Global Links March 2021

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March 2021
Hope Found in Paper Cranes

Pastor Kazuhiro Sekino, an International Leaders scholarship recipient from the Japan Evangelical Lutheran Church, recently found a creative way to offer hope to COVID-19 patients at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis, where he’s currently interning as a chaplain. Drawing from a Japanese tradition, Sekino began to fold paper cranes to give to patients — and soon his efforts were multiplied when people in Japan sent thousands of paper cranes to the hospital. “Paper cranes now are a spot of healing for [patients],” Sekino said.

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News Around the World
News Around the World
We mourn the loss of two great leaders in the global Lutheran communion: the Rev. Molwane Job Henock Ubane, presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Southern Africa, and the Rev. Fabián Kreischer, vice president of the United Evangelical Lutheran Church in Argentina and Uruguay. Please keep their families and our companion churches in your prayers.
Mission Personnel
Mission Personnel Reflection
New Missionary Orientation, Feb. 1-3, 2021


Due to the risks and uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic, the ELCA has decided to cancel sending Young Adults in Global Mission (YAGM) volunteers for the 2021-22 program year. “As you know, we hold closely the value of accompaniment, where we seek to walk alongside our partners and share in life's joys and life's burdens,” said Dan Beirne, program director for YAGM leadership formation. “In this unique case, ‘walking alongside’ means keeping our distance.” Read more in this press release.

Meanwhile, the ELCA is continuing to send missionaries into service as it becomes possible with safety precautions. At this time, the ELCA is sending three new missionaries:

  • Hannah Jensen-Reinke, ESL teacher in Japan
  • Hannah Koby, Wittenberg Center intern in Germany
  • The Rev. Charles (Chuck) Peterson, seminary professor in Indonesia
Please pray for our missionaries and companions, and if you’re sensing a call to global service yourself, consider applying for an open position. Explore global ELCA job openings here.

Get Involved
International Women’s Day is coming up on Monday, March 8, and you can celebrate with your congregation by honoring women leaders and taking an offering for the International Women Leaders program with double the impact. Your gifts will support scholarships for women leaders from our global companion churches. Download the following resources to use in your service: Because of the generosity of IWL supporters, your gifts will be matched dollar for dollar until we reach $50,000. Thank you for investing in the future of women leaders!
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