Bega Kwa Bega

The Power of Presence

The Power of Presence

Visits to our companion parishes have a common script – the singing and dancing of the welcome, the report or ‘historia’ of the congregation, naming accomplishments and challenges, walking together to examine a site or a project, and breaking bread together, sharing a...

Supporting the Work of Diakonia, Women & Families

Supporting the Work of Diakonia, Women & Families

We hear a lot about the good work the Iringa Diocese is doing around evangelism and mission. Ten new parishes are being established this year, from congregations that were previously preaching points of older, established parishes. The expansion of the church in...

Asante Sana, Ryan and Astine!

Asante Sana, Ryan and Astine!

Ryan and Astine Bose have been our Bega Kwa Bega program coordinators in Iringa for the past two and a half years and will be completing their service this month. They interviewed and were selected for the position in early 2020, just as the pandemic disrupted travel...

Easy Come, Easy Go?

Easy Come, Easy Go?

International travel patterns are changing, so here are options to consider for your next journey to Iringa: International Flights BKB travelers have a well-worn path from Minneapolis/St. Paul to Amsterdam, to Dar es Salaam with a short stop at Kilimanjaro. This has...

The Day of Grace

The Day of Grace

As southern district workers, we have enjoyed a lot this day since it was a golden chance for us. The Day of Grace has given us the new energy and therefore we will go back in our working place with a new power and energy. As we have received from you, we will keep on...

Remembering Mary Blomquist

Remembering Mary Blomquist

Dr. Mary Blomquist, one of the founders of the University of Iringa, has died. The Bega Kwa Bega community has been blessed by her life and legacy. You can read her full obituary here. Friends on both sides of the companionship have shared words about the impact of...

Come and See!

Come and See!

The BKB travel calendar is filling up! Over the next five months, 10 groups and 100+ people will travel from St. Paul to Iringa to be present with companions. Some of those will be seasoned travelers, returning for a blessed reunion, while others will be experiencing...

What’s a Cluster Meeting?

What’s a Cluster Meeting?

You are invited to attend a gathering on June 7 at 7 p.m. at Gustavus Adolphus Lutheran Church in St Paul. If you can’t make the in person gathering, join us on Zoom at 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 8. The agenda includes news from Iringa about the work of the Iringa...

A Sunflower Oil Press for Mlowa Parish

A Sunflower Oil Press for Mlowa Parish

If you ever get a chance to visit your partners in Tanzania you will experience the blessing of their amazing hospitality in the form of delicious foods, like potatoes, chicken, goat, chapati, and, if you are so fortunate, mandazi…all of which are cooked with...