Givers, Giving and Gifts
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For three weeks we’ve enjoyed the blessing of hosting guests here in Minnesota. First our Tanzanian friends Rev. Askali Mgeyekwa and Rev. Jiskaka Lwila joined us for the BKB Fall Festival, and then Program Coordinators Ryan and Astine Bose spent time with us before their holiday break with family in Kansas.
I had the pleasure of accompanying each set of guests on a number of visits to congregations around the synod. What a great way to get to know the people who love our Bega Kwa Bega companionship. We were welcomed by pastors, staff, travelers, engaged volunteers, council presidents and congregational leaders.
One aspect of the visits that caught my attention was the way that our congregations use and display the gifts they’ve been given by Tanzanian companions:
Across the synod, our congregations are honoring their companionship by incorporating these gifts into daily use, and in displays of the things we treasure. Take a look at this photo gallery.
So where are the gifts your congregation has been given? In a storage closet, or on display? Look around your own worship and fellowship spaces to see where they might be useful or where they will add beauty, and be a tangible reminder of the relationship we treasure.
Wishing you all a season where we treasure the gifts of companionship, as we celebrate the birth of the One who brings us together.
Director of Bega Kwa Bega