The Nebraska Synod and the ELCA are engaged in ministry around the world, sharing the love of Christ with our brothers and sisters in more than 80 companion churches in other countries. As the church, we approach this ministry through a model of accompaniment, walking together with our global neighbors, engaging in ministry with and alongside each other.
Specifically, the Nebraska Synod is engaged with two companion synod churches - the United Evangelical Lutheran Church in Argentina and Uruguay (IELU) and the Northern Diocese of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania - as well as one accompaniment partner church - the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land.
Upcoming Accompaniment Trips
We are a church that believes God is calling us into the world — together. Companion church relationships enrich and deepen our ministries by exposing us to global challenges and perspectives as we seek to work with one another to build up the body of Christ and the world. The Nebraska Synod is blessed to have two strong, healthy and vibrant companion church relationships. Since 1990 we have been in partnership with the United Evangelical Lutheran Church in Argentina and Uruguay (IELU) and since 1993 we have been in partnership with the Northern Diocese of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania.
Argentina Trip: To further strengthen this relationship, share stories and learn more about our partners in ministry, please join us as we visit our brothers and sisters in Argentina and Uruguay on a Nebraska Synod sponsored trip scheduled for October 14 thru October 24, 2019. The cost of the trip is approximately $3,800 and includes all travel, lodging and most meals. Space is limited. For more information please contact Stephanie Lusienski,
Stephanie@nebraskasynod.org or call the Synod office 402-896-5311. You will be responsible for securing your passport (if necessary).
Tanzania Trip: February 2-18, 2020
January 24 - February 9, 2021
There are two major components to these trips. The first is to learn about the culture of Tanzania and the ministry of the Northern Diocese of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania. The second is to visit the famous natural areas of Northern Tanzania and view the beautiful scenery and wildlife.
The approximate cost for the 2020 trip is $4,100 per person. The approximate cost for the 2021 trip is estimated at $4,600 per person. The actual cost will depend on the airfare contract about 10 months before the trip. This cost covers economy airfare, visa, ground transportation, group tips, safari, all lodging and meals. To register please complete the registration form. You will be responsible for securing your passport (if necessary) and any needed shots and medications.
More details and registration information are available at https://sites.google.com/view/tanzaniavisiontrips/home.
Holy Land: April 20 - May 2, 2020
Rev. Megan Morrow, an assistant to the bishop of the Nebraska Synod, will be leading the 2020 traveling group as it visits holy sites and gets acquainted with the people in the Lutheran churches, the ministries of the Lutheran World Federation, and many others in Israel, Modern Palestine and Jordan who will share their stories. For schedule and details, click the link below.
Global Mission Partners
Administrator for Finance and Development
Global Mission Committee
Members: Sharon Carlson - Fremont, NE: Sherrill Echternkamp - Clay Center, NE: Becky Hansmeier - Omaha, NE; Chris Lund - Omaha, NE; Jeanne Madsen - Wayne, NE; Diane Reece - Wahoo, NE; Sandy Terry - Fremont, NE; Rev. Kristen Van Stee - Wayne, NE.
Global Mission Speakers Bureau
The Nebraska Synod Global Mission Committee has a speakers bureau available for congregations and groups wishing to learn more about the Synod's ministry of accompaniment with our brothers and sisters abroad. Below are individuals who are available for speaking engagements:
- Chris Lund
- Deb Lund
- Marty Malley
- Bill Davis
- Carolyn Hellerich
- Bob Kasworm
- Scott Koehn
- Nicole Mroczek
- Sandy Terry
- Rev. Mary Jensen
- Rev. Megan Morrow
If you are interested in having one or more of these individuals speak to your congregation or group, contact Synod staff below.
Administrator for Finance & Development
If you are interested in supporting the Global Mission programs of the Nebraska Synod, please visit our online giving site.