The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Motorcycle ministry

Nebraska provides Tanzanian pastors a way to get around

In rural Nebraska, members of St. Mark in Bloomfield were looking for a way to connect to the larger community of the Lutheran church. In Tanzania, Lutheran pastors were looking for transportation to reach villages in the remote Rukwa region.

"Growth potential for the church in Rukwa is exciting," said Martin J. Russell, assistant to the Nebraska Synod bishop. But pastors in Rukwa must travel 60 miles between congregations. Since there is little vehicle transportation, Christianity still hasn't reached many rural villages.

Delton Mbuya, pastor of Mishamo Lutheran
Delton Mbuya, pastor of Mishamo Lutheran Parish in Tanzania, tries out a motorcycle purchased in Nebraska for clergy in the remote Rukwa region.

The answer became the synod's "Motorcycles for Tanzania" effort — just the kind of project St. Mark was seeking. "We began by hoping that, with God's help, we might be able to purchase one motorcycle," said Timothy M. Koester, pastor.

Motorcycle enthusiasts in the congregation helped organize a 114-mile "Ride for a Reason" to Lewis and Clark Lake that ended with a community meal back in Bloomfield.

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