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Itonya: Immanuel’s Sister Parish
– Iringa, Tanzania

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In 2006 Immanuel became a companion congregation paired with the Itonya Lutheran
Parish of the Iringa Diocese , Evangelical Lutheran Church of Tanzania. This is a ministry
of Saint Paul Area Synod, under the name of BegaKwaBega [Shoulder to Shoulder in
Swahili]. Immanuel agreed to annually give money for the use of the parish for such things as
construction materials like iron  sheets for roofing, cement products, and so wood products
– all of which are expense for Itonya.  We have also provided a motor bike for the pastor,
enabling the pastor to visit the 5 preaching points of the parish on a more regular basis.
We have also provided bicycles for the evangelists.  The Youth Group of Immanuel sponsors
two secondary students from Itonya, linking our youth with the youth of Itonya.

Pastor Tom Nielsen, a member of Immanuel, serves as a Cluster Leader of eleven of the
congregations in the  Bega Kwa Bega ministry. In addition he has been one of the on-site
Coordinators, living for approximately 3 months in Tanzania.

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