Giving thanks in Tanzania

Posted on November 13, 2012 by Global Mission Support

Dr. Mark and Linda Jacobson are ELCA missionaries in Tanzania where they work with the medical center in Arusha. To support Mark and Linda, or another of the ELCA’s over 200 missionaries, go to

A patient at the Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre.

A patient at the Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre.


Dear friends in Christ,

What an exciting time of great thanksgiving this is for our ministries in Tanzania. In the U.S. you are gearing up for the Thanksgiving holiday, while we in Tanzania have just celebrated our “Harvest Festival” at the end of the growing season. It is a time to pause and reflect upon the richness of God’s blessings in our lives and in our efforts to serve.

The many great developments at Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre ( are a constant source of blessing.

  • Our training efforts to address the huge shortfall of health care professionals have leaped ahead. In the last few months we have been registered as a training center and our assistant medical officer training program has been accredited.
  • We have taken the final steps toward opening our own nursing college in February 2013!
  • We have become an international training center for African surgeons to study laparoscopic surgery and join the global movement to this video surgical care.
  • Last month we broke ground for construction of the new Plaster House, a short- and intermediate-term rehabilitation facility for children following orthopedic and plastic surgery. Many of you contributed to support this development last year and now it is underway!
  • Our program for operating on crippled children and those with cleft lips and palates or burns really continues to grow. Just this week we have operated on another 40 kids with challenging problems for living their everyday lives.
  • Many visiting doctors and students are a part of the exciting mix we have in practicing Christian health care. Linda runs the hosting side of our ministry for these folks and for the congregational visits which are wonderfully welcome.

These are some of the programs and ministries that you have been supporting so generously. We have great opportunities to serve and to share together in these ministries and outreach.

Thank you and God bless,
Mark and Linda Jacobson


7 Responses to 'Giving thanks in Tanzania'

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  1. Ron Gustafson said,

    on December 19th, 2012 at 1:12 pm

    I recently returned from ALMC and Selian. I was able to see the new Plaster House and Nursing College sites. Mark and Linda along with many others are doing outstanding work!!
    May God Richly Bless them in 2013.

  2. Jean Wahlstrom said,

    on December 19th, 2012 at 6:56 pm

    Just wanted you to know that there are folks who care that actually read what you write on these ELCA-GM Hand-in-Hand Support Blogs. Saw STeve and Rita Anderson today and we shared what update we had! Good news! love and prayers, Jean and Marv

  3. Leonard & Anabelle Dalberg said,

    on December 19th, 2012 at 11:23 pm

    Merry Christmas, Dr. Mark & Linda,
    We commend you on the work you do! The training program will add many more to do this work. Doing corrective procedures on 40 youth in one week is awesome! We are in our 80’s now so we don’t plan to go to Africa again, but are so grateful for our visit to Selian Clinic and for your gracious interview that day!
    God bless you and give you joy.
    Len & Anabelle Dalberg

  4. Cindy Wilke said,

    on December 20th, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    Mark and Linda, thank you for the post. I hope to see you again in Tanzania in 2013 – no specific plans yet for dates or locations. Merry Christmas, Cindy Wilke

  5. Denise Rode said,

    on December 20th, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    We have heard of the good work you are doing in Tanzania from our friends Mike and Sharon Wadle and the Stubbs Family. It’s exciting to hear of the developments in your programs and services. Our daughter is hoping to come to Tanzania for a short-term stay before she begins medical school in in the States in 2014.

  6. Rich and Lisa Hensey said,

    on December 20th, 2012 at 5:49 pm

    Dear Mark and Linda,

    We thank you for the work you have done and the lives you have changed during your many years in Tanzania. We are also grateful to you for influencing our lives while we worked in Iringa (2000-2005).

    God bless you!

    Rich and Lisa Hensey

  7. Bob Cohen said,

    on May 25th, 2013 at 2:20 pm

    I would like to find out how our church could provide a scholarship to a Nursing Student. We have just attended a presentation by Mark and Linda Jacobson and were greatly impressed with the work they are doing. I would like to start a fundraiser at our church and need to know best way of sending the funds.