Our Companion Synod Coordinators
The Rev. Patti Covington Baker and Larry Baker
Evangelical Lutheran Church in Colombia
Bonnie and Frank Bouknight
Japan Evangelical Lutheran Church
Bonnie and Frank Bouknight, married for forty eight years, have enjoyed traveling to many places but the highlight of those trips is the ten trips to Japan. They are always excited to share their love of Japan and Japanese culture with people in the South Carolina Lutheran Synod. Frank is a life-long Lutheran. Bonnie grew up in the Baptist Church, however she has been a Lutheran since 1974 and has served on church council and has taught Japanese to four year old pre-school students for 18 years. Bonnie’s first experience in Japan was to give a speech at a Shinto wedding.
Frank has been very active in Lutheran Men serving as State President for two years.
Bonnie and Frank have three children, six grandchildren, one son in love, and one daughter in love. Rumiko Bouknight, Japanese daughter in love, is from Saga, Japan where the first Lutheran Church Service was held in Easter Sunday in 1893.
Southwest Diocese of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania
Having been born into a military family Cathy developed a love for travel at young age. She has enjoyed living in Europe and in many different states across the east coast if the United States. Cathy is a dental hygienist and holds a PhD in Public Health. Her first international mission experience was to Kenya, Africa in 1994 with the Southern Baptist Convention. This trip instilled in her that she could make a difference in the lives of others. She made a second trip to Kenya and a trip to Romania with the southern Baptist Church. In 2000, she participated in a trip to Northern Tanzania with a group from the South Carolina Synod. Cathy joined the South Carolina Synod’s Global Mission Team in 1995. She was part of the task force to adopt the South Western Diocese of Tanzania as a Companion Synod. Cathy made her first trip to the SWD in 2002 and has made numerous trips over the past 20 years.
Global Mission Updates
Dear SC Synod Siblings in Christ, I am excited to share with you an opportunity to make a significant difference in the lives of our brothers and sisters in the Southwestern Diocese of the Lutheran Church in Tanzania. In 2019, a group of us from the SC Synod traveled...
Meet the people of the Southwestern Diocese of Tanzania No experience necessary! Please join us as the South Carolina Synod returns to visit our Global Companions, the Southwestern Diocese of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania. Here's what you need to know....
I was on a health care mission in Southern Highlands of Tanzania, Africa. A make shift dental operatory had been set up for me consisting of a chair borrowed from local villagers and a benched carved out of a tree. A sugarcane fence had been constructed to keep the...
Companion Synod Relationship between theJapan Evangelical Lutheran Church and the ELCA South Carolina Synod The ELCA South Carolina Synod is using the month of August to pray with and for our Companion partners in the JELC. We are taking their lead in offering up...
Last summer a delegation from the South Carolina Synod traveled to the South Western Diocese of Tanzania for the Consecration and Installation of the new Bishop.
I was confronted with this question over and over again at the beginning of February. Our YAGM México group went to the US-México border towns of Douglas, AZ and Agua Prieta (MX) to explore this question.
Companion Synod Video – Full
Companion Synod Video – Colombia
Companion Synod Video – Japan
Companion Synod Video – Tanzania
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