The Global Mission Committee of the Northern Illinois Synod has had several opportunities to host guests from our companion synods this summer.
In June and July, two retired pastors visited from the Arcot Lutheran Church, our companion synod in India. During June the Reverend Bavani Joseph spent some days with us, including attending the Northern Illinois Synod Assembly.
On July 30 we were pleased to host a luncheon for the Reverend Solomon Rajan Babu, his wife, Punitha, daughter Toffi, and grandson, Aidan. This was Rev. Babu’s second visit to the NIS. Rev. Babu visited in 2016 attending the installation service for Bishop Clements.
The Global Mission Committee also welcomed Assistant Bishop Reverend Gideon Kivuyo of the North Central Diocese of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania for 2 weeks in September.
The goals of hosting our international partners are to share the love of Christ which crosses all barriers and boundaries, to build relationships with our companion synods, and to promote companion relationships between NIS congregations and parishes in India and Tanzania.