The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Paying it forward

This includes thanking God, say U.S. and Tanzanian Lutherans

Adeline Shirima pushed a wheelbarrow of fruit and juice 2 miles up the slopes of Mt. Kilimanjaro. It was her good turn. And one good turn deserves another, as U.S. and Tanzanian Lutherans learned last year.

Adeline Shirima, a Tanzanian Lutheran,
Adeline Shirima, a Tanzanian Lutheran, delivers juice, fruit and meals to an impoverished man. Before delivery, Shirima and friends prayed over the food gifts at their congregation.
The philanthropic tit-for-tat began in 2008 when Mary Monson, a member of Sinai Lutheran Church, Fremont, Neb., met John Mkenda, a Tanzanian graduate of nearby Midland Lutheran College. They were introduced by mutual friends Alex and Marlys Meyer, who were Mkenda's classmates. The ELCA Nebraska Synod and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania Northern Diocese are companion synods.

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