April 1, 2015

Transforming a Container into a Clinic

A large, red shipping container sits in the parking lot of the Lutheran Church of God’s Love in Newtown waiting for Saturday mornings. That’s when team members open it up and continue work on its transformation into a medical clinic that will serve a community on the outskirts of Kisumu, Kenya, Africa. The idea first...

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October 20, 2014

Standing Strong Against Ebola

Updated Oct. 27 with new video.  In the face of the Ebola outbreak that has stricken West Africa, several hundred people – Africans and Americans, from several faith traditions – gathered Sunday (Oct. 19) to pray together, console each other, and build bridges of hope rather than barriers of fear. Crush Ebola from on...

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May 10, 2014

MacPhersons’ Say ‘Asante Sana’

Over and over again “Asante Sana” (“Thank You” in Swahili) was spoken by our Tanzanian missionaries, Susan and Tom MacPherson, as they called via Skype into the Assembly from East Africa. Calling from a classroom at the Irente Childrens’ Home with some young students who had not yet had their dinner and were up past their bedtimes,...

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May 8, 2013

Malaria Fundraising Exceeds Goal

Our Synod’s Malaria Campaign, led by our youth, has exceeded its goal for the 2012-13 school year by more than $20,000 – and the school year isn’t over yet. Bishop Claire Burkat introduced the Malaria Team’s report to the Assembly Saturday morning by pledging $1,500 over three years to the Synod’s malaria eradication fundraising. So...

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May 6, 2013

Gardens Grow in Tanzania

Tom and Susan MacPherson, missionaries from our Synod at Irente Children’s Home in Tanzania, gave the Assembly an update on their mission and ministry Saturday morning — live from Tanzania via Skype. The MacPhersons have been serving as part of the companion relationship between SEPA and the North East Diocese of the Evangelical Lutheran Church...

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May 11, 2011

MacPhersons Commissioned

“Like good stewards of the manifold grace of God, serve one another with whatever gift each of you has received.” (1 Peter 4:10) Surrounded by family, friends, and congregations supporting ministry in Tanzania, Tom and Susan MacPherson were commissioned by Joanne Carlson, Assistant to the Bishop for Global Vision, and Bishop Claire Burkat, to serve...

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September 15, 2008

Visiting SEKUCo ‘a dream come true’

"Visiting SEKUCo after its first year was a dream come true," writes local educator Michelle Macluckie. "I had seen pictures but the pulse of SEKUCo was in the faculty and students who greeted us so warmly. The proud students fully understand that they will be the agents of educational change in Tanzania."

August 25, 2008

From our teacher in Tanzania

"There is so much to tell about my year-long experience teaching at SEKUCo," writes exchange teacher Amanda Grant. "I have come home to many familiar faces but I leave behind many that have touched my life just as I have touched theirs."

May 13, 2008

SEKUCo completing successful first year

Provost Anneth Munga has recently provided a detailed update on the second semester progress at SEKUCo. All of the 138 students returned for their second semester in February and will finish in June. The students have covered specialization courses in visual, speech and intellectual impairment and early intervention and are in their core courses on Development Studies and Teaching and Learning now. While second semester classes end in June, there will be numerous “summer” programs.