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UPDATE By REV. DR.MIKE KROONA, ASSISTANT TO THE BISHOP
Our ministries in this East African country overall are doing well. Drilling wells is again a shining success though the team's efforts are often frustrated when the rig hits rock that can't be drilled thru resulting a dry hole. This ministry is well-funded at this point, though a recent breakdown on the large truck is a reminder that equipment is expensive and not easy to get from here to there.
The Girls' school is again a much-desired place for young women of the area to attend. The school is running at full capacity with roughly 300 attending. Money for support and scholarships would be a great place for churches in Western Iowa to consider.
Tanzanian Savings and Credit Co-Operative Societies (SACCOS) are among the most positive of our walking hand-in-hand our Tanzanian brothers and sisters. These are micro banks, cooperatives, that make micro loans for agriculture and other ventures. The impact of these on the communities where they are located is amazing. Children are in school, crops are abundant, and correspondingly giving to local congregations is up. Here again is a great opportunity for Western Iowa Synod congregations to provide gifts that have a tremendous impact on our companion synod Tanzania.
The Center for Agriculture Development (CAD) has been on a trajectory towards becoming self-sufficient for the past few years, and this year it looks like they should be able to attain this goal. They have had good harvests of crops and tea and have come around on the use of fertilizers. We celebrate with them and pray for their continued success and good weather for this year's crops and harvest.
This South American companion synod continues to deal with the aftermath of protests and violence used to suppress Chileans in 2019. Claims of 'fake news' by government leaders have led to cries of foul by those who lived through and witnessed the violence. The strife we feel in the U.S. is mirrored in many countries throughout South America. Jan Rosdail took part, Fall of 2019, in a weeklong consultation. For our part, prayers and awareness of the struggles our Chilean brothers and sisters face are essential. The network will address how we may respond further in the months to come.
Evangelical Lutheran Church-Chile (IELCH)
This newest relationship was officially embraced through the mutual signing of a covenant on April 28, 2012. The IELCH comprises the whole of Chile with synod headquarters, four congregations and two mission outreach sites, located in the capital city of Santiago. The remaining six congregations, two mission outreach sites and one Bible camp, are located south of Santiago, near the Straight of Magellan.
IELCH ministries include work in health education, schools, micro-enterprise, domestic violence and drug abuse awareness and prevention, Bible camp and disaster relief.
Companion Synods Need Your
Prayers, Gifts, Money
We thank all who contribute with prayers, gifts and money to support these ministries. We also are grateful for all our companion congregations.
We know it is a struggle to stay in contact with them. We are working to strengthen this and hope the new year will bring some positive changes in our relationships with all our companions as well as positive change in their own countries, too.
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