The latest FiRE newsletter is now available and contains stories about the cutting edge of mission in Nepal, Team Australia leaving a mark in Africa, the amazing story continues in Vietnam, updates on the Sumatra school project and a wrap up of AFA’s mission in 14 countries.
2018 was as eventful, wonderful as well as stressful as every other year if not more so – with plenty of drama and pain mixed in as well. Overall the number of donors and interest in AFA keeps growing. But like the LCA itself, we are also suffering from the effects of a declining church as people age and die or join other churches and stop to support Lutheran-based mission work.
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.