Global Links April 2021

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April 2021
Mission Personnel:
A Song of Resurrection
Mission Personnel: A Song of Resurrection
Easter Sunday service on the Mount of Olives, 2019. Credit: Ben Gray/ELCJHL

By Meghan and Gabi Aelabouni, area desk director for the Middle East and North Africa

Christ is risen — happy Easter! From the Holy Land, we reflect on the uncertain journey of Lent and the song of resurrection at Easter.

One spring afternoon, in the open courtyard inside the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer in Jerusalem’s Old City, we met with the Rev. Carrie Ballenger, fellow ELCA missionary, and the Rev. Ibrahim Azar, bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land (ELCJHL), to record the bishop’s short video greeting for upcoming ELCA synod assemblies. As the group prepared to record, the silence of the courtyard was suddenly broken. The Hebrew words of a Jewish song filled the air, likely coming from the roof of a settlement next to Redeemer. As if in response, the Arabic call to prayer arose from a nearby mosque, and a quick glance at the clock revealed that the noon bells of Redeemer would soon follow.

Read the reflection here.

Action alert: Tell President Biden to defend Palestinian human rights. The administration must urge the Israeli government to ensure free and equitable distribution of COVID-19 vaccines. Send a message to the White House today.

Careers: If you’re sensing a call to global service, consider applying for an open position. Explore global ELCA job openings here.
News Around the World
News Around the World
In the spirit of accompaniment, the Evangelical Church of the Lutheran Confession in Brazil (Igreja Evangélica de Confissão Luterana no Brasil) sent a gift to Lutheran Disaster Response to support its response to the winter storms in Texas. Read the church’s letter of solidarity here.
Advocating for Safe Campuses
Advocating for Safe Campuses
International Women Leaders 2020 graduate Amanda William.

In the state of Sabah in Malaysia, International Women Leaders 2020 graduate Amanda William recently founded Safe Campus, an organization that raises awareness about sexual harassment at higher education institutions. Amanda and co-founder Christyne Surindai have started a Safe Campus social media campaign, produced a video and led an online workshop. Faye Lee, another graduate of the ELCA’s International Women Leaders scholarship program, wrote about Safe Campus for the Vulcan Post.

Read the article here.

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For 38 years, Mark and Linda Jacobson have worked in the health field in Tanzania, becoming our church’s longest-serving missionaries. Their powerful story is featured in the ELCA’s 30-minute documentary Kuambatana (Accompaniment): The Ministry of Mark and Linda Jacobson. Join us for the virtual premiere! Invite your friends, family and congregation to watch the documentary live at 11 a.m. Central time, Saturday, April 24, at You can go deeper with this discussion guide and support all ELCA missionaries who work alongside our companions around the world.
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