Dr. Edwin A. Moll, a pastor of The United Lutheran Church in America, an ELCA predecessor body, talks with children at the Syrian orphanage in Jerusalem.
During World War I, Moll returned to Australia and enlisted in the air force. He served in the Near East and rose to the rank of major. One of his duties was to act as a liaison officer between British forces and Arab allies led by T.E. Lawrence, known as "Lawrence of Arabia." When the war ended, Moll returned to the U.S. and transferred to the ULCA . He served congregations in Wisconsin, California and Illinois.
In 1940, he became secretary for the ULCA Board of Foreign Missions. He first traveled to Jerusalem in 1946 to study a proposed transfer of the Syrian orphanage in Palestine to the ULCA. That year he was loaned to the Lutheran World Federation and served in British Guinana (now Guyana), India and Liberia, with headquarters in Palestine as director of the Near East Branch of the LWF. He retired in 1957 and died in 1961 in Madison, Wis.
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