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A coffee love

Tanzanian beans link Wis. congregations to African farmers

Lutherans love coffee. With good humor, some even call it our third sacrament. The Greater Milwaukee Synod found a way to link this love of coffee to the economic development of Christians half a world away.

It all started when a synod delegation visited global mission partners in the Meru Diocese of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania. "There are great needs there, but the greatest need appeared to be economic development," reports Aleta Chossek of the delegation. "People were really struggling with the basics of everyday life, and it continues today. The average annual family income in Tanzania is about $130."


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