Please joinus in prayer for Rev. Moses Nwaka as he begins the long journey (a combination of ten hours by car and over twenty hours in the air) to be with us from his home in Tanzania. Pastor Nwaka is Assistant to Bishop Renard Mtenji of the Ulanga-Kilombero Diocese. They are a Companion Synod to us, and Pastor Nwaka will be here to attend the installation of Bishop Kristen Kuempel.
First Lutheran Church in Pasco, Washington recently celebrated the installation of Rev. Helga Jansons on Sunday, August 6. Rostered leaders attending were,
Left to right bottom row first:
Rev. Bob Chenault, Rev. Stephen Eriksen, Rev. Paul Palumbo, Rev. Jaime Cardona, Rev. Gail Duba, Rev. Helga Jansons, Rev. Phylis Stromme, Rev. Jan Griffin, Rev. Mike Fitzgibbons, Deacon Lavonne Johnson and Deacon Erv Johnson.
Rev. Duane Anderson, Rev. Mary Daniels, Deacon Heidi Cryer, Rev. George Schwantes, Bishop Martin Wells, Rev. Arthur Rasch, Rev. Dick Grudt, Rev. Donald Short and Rev. Ronald Nitz.
Christ Lutheran Church in Yakima, Washington was host to the consecration of Deacon David Hellerich on Sunday afternoon, July thirtieth. Rostered ministers attending were, (left to right) Rev. John Schrann, Rev. Carolyn Hellerich, Rev. John Guthridge, Rev. Joel Ley, Rev. Ron Nitz, Rev. Phylis Stromme, Bishop Martin Wells, Deacon David Hellerick, Deacon Heidi Cryer, Deacon Margaret Ley, Deacon LaVonne Johnson, Deacon Erv Johnson and Kathy Sebree.
Christ Lutheran Church in Yakima, Washington was host to the consecration of Deacon David Hellerick on Sunday afternoon, July thirtieth. Rostered ministers attending were, (left to right) Rev. John Schrann, Rev. Carolyn Hellerick, Rev. John Guthridge, Rev. Joel Ley, Rev. Ron Nitz, Rev. Phylis Stromme, Bishop Martin Wells, Deacon David Hellerick, Deacon Heidi Cryer, Deacon Margaret Ley, Deacon LaVonne Johnson, Deacon Erv Johnson and Kathy Sebree.
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The Young Adults in Mission Program of the ELCA has just called the next YAGMS int service. There are 95 of them this program year, the program continues to grow - maybe in small part because of your gifts to our Mission Campaign that is giving money towards this program.
The YAGMs from our area are Krista Stanley from Luther Heights Bible Camp, University of Idaho Lutheran Campus Ministry and First Luheran Church - Idaho Falls, ID. She will serve in Central Europe, and you can reach her at email@example.com. Our other YAGM is Katharine Jones, from Summit Church - Spokane, WA and Gonzaga University. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We wish them well, and ask that you keep them in your prayers.
Following, is the last installmant from Savannah, our YAGM in Cambodia
អរុណសួស្តី (Arun-sue-saday, Good morning),
I hope this email finds you all well. I have now been home for a little over a month and so it is about time I send out my final email. To be honest, I have been putting it off a bit because I am still a little unwilling to admit that my time as a YAGM volunteer has come to an end, but alas the time has indeed come.
My final months in Cambodia were simultaneously some of the most wonderful and challenging I have experienced. In my final weeks I continued to soak in all the smiles of my students, the stories of my neighbors and the laughter of my friends and families. These weeks included many a celebration, the return of rain, multiple karaoke filled nights, continued language lessons, hours simply spent sitting in the presence of those I loved and the bittersweet grief and relief at knowing I would soon return home.
After finishing in Cambodia I spent a couple weeks touring Thailand, Laos, and Vietnam with some fellow YAGM volunteers before heading back to the states where I jumped in a car to take a mini-tour of Montana to be welcomed home by many of my family and friends across the state. Now I am enjoying some time with my parents and sister in Spokane while looking to make the move back to the Tacoma area later this fall (if you know of any jobs, let me know!) If you are in the area, also let me know as I'd love to see you. Over the next month I will be talking at a couple different churches in Eastern Washington about my year, so feel free to reach out to me for more information if you're interested.
I don't know where to begin to convey the magnitude of what this year has meant to me. It has reshaped my heart in so many ways and will stay with me my whole life. For all those who reached out to support me during this year, to my community in Cambodia, my YAGM cohort, the ELCA and to all of you, my friends and family who have listened to my stories this year, I will forever be grateful. You have shown me how a community can go with you wherever you go in life, and that even when you have to leave a place, that does not have to mean that the community has to come to an end.
អរគុណច្រើន (Ahkun chjran, Thank you so much!)
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and the eclipse proved that even when it feels really dark, it's going to be okay.