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SEPA and NED Companionship

SEPA of ELCA (South Eastern Pennsylvania Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America) companionship with NED-ELCT is gradually growing better after the visit of two officials from SEPA, Bishop Rev. Claire Schenot Burkat and her Assistant to the Bishop for Global Vision and Events Joanne Carlson to NED and its institutions. Bishop and her assistant arrived on 29th July 2010 for tentative 10 days visit. Bishop Burkat Reception at Tumaini

During their arrival they were given a warm welcoming by NED management team, deanery deans together with other diocesan workers. They were impressed by the hospitality showed to them, she promises to share the practices with her fellow workers in her synod. Americans should learn from your hospitality said bishop Burkat.

Bishops were honored by Maasai cloth at Nanyogie

After the short introduction Bishop Burkat and Joanne Carlson had their stay at Tumaini Hostel & Restaurant at lushoto and later to Mbuyu kenda in Tanga town.

Service at Muheza for Laying Foundation stone

The Burkat team first visit was to the diocese diaconal institutions at Irente to see what NED is doing in communities which need special care like children with disabilities and the orphans. The Bishop had time at Irente Children’s Home, Irente Rainbow School and Irente School for the Blind. Together with these social institutions bishop Burkat had a visit to SEKUCo where teachers are being trained in special needs education to serve the low income society and the disabled. SEKUCo also offers other courses like Law and Eco-Tourism and Nature Conservation.

Sunday service at Korogwe Parish

The team also headed to Mlalo to visit the oldest parish in the history of NED and one of the best and well performing diocesan secondary school Lwandai Secondary School where bishop Burkat shared her experience with staff and students. Burkat reminded the teachers on their special and significant role in helping students to attain their goal but also to realize God’s purpose in their lives and future.

Nanyogie at Maasai gathering

How great the almighty God is today am among you the remaining strong tribe in Tanzania (Maasai) preaching and baptizing! said bishop Burkat to maasai area at Nanyogie in Plain deanery. Maasai were celebrating 25th Anniversary of crusades in the diocese, she had an exiting time with the maasai but then she had to preach and baptize children and adults. Rev. Hokelai Shekizongolo as deanery dean hosted the meeting with Mombo congregation pastor Rev. Benjamin Chambo.

Time at Lwandai Secondary School

Thereafter the visit to the maasai did not end there, bishop Burkat had another visit to the maasai meeting at Duga Maforoni in Coast deanery where a number of children and adults where baptized.

Duga Maforoni Maasai gathering

An other visit was to Mikanjuni Parish, Muheza Parish where Bishop Burkat laid a foundation stone on a new church building and the last service for Burkat was a Sunday service at Korogwe parish. In all these visits to different congregations and gatherings Bishop Burkat manage to baptize children and adults 37 in numbers.

Mikanjuni Parish

25 years old boys and girls who marked the 25thMaasai crusade anniversary

Adult baptism by Burkat

Bishop Burkat & Joane wearing maasai cloths

Bishop Burkat signing the visitors book at Mikanjuni Parish

Bishop Munga receiving present from maasai

Children were baptized together, part by Bishop Munga

From Left Bishop Munga, Burkat & Mameo from Morogoro attended special event at Nanyogie

Lwandai students

Maasai choir singing during crusade

Maasai Parish side view at Duga Maforoni

Rev. Savera Bishanga at the middle new UEM Deputy Executive Secretary Africa Region