The vision of the Tanzania Mission Partners at Prince of Peace is to hold us in Christ and free us to walk shoulder to shoulder [Bega Kwa Bega] with our brothers and sisters in Bomalang’ombe, the Iringa Diocese, and Tanzania.
Tanzania Blog – 2017 Trip Report
The Bega kwa Bega Education and Scholarship committee recently approved the purchase of laptops and projectors for the 6 Iringa Diocese Secondary Schools. Dan McIntyre is loading each laptop with a vast amount of educational materials focused on Science, Technology,...read more
Tuesday was an extremely busy day! We started at Lyamko Primary school. The kids are great singers and dancers, and they have their own band! They are using the recorders that we brought in 2017. Vikongwa preaching point was next. Again, great singing and dancing, and...read more
Bomalang'ombe has a women's economic development group, Tumaini (hope) that makes batik fabrics. We were introduced to the group leaders and heard a report of the progress and the future dreams of the group. We then saw a demonstration and got a chance to try folding...read more
I'm a bit behind because Pastor Betsy has been doing an amazing job posting on Facebook! Monday we started with a visit to Nyamatonga which is the most remote. It is up in the mountains and very beautiful. We had a chance to visit with the evangelist in his home, and...read more
Sunday afternoon we met with the Widow's group that is raising goats. We heard how the program is going and some of early challenges they faced. There 5 newborn goats now. The goats are for milking and one of the widows told everyone that she is drinking the goats...read more
Our second stop was the Mwanzala preaching point. They have a great choir here! Jim planted an avocado tree near evangelist Venance Ilomo's home to symbolize our relationship. We also visited his home and met his family.read more
Mangalali is the newest preaching point. It has 22 members and is in a beautiful location! They have planted beans and potatoes for the parish. We recieved generous gifts of a mat for the children at Prince of Peace, baskets and a chicken! The bookmarks and soccer...read more
Such a wonderful worship this morning! Lots of singing and dancing and enthusiasm! Pastor Betsy preached on living water. At the end of the service we were told there was a surprise for us! The women were taken back to the sacristy where we put on new dresses that had...read more
So many highlights of the day! We loaded up the vehicle and drove to Bomalang'ombe. I think we made it there in record time! We were met part way by a motorcycle parade which escorted us to the church and congregation members singing and dancing. We learned that we...read more
We had a busy day today! We started the morning at the Iringa diocese office learning about all the ways the Bega kwa Bega partnership is working to change lives in Tanzania and St. Paul. We learned how important it is to exchange visits to learn more about each...read more
The vision of the Tanzania Mission Partners at Prince of Peace is to hold us in Christ and free us to walk shoulder to shoulder [Bega Kwa Bega] with our brothers and sisters in Bomalang’ombe, the Iringa Diocese, and Tanzania. We will strive to nurture relationships, create understanding, and grow in faith together through prayer, education, sharing, and communication.
Since 1999, Prince of Peace has participated in mission work at the Bomalang’ombe parish, in Tanzania. The Saint Paul Area Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America is partnered with the Iringa Diocese of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania. There are over 60 Parishes in the Iringa Diocese, and nearly all of them are partnered with congregations in the Saint Paul Area Synod. Prince of Peace is partnered with the Bomalang’ombe Parish in the Iringa Diocese.
As part of our covenant with Bomalang’ombe Parish, we agree to learn more about each other’s congregation and community; exchange information through letters and photographs, develop individual-to-individual relationships; pray for each other at every opportunity, including regularly scheduled worship services; keep each other informed of projects underway; give of ourselves to each other even as Christ has first given himself to us; and to exchange visits by members of our congregations as frequently as possible. Prince of Peace provides financial support of $1,000 per year that is to be used for building projects in the Parish.
Prince of Peace is currently providing secondary-school scholarships for twenty students from Bomalang’ombe Parish. The government provides education for seven years in the primary schools. To continue on in the secondary schools, the students need to pay for their own education. Most of the secondary schools are boarding schools, so they need to pay room and board as well as tuition. The secondary schools provide four years (Form I to Form IV). Those who successfully complete Form IV have the option of going on to Form V and VI. Beyond that, they can go on to a university.
The Tanzanian Mission Partners sponsor the annual Tanzania Dinner each November. Typical Tanzanian food is served along with Tanzanian music. A free-will offering is taken, with the proceeds going toward secondary school scholarships for the students we are sponsoring.
Members of Prince of Peace have gone to visit our brothers and sisters in Bomalang’ombe to develop relationships with them. There were four visitors in 2002 and seven in 2004, including two youth. Another group of ten, including two youth and a Pastor, went to Iringa and Bomalang’ombe in 2006.
This flag symbolizes our mission work at Bomalang’ombe, reflecting our attitude of working together.
If you have specific questions about this mission initiative, or if you wish to travel with the next visiting delegation, please contact Caryn Josephson via the church office
Our 2010 visiting group is shown in the photo below. Together with our church partner, we’ve developed a logo for the 2010 mission trip — shown at the right.
Front Row: Caryn, Sandi, Maddie, and Erin
Back Row: Laura, Judy, Lee, Jim, Philipo