Global Links

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GLOBAL LINKS
Connect to the global church through elca.org

FIRE IN CONGO
In the morning of July 8, 2009, a fire broke out in Goma, a provincial capital in the Democratic Republic of Congo, leaving homeless 777 families (4500 individuals or more).  See http://www.elca.org/disaster

PREACHING IN SLOVAKIA
…During the second service in Háj, my eyes kept going back to a woman in a beautiful white suit.  As I preached, she smiled.  “Keep going!” she seemed to be saying, “You can do this!”… See
http://blogs.elca.org/handinhand/ 

HUNGER AWARENESS AT SUMMER CAMP
Young people participating in summer programs at ELCA outdoor ministries are learning how they can make a difference for world hunger.  See
http://blogs.elca.org/hungerrumblings 

RESTORING HOPE AFTER WAR
Imagine being forced to leave your home, community, and livelihood because of violence. This is Rose Imilima’s reality. Rose, a member of a war-torn community in northern Uganda, fled . See
http://www.elca.org/stories

LWF YOUTH INTERNSHIP 2010
The Lutheran World Federation is seeking an intern (ages 18-30) to work in its Geneva offices from February – November 2010.  See
http://www.elca.org/lwf and click on the link under IN THE NEWS

CHRISTIAN ZIONISM
Join an on-line discussion about this topic from a recent article in the Lutheran magazine.  See
http://www.thelutheran.org/article/article.cfm?article_id=8162&key=66618242

DID YOU KNOW .
Since 1988, 54 church leaders from Latin America and the Caribbean have been educated with ELCA funds.  Read more about ELCA engagement in that region at
http://www.elca.org/latinamerica

ONE DOLLAR FOR EACH NEW MISSIONARY
Consider creating a missionary sponsorship covenant for $88, one dollar for each ELCA missionary beginning service this summer, and you will automatically receive the 2010 Global Mission Support and Service Annual Directory.  For more information about this and five new sponsorship options, visit
http://www.elca.org/missionarysponsorship.

GLOBAL ENGAGEMENT SURVEY
How are you involved in ministry or relationships in other countries?  Complete an online survey at
http://www.elca.org/globalsurvey to help map how Lutherans are involved in God’s work around the world.

IN OUR PRAYERS
Give thanks for Jean Wahlstrom and Marv Kananen, who serve in Tanzania.  Jean is a Christian education developer and pastoral counselor at the Maasae Girls Lutheran Secondary School and Marv teaches at Moringe Sokoine Secondary School in Monduli.  (This prayer for August 6 is available along with daily prayers from around the globe at
http://archive.elca.org/prayerventures/)

CELEBRATE GLOBAL MISSION
Plan and host a congregational Global Mission Festival with this easy-to-use guide available from
globalmissioninfo@elca.org or 800-638-3522 ext. 2642.

GLOBAL HEADLINES at http://www.elca.org/news  
(click News Releases)
+ Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service Places First Darfuri Refugees
+ Lutheran Rapper Spins Music into Money for ELCA World Hunger
(click News Blog)
+ ELCA sends $50,000 to ACT for ‘rapid response’ to disasters overseas
+ Purdue researcher, Lutheran wins World Food Prize

This issue of Global Links (August 2009) contains highlights from elca.org of ELCA ministry with companion churches and agencies in other countries. Please forward Global Links in whole or in part to other individuals or groups, or use it in publications with attribution.  Please send your suggestions and comments to lanny.westphal@elca.org or to Pastor Lanny Westphal, ELCA Global Mission, 8765 W. Higgins Rd., Chicago, IL 60631.

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