Next summer twenty one youth from western Iowa will be traveling to Tanzania, Africa. This trip is part of a companion synod program between the Western Iowa Synod Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the Southern Diocese Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania.
One of the youth going on this trip is Cayla Egesdal, Newell and a freshman at St. Mary's in Storm Lake. She is the daughter of Mike and Lynn Egesdal and a member of Nain Lutheran Church in Newell.
This will be Cayla's second trip to Tanzania. She and her mother traveled to Tanzania with a group of eleven others in the fall of 2006. On that trip they traveled to the Njombe and Iringa areas where they met many wonderful people. Cayla also had the unique opportunity to meet her pen pal. They also visited places such as orphanages, trade schools, secondary schools and spent time with Nain's companion congregation at Ilembula.
This three week youth mission trip will be slightly different. On this trip the youth will gather together with Tanzanian youth during their youth rallies that take place in parishes at the end of July.
They will also talk with the youth about ways that they can partner together. Besides visiting a hospital, orphanage and trade school they will also be working on two service projects. One of these projects will be at the Igumbilo Lutheran Girls' Secondary School at Chimala. This is a school that was started with the help of people in western Iowa and has given opportunity to many young women there to receive an education. The other service project may be at the newly emerging Center for Agricultural Development near Lupembe - another partner project of this companion synod relationship.
Cayla trip member, Lincoln Wells, Storm Lake, are working together on a leadership project. This project will help to educate people about malaria and the devastating effects it has on the people in Tanzania. During the Western Iowa Synod Assembly, the first weekend in June, Cayla and Lincoln will be raising money to purchase mosquito nets for all the students at the girls' school and/or the Ilembula Lutheran Hospital. These two youth are helping to make a difference in the lives of others across the world!
On Feb. 17, Nain Lutheran Church in Newell will be honoring their relationship with their companion congregation at Ilembula during the 9 a.m. worship service. From 11 a.m.-1 p.m. there will be a fundraiser spaghetti dinner at Nain, with a free will donation, to help offset the costs of the trip for Cayla.
Everyone is welcome to come and join them for worship and the dinner. Cayla with a child from the Ilembula orphanage.