Friends of Huruma

Date posted: Thursday 13 July 2017

As the Bega Kwa Bega relationship has matured, this relational network has expanded to include additional partners that share our mission, vision, and values. Known as 'affiliates,' these are special interest groups organized around a particular ministry or initiative of interest to leaders in Iringa and Saint Paul. By pooling resources and expertise, these groups have enabled companion congregations and other interested parties to engage in activities ranging from reforestation to radio broadcasting.
This summer we'll be welcoming our newest BKB affiliate - Friends of Huruma. In this week's update, Pastor Chris Smith (coordinator of the group) describes the intent of the group and extends an invitation for individuals to join the effort.
The Mission of Friends of Huruma
The Huruma Centre, a ministry of the Iringa Diocese, is a children's home in Iringa, Tanzania, which provides a safe home, nurture, nutrition, and education for children who, for a variety of reasons, have no family or others to care for them.
The goal is sustainable support for the children of the Centre. Friends of Huruma will pursue that goal by creating a community of supporters, locally in Minnesota and around the world, who want to make a difference in the lives of the children who make the Huruma Centre their home. Friends of Huruma will also help build relationships with communities and leaders in Iringa to expand support of the Centre in the Iringa Diocese.
Friends of Huruma will help care for the children of the Huruma Centre through mutual relationship, prayer, financial support, and programs that enrich the lives of the children. Friends of Huruma will engage with those who support and visit the Centre, and provide regular communication to all who have an interest in this vital ministry of the Iringa Diocese.
Want to Help?
So many people have visited the Huruma Centre through BKB over the years and been moved by this vital ministry with children. As development of Friends of Huruma continues, here's how you can help:
Pray - Keep the Huruma Centre in your prayers
Visit - Traveling to Iringa? Visit the Centre to meet its leaders and the children they serve.
Participate - Help by being an advocate for the Centre in your congregation, helping to organize events that support the Centre, or serving on the Advisory Board of Friends of Huruma.
Give - Funds to support the general operation and special projects of the Huruma Centre can be given to the Saint Paul Area Synod.
More to Come
In coming weeks, I'll be blogging more about Friends of Huruma - what's been done so far and what's coming up. In the meantime, if you want more information, email me at
Amani Katika Kristo,
Pastor Chris Smith
Coordinator of Friends of Huruma