It is an unusual group of Americans who are willing to come to East Africa and “rough it” in a village just to build relationships with the local church. In fact, some may struggle with not leaving a monument or something that proves they were there for generations to come.
This unusual group (or as Gary Theis at Mission Central would say “Not Normal”) is from St Andrew Lutheran Church in Cape Girardeau. I have never been to their church, but I have many friends from there. Members have served in various ways; Mercy Medical Teams, Childcare Program teams while our missionaries meet, and through their connection with the Lutheran Church in East Africa.
St Andrew Lutheran entered into a “Congregation Connect” program with Kahe Lutheran Church in Kahe, Tanzania; part of the Lutheran Church in East Africa four years ago. Since then, they have been coming once a year to walk together with their brothers and sisters in Christ.
In fact, their legacy is much longer lasting and valuable than any building could possibly be. The work of the local pastors who struggle to serve their church, who share the Gospel as they walk through their village, knowing that folks they meet will be with them in their heavenly home… priceless.