Council Liaison: Uli Neubert
Global & Interfaith Ministry encourages congregational participation in the worldwide work of the church.
As part of the Global Ministry’s mission, once a month during both Sunday services, our ushers collect a special ‘second offering’ in the globes that are passed around. Unless otherwise specified, each months offering is given to the ELCA World Hunger Appeal to alleviate hunger around the world (working through Lutheran World Relief, Lutheran World Federation, and other such organizations.) On occasion, the committee or the pastor may choose to direct these gifts to other fund-raising emphases of the ELCA, such as the Anti-Malaria campaign, or for additional funds for our educational projects in partnership with our friends at the Lutheran Church in Pagani, Tanzania, East Africa.
Interfaith Council of Southern Delaware County
Global Lutheran Ministries
Pangani Lutheran Church Partnership in Tanzania
Our partnership began after a trip to Tanzania in 1995 by two members of Reformation as part of a group from the ELCA Southeastern Synod of Pennsylvania. The Pangani Parish consists of 26 sub-parishes that have limited financial means to educate their children beyond elementary school. In 2001 the Secondary Education Fund was initiated by Pastor Smoose to provide the needed financial support to the Parish. This program has been very successful and over 1300 students have benefited since its inception. Bicycles have been provided for those students from distant parishes and can be kept upon successful graduation. In addition a motorcycle has been provided for the Pastor so he can facilitate his visits to the outlying sub-parishes.
In November 2002 Pastor Smoose, along with a Reformation member and two others, made a visit to Kenya and to Pangani to review the Secondary Education program. Again in 2007 Pastor Smoose made a personal visit. Then in August 2011 six members of Reformation made the fourth visit to the Pangani Parish. Plans are being made for other ways to help the Parish to become more self-supporting.
Our 20th Anniversary of our Pangani Partnership was in November 2015 and we celebrated with another trip to Tanzania August/September 2016.