The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Change happens one life at a time

Beatrice, in Uganda, reminds us of this

I remember flying over the landscape of Uganda in a five-seat airplane and feeling overwhelmed—as if I were living someone else’s life. It was spring 2007 and I was on my way to Kitgum in northern Uganda to try to gain some understanding about the Lutheran World Federation’s work in communities there. I was a long way from Osseo [Wis.] Evangelical Lutheran, my home congregation.

Karen Ressel, an ELCA global missionary,
Karen Ressel, an ELCA global missionary, works with Lutheran World Federation projects in Uganda.
Now I’m a writer, photographer and an ELCA missionary on loan to LWF Uganda. I use words and pictures to inform and educate. I’ve come to realize that a miracle occurs when God takes the meager gifts we each offer and weaves them together to accomplish wonderful things. And I’ve talked with so many people, including Beatrice.

The rest of this article is only available to subscribers.

text size:

this page: email | print

March issue

MARCH issue:

All are welcome