Two weeks and 2745 were baptized
Two teams of 23 adults from the Mid-South District went to Tanzania in May for mission trips to the Southeast of Lake Victoria diocese (SELVD). Each trip lasted for approximately two weeks. The teams were made up of members from 8 Mid-South congregations and 4 LCMS congregations from other districts. Each team went into remote areas of the diocese where few churches existed and many of the Sukuma people in the area had never heard the name of Jesus. This area is known to be home to over 4,000 witch doctors. The teams used a short presentation to tell the story of Jesus and local people accompanied to translate.
The success of the teams were astounding; during a 2 week period over 2745 men, women and children were baptized. In addition, 7 new sub-congregations were established. Land was purchased by the congregations from funds donated to the trip or raised by mission team members. These funds also were used to purchase motorbikes for the evangelists serving the Ushetu and Itilima districts. The teams were also blessed with the opportunity to work with a number of pastors serving in the SELVD and with five young men currently in the pastor training program in Negezi. They were able to work with us as part of their internship. Another team member, Pastor Will Miller from Immanuel, Memphis taught at the Makala Training Center, and participated in a symposium featuring witch doctors and people afflicted with albinism who are attacked by the witch doctors because of this affliction.
New church’s need help in purchasing materials for a church roof. The members clear the land and make their own bricks for the building. If you would like to help, please check out the website http://elct-selvd.org for stories and pictures of these and other trips.
Many individuals have contacted us about joining next year’s trip to Tanzania and possibly Madagascar.
If interested contact the district office or Bob Allen email or 615-672-7438.