Tanzania 1984-2008

Dennis and Meredith Murnyak served as ELCA missionaries in Tanzania from 1983 to 2008. Zion was their home congregation, and one of their financial and prayer sponsors, beginning in 1984.

Zion later helped build a church in Mkurankga, and supported a hospice program in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania.

2001 Article in Metro Lutheran

Final Report to Global Missions of the ELCA by Dennis Murnyak

Meredith Murnyak Memorial on Arusha Community Church Site

  • Dave’s Veterinary Mission

    Wright Mission TripDave Wright grew up in the Lutheran Church and says he has been blessed with supportive parents (Zion members John & Marie Wright) who continue to be an example of faithfulness to him. His hometown pastor, Charles Anderson, was also influential in his faith journey, making confirmation interesting and pertinent. Dave and Sue moved to Buffalo in 1980 and joining Zion was a natural decision, as they already had connections within the congregation. Wes and Mary Mahlberg were high school classmates; Pastor ... more
  • Remember Mkuranga?

    Seven years ago at the start of our Forward in Faith capital fund appeal we dedicated three percent of our contributions to mission outreach. Our first commitment went to the little village of Mkurankga in northern Tanzania to assist them in a church building project of their own. We have recently received several e-mail updates from them: “We greet you in Jesus name. Thank you for your sms. I am very happy to here that you still remember the ... more
  • Zion Supports Hospice in Tanzania

    This note was recently received from Dr. Kristopher Hartwig following a gift from Zion of $2778.89, representing 3% of all contributions to the Forward in Faith fund from May to November, 2009. Dr. Hartwig is an ELCA missionary in Tanzania and the Coordinator for Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania (ELCT) Palliative Care services. Dear folks at Zion, Thanks again for your generous gift in December. It arrived safely and has been put to work. In fact we trust that by now there ... more

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