Reach out to someone in their greatest time of need with a strong message of hope – you are not alone, you are loved! God loves us, and God loves through us by our addressing human suffering, injustice, and emergencies. Lutheran World Relief does this in part by sending quilts, personal kits and school kits to those who live in poverty, are refugees of war or suffer from natural disasters like earthquakes, hurricanes, drought and floods.
Rich Wilson asked, “How big is your world? Is it comprised of one nation, one state, one city, or one house? It wasn’t until God opened my eyes to a whole new world that I began to truly see and understand what His Kingdom agenda is. God can use you to answer prayers being prayed on the other side of the world.”1
What a blessing it was to welcome Pastor Naibu Nyambo as guest preacher this past January at St. David’s Lutheran Church, West Columbia, SC! Pastor Nyambo is the pastor of the Lutheran Church in Matamba, Tanzania, of the Southwest Diocese of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Tanzania, and is St. David’s companion congregation. Nicknamed Pastor “Nemo,” his visit was unique and historic because it was the first time a pastor from a companion congregation in Tanzania has visited a sister church in the United States. Though the purpose of Pastor Nemo’s trip was to study at the Lutheran Southern Seminary in Columbia SC, he is grateful for the relationship that has developed between the churches of the two synods, so he came to St. David’s bearing gifts of thanks. In turn, the St. David’s We Care Team provided a quilt they made that is symbolic of their support of Lutheran World Relief.
Robert Adair Addy, 81, of West Columbia, passed away on October 7, 2016. He was born on May 29, 1935 to the late James Godfrey Addy and Hazel Odom Nagle.
There are moments in life and culture that we look back on and realize that they were a turning point. Last year on June 17, we experienced such a turning point in the South Carolina Synod of the ELCA when an estranged member of one of our congregations murdered nine people at Mother Emanuel AME in Charleston.