St. Luke seeks to reflect God's love across the world through partnerships with organizations that provide for people's critical needs both spiritually and physically. We work closely with the Greater Milwaukee Synod committees that focus on global needs such as the Partners with Meru and Lutheran World Relief.
We are energized by our Tanzanian covenant with our sister church in Nkoaranga/ Kombolewa which thrives via regular communication, prayer, financial support, and visits!
Karibu! There are three mission priorities of our partners in Tanzania as “a community working together for the common good.” The first priority is training future leaders. The second is supporting their vital medical ministries. The third is providing a bridge for ministries. In the Tanzanian culture, the church is responsible to bear the cost of educating future pastors. Asante sana! Thank you very much! Meetings are held every second Saturday of the month via Zoom (virtual) at 9am with other participating synod churches.
St. Luke's Tanzanian covenant with the Nkoaranga/Kombolewa parish was signed on May 27, 2007 and is a gift that we continue to nurture and grow in, praying and learning from one another even though we are thousands of miles apart. Our two parishes have visited one another with members of St. Luke visiting in 2006 and 2016. We had the pleasure of hosting Pr. Eliawira Ayo and Gabriel Nnko when they came to the US as part of the Meru delegation in 2019.
Following Pastor Ayo's retirement, Reverand Abel Sawekaaya has been placed as the new pastor. St. Luke members have on-going, virtual discussions (using the whatsapp!) with the leaders of the parish, staying in touch, and prayerfully encourage one another as we seek to carry out our missions.
Lutheran World Relief
At Lutheran World Relief (LWR), they envision a future where all people, in every corner of the world can live full, dignified lives. Lutheran World Relief tackles global poverty by helping people adapt to the challenges that threaten their livelihoods and well-being. They work with people based on need, regardless of race, religion or nationality and do not evangelize --- they provide aid in emergencies and help families restore their lives. They partner with communities to build and grow rural economies. They break the cycle of poverty, so families and communities can thrive.
St. Luke actively supports LWR throughout the year with our quilters cutting material and sewing blankets, putting together much-needed self-care and critical germ fighting kits, and collecting spare change to help offset shipping and supply costs for the kits.
Operation Christmas Child
The mission of Operation Christmas Child (OCC) is to demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way to children in need around the world. Through this project, Samaritan’s Purse partners with the local church worldwide to share the Good News of Jesus Christ and make disciples of the nations. Also known as the “Shoebox Ministry”.