I want to talk about scars. We all have scars. Every one of us. Every scar brings with it a story, and those stories become a part of who we are. Every single one of us is scarred from the moment we are born. Each one of us carries a scar so universal that we […]

Sermon During COVID-19 – Jesus Wept

Below is words spoken during a sermon reflection for At-Home worship on March 29, 2020. This occurred during stay-at-home orders to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 coronavirus. The Bible lesson is the raising of Lazarus (John 11:1-45). “Lord, he whom you love is ill.” That was the message that Mary & Martha sent to Jesus. […]

Final Day in Tanga – Tanzania Trip

PREFACE: A late addition for Monday. On Monday evening, the team was hosted for a light dinner st the home of Mama Monguri (“mama” is a term of respect for an elder woman). She is the leader of the Masamaria (Samaritan) group at Mikanjuni Lutheran Parish, a group for widows that prepared nearly every meal for […]

Monday Construction Day – Tanzania Trip

The travelers spent Monday at Mikanjuni Lutheran Parish. The task for the day was breaking ground for the playground that will serve Saint Luke Mikanjuni Nursery School, the parish, and local children. The day’s task was to remove grass and level off a large plot in front of the school building. Amber Staniz worked with […]