What’s a Cluster Meeting?

Date posted: Tuesday 06 June 2023

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 Diocese, success stories of work being done and lives changed by Bega Kwa Bega, and updates from many of our affiliate partners. You’ll hear about students, school construction projects, and how a Zoom meeting can jump-start a congregational project that brings a source of revenue to a Tanzanian parish community.


We’ll talk about the timeline for a transition of program coordinators; you’ll hear how you can thank Ryan and Astine and welcome Susan. Affiliate partners will share their news – what’s happening at Huruma Centre, the latest Dignity for Daughters presentation, Iringa Hope’s expansion, Millions of Trees’ avocado harvest, and the latest water projects from St. Paul Partners. You might see a video clip from Radio Furaha’s coverage of a widely attended diocese seminar for widows.


We’ve got updates on the exchange rate for TShillings to U.S. dollars, calculating administrative fees, and the latest financial account reports to distribute. You’ll hear about opportunities to participate in the work of Bega Kwa Bega or put your skills to use on behalf of one of our affiliates.


Finally, we’ll break into groups of congregations to meet with Cluster Leaders*. It’s your chance to visit with other BKB enthusiasts from neighboring congregations. Compare notes – who’s traveling and when? Who’s got room to carry gifts or supplies? How does your congregation recruit travelers? How does your group raise funds for projects?


When you meet your cluster friends, be sure to share your own success stories. Tell us how your life has changed, all because of Iringa.




Kirsten Levorson
Director of Bega Kwa Bega


*Cluster Leaders are volunteers who have generously volunteered their time to assist communication and coordination of BKB work among Saint Paul Area Synod congregations. Each Cluster Leader relates to a group of eight to 15 congregations. Many thanks to Jim Wolf, Dale Stiles, Caryn & Jim Josephson, Karsten Nelson, Birdie Olson, Elizabeth Hendrickson, Russ Hilliard & Jo Whiting! Click here to view our list of congregations and clusters.