Asia Pacific

LCMS Team Heads to Philippines

In this Skype report from the Detroit airport, Deaconess Pamela Nielsen of LCMS Communications talks with two of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) disaster response team members who left Friday, Nov. 15, 2013, for the Philippines — the Rev. Ross Johnson, director of LCMS Disaster Response, and the Rev. Michael Meyer, manager of LCMS Disaster Response.

Missouri Synod team prepares to deploy to the Philippines

ST. LOUIS, November 14, 2013—A team from The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) plans to depart for the Philippines Friday, Nov. 15, to provide immediate relief and begin planning for the long-term recovery in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan.

LCMS team prepares to deploy to Philippines

Objectives include working collaboratively with the LCMS partner church there and LCMS staff members in the Asia Pacific region and “to get on the ground and see what the needs are as soon as possible.”

Typhoon Haiyan update with Pres. Cerdeñola

The Rev. James Cerdeñola, president of the Lutheran Church in the Philippines (LCP), shares this update in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan, which wreaked havoc across the Philippines on Friday, Nov. 8. Rev. Cerdeñola has been in contact with LCP officials, Mindanao District officers, as well as the local ALERT team (Active Lutherans Emergency Response Team) as they mobilize in the Philippines to extend the mercy of Christ.

Typhoon Haiyan: Images of a disaster

These images from the Associated Press show the destruction ravaged by Typhoon Haiyan as it barreled across the Philippines Friday, Nov. 8, 2013. News reports indicate that more than 10,000 people are feared dead.

KSDK-TV interviews LCMS president about Typhoon Haiyan

KSDK-TV interviews LCMS president, LCMS Disaster Response co-director about Typhoon Haiyan

Education Opens Asian Doors for the Gospel

The LCMS has some 90 missionaries and rostered teachers working in 11 countries in the Asia Pacific region. Although the LCMS’ work takes many forms, the Synod plays a primary role in education, where English as a Second Language opens up opportunities to share the Gospel.

Commentary: LCMS ministry to and with Asians – then, now and ahead

A “Reporter” commentary stresses the importance of LCMS ministry to and with Asians, both in the United States and abroad.

Rescue Gives New Life to Those ‘Inbetween’

Lutherans are putting an end to human trafficking. Through congregational and individual support of our Synod’s efforts through the Office of National Mission, the LCMS is helping stop the exploitation and sale of children and adults.

Going the Distance from Indiana to Papua New Guinea

Before Rev. Jeffrey Horn accepted the call to serve as an LCMS career missionary in Papua New Guinea, he considered the challenges, though ultimately felt a “pressing need” on his heart. Find out how the Horn family is preparing for their upcoming transition to a new culture and life.

Fresh from LCMS training, Filipino Lutherans put ‘Mercy in Action’

By Kim Plummer Krull Just days after taking part in an LCMS disaster-response training conference for the Asia Pacific region, Filipino Lutherans are preparing to use that “Mercy in Action” guidance to help devastated families in their typhoon-battered country. “What…

Disaster-response training helpful, say partner-church reps

By Megan Kincaid “Mercy in Action” was the theme as more than 50 participants from nine countries attended the disaster-response training conference for The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod’s Asia Pacific region Nov. 27-29 in Hong Kong. Conference leaders Rev. Glenn F.…

One year after Japan disaster, Lutheran partners still address needs, fears

By Kim Plummer Krull As Japan braces for the one-year anniversary of a disaster that delivered a deadly, triple blow, LCMS ministry leaders are preparing to return to the country to work with partners on ongoing efforts that often prompt an…

New $1 million grant to help with devastation in Japan

By Kim Plummer Krull “Incomprehensible even after witnessing it firsthand” is how LCMS President Dr. Matthew C. Harrison describes the miles of rubble where Japanese homes and businesses once stood, a bleak reminder of the triple disaster that devastated that…