2020 Trip to the Ulanga Kilombero Diocese of the ELCT
Greetings in Christ! I am excited that you are a potential traveling ambassador to be with our companions in Tanzania, the Ulanga Kilombero Diocese (UKD). The goal of our trip to the UKD in July-August 2020 is to strengthen our relationship as we spend more time together. I thank you for your interest.
Spending time in the UKD is a life changing experience. It is heart-warming, enlightening, and fulfilling. The travel is not easy, but the joys received do outweigh the burdens! If you are willing to be a bit adventuresome, please consider participating.
Please read all of the documents carefully. You will find them toward the bottom of this page. If you would like a hard copy of the files mailed to you, please contact me at the address, email, or phone below.
The forms you need are:
An information sheet outlining the trip, the expectations and commitments for travelers, and the timeline
A one-page flyer from the ELCA on Accompaniment to help you understand the foundation we use for our companionship. This is called Bega kwa Bega (shoulder to shoulder) in Swahili.
An application which will help you discern your participation
An estimated expense and payment schedule
A rough itinerary (one for each of the two different trips)
The trip leaders, Lisa Therrell and Melanie McQuaig, have both traveled within the UKD. They will be competent and compassionate guides for your journey. Our two different trips will be very similar but will seldom be in the same location. By splitting into two groups, we can spread out the responsibility for hosting us.
Click through our PowerPoint presentation at the top of this page. There are several pictures and information about our companions.
Bishop Kristen, Melanie, Lisa and I will do our best to create the best groups possible with the limited numbers we have. Be aware that the Global Mission Committee will also strive to have trips to the UKD every other year – the next likely in 2022. Be sure to complete and return your application form by October 1, 2019 if you want to be considered for the 2020 trip.
Finally, our brothers and sisters in the UKD are gracious people. You will not return the same person! The kingdom of God will be evident and you will return ready to share that experience with others!
Blessings as you discern your involvement!
Deacon Heidi Cryer
Lord of Life Lutheran Church
640 N Columbia Ctr Blvd, Kennewick WA 99336