Good News! Evangelical Lutheran Church has established a companion relationship with Migowi Parish in Malawi, Africa.
It is located in the south central part of the country of Malawi and is made up of 6 congregations. As partners in the Gospel we are encouraged to confess our unity in Christ by eagerly accepting the challenge to walk together in faith, resolving to pray for one another, inspiring one another, learning from one another, and sharing our faith and culture with one another.
ELC Sponsors ELCA Missionary Family in East Africa
Evangelical Lutheran has been sponsoring the Rev. Philip & Lou Knutson family, ELCA missionaries in Southern Africa (Madagascar, Sudan, Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, Ethiopia) With the Rev. Andrew and Barb Hinderlie’s return home from the mission field in 2014, the ELC Stewardship/Mission’s team selected the Rev. Dr. Philip and Lou Knutson, currently serving throughout Southern Africa, as our new ELC Missionaries whom we support with Missionary for a Day offerings and gifts.
Pr. Phil works as a Regional Representative partnering with companion churches, companion synods, and mission personnel throughout Southern Africa, including Malawi, the Republic of South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Swaziland, Angola and Mozambique.
Pr. Phil’s hobbies include running, cycling, windsurfing, hiking and reading. Lou’s hobbies include reading, hiking and movies.
Pr. Phil and Lou plan to return to the U.S. again in the summer of 2016. A visit to ELC is planned for that time.
ELC offers an opportunity for individuals to sponsor our “Missionaries for a Day” by signing up on the yearly “Missionary for a Day” calendar in the Narthex and placing $10 in the marked envelopes. Those who participate receive recognition in the weekly bulletin.
Members and visitors alike are encouraged to bring donations of non perishable food items and place them in the “wagon” in the narthex. A volunteer from the Neighborhood Food Pantry picks up your donations each month.
“Bed Nets” for $10
Malaria is a major health threat to children in Malawi. In response to this, congregations throughout the synod have been invited to respond by buying bed nets for $10 each.