap, LCM bishop.
Today the Myanmar Lutheran Church, serving in a predominantly Buddhist country amonth the Khumi Chin people, is one of four Lutheran church bodies in Myanmar. This church is a direct result of mission from Malaysia, which in turn was planted through U.S. missionaries.
understand the faith of other people that varies and is different than mine,” Miller said. “It seems very obvious and
A portion of your offering is used by the ELCA churchwide organization to fund global ministry work, including support for the Lutheran Church in Malaysia’s Orang Asli ministry and its mission work in Myanmar. For more Stories of Faith in Action, visit www.ELCA.org/Resources/Stories-of-Faith-in-Action