ELCIN Opens New Doors for Diaconal Work

THE Western Diocese of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Namibia (ELCIN) has expanded its operations by opening a Diaconal Office and a Cloth Bank at Ongwediva.

The chairman of Missionary Association Afrikan Risti, also known as Okumona Ovamboland, Timo Lappalainen, who works at the Eye Clinic Optical Department at the Onandjokwe Lutheran Hospital in Oshikoto Region, told The Namibian that, ELCIN Western Diocese and Okumona Ovamboland signed an agreement to renew the diaconal work in the diocese, after the then ELCIN Bishop for the Western Diocese, Josaphat Shanghala, established a planning team for this initiative.

Okumona Ovamboland then sent Reverend Titus Mbango to Finland to get acquainted with diaconal work. Before that, Lappalainen said, a coordination seminar was held in Ongwediva by Rev Mbango, Rev Aune Shilongo and Pastor Mari Mutanen from Finland to plan the revival of diaconal work in Namibia, especially in the western diocese.

According to Lappalainen, the needs in diaconal work coordinated and could be connected with experiences of similar work in Finland.

“Rev Mbango and I put heads together and results begun to show,” Lappalainen said.

Early this month, the new diaconal office at Ongwediva ELCIN invited all deacons and deaconesses to a workshop at Ongwediva to learn more about church evangelisation, that was conducted by the International Evangelisation Association Campus Crusade for Christ Namibia.

At the same workshop, Okumona Ovamboland donated bicycles to deacons, that were bought from TAKMOS-Project in Oshakati. The bicycles were a donation from Canada and were to be used to support anti-HIVAIDS work in Namibia.

Parishioners from Finland donated clothes to the new diaconal office to be distributed among the needy, especially in the western diocese.

Source : The Namibian