Synod Global Mission News – June 2018

NIS Companion Synod Visit and Celebration

Our Northern Illinois Synod is in a Companion relationship with the North Central Diocese of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Tanzania. Our project together involves building a new nursing school in conjunction with the ELCA Missionary Dr Mark Jacobsen at the Arusha Lutheran Medical Center in Arusha, the capital city. NIS and its congregations set a goal to raise $90,000 to help with the building. And we have recently met the NIS goal!! That is worth CELEBRATING!! Others are also doing fundraising and the Tanzania partners are finalizing a site and plan to start building soon.

Assistant to the Bishop, Rev. Gary Erickson will represent NIS at a Tanzania Summit on August 6-9 in Tanzania. The many dioceses in Tanzania and the many ELCA partner synods will meet together to share relationship plans. Rev. Gary Erickson will stay after August 9 to follow-up on the Nursing School and Companion parish matters. We will get more information after he returns. Stay tuned!! And continue to pray.

Ali Paris in Concert Raised $1350 for Jerusalem Hospital

Wednesday, May 30, at First Lutheran Church, Rockford

Sponsors: Northern Illinois Synod Global Mission Committee, First Lutheran-Rockford, Trinity Lutheran-Moline, NIS-North Conference

Freewill offering for Augustus Victoria Hospital in Jerusalem, built and supported by the ELCA, which is the only regional cancer center for children there.

Musician Ali Paris captivates audiences worldwide with his unique fusion of Middle Eastern and Western music styles, highlighted by his technical virtuosity and emotional expression. Ali accompanies his singing with his instrument, a Qanun, a rare Middle-Eastern 76-string zither that dates from the 14th century.

Ali’s music education began at the age of 5 in his native countries of Morocco and Palestine, studying Arabic traditional music with master Simon Shaheen. Considered a child prodigy, Ali was performing in great concert halls by age 9 and touring internationally by the age of 11. Ali relocated to the United States to earn his degree at Boston’s prestigious Berklee College of Music, and now lives in California.

Ali has collaborated with numerous artists to benefit the work of Doctors Without Borders, Save a Child’s Heart, and Keep A Child Alive, including an album with Alejandro Sanz that has funded numerous humanitarian projects around the world. Ali tours extensively in the US, Europe, and the Middle East.

Awards: TBA Awards 2017, Artist of the Year (2006-2009)

Media: Grammy-winning Spanish documentary Entre2aguas, the Hollywood movie Noah, and the Forbes Under 30 concert series