One hundred years ago, the Lutheran church was first established in what is now the Central Diocese of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania. Today the church in Tanzania is one of the fastest growing in the world.
Since 1989, the Southeastern Minnesota Synod has partnered with the Central Diocese to walk together in ministry. In 2011, we are privileged to join with them in the celebration of 100 years of Lutheran ministry in Tanzania.
One of the ways that the synod is recognizing this milestone is by a commitment to raise $100,000 during the first six months of 2011. This money will provide books, staff, and building renovation at the College of Education at Kiomboi and at Iambi Hospital in Nkungi. Through this gift, teaches and nurses will be trained at these institutions. These vocations will bring both life and livlihood to the people in the Central Diocese.
Because the Singida region (and therefore the Central Diocese) is one of the poorest parts of Tanzania, this educational development will have lasting impact. Health care will be improved by an influx of newly trained nurses. New teachers will help to prepare young people for even higher education. All of these efforts will help to bring new hope to the region and our partners in Christ.
This synod has stepped up to the challenge of goals like this in the past. In 1998 – this synod partnered in “Walking Three by Three” to raise money to support mission in this synod and in our two companion synods in Colombia and Tanzania. Through the refurbishment at the Lutheran Bible Institute at Kiomboi in the Central Diocese of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania, 77 new pastors, 122 lay evangelists, and 46 parish workers were trained for ministry. In the one year that the Walking Three by Three campaign ran, the synod exceeded its goal of raising $350,000.
If every congregation in the synod commits $600 in 2011, we can exceed this goal. Congregations are encouraged to budget the money, receive a special offering, collect special gifts from individuals or small groups, or a combination of the above.
Individuals are also invited to participate in a celebration of the anniversary. A delegation from the synod will travel to Tanzania approximately December 1-16, 2011. For more information, contact Rev. Craig Breimhorst at 507-334-8821, firstname.lastname@example.org, or on Facebook (search “Craig Breimhorst”).
- Resources for sharing this story and sharing your offerings – www.semnsynod.org/100years
- More about the synod’s partnership in Tanzania – www.semnsynod.org/tanzania
- More about the churchwide partnership in Tanzania – http://bit.ly/i5TplD
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