Special Ministry Fund
In July 2018, a group of 26 church members travelled to Adelaide from different states and New Zealand to participate in a five-day tour, called the LCA Immersion tour.
They took part in a church study to learn more about the wider Lutheran church.
The tour aimed to enhance participants’ understanding of the Lutheran Church of Australia (LCA) and its rich history, as well as strengthening the connections between Asian congregations.
Tim Yiu (pictured), who was one of the organisers, described the tour as “a great, valuable and precious” experience for participants.
As well as learning more about the LCA and the history of the Lutheran Church, he said it was a wonderful opportunity to meet new friends from various Asian congregations in the Lutheran community and strengthen the relationships among the Asian congregations.
“I hope this tour is just a beginning and that many more Lutherans could have the opportunity to enhance their understanding of the LCA and the history of the Lutheran Church,” Tim said.
Participants visited the LCA/NZ churchwide offices, Australian Lutheran College (ALC) and LLL in North Adelaide, to gain a better insight into the church, its departments and agencies.
Three study sessions introduced the group to the history of Lutherans in Australia, Reformation history and Lutherans in today’s world. Tour members also had the chance to visit three of the earliest Lutheran churches in Australia, at Lobethal in the Adelaide Hills and Bethany and Langmeil in South Australia’s Barossa Valley.
Tim said despite speaking different languages and coming from different backgrounds, tour participants enjoyed fellowship with each other and staff from ALC and the LCA during daily morning devotions and chapel.
The LCA Immersion Tour received a $10,000 grant from the Special Ministry Fund. This article was adapted from Immersion Tour brings Asian Lutherans together (LCA website, 17 August 2018).