Partners that fund the work of the LWF's Department of Mission and Development in Asia invest heavily in building the capacity of member churches in the fields of holistic mission and theological formation. The region's main funding partners include:
The ELCA engages in mission work in 19 countries across Asia and the Pacific. Mission is carried out along the lines of mutuality, sustainability and empowerment, among others. Specifically, the ELCA works with its companions – bothes church and other organizations – by sending missionaries, engaging in community service, supporting evangelism and other church witness, building institutional and leadership capacity, addressing the causes of poverty and hunger, and meeting human needs, particularly in relation to Lutheran identity, human trafficking, HIV/AIDS ministry and leadership development.
The Finnish Evangelical Lutheran Mission carries out church cooperation, development cooperation and disaster relief in nearly 30 countries. FELM’s mission statement is, ”We live out God’s love in words and deeds. We proclaim the Gospel, defend human rights and work towards the eradication of poverty.” FELM is one of the largest partners of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland. It belongs to the Finnish Evangelical Lutheran Church.
The LCA believes it can best share God’s mission in the world by working in partnership with churches in the work the churches themselves carry out in their own countries and with their close neighbours. The LCA has a particular emphasis on supporting the mission and ministry of Lutheran churches in the neighbouring Asia/Pacific countries of Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Papua New Guinea, Singapore and Thailand. Through these gospel partnerships, the LCA and partners are built up and strengthened in their faith in Jesus Christ.
Leipzig Mission (Evangelisch-Lutherisches Missionswerk Leipzig) is the international mission service of the Evangelical-Lutheran Church of Saxony and the Evangelical Church in Central Germany. Since 1836, it has enabled spiritual, intercultural and interreligious exchange. Embedded in an international network of churches, ecumenical institutions and non-governmental organizations, Leipzig Mission understands mission as a 'a theology of encounter' in that it faces the challenges of the world together with its partners. It is funded by individuals, two churches, and friends and supporters from local congregations.