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Lanesboro junior shares stories from Tanzania mission trip


By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Aug 16th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Faith & Worship

Matthew Kiehne, of Lanesboro, Minn., was one of an eight-person mission group to travel to Tanzania July 1-16. Photo submitted

By Mitchell Walbirdge

The lifestyle lived in small-town southeastern Minnesota differs greatly from other regions of the world as 17 year-old Lanesboro junior Matthew Kiehne figured out after being immersed in Tanzanian culture for 16 days in early to mid-July.

Kiehne ventured to the African country as one of eight youths participating with the Minnesota Youth Servant Leadership Institute in cooperation with the Southeastern Minnesota Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of American and Good Earth Village Bible Camp.

With the goals of building leadership and partnership between American and Tanzanian youth, connecting with the partner congregation of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Singida, Tanzania, and sharing the faith in Jesus Christ through ministry, Kiehne and his group traveled with two pastors, a nurse and a travel agent.

The mission group hosted bible camps in Arush, Singida, and Kijota. Kiehne explained that at the bible camps, he was in charge of running the games. “I think this was the best of the activities to get to be a part of.”

Beyond learning more about his faith, Kiehne also learned an extensive amount of knowledge about an unfamiliar culture. The universal necessity of sleep, which every human needs, is even conducted in a different style than here in the United States. Kiehne explained that he slept on a type of bunk-style bed, enclosed by a bug net for protection from malaria infected mosquitos. In Tanzania, they also do not utilize pillows. “I even fell through my bed one night,” chuckled Kiehne while telling about his adventure.

Church and faith are taken very seriously in Tanzania. “Church is an all-day event,” said Kiehne. It’s typical to have two church services in one day in the African country, some of them lasting three hours a piece.”

Taking in the landscape was another large part of Kiehne’s trip. The travel party visited areas such as the Ngorongora Crater, the land area remnants of a previously erupted volcano. Tarangire National Park was also the list to visit where the group saw the unique continental wildlife.

“It’s very different than over here,” stated Kiehne as he explained that the sights are significantly contrasting from the infrastructure-developed areas of the United States. “You can see the entire skyline,” explained Kiehne, “There are no buildings blocking your vie .....
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No Safer Place On Earth

Mon, Aug 12th, 2013
Posted in All Faith & Worship

Rev. Paul Ibisch I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand. John 10:28 NIV The National Night Out was a great success. Neighbors warmly greeted neighbors, and city organizations showed off th ..... 
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Musana Mission Project to be discussed at Root River Church of the Brethren

Fri, Aug 2nd, 2013
Posted in Preston Faith & Worship

Louise Heusinkveld Henderson will share about a mission group to an orphanage called the Musana Children’s home. Musana is a secure home and school in a self sustaining environment. Meet with Henderson on Sunday, August 11, 2013 at 10-11am at Th ..... 
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Matthew Kiehne returns from Mission Trip to Tanzania

Fri, Aug 2nd, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Faith & Worship

The Minnesota Youth Servant Leader Institute (YSLI), in cooperation with the Southeastern Minnesota Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA) and Good Earth Village Bible Camp, formed a group of eight youth (ages 16-21) from souther ..... 
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Cowboy Concert

Fri, Jul 26th, 2013
Posted in Harmony Faith & Worship

The public is invited to a Country Gospel Concert presented by area musicians at the Fillmore Free Methodist Church (in the village of Fillmore) at 4 p.m. on Sunday, August 11. This group of musicians has grown over the past few years through the Co ..... 
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Heavenly Harp Gives Concert

Fri, Jul 12th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Faith & Worship

Karin and Joy Gunderson, a mother-daughter musical duo known as Heavenly Harp, are back in Kalispell with a brand new, free concert, “With Thankful Hearts” on Sunday, July 21, 2013 beginning 7 pm at Rushford Lutheran Church, 101 South Mill Stree ..... 
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High Tea for High Waters Raises $1,300 and Immeasurable Hope

Fri, Jun 28th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Faith & Worship

On May 12, women from the Lanesboro United Methodist Church hosted a “High Tea for High Waters.” Over 100 people gathered for delicate desserts, elegant table settings and time together. Through ticket sales and donations, the event raised $1,30 ..... 
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Rev. John Dyer Circuit Rider to visit Historic Lenora Church on July 7

Fri, Jun 28th, 2013
Posted in All Faith & Worship

The Lenora Pioneer Society invites people to come visit the historic Lenora United Methodist Church (1856) on Sunday, July 7 at 3pm to experience a visit from Rev. John Dyer --noted Methodist Circuit rider from the mid-1800’s. It will be a festive ..... 
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Cowboy Church Continues in Cherry Grove

Fri, Jun 28th, 2013
Posted in All Faith & Worship

On Sunday evening, July 7, the Cherry Grove United Methodist Church will again be offering a “Cowboy Church” service open to all who may be interested. The service, which will begin at 6pm, generally includes Bluegrass, Country and Cowboy music ..... 
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