ALIC 2017 
Re-Visioning Reformation in Asia

By Daniel Koo

Initiated by the Association of Asians and Pacific Islanders of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (AAPI-ELCA) since 1997, ALIC is a bi-annual conference that gathers delegates from Asia and even other continents of the world to come together to engage in theological and ministerial reflections in relation to their cultural backgrounds and ministries, especially in the Asian context. This event also provides the platform of fellowship among the delegates and strengthen their networking. For this year, it was held from 1st to 7th February in Soechi Hotel International, Medan, Indonesia. The theme of the conference is “Re-visioning Reformation in Asia”, with the aim of highlighting the significance of the Reformation and its relation to the Asian churches today. Apart from the conference, it was the first time the organizer held a 5D4N work camp for young adults aged 30 and below right before the conference. Out of 150 delegates in the conference, there were five representatives from Lutheran Church in Malaysia (LCM) attended this event: Allecia Ho Moon Yi (Christ Lutheran Church), Alvin Tan Wei Jianh (Holy Trinity Lutheran Church), Daniel Koo Chia En (Holy Cross Lutheran Church), Deborah Augustin (Kajang Lutheran Church) and Sheue Jing Lock (Good Shepherd Lutheran Church).


It is indeed a unique educational experience for us to have the privilege to learn from many Lutheran leaders and scholars through their reflections and research. The delegates were also given opportunities to contribute their opinions through panelling sessions and group discussions, which enriched our understanding about Christianity in the Asian context and its challenges. Apart from these, we had the opportunities to learn an experience about the Christianity and the culture in Medan through our sightseeing to Lake Toba and Sunday services in the local Lutheran and Protestant churches. Above all, we thank God for His guidance and provision in leading the whole conference. May the Lord continues to use ALIC as a great channel to bless the Asian and even the Non-Asian churches and its leaders for the continuous development of Christian education and contextual theology. The next ALIC will be held from 23rd to 29th January in 2019 in Udon Thani, Thailand.


By Deborah Fredericks

The 9th Asian Lutheran International Conference (ALIC) took place recently in Indonesia. Together with two other adults, Daniel Koo Chia En (Holy Cross Lutheran Church) and Sheue Jing Lock (Good Shepherd Lutheran Church), and two youths Alecia Ho Moon Yi (Christ Lutheran Church) and Alvin Tan Wei Jian (Holy Trinity Lutheran Church), I represented the Lutheran Church in Malaysia (LCM) at the Conference which took place at the Soechi Hotel in Medan, from 1 – 7 February 2017. The theme of the Conference was “Re-visioning Reformation in Asia.” Speakers such as Prof. Paul Rajashekar from the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, Ms. Manhei Yip from Hong Kong, and Prof. Rospita Sihaan from Indonesia, presented various thoughts on the impact and relevance of the Reformation in Asia. The Conference, which had about 150 participants, had much to chew on as it considered the relevance of the Reformation to particularly Asian issues and context. Apart from the plenary sessions and groups discussions, the strength of the Conference was in bringing people together from different parts of the world. For myself, I enjoyed the various breaks and times of interaction with the locals as well as some of the foreign participants from other parts of the world. As we sat for tea or dinner, it was interesting to discuss local perspectives and issues with Indonesian pastors and lay people.


The highlight has to be the tour to Samosir Island and Lake Toba, as well as a visit to the headquarters of the local HKBP Church. We went on a very long bus ride to Lake Toba, but it was well worth it. We were taken on a boat cruise to Samosir Island, where we had some glimpses of Batak culture and practices. We were even able to witness one of their famous “Puppet Dances”. After that the visit to the HKBP Church was very informative and helped us to learn a little bit more the ministry among the Batak and the particular challenges they have. All in all, it was an interesting time with much to learn and new friends to make. I thank the LCM for making this possible as it was a good time of learning and fellowship for me.





Welcome, partners in Christ with a heart for Asian ministry! In the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), about 20,000 members are of Asian or Pacific Islander heritage. About 110 Asian congregations and ministries in the ELCA minister in Asian languages including Burmese, Cambodian, Cantonese, Filipino, Hmong, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Lahu, Laotian, Mandarin, Taiwanese, Thai and Vietnamese. Some of the congregations also provide ministry to second generation Asians.

In addition, many Asians are members at more than 3,000 English-speaking ELCA congregations across the United States. Often there are no Asian culture-specific Lutheran churches in these areas.





The Association of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the ELCA is the association for and led by Asians in the ELCA. Its mission is:

1. To encourage the expression of Christian faith from an Asian Pacific Islander perspective.

2. To support the unique gifts of Asian Pacific Islanders as they give witness to the gospel of Jesus Christ.

3. To encourage Asian Pacific Islander members of the ELCA to participate fully in all expressions of the ELCA.

4. To support the implementation of the ELCA national Asian and Pacific Islander Ministry Strategy.

5. To support the growth and development of ordained and lay leadership within the Asian Pacific Islander communities within the ELCA.


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