NOVEMBER 2017 MISSION UPDATE: MARK RICH AND CYNTHIA HOLDER RICH

In Tanzania for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Serving with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania

Dear friends,
The rainy season has started. As we write you, the rain, which began before we arose thisNov 2017 1 morning, continues unabated. This makes it hard for the electricity to continue, which makes us grateful for the generator owned by the University – which generally brings power back a little while after it cuts out. We’re also grateful for a warm and dry house, and for the University’s work to paint and repair the house over the last month, which has helped our efforts to make this a cozy and welcoming home. It is a very gray and wet day at Makumira – the first of more than a month to come, we understand, as the annual “short rainy season” continues.

October was a month of PREPARATION, VISITS, and THANKSGIVING
PREPARATION
Nov 2017 2We have done much to prepare for long-term living in our house. Although some of our books are on shelves, we have ordered more shelves from the Watoto Foundation, a local social service agency which houses and educates 54 former street kids, offering them a chance at a better future. We visited the Foundation during our Kiswahili class. “Watoto” means children in Kiswahili – the Foundation’s founder, a man from the Netherlands, first learned of the plight of street children in Tanzania when he studied Kiswahili at the same training center where we studied. The students learn trades, including carpentry, welding, cooking, and hotel management, along with school subjects. We look forward to our bookshelves being delivered soon. One delivery has arrived, however–Cynthia’s keyboard, which our missionary colleague Randy StubbsNov 2017 3 offered to bring along with him! As our visas when we entered the country wouldn’t allow this as part of our luggage, we’re very grateful to Randy. Thanks be to God for supportive co-workers! Thanks be to God for the University helping us make our house a home!

We’ve both been very busy preparing to teach. Classes start on Monday, November 6, and both of us will be in the classroom that day. Mark has picked up another class – he will teach Systematic Theology I and Synoptic Gospels-Acts to undergrad students and Theology of Religions at the Master’s Level. Cynthia will teach Introduction to Christian Education (thanking God daily for the good work of Drs. Jack Seymour and Linda Vogel of Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, her main professors in the Master of Christian Education program) to undergrads and Gender and the Bible at the Master’s Level. Please pray for us as we begin this important work!
Nov 2017 4As classes begin next week, New Student Orientation is going on now. Mark and I got in on a bit of it, attending the first chapel service of the new school year (which starts every day at 7:20 am) – thanking God for the ability to get up in the morning! We met the Student Body President, who was busy with many responsibilities during orientation. We were grateful to see two women students leading Chapel worship, and to see so many more people on campus. Tumaini University Makumira has over 3500 students enrolled in a host of subjects. We thank God for the opportunity to teach at this vital institution.

VISITS

Nov 2017 5We were pleased to visit the Lutheran Centre, head office of the ELCT. We visited with Mr. Brighton Killewa, General Secretary, and the Rev. Anza Amen Lema, Youth Coordinator, learning much about the ELCT. The church is a very large and fast-growing church that is engaged in mission work in all of its eight neighboring countries, as well as conducting serious evangelism efforts in three mission areas in Tanzania, which may become dioceses at some point in the near future. We thank God for the opportunity to serve with such a vital communion.
Nov 2017 7We also received a visitor from the World Council of Churches in Geneva, Daniela di Mauro, part of a team from the WCC working on the Conference on World Mission and Evangelism, which will be held near campus in March 2018, and the companion Global Ecumenical Theological Institute, which will gather 120 theological students from across the globe to learn together on the Makumira campus. We are grateful to God to be part of the local organizing committee. Ms. di Mauro met with Faculty of Theology Dean Angela Olotu (our boss!) and University Administrator Mr. Eliakim Lekoringo and us to plan, and then toured the campus, ending with a visit to the Cultural Arts Center, where Director Randy Stubbs greeted us. We’re looking forward to a great event in March!
We also visited Moshi, Tanzania and caught our first glimpses of Mount Kilimanjaro lastNov 2017 6 month. What a thrill! We continue to thank God to live and serve in such a beautiful place.

WE GIVE THANKS FOR YOU!
We received word late last month of our first sponsoring congregation-THANK YOU, Calvary Lutheran Church, Green Bay WI! We continue to receive contributions to our missionary fundraising page-THANK YOU to all our supporters! We are grateful for all who are supporting us through the ELCA Tanzania page-THANK YOU! And most importantly, for all of you who are remembering us in your prayers, daily, weekly, and/or at worship-THANK YOU! We are still looking for congregational sponsors and individual supporters. More information on how to covenant to provide ongoing support is available here. THANK YOU!

Prayer requests: For wisdom and strength as we begin teaching; for our children, Joseph, Paul and Ella, all involved in young adult adventures in growth and learning; for Tumaini University Makumira and its ministry; for the ELCT and its many ministries; and for the people of Tanzania, many of whom live in significant poverty. Although the economy is growing fast, many people are not benefitting from this growth, and women and children are among the most economically marginalized citizens. Thank you for including us and all of these prayer concerns in your devotional and worship times. We could not be here, nor do the work we do, without your prayers and support. Thank you so much.
In Christ, Mark Rich (Mark.Rich@elca.org) and Cynthia Holder Rich (Cynthia.HolderRich@elca.org)  And please follow us on Facebook: M&CinTZ

Why Luther? Or, why should Luther matter to us now?

There have been several essays on Luther recently in popular media, including the New Yorker, Religion News Service, The Christian Century (see also here), The Wall Street Journal, National Geographic, and others.

These have often focused – rightly – on Luther’s late and virulent anti-Semitism; virulent even for a time and place in which anti-Semitism had become normal. This 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Reformation has been an appropriate time for raising popular awareness of the shocking, historic, and baleful effect Luther’s anti-Semitism has had in the past century.

This shock is, in part, a strong sign that many people now are themselves moving past our own culture’s anti-Semitism. I recall a phone call I got out of the blue several years ago from a young seminarian at a Lutheran seminary who had just learned about Luther’s vile rantings. She demanded to know right then how she could keep on not only in seminary but in a church that carried his name. I don’t recall everything I said to her, but I am glad to be able to say that she is now a talented pastor within that church.

There are many sins that can be laid at Luther’s feet (or cast at his head!), but we ought also to ask if there are any blessings that should also be traced back to him. We should do this not only in the interest of being honest with history, but also as a backstop to our own foolishness. While necessary, it’s also way too easy to condemn the sins of our ancestors. We so easily chalk up morality points for ourselves while failing to see the massive logs in our own eyes.

I don’t want to make an inventory of all these blessings – there are those far more qualified than me to do so. I’m not a Luther scholar. I get my intellectual and spiritual juice from Jesus far more than from Luther. (And wouldn’t Luther actually prefer it that way?) But I would like to put forward one blessing that Luther has left us.

Luther was the first in the modern era to make freedom one of the great priorities of the Christian life. By contrast, freedom (to be exact, free will) was just one among hundreds of questions Aquinas dealt with in his Summa. But Luther not only devoted a whole treatise to it (On the Freedom of a Christian), he also changed his name from Luder to Luther (or ‘Freeman’, as we might say in the US), and he liked to refer to Galatians as his Katie. It is, of course, in Galatians that Paul insists that “For freedom Christ has set us free. Stand firm, therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.”

In this treatise Luther famously asserted, “A Christian is the most free lord of all, and subject to none; a Christian is the most dutiful servant of all, and subject to every one.”

Now what idea is there that more defines modernity than the idea of freedom? As soon as we moderns hear the first part of Luther’s statement above, we thrill in recognition (even though the word ‘lord’ strikes us as anachronistic). So yes, Luther is truly one of the great ancestors of our modern love of freedom! Q.E.D.!

But then there’s that very weird second line, “a Christian is the most dutiful servant of all, and subject to every one.” Thud! The soaring balloon of our modern narcissistic self lands hard, and fast. ‘What duty? What servitude? What subjection? What can those possibly have to do with freedom?’ we modern barbarians demand to know.

Well, that’s just where things get all Christian. At the great risk of vastly oversimplifying Luther’s great treatise, such free duty, service, and subjection only become freedom in love activated through faith in Christ and, we might also say, through Christ’s faith in God and love of us. There can be no selfishness in true freedom because love is the height of human life (says Christ), and it is only in that love that we become free.

Let me quote the next few lines of Luther’s treatise:

Although these statements appear contradictory, yet, when they are found to agree together, they will be highly serviceable to my purpose. They are both the statements of Paul himself, who says: “Though I be free from all, yet have I made myself servant to all” (1 Cor. ix. 19), and: “Owe no one anything, but to love one another.” (Rom. xiii. 8.) Now love is by its own nature dutiful and obedient to the beloved object. Thus even Christ, though Lord of all things, was yet made of a woman; made under the law; at once free and a [105] servant; at once in the form of God and in the form of a servant. [my emphasis]

Luther was at great pains to argue that such divine love cannot be earned, but we can only get to it through faith in Christ. He was having to argue this in the face of one of the biggest salvation-for-money systems ever devised, and authorized by none other than the vicar of Christ on earth.

So we owe Luther both the duty to correct him for his sins (and there were more of them than his anti-Semitism) and also to hear his proclamation of Christian freedom. Although he goes on to talk much more about justification by faith in the rest of this essay, we also need to hear his teaching about how freedom is grounded in Christian love.

Because we moderns are not very much there. We have learned a lot about selfish freedom, irresponsible freedom, freedom from; and we’ve learned very little about the freedom of serving and of giving for others, freedom for. Take a look at the WSJ article, for example. Any love there? No. And our modern economics, politics, and culture are all so much the poorer for it.

I think Luther still has things to teach us in the gospel of Jesus Christ!

Building upon the foundation that was laid

Cynthia and I had a wonderful opportunity to visit the new Cultural Arts Center here at Makumira! We’ve included some pictures of it here, along with these reflections.

To say the center is beautiful is an understatement; it’s stunning. It’s not just a terrific performance venue (built in the shape of a Maasai shield), but also a beautiful library and tech center (built in the shape of a drum), along with a conference center and rehearsal space. A great deal of money from many sources, along with many dreams, plans, inspiration, and prayers went into building it and its programs and staff. Through it, the music and dance forms unique to Tanzania are being built up and spread around the country and the world, to the glory of God.

Of course, this is also true of the whole of Tumaini University and Makumira Seminary before it. The seminary was built here in the 1950s; the university in the 2000s. They were built by people who believed in the gospel and in the people of Tanzania. They saw that it is worth it to invest not just their money but themselves into the growth and future of God’s people here and throughout Africa. They were all joint efforts and investments with the Lutheran sisters and brothers here and their brothers and sisters in Europe and North America.

Now Cynthia and I have been blessed to come teach and learn in this good and beautiful place among our sisters and brothers we had never seen and known before. We do so in the humble awareness that our work has been prepared and made possible by so very many saints from here and around the world before us. What an honor! What a calling!

2000 years ago the Apostle Paul spoke in a similar way to the community at Corinth: “9For we are God’s servants, working together; you are God’s field, God’s building. 10According to the grace of God given to me, like a skilled master builder I laid a foundation, and someone else is building on it. Each builder must choose with care how to build on it. 11For no one can lay any foundation other than the one that has been laid; that foundation is Jesus Christ.”

Please notice a few things here. First, Paul is talking about the community itself and not an actual building. I started out this post talking about buildings, but only in order to point to the people whom God is building up into God’s temple, which is not made with hands. Second, Paul switches from active voice to passive from verse 10 to 11: “like a skilled architect I laid a foundation” to “the foundation that has been laid”. In the Bible generally, the passive voice is used for God’s activity; we call it the divine passive. Paul is doing that here. God has laid the foundation who is Jesus Christ, and that is the only possible true foundation for the church and everything we do together as the church.

Just like the church in Corinth, we Christians often try to build upon other things and other people than Christ. The result is always the same as the Corinthians found – conflict. In the many years of my ordained service in the church, I’ve seen many congregations in conflict or struggling to recover from conflict. Conflict has become nearly endemic to churches. And it is very, very powerful. It took Paul, with all his enormous spiritual gifts and intellectual talents, years to get to the end of that conflict. But he did do so, for the gospel is worth nothing less.

These conflicts always happen when the brothers and sisters of God’s temple forget that their one and only foundation is Jesus Christ. So many other things are presented to us as our real foundation: money, the infallible Bible, an infallible pope, social position, success, some charismatic leader or another, secular power or favor, etc., etc. These are all false foundations, and they always result in conflict. Always! Whenever I see conflict happening in the church, I know that these people have forgotten the One who is their sole foundation, and they are trying to build on something else for some other purpose than God’s reign.

Cynthia and I too are builders. Through teaching and research with our fellow faculty and students here at TUMA, we are building up, along with them, the whole body of Christ for the glory of God.

You too, sisters and brothers, are also builders. “Each builder must choose with care how to build on it.” Let us all do our building while remembering and considering the one foundation that has been laid by God!

If you feel called to help us in our work, please go to our online commitment page. Thank you!

In the peace of Christ,

Mark Rich and Cynthia Holder Rich

 

Our October 2017 newsletter – We’re here!

OCTOBER 2017 MISSION UPDATE: MARK RICH AND CYNTHIA HOLDER RICH

In Tanzania for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

Serving with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania

Dear friends, We’re here! We made it to Tanzania, just one short month ago. Life has been BUSY since then. Here are some of the highlights of our time.

ARRIVAL: Our trip from the US was long, tiring, and went exactly according to plan. Dr. Joe Troester, who serves with his spouse, the Rev. Deborah Troester, as ELCA East Africa Regional Representatives, met us at the airport and transported us to a hotel for the first night.

GRATITUDES:                                                            tired and amazed

•Safe flight

•Both of us AND all our luggage(!) arrived on the same plane

•A familiar face was there to greet us

FIRST DAY: Joe and Deborah picked us up and took us on a tour around Arusha, stopping at the Lutheran Centre, headquarters of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania, a grocery store, the cellphone store, and a restaurant for lunch. We then made it to our house for our first night in our new home.

GRATITUDES:                                                      Arusha and Mt Meru

•New friends to show us around

•Getting into the house

•Beginning to get a sense of Arusha, a bustling and diverse city of 400,000 people at the foot of Mt. Meru

FIRST WEEK:  We spent time figuring out where everything was, started organizing the home, and met with staff at the Training Centre for Development Cooperation, a project of the Danish government and a variety of aid organizations. TCDC is known for training both in Kiswahili and in economic development strategies. We made plans to begin Kiswahili study in our second week.

GRATITUDES:                                                                  Frida Teri

•Beginning to get over jetlag

•Setting up the house

•Making plans

SECOND WEEK:  We met with the Rev. Dr. Angela Olotu, Dean of the Faculty of Theology at Tumaini University Makumira. She shared about the academic context, the seminary, the student community, faculty members, and asked if we would teach particular classes for the fall semester. Mark accepted her invitation to teach Dogmatics (Systematic Theology) I for the Bachelor of Divinity program, and Theology of Religions at the Master’s Level. Cynthia will teach Introduction to Christian Education in the Bachelor’s program and Gender and the Bible in the Master’s program.

We also began intensive Kiswahili study with a very skilled Kiswahili teacher, Mrs. Frida Teri, and began to realize what a gift TCDC is to our area and to many around the world.

Finally, we visited Arusha National Park with Melanie Nelson, an ELCA volunteer teacher at a school in Bukoba, on the Lake Victoria coast, who was also studying Kiswahili at TCDC. We had a wonderful day!

GRATITUDES:                                                                   Just a few of the animals

•Getting our courses assigned

•Beginning Kiswahili

•Being in class together and working together to learn

•Having a GREAT teacher

•Time to see beautiful flora and fauna in and around Arusha, and Arusha National Parks

•A friendly and supportive mission community who are present and helpful

THIRD AND FOURTH WEEKS: We concentrated on Kiswahili study, while continuing to set up for life on the campus of Tumaini University Makumira.

GRATITUDES:

•Finishing Kiswahili Beginning Intensive

•Being able to understand a few words

•The ability to construct and speak a full sentence seems MIRACULOUS!

•Beginning to understand the rhythm of life here, and to keep working to settle in

NOW: We have plunged headlong into preparation to teach. The semester begins November 2, in just under a month. We have much to do, and we’re so grateful to be here!

GRATITUDES:

•Good internet access in our home

•Continuing good work to set up our home

•Partnership with the university to make things work

•The ability to be here and serve the gospel of Jesus Christ in this way

WOULD YOU LIKE TO WALK WITH US ON THIS JOURNEY?

There are many ways to do so.

      Pray for and with us.

We know so many of you are holding us in prayer. Thank you! We join you in prayer, that we might continue to learn and grow, and that what we offer here might be of service to God.

Follow us on our blog or Facebook page.

We are posting essays regularly on our blog, MandCinTZ.com. Our Facebook page, M&CinTZ, has lots of pictures and reflections on our life and service.

Take part in our Team ELCA crowdfunding campaign.

We were invited to take part in ELCA Global Mission’s pilot crowdfunding project. Through this site, you can make a one-time gift to get our mission fundraising work off the ground. GIFTS OF ANY LEVEL ARE SO VERY HELPFUL. Thanks so much to you who have already given! Find information and a giving form here.

Give through the ELCA Tanzania page.

All those serving as longterm mission personnel in Tanzania are listed on the ELCA’s Tanzania page. Information and opportunities to give are found here.

Become a sponsoring congregation.

Is your congregation interested in forming a relationship with us as we grow in faith and mission together? A form that can be filled out online can be downloaded here, or you can talk to staff who can share information on how to take part, by calling 800-638-3522, ext. 2657, or emailing globalchurch@elca.org.

We look forward to hearing from you – in email (Mark.Rich@elca.org, Cynthia.HolderRich@elca.org) or on Facebook. Thanks so much for walking with us! We couldn’t do it without your support.

Peace and love, Cynthia and Mark

On Changing and Being Changed: Reflecting on Language, Culture, Mission History and Mission Present

 

By Cynthia Holder Rich

We’ve been learning Kiswahili. While we will teach in English, Kiswahili is used a lot in Tanzania. It’s useful to know the lingua franca, and it’s also basic courtesy as guests in the country to speak to people in their language. We will eventually have to preach and lead worship in Kiswahili, so we’re grateful for the time to begin learning it.

Learning a new language as an adult is a process of tricking one’s brain into accepting a new way of thinking about words, about ways of being, about life. Language carries culture, and the way a language is formed and makes meaning – how words are used and combined to articulate thought, values, norms, ideas, and ideals – these play a substantial role in the work of conveying the formative knowledge of a particular society.

Serving as mission personnel appointed to teach at the undergraduate and graduate levels at a theological seminary brings us into conversation with the Swahili Bible – Maandiko Matakatifu ya Mungu, Holy Texts of God, known as Biblia,. The first Swahili Bible was completed in 1890. The translation used now was completed in 1952 – so, more than 60 years of critical thought about the text and its meaning do not inform this book. Additionally, for most people, there is only one “real” Bible – the one they’ve heard and read all their lives – so any suggestion that Holy Scripture says anything different than what they’ve always heard might well seem jarring – and perhaps wrong.

If this seems challenging, consider the role that mission personnel have played many times over in early Bible translation initiatives. Consider then what it might mean if new and younger generations, new members of the mission family, come along and suggest that their ancestors might have made mistakes. Picture what that means in cultures that revere ancestors – like so many all around the world. Think as well of the colonial, imperial, hegemonic impulses that were carried along with the clear, complex, and long-lasting good in the name of Jesus that many missions accomplished, and how these impulses, good and bad, walked right into the way early missionaries understood, translated, and interpreted scripture and culture. Ponder the ways in which early mission efforts, ideals, and Bible translations may have supported, enhanced, and baptized local norms which Jesus came to confront – such as patriarchy, oppression, or the disenfranchisement of minorities.

And think with me, dear reader, what it means if one of the newest kids on the missionary block, the one inviting/challenging her mostly-male students to think differently about scripture—and thus about culture—is a woman.

In our Kiswahili class, we’ve been practicing writing prayers. Our teacher, a woman of great and innovative pedagogical skill, has encouraged us to understand that prayers are most often addressed to Bwana Mungu – Lord God. Bwana is also the way she addresses Mark.

We are learning Kiswahili, the language of many of the largest and fastest-growing Christian communities in the world. We are having new thoughts as we begin the journey toward seeing the world in a new way, carried by this language’s structures, ideas, and history. We pray that God will keep us mindful of the mighty mission heritage into which we have entered here, that we might see its impacts, positive and negative, on how the church understands and lives out its call to follow Jesus. We ask God to make us open to the teaching our Tanzanian brothers and sisters in Christ have to share, that we might grow in faith and understanding. Our move here gives us opportunity to focus on what God would have us do in this space, and gives us practice in humility, in not knowing, in being outsiders. As we find ourselves changing and being changed, we seek ways to grow in faithfulness and to stay true to the call that brought us here. We appreciate all who stand with us in prayer toward these ends.

About those nine noun classes…

One of the best discoveries of the last two weeks (and it was a mere two weeks ago today that we landed here!!), is that the Swahili language is quite beautiful in its logic and clarity. Its speakers move with ease through some pretty clearly-observed grammatical rules with some irregularities, but not that many.

Its noun classes group together many varieties of things in the world. It’s not so strict a classification system as the scientific system of binomial nomenclature, but it clearly provides a kind of rough taxonomy of life. That is, Kiswahili’s noun classes are not merely a matter of operating language correctly but also of seeing the world in a Swahili way.

(This way of speaking and seeing was worked out without any input, thank you, from the wazungu – white people).

Cynthia and I look forward to seeing the ways in which the Tanzanians likewise work out their relationships to God. Genuine relationships with God can be influenced, but never forced. Just like with human relationships, they have their own life and power. They are facing many of the same questions and issues that Americans like us face, but always in their own way, their own context, their own language. And of course they are also facing issues and problems that are very different from ours.

Those differences of culture and life help to show us even more facets and dimensions of God’s love for humanity, God’s good news for us wayward humans. We struggle both toward and against the light of God, and if we have sense, we share notes with each other along the way.

Thank you to all who read this, and please share your notes with us along your way! The grace of God is big enough for us all to share, but it is never enough for any of us if we fight over it.

And if you are so moved, please help us through our support webpage. Thank you!

Mark and Cynthia

Transitions

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own insight. Proverbs 3:5

We made it. We shared the news with family and friends – after a long trip that went exactly as planned, we made it. All the way. To Tanzania, our new home.

Before we got on the plane, we engaged in a season of bittersweet, rushed anxiety – finishing last tasks, getting together with friends, saying hard goodbyes to loved ones, asking each other millions of questions about the preparation process. The boarding door closed, ending that time and plunging us into a time called “transition”.

We now live in this space. The house we’ve been assigned – a four bedroom, two bath home that once served as a consulate – turns out to be as advertised. We are glad we packed some things, and we wonder what we were thinking when we packed others. Good folks who lived here before left us some needed supplies. We are on the hunt for those that we lack. Some things are working well – others, not at all. The house is a complete mess as we begin to figure out a sensible fashion (that is, a way that makes sense to us) of where everything should go.

Meanwhile, we find ourselves in a place where assumptions about life, work and ministry that work well in Ohio, or Boston, or Chicago have little interface with reality here. When problems arise, responses we might make elsewhere often won’t move us toward resolution, and well might make things worse. We are less competent here at “adulting” than we might be elsewhere. What do we do when the washer floods the bathroom? How do we find and use a water filter? Where is the best place to buy bread/hardware/blankets? How do you say hello, or thank you, or I need you to come at 4 pm? How will we ever learn to be competent in this space?

Transitional moments can inspire a number of reactions in people. As the realization hits that we don’t know what we need to know, some panic; others engage in escape strategies; others withdraw; and still others find ways to fight and deny the truth of their incompetence in the context. We’ve both had our moments in each of these responses, while working to keep our sense of humor intact.

Transition offers the faith community opportunities to stand in the place of Jesus for those unsure how to move forward. We offer our testimony: the faith community here has done just that. Tanzanian and American disciples have stood ready to answer questions, serve us meals, get us where we need to go, and guide our steps in this transitional space. It’s amazing how small things – like the gift of salad, washed and safe to eat – can make a huge difference in one’s day, and remind us that God, who loves us, sends us companions for this journey. Daily discoveries – like the awesome bread at the Tanz-Hands Bakery, part of an integrated project assisting people with disabilities, or the Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre, a wonderful institution serving people from all walks of life, supported by many disciples around the world – these offer moments of joy and awe.  And the encouragement of many to take it easy, go slow, and engage in self-care – we are working to take this advice seriously and see it for what it is – no more nor less than the actual grace of Christ manifested in this place, offered to us as free gift.

Arusha Lutheran Medical Center

As we continue to move through transition, begin language study next week, and prepare to begin teaching, we are grateful for this gift of time and the opportunity to share it with you. And we want to know – what transitions are you moving through? What are you learning? How are you responding? And where is the Spirit of God showing up on the road?