Global Links Feb 2021

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Agricultural Training in a Pandemic

When the COVID-19 pandemic struck last year, lockdowns stranded some travelers en route to their destinations, including a group of four students from Sierra Leone who were headed to the Asian Rural Institute (ARI) in Japan but got stuck in Ghana. Fortunately, John Yeboah, an ARI graduate in Ghana, stepped up to the plate, welcoming the students, helping them find housing and adapting ARI’s agricultural training program so the group could study from their new location.

Read the Living Lutheran feature here.

News Around the World
News Around the World
Bishop Emeritus Sumoward Harris of the Lutheran Church in Liberia passed away on Jan. 14. “We remember with appreciation his public voice, advocating for the dignity and rights of every person, never giving up the vision of people living together in justice and peace,” said the Rev. Dr. Martin Junge, general secretary of Lutheran World Federation (LWF). Read the LWF tribute here.
Mission Personnel
Mission Personnel Reflection
Kellen and Daudi Msseemmaa, regional representatives for East Africa

This month, regional representative Daudi Msseemmaa shares what he’s currently reading and watching, from a theological treatise to timely news articles to a fun TV show. Check out his list below and share what you’re reading and watching as well.

What I’m Reading and Watching
  1. Howard Thurman’s book Jesus and the Disinherited.
  2. Ancient reruns of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air on Netflix.
  3. Nairobi Half Life, a movie about the perils of city life for a village dreamer, on YouTube.
  4. What Africa Can Teach the U.S. About Pandemic Response” in U.S. News & World Report.
  5. An article about the view from the back of the vaccine line in the East African.
What are you reading and watching? Tell us here.

Apply for a Job Opening

If you’re sensing a call to global service, explore the ELCA’s careers page to see if you might be a good fit for one of these positions around the world. Current job openings include:

  • Regional representative in Southeast Asia.
  • Global Mission volunteer – Seminary professor in various locations.
  • Lutheran Global Health volunteer – Administrative and health care information systems consultant in India, Liberia and Tanzania.
  • Communications consultant in Kenya.
  • ESL teachers in Japan.
  • Central Europe Teacher program.
  • And more!
Explore global ELCA job openings here.

YAGM 2021-2022 Program Update

After much consideration, Young Adults in Global Mission has decided to cancel the 2021-2022 year of service. Read more here.

YAGM Country Program Fun Facts

Visit Young Adults in Global Mission (YAGM) on Instagram to learn interesting facts about each country program. For the last month in this series, YAGM is highlighting the Madagascar country program. Test your knowledge below.

Madagascar is often called the _______ Island.
  1. Blue
  2. Green
  3. Orange
  4. Red
See the answer in YAGM’s Instagram story highlights here.

Get Involved
The new 2021 Global Mission Annual Directory and Map are here! Through these resources, you can learn more about our global companions, see where our church is partnering around the world and engage your congregation in God’s global mission. Check out the directory and the map, and use the how-to guide to dig deeper, whether as an individual or as a congregation.
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