Tanzania Partnership

Through Bethany’s partnership with our sister church in Tanzania, Africa, we build relationships with our brothers and sisters in Christ through sharing our faith, lives, and experiences. 

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Tanzania Hospital
Tanzania Woman
Tanzania Church
Children in Orphanage

Our partnership enables us to have an expanded view of the Body of Christ and provides the opportunity to build relationships with Christians in another culture.

Though culturally different, we have much to learn from and share with each other to deepen our relationship with Christ.

Bethany and our sister church walk together in a mutual relationship. We interact with one another as colleagues, fellow workers in the vineyard of Christ. Each partner, with their own strengths and characteristics, learn from one another with mutual respect.

Bethany organizes vision trips to Tanzania to learn from our brothers and sisters in Christ, to pray and worship with them, and to bring encouragement, support, love and assistance. We learn to walk in the shoes of the Tanzanian people and the hardships and joys that come with that walk. While in Tanzania, we see how the Tanzanian people value their faith above all else. They show us that although the Tanzanians have very little materially, they make time for family, friends, relationships, and people and give to others what they can. 

Tanzania Vision Trip: January 6-21, 2017 

Contact Devanee to learn more. 

Are you feeling called to travel to Tanzania? We invite you to pray about the possibility of becoming a member of our 2017 Tanzania Vision Trip Team. Bethany will be traveling with the Nebraska Synod to Tanzania on February 6-21, 2017.

In addition to the activities below, the Bethany team will be staying with our sister church, Uduru Parish, to continue to build our relationships there. 

The primary goal of a Vision Trip to Tanzania is to learn about the culture of Tanzania and the ministries of the Northern Diocese. Vision Trips are structured around the ELCA Accompaniment Model. Accompaniment – which literally means, walking together side by side – is a mutual relationship between companion churches that walk together in service in God’s mission. We interact with one another as colleagues, fellow workers in the vineyard of Christ. Each partner, with their own strengths and characteristics, learn from one another with mutual respect.

A “Vision Trip” is different from a “Mission Trip.” We will not step off the plane and set about building a church or a school. We go to learn from our brothers and sisters in Christ, to pray and worship with them, and to bring encouragement, support and love. We will learn to walk in the shoes of our Tanzanian brothers and sisters and the hardships and joys that come with that walk.

Synod-sponsored Vision Trips are a tremendous opportunity to share the Christian faith with people whose lives are very different from our own, particularly in terms of material resources. In many respects, the hardships they face give a depth to their faith and spirituality to their lives that is inspiring. They welcome us to share what little they have with a spirit of hospitality that is simply astonishing. It is one thing to hear that 800 million people in our world are chronically malnourished. It is quite another to know someone personally, to share a meal with a family who may not eat tomorrow, to become friends, to stand in their village and hear about the child who was taken by malaria and in the next sentence about their vision of creating a trade school at their church.

Groups who travel to Tanzania will gain an understanding of what life is like for our friends in Tanzania. We will worship in modest churches and visit villages, hospitals, schools, and homes. We will learn about the economy as well as the educational and healthcare systems. We will experience the breathtaking beauty of the land and the wildlife it supports, especially on our three days of safari to Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti.

Want to get involved? Have questions? Contact Devanee Auel

Mission Support 

Houses for Health

For the very poor of Tanzania, poverty leads to bad health, and bad health leads to poverty – a vicious downward spiral. People are living in such substandard housing (even by Tanzanian standards) that their health and even their lives are further threatened. Despite medicine, it is not easy to survive AIDS, tuberculosis and more if you are wet, cold, and sleeping in the mud or dust. Help Bethany provide a House for Health to a Tanzanian family in need.

This summer Bethany’s Sunday School classes will be raising money to build a House for Health. We invite you to join them. For $4,000, Bethany can provide a home for a child of God who has severe health problems, is extremely poor and whose death would leave behind more orphans.

The houses are very modest, two-room homes that provide a better quality of living through protection from the elements. Through better housing, people have the promise of better health. The houses are built using 100% local labor and 99+% local materials, helping the local economy.

For more information on how you can become involved in the life-saving ministry, please contact Devanee.