The fall 2011 edition of the Global Mission Support quarterly newsletter, “Hand in Hand,” is now available to download.
It contains the inspiring story of Fatimata, a young woman in Linguere, Senegal. Fatimata is one of the Fulani people who traditionally identify with Islam.
Through the witness of Senegalese Christians, she became interested in Christianity and attended services, Bible study and baptismal classes. Pastor Dirk Stadlander, an ELCA missionary working with the Lutheran Church of Senegal, eventually baptized Fatimata during Pentecost worship.
The newsletter includes information on the upcoming 500th anniversary of the Reformation in 2017. ELCA missionary Pastor Arden Haug, directing the ELCA Wittenberg Center, will help to create a welcoming place for Lutherans from around the world in Wittenberg, Germany. The Wittenberg Center assists visitors in renewing their faith through fellowship, study and worship.
Barbara Hinderlie also reflects on her service in Madagascar. She and her husband, Pastor Andrew Hinderlie, have recently moved to Tanzania where they are ELCA regional representatives of Eastern Africa.
The individual stories are also available separately as bulletin inserts.
Go to www.elca.org/handinhand for more information, to read the complete stories and to download your copies of the newsletter and bulletin inserts. For printed copies of the newsletter, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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