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 is good fruit coming from the great training we were able to offer in December.
The training was for four of our Lutheran Hospitals, scattered around the country, rejuvenating their Hospice teams. We had a Chaplain, Nurse, and Doctor from each site. Our ELCT team of 4 all pitched in to make it a worthwhile time, and people left with great enthusiasm.
Part of these next 3 months will be visiting those places. Karatu is a mere 2 hours away and will be easy. But Lugala is 2 days each way. Bulongwa is also 2 days but, we could visit Ilula on the way/way back. It is always the time in follow up that is a tough challenge. Meanwhile, for sick people in their communities, it is a great blessing.