Lutheran World Federation / Department for World Service

LWS is the main implementer of overseas aid for ALWS. The Department for World Service (DWS) is the relief and development arm of the Lutheran World Federation and is ALWS's major partner in the implementation of its overseas aid and development program.

Rooted in Christian values of love, reconciliation and justice, DWS responds to human need throughout the world, serving all people irrespective of ethnicity, gender, religion, race or political conviction.

Drawing on a firm commitment to uphold the rights of the poor and oppressed, DWS works together with local and international partners to alleviate suffering, combat injustice and poverty, and lay the foundation for a life in dignity for all.

It has a global program embracing over thirty developing countries in Africa, Latin and Central America, South Asia, South-East Asia, Europe and the Middle East, with a staff of over 5000. Peter Schirmer (ALWS former Executive Secretary) is a member of the LWS Standing Committee.

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Act Alliance

ACT alliance

Australian Lutheran World Service is a member of ACT alliance, and work through ACT alliance in times of natural disasters that occur around the world.

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Evangelical Lutheran Church - Papua New Guinea (ELC-PNG)

Through the Church Partnership Program (CPP) in PNG, ALWS works to strengthen the Evangelical Lutheran Church of PNG’s capacity to improve the livelihoods of people in PNG. The CPP works closely with the departments of the Lutheran church to conduct workshops and trainings on capacity building in areas such as good governance, management, health, education and skills training.

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Centre of Disaster Risk Managment & Community Development Studies

The Lutheran churches in Indonesia  are strongly committed to living their faith through service to their neighbour. A key challenge is to assist them enhance their capacity to carry out their ministry, especially in response to disasters and endemic poverty.  As part of the LCA support, ALWS offers training and expertise to help Indonesians develop their lives, and be more prepared for disasters.

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Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance

The Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance is an international network of churches and church-related organizations committed to campaigning together on common concerns. Current campaigns focus on HIV and AIDS and Food. Advocacy includes raising awareness and building a movement for justice within the churches as well as mobilizing people of faith to lobby local and national governments, businesses, and multi-lateral organizations. EAC partner with many organizations who share common goals on these critical issues, believing that the more people work together, the stronger the voice is for justice.

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International Mission

The Lutheran Church of Australia's International Mission is responsible for assisting the Church fulfil the mission command of Jesus to ‘go and make disciples of all peoples, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to keep all that Christ has commanded; and, further the mission of the Church by promoting interest in, and support for, mission endeavour at home and overseas.

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Lutheran Laypeople's League (LLL)

The  LLL has operated since 1921, and assists the Lutheran Church of Australia (LCA) to reach out with the gospel of Jesus Christ to Australians and people around the world. Primarily this is done through financial support to the various ministries of the LCA.

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Church Agencies Network

The Church Agency Network is a group of 11 Australian church-based aid and development agencies. The network is an opportunity to work together and to share experiences and practice, recognising that together we can achieve much more.  ALWS is actively engaged in all CAN groups, which include CEOs, Program Managers, Program Effectiveness and Finance Managers


Australian Church Agencies

ALWS actively seeks alliances within the Lutheran family, ecumenically, with people of other faiths and others of good will in wider society who share a commitment to alleviating poverty and promoting justice.

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