Our team returned from Tanzania just over one week ago. As we’re slowly adjusting to the right time zone, we’re also reflecting on our experiences with our partners at Iambi Hospital. They face many challenges in their work, yet year after year they continue to reach out with compassion to each of their patients. I am continually moved by their faith and dedication, and am grateful for the opportunity to build bridges of understanding and peace together.
Mungu awe nanyi daima.
God be with you ’til we meet again,
I hope you’ll enjoy these video highlights from our time in Tanzania. Click on the text beneath the image to watch the video.
One of the great joys of being a pastor is the opportunity to walk alongside families for the major moments in their lives. As we celebrate Valentine’s Day this month, we will spotlight four of the weddings we were delighted to be a part of in 2017. We hope you’ll enjoy! Perhaps you’ll even remember watching four of these brides grow up at Zumbro. -Pastor Lisa Kipp
Kaylen Christensen & Ben Margotta
Daughter of Melissa and Todd Christensen
About 15 years ago, Todd and Melissa joined a “dinner 8” small group at Zumbro. They loved their new friends so much, that after their small group time was up and they were asked to join a new group to meet more folks from Zumbro, the group rebelled. They kept their small group as is and fondly named themselves the “Church Group Gone Bad.” In many ways, the group has become like a second family for one another, celebrating holidays together and always showing up for major family celebrations.
Melissa shared, “Having our dinner group friends at the wedding was very important. That group is like family to us; we have been together for about 15 years!”
As for Kaylen, the role this group has played in her life is priceless: “This group has been through a lot together over the many years. Watching them form and remain together has helped reiterate to Ben and me the importance of close friendships. Also, it has helped motivate us to be more involved in church groups. We are slowly starting to get into the church life at Trinity Lutheran Church in St. Peter (where we live).”
This group certainly knows how to pass on faith … and have a good time. Before the wedding, the ladies of the “Church Group Gone Bad” threw a special bridal shower, and they all showed up in bridesmaids’ dresses!