Jim DeLeo via Crowdrise
October 12, 2012
Two years ago I joined my good friends and mentors Marty Ericson, and Africa veteran Dick Young, on a voyage to the Iringa area in the central highlands of Tanzania. Our mission was to deliver scholarship moneys and other support to our sister parish in a remote village called Itungi.
Itungi sits on a ridge overlooking a pastoral valley, and is comprised of multiple localized settlements scattered over the arable land. The people are beautiful, welcoming, and proud, rich in happiness and spiritual life. With no running water or electricity, the people of Iringa lead a life centered around agriculture, growing corn and keeping some small livestock.
Content and in harmony with the land, the people nonetheless believe strongly in the power of education to strengthen their village, region, and the country of Tanzania. Because the infrastructure makes travel over great distances challenging, schools are in perpetual need of teachers. Most children have access to education at the primary level, but getting to secondary is more difficult and costly. The good news however is a stipend of $380 can send a student to secondary school, room and board included, for an entire year!
While my campaign centers around raising funds for education, a secondary purpose is to develop financial support for people who would like to travel to conduct missionary work, but who otherwise might be unable to afford the trip. I have come across SO many people who, when they hear the story of the Tanzanian people, have declared their eagerness to join, but lack the funds to get there!
Please click on the arrows under the Africa image above, glance at the photos, click on the video and enjoy a small glimpse into an amazing world of fellowship and beauty!
If you are interested in more information, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. A contribution of any size would be most welcome, and you may designate a specific area for it, such as "academic scholarship", "vocational scholarship", "general mission stipend", or anything else you wish. We currently are accepting checks at:
Como Park Lutheran Church, attn: Social Missions Committee, 1376 Hoyt Avenue West, Saint Paul, MN 55108-2300
Thank you so much for your support. Jim