Monday, August 13, 2018

prayers for Oceania

The World Council of Churches prayer cycle for Week 34 (19-25 August) includes the people of the Pacific islands: Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Western Samoa and the French Overseas Territories of New Caledonia (Kanaky) and French Polynesia (Tahiti).

We particularly remember our deaconess sisters in Fiji in the Methodist Church of Fiji.

God, good and gracious Healer, be present with our brothers and sisters in Fiji. Thank you for creating them with a culture that values deep, intimate relationship. May we learn from their value of community.
"O Lord, our palm trees can no longer hide us from the world. Strengthen our hearts that we may
look with confidence to the future; through Christ our Lord. AMEN."
      (from "With All God's People", WCC Geneva)

Order of Deaconess in Nigeria ordinations

Two Deaconesses were ordained at the at the 46th/11th Biennial Conference in Aba in Abia State. Congratulations and blessings as you continue in ministry. And prayers for the Order of Deaconesses in the Methodist Church of Nigeria, and for the leadership of Ibironke O. Oremade-Oworu. In Ronke's words: 'You have learned Sisters during the years of your training and probation how various and exacting are the services which your calling will require of you. It may fall on you to preach the gospel, to lead the worship of a congregation, to teach both young and old, to nurse the sick........ '

The Prelate pronouncing the Ordination words on the Deaconesses.

Friday, July 27, 2018

Diaconal Sisters in Brazil - Annual Convention

Please uphold the Diaconal Sisterhood of Igreja Evangélica de Confissão Luterana no Brasil as they their Annual Convention, July 26 to July 29, to be held in São Leopoldo. May it be a time of learning and mutual encouraagement, and a time when God's Spirit inspires you in your diaconal ministries.

World Day of Prayer for Diaconia
The 26th of each month is aslo the World Day of Prayer for Diaconia, of which Diaconia of the IECLB is a member, so it seems very fitting for the Annual Convention to begin on the 26th. 

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Lutheran Deaconess Conference

The annual meeting of the Lutheran Deaconess Conference will take place from July 12-16th, 2018, in Baltimore MD at the Maritime Conference Center. Please hold them in prayer as they meet together as sisters for renewal, worship prayer and growth. Photos on the Facebook page.

Tuesday, July 3, 2018


An historic day on Friday 29th June, when the DIAKONIA World Executive signed the official papers to register the Federation in Germany. This has been a lengthy process to this point, and will continue for several months more until registration is completed officially. Neuendettelsau Diakonie has agreed to partner with DIAKONIA World Federation as the 'home base' and we look forward to a fruitful relationship together.
The photo below shows two of the Project Team which has had responsibility to manage the process for change of domicile (Martin Vogler and Traude Leitenberger), the three Regional Presidents - Deaconess Meresiana Kuricava (President, DIAKONIA Asia-Pacific), Marianne Uri Overland (President, DIAKONIA Region Africa Europe) and Ted Dodd (President, DIAKONIA of the Americas and Caribbean), with Dr Matthias Hartmann (Neuendettelsau Diakonie) and myself (President, DIAKONIA World Federation).

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Karie Hamilton consecration

Congratulations to Karie Hamilton who has been consecrated a Deacon (ELCA) - front row, second from left.

David Rojas Martinez

Congratulations to Deacon David Rojas Martinez, consecrated at the Chapel of the Resurrection, Valparaiso University, on Saturday 23rd June. Blessings for your ministry. Familiar faces there to support David including previous DIAKONIA World President Louise Williams, and former DOTAC Regional President Lisa Polito and many more.