Our October newsletter is now available for download and contains an exploration into India to visit the church of the poor people, the Myanmar goat parade, Australia tilting towards atheism, the face of silent suffering in Indonesia, and latest news from Vietnam, Sabah, Nepal and other mission projects around Asia.
I have just spent 10 amazing days ministering in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Vietnam, ELCV. I did this through Asia Focus Australia. How privileged I was that I was asked. I heard the call of God in that invitation and went.
My passion has always been for overseas travel – but not the usual touristy stuff. I’d rather get off
the beaten track. I want to see the world through the eyes of real people. There’s no better way to do that than through Asia Focus Australia.
In 2016 I participated in my first overseas mission trip with AFA to Bhutan and Nepal. This was a life changing journey where God spoke to me and said, “You can do more”. To see first-hand the
poverty and need, but then to witness the amazing work of AFA – I was certainly challenged.
Our August newsletter is now available for download and contains a special report from Pakistan of a fate worse than death, an apparently hopeless situation in Sudan, new ways to do mission work in Nepal, and updates from our other mission projects around Asia.
Pr August Fricke, founder and President of AFA, will be in South Australia and Victoria as the main presenter for "World Mission 2017 - in an Age of ever growing Opposition". Come along to focus in on mission and hear the latest developments of our projects throughout Asia. All are welcome!
Out of a population of 10 million people, more than 300,000 have been killed, nearly a million have fled to the neighbouring countries, and more than a million are displaced internally. Daily untold numbers of people are literally dying of malnutrition and starvation – all because of man’s inhumanity to man as well as nature’s ravages.
Travel with Asia Focus to Nepal in October visiting Kathmandu with an opportunity to take a scenic flight around Mt Everest, truly stunning. Visit Nepal Churches and observe Asia Focus support work, Lutheran Mission Nepal, Transformation Nepal and in Biratnagar the Nepal Evangelical Lutheran Church.
The latest issue of FiRE June 2017 is now available and features articles about the onslaught of today's new 'Age of Me', refreshing church growth in Australia, transforming Nepal with the Gospel, Indonesian religious intolerance, and updates from our other mission projects around Asia..
Early planning for the Nepal trip is now in progress and an Itinery and expected costs are now available.
We are aware of 10 absolutely needy congregations in the jungles of Western Myanmar (Burma) that are asking for 2 goats each (he- and she goat). Hopefully these will multiply and provide a source of food and income for the church.
Supporters of Asia Focus can now donate their interest on any Lutheran Laypeople’s League account(s) to AFA.
I hail from an orthodox Hindu family. Like my forefathers, I worshipped the Hindu gods and godesses, offered sacrifices, visited many temples and for seven years was dancing around the deities at Hindu festivals under the influence of the spirits. I suffered a lot on account of demon possession. I tried my best to deliver myself from this but I could not
Our April newsletter is now available for download and contains articles about the call for Reformation, new frontiers in China and India, memorable and amazing Nias, growing the kingdom of God in Vietnam, and updates from our other mission projects around Asia.
What could fifteen or so farmers have in common with a fisherman, a builder, a game hunter, a barber, a couple of motorbike fruit-sellers, a man who milks rubber trees, two woodcutters, a factory hand, a motorbike-taxi driver, a former orchardist and a former watchmaker? They are Pastors or preparing Pastors of the fledgling Evangelical Lutheran Church of Vietnam (ELCV).
Our February newsletter is now available for download and contains articles about the 10th anniversary celebrations for AFA in Myanmar, a priority on teaching the nations, Pr Steike's ventures in Vietnam, heartbreaking news from tribal Myanmar and Nepal, and updates from our other mission projects around Asia.
FiRE No66 - December 2016 has been released featuring articles about a mission to the frontier of Myanmar in aid of the poorest, life in a bucket and a celebration of survival from Liberia, pushing the gospel across borders in Vietnam, leaving a mark on a post-earthquake Nepal, and updates from our other mission projects around Asia.
Life is wonderful at the Centre! Kids are happy and genuinely enjoy each other’s company as well as visitors from Aus. They sing and pray with gusto and happily join in games and other fun activities. After dinner the boys love to play soccer in the front yard with an old ball and some bamboo poles that have been lashed together to make 2 very low goals. Some of the girls join in some afternoons and seemed quite skilled also.
Rev Mukunda was our AFA “earthquake man” with his organisation TRANSFORMATION NEPAL. We sent more than $105,000 and helped around 10,000 people – and we will stay in Nepal in partnership with Bhutan next door. Nepal is ripe for Christ with its 15-17% church growth year after year. Yet the church is still in its infancy in Nepal. The challenge is enormous...
Here are some images of the Flood Relief Trip to the Paletwa area, South West Myanmar, with and through the Myanmar Lutheran Church supported by AFA funds. There are no roads in this mountainous area, only creeks, rivers and walking tracks. No relief had reached here before.
We are in almost daily contact with our friends in Myanmar – those who have been nearest and dearest to us for many years – people in three churches, friends who are heartbroken about what they see before their very eyes: wholesale destruction in vast areas, with hundreds of thousands of people thrown into desperation and poverty. Farmers overnight become homeless, landless, refugees, peasants. Many of these are our brothers and sisters in Christ.