The Tanzania Companionship Committee is the bridge of support between this synod and the North Western Diocese of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania. The committee hosts visitors from Tanzania, raises funds, coordinates the endowment fund for educational ministries, and works to deepen and strengthen our relationship. Our primary focus is commitment to Christian education in the diocese, especially by supporting American teachers at Kibeta English Medium Primary School (KEMPS).
Committee co-chairs: Pastor Carol Fryer and Pastor Dan Ward
Every year we remember and celebrate our relationship with the North Western Diocese. We invite congregations to celebrate our companionship on September 29, or any Sunday you choose. Here are some worship resources and suggestions. Please contact Lois Rimbo if you would like to invite a speaker to your congregation.
The offerings from Udugu Sunday will provide upgrades and replacements in The Tilchen Computer Lab at KEMPS. The Tilchen Computer Lab is named in memory of Ottilie Schroeter Timnick by her devoted son Henry Timnick, who has been a generous benefactor of KEMPS. Mr. Timnick is now providing a challenge grant of an additional $20,000, if at least $12,000 is raised in Udugu Sunday offerings. Please help us meet this challenge!
Has your congregation ever considered partnering with a global companion? These MNYS congregations are now partnering with congregations in Tanzania, geographically located here.
St. John's, Poughkeepsie and Kashura Parish
Christ/Cristo, Freeport and Kikomero Parish
Advent, Manhattan and Biirabo Parish
Trinity, Brewster and Kibondo Parish
Good Shepherd, Plainview and Kashenye Parish
Cross of Christ, Babylon and Kaagya Parish
United, Mount Vernon and Kanyinya Parish
Saint Peter's, Manhattan and Bukoba Cathedral
Companion congregation relationships grapple with our oneness in Christ as we grow in relationship and share the gospel. Friendships are formed and opportunities for experiencing another culture are offered. If you or your congregation is interested, please contact Rebekah Thornhill for a partnership guide.
Do you have the skills to teach primary school children in English? Do you have the sense of adventure to commit one year to service in Bukoba, Tanzania? Do you have a strong love of the gospel to share in mission with our brothers and sisters in the North Western Diocese? If so, the synod needs you! We are seeking a teacher to begin teaching at KEMPS as soon as possible. A degree in education and teaching experience preferred. Experience with children, a strong sense of mission, flexibility and a sense of adventure required. Salary and benefits are commensurate with ELCA Global Mission standards. For more information and an application, please contact Pastor Perucy Butiku, Assistant to the Bishop for Multicultural Mission. Download a bulletin insert to share here.
What does it mean to be companion synods?
It means that together, we will:
- be accountable to one another through a built-in review process
- commit to being transparent in our companionship
- commit to clear and strong communication
- pray for the Holy Spirit’s guidance
- seek to develop long-term relationships of mutual support for the sake of God's mission
- value and use the diverse gifts the Holy Spirit has given us.
Our endowment fund
In 2003, the Synod Assembly voted to create a permanent $1 million endowment fund for Christian education in the North Western Diocese. The interest (5% per year) is funding the salaries and expenses of the two American teachers at KEMPS.
While the endowment is self-sustaining, donations are gratefully received to strengthen the work. Checks should be made payable to the Metropolitan New York Synod with "Tanzania endowment fund" in the memo line. You can also designate your online gift here. Thank you!