In Matthew 28:19-20 Christ commanded His disciples, “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age”.
In obedience and fellowship with our brothers and sisters in Christ from the South East of Lake Victoria Diocese (SELVD) Tanzania, the Holy Spirit is guiding many to live out and grow in our service. God wants to transform us as we learn from our brothers and sisters through a cross-cultural mission trip.
We are going to Tanzania, located in East Africa, below the equator on the Indian Ocean. Tanzania is one of the most stable and peaceful countries in Africa. It is a little larger than Texas with a few more people than California. This year’s trip will be to visit the Sukuma tribe in the Kishapu district of Shinyanga Region in Northwest Tanzania.
The Sukuma, the nation’s largest tribe, comprised of 6 million people. Some report that 50% of the tribe still believe in superstitions, magic, ancestor worship and traditional religions. The other half of the tribe are either Christians or Muslims. Most are farmers, merchants, builders and traditional doctors living in the countryside. This is where the Southeast of Lake Victoria Diocese (SELVD) of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania (ELCT) works, currently in collaboration with the Mid-South District of The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, sharing the Gospel
When – We have tentatively set our trip for the last two weeks of May in 2016, sometime the week after Pentecost Sunday. The exact date will be determined in coordination with our host from the SELVD.