Mission Moments – East Africa – God’s Word goes out and will not return empty. Isiah 55:11

Mission Moments- East Africa

Young Family                                      October 2019

Congregation Connect:
Walking together

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.

So, the week consists of living in a village with the Pastors from the partner church. This allows them to have a deeper understanding of the day to day life, building deeper connections and understanding the joys and struggles of life in TZ. The Pastors often make home visits on members, other Christians, those who have not continued in their faith, as well as Muslims during the week. So, the American team goes along with them, often walking miles in a day. Sharing scripture, listening and encouraging, praying over folks is a powerful way to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  Sometimes the time between visits walking, talking, sharing, laughing together are just as powerful and uplifting.  
 Pastor John Denhe (Pastor of St Andrew) says that over the years, they have seen the young Pastors grow from Deacons and church leaders to ordained Pastors who are confident in their faith and living out their vocations. He loves seeing them at work and sounds like a proud older brother when he speaks of them.
 It was truly an honor for me to travel and learn from these servants of God. I praise God for the ways He uses His people for His purpose.
Meet the Pastors of the LCEA and learn about their ministry in the recent Lutherans Engage at this link

Title photo of Mt Kilimanjaro by
Rev. John Dehne. 

Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.” 1 Peter 3:15

1.  Kahe Lutheran Church, Kahe, Tanzania – in the midst of an ongoing building campaign as they add brick walls and expand their worship space.  St Andrew folks remember when worship was held under a tree a few years ago. 
2.  The Team pictured with friends. From Left: Heidi Koehler, Donald Cowan, Belinda, Kristin Schweain, and Deaconess Miriam. Back row; Rev. John Dehne
3.  Sharing the Word of God: The group listens while a message is shared with a family.
4. Belinda interpreted for Kristen as she shared a bible passage that was on her heart
5.  Krista enjoyed assisting with Saturday morning Confirmation Class.

  1. Following Pastor Godson on the “short cut” through rice paddy fields.
  2. Pastor John found an audience for his silly faces.
  3. Visiting the congregation in Mawala village.
  4. Each day began with the rooster alarm clock.
  5. A highlight was running into this sweet lady at the Kahe market. Her son Marco is the baby who was baptized during our Mercy Medical clinic in June. They are active members of the Lutheran Church now. Baby Marco is still underweight, and we continue to keep him in prayer.

Selfie fun is contagious.

Isaac Palmer from St Paul Lutheran Church in Bonduel, Wisconsin
spent several weeks in Kenya learning about ministry. One of his highlights was his time with the young men from Project 24 Orthoro.

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 Prayers and Praises:


How can we pray for you?  Please share with us your prayers and concerns so we can lift each other up in prayer.  
  • We praise God for the beauty he has created in this world.
  • We pray for the people of Kahe Tanzania who heard the word of God – that it may take root in their hearts and continue to grow.
  • We pray for the Lutheran Church of East Africa and their leadership.
  • We pray for Pastor Godson, pastor of Kahe Lutheran church and his co-workers in the kingdom.

  • We praise God for congregations living their faith by partnering with churches around the world. Praise God for the people of St Andrew Lutheran Church in Cape Girardeau, Missouri.
  • We pray for the upcoming Mercy Medical Team in Uganda
  • We praise God for our teammates serving God in East Africa and ask for protection and peace in their lives.
  • Please pray for wisdom as we support our two young adults from across the miles, and thank God for family and friends who reach out and encourage both of them. 
  • We thank God for your support, encouragement, and prayers for us. We could not do this work without your partnership; and we are so grateful for each one of you.

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