Matthew 28:19-20 – “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
Our global partner church is Shishitony Lutheran Parish, a group of six fast growing congregations, located near Mt. Meru & Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. In recent years, we have provided resources for their children’s ministries, provided famine relief, and helped repair and reroof their main sanctuary after storm damage.
They were worshiping in a building made out of sticks and mud, they were in desperate need of a permanent church building. When we visited in 2006, we spent a day with the people of Iding’are, making cement blocks by hand, in preparation for the new church. But on our 2010 visit, the partly built church was in ruins, the walls had collapsed. Two years later, they were still in the building made of sticks. The people had gotten so discouraged, they gave up trying to rebuild. It was then that Shepherd of the Hills made the commitment to help them get a fresh start, and build the new church. We committed to provide all of the materials, as well as the cost of a trained engineer – a total budget of about $30,000. It took awhile, all the work was done by volunteers, and droughts and other troubles slowed things down, but in 2016 the church is completed.
Through our partnership with Simple Hope, a group of women were given the supplies and taught to can fruits and vegetables, so that the harvest could be preserved for use during the drying season. Three years later, they have built a dedicated, sanitary facility for doing their canning, complete with solar power. They have developed unique products for the local markets (banana – ginger preserves, onion relish, and so much more). With their profits, they’ve expanded, buying a bread oven and slicer, so they are able to bring sliced bread to an area where it was unavailable. The women were truly empowered, and joyful and grateful for this opportunity to improve their lives
October 23, 2016 – Dedication of the new church at Iting’are, Meru Diocese, Tanzania. After almost four years, this cooperative project with Shepherd of the Hills is complete!