Overseas Aid & Development



Australian Lutheran World Service

Australian Lutheran World Service is the overseas aid and resettlement agency of the Lutheran Church of Australia. Our vision is for a more just world … a world that upholds the cause of the oppressed, the widow and the fatherless, gives food to the hungry, sets prisoners free, gives sight to the blind and lifts up those who have fallen down (based on Psalm 146).

A teacher asked, 'What is the greatest commandment in the Law? Jesus answered, 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the greatest and the most important commandment. The second most important commandment is like it: 'Love your neighbour as you love yourself' (Matthew 22:36-40).

Our ALWS mission is 'to reach out in love… for justice'. We seek to bring people together in partnership to ensure the voices of the poor are heard, and God’s gifts of grace are shared. We strive for life-changing programs that restore human dignity, alleviate poverty and build just and sustainable communities.

Share our vision?

Want to show Jesus’ love to others in practical ways? Click here to go to the ALWS website and find out what you can do!

Guiding principles

We serve with unconditional love
1 John 4: 19; 1 John 3: 17; Matthew 25: 35-46

  • We serve people in need, regardless of their nationality, ethnicity, gender, belief or political conviction.

We respect and uphold people’s dignity
Genesis 1:27; Genesis 9:6; 2 Corinthians 5:17-19

  • We uphold human value and dignity which have their basis in God’s act of creation where he made all people in his image, and in the redemptive love that is won through Jesus Christ.
  • We respect people’s right to determine the extent of their participation in the decisions and actions that affect their lives, even as we commit to supporting men and women shape their own futures and the communities in which they live.

We value and work for justice
Isaiah 1; 17; 58:6

  • We express our solidarity with people who are poor and marginalised through advocacy for justice - speaking out with courage, consistent with the church’s prophetic vocation.

We work in partnership
Romans 14:19; Ephesians 4:16

  • We recognise the giftedness in all and the power of partnership, and so seek 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.
  • Our partnerships are marked by mutual respect, interdependence, and listening to and learning from each other so both those served and those serving are transformed.

We make good use of God’s gifts
Matthew 25:14-23

  • We are called to faithfully and responsibly use the resources entrusted to our ministry of service. We will be transparent and accountable to those we seek to assist and to those from whom we accept resources, assessing how our efforts impact people’s lives.

Who you help

By supporting ALWS, you reach out in love… for justice to people in

  • Burundi
  • Cambodia
  • Indonesia
  • Kenya
  • Mozambique
  • Nepal
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Sudan.

Click here to find out about ALWS-supported projects in these countries.

Contact us

Australian Lutheran World Service
PO Box 488, Albury NSW 2640
General inquiries and donations phone: 1300 763 407
Administration phone: 02 6021 5329
Fax: 02 6021 4504
Email: alws@alws.org.au
Website: www.alws.org.au