Northern Diocese of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania
The companion synod relationship between the Nebraska Synod and the Northern Diocese of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania goes back to 1993 when a delegation from the Nebraska Synod visited the Northern Diocese. Historical Lutheran connections between Nebraska and Tanzania, however, extend back as far to 1922 when Pastor Ralph Hult was called to serve as the first American Lutheran missionary to Tanzania.
The Northern Diocese and the Nebraska Synod give thanks to God for the many expressions of the companion synod relationship between these two church bodies. These relationships are lived out in the lives of individuals, congregations, agencies and institutions of Christ’s Church. Through these relationships, we have nurtured and strengthened one another for life and mission within the Body of Christ.
In Ephesians 4:4-6, Paul says, “There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope of your calling, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all and in all.”
As Christians, we are not fully one holy and catholic church without a global perspective. Our companion relationship enlarges our world view. Global connections help us see the world’s challenges in a new way and examine our own problems and joys through new eyes. These connections also strengthen God’s mission in the world.