The Gift of Presence
For nearly two weeks, those of us in the Saint Paul Area Synod have been blessed by the presence of ou[...]
Gathering together in the Saint Paul Area Synod conference room over lunch on the second Monday of every other month, the Iringa Committee is tasked with shepherding and shaping this network of relationship that we call "Bega Kwa Bega." Composed of administrators and educators and entrepreneurs and pastors, its members come from a variety of backgrounds and callings. Most have already traveled to East Africa. All have a profound respect for this celebration of life that we share, together, with our sisters and brothers in Christ in the ELCT Iringa Diocese.
At a recent meeting of the Iringa Committee, members were invited to review the Post-it Note timeline that was created at the Fall Festival in November. Stepping back and reflecting on their role as stewards of this great stream of relationship, committee members called it a "daunting privilege." Working largely behind the scenes and out of the spotlight, they provide governance and oversight of the relationship-at-large and are responsible for putting the bones in place that allow us to walk boldly in faith beside our global companions. They are the vision keepers, the tenders of details, the watchers of budgets, and the trackers of goals. And it is their patient and persistent work that has enabled us to make significant strides in the six years since BKB-SPAS was reorganized.
And so, let us all give thanks for those who have said ‘yes’ to the call to serve on the 2019-2020 Iringa Committee:
*Denotes Iringa Executive Committee Member