Global Links December 2022

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December 2022
Party Time in Tanzania
Photo: Daudi Msseemmaa

An Advent reflection from Daudi Msseemmaa, regional representative to East Africa:

December in Tanzania is many things to the country's many cultures and faiths. Not all Tanzanians are Christian, but everyone enjoys the month of Advent celebrations. In town you’ll see convoys of decorated cars passing on Thursdays (sendoffs), Saturdays (weddings) and Sundays (baptisms and confirmations), and sometimes stopping so people can take photos of the landscaped roundabouts and gardens.

I remember my last Christmas in my father’s serene, dusty home village in the Rift Valley, when about 25 youth were confirmed at Engaruka Juu Lutheran Church. After the service we went confirmation-party hopping, partaking in a plate of meat and pilau rice at each home. By evening we were stuffed. In a place where hunger is rife and meat is a luxury for many, this was a very satisfying feeling.

Read the full reflection on Facebook.

News Around the World
News Around the World
The 27th Conference of the Parties summit of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP27) recently concluded in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt. Delegates from 200 countries included representatives from the ELCA, its partner churches and organizations around the world. The most significant outcome of the two-week summit was establishment of a fund to address climate-induced loss and damage. However, the Lutheran World Federation’s representative at the conference declared that the international community must do more to decisively address climate change.

Read the Lutheran World Federation’s full report on COP27 here.

Mission Personnel
Mission Personnel Reflection

New Global Mission directory available!

Get to know the 130 ELCA missionaries at work around the world with the new, interactive Global Mission Personnel directory. The 2022 edition includes links to full profiles of many missionaries and more information about their lives, work and communities. To find these profiles, click the names of the missionaries marked with the arrow icon.

View the new Global Mission Personnel directory here.

Get Involved

  • The Advent Pilgrimage in Palestine is a four-week virtual pilgrimage from the ELCA’s Peace Not Walls, Young Adult Ministry, Arab and Middle Eastern Ministry, and Association of Lutherans of Arab and Middle Eastern Heritage (ALAMEH), featuring young-adult voices from the ELCA and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land. This year’s theme is “Sensing Advent: Practicing God’s Justice in Embodied Community.” An introductory webinar will take place Dec. 12. Learn more and register here.
  • This Christmas give joyful gifts in honor of your loved ones. Through ELCA Good Gifts, you can choose from 50 charitable gifts that will make a global impact — from a goat to a piglet to a simple water well. It’s easy to make your gift online and personalize a card to print or email. Choose a gift through ELCA Good Gifts.

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