The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Home away from home

Her trip this year to Tanzania was a coming home for Anna Lindseth — even though it was a home that she didn't remember. Lindseth, a senior at California Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks, was born to missionary parents in Tanzania who moved back to the United States when she was still a baby.

Nearly 20 years later, Lindseth got a chance to visit her birthplace and to help the Tanzanians at the same time by raising nearly $15,000 through an eight-day, 200-mile walk through the country.

The walk was sponsored by Operation Bootstrap, a Minnesota organization that, among other things, helps build schools in Tanzania. Lindseth spent eight months before her trip writing letters, talking to organizations and schools, and speaking to churches, including her home congregation, Joy Lutheran, Prescott, Wis.

Lindseth took part in a safari before she and the seven other participants began the walk — hiking up to eight hours each day on dusty roads through grasslands.

A member of CLU's basketball team, Lindseth followed up the strenuous hike with a trek up Mount Kilimanjaro.

Before returning to America, she visited her childhood home and the hospital where she as born. "It was kind of weird," she said. "I felt a connection before, and I didn't understand it. But now that I've been there, it started to make sense. I would like to come back someday and maybe teach."


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