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Interview with Pastor Kristin: Lutheran Media Forum

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 Yesterday I was interviewed by the Lutheran Media Forum for their "Know Your Leader" Program.  The Lutheran Media forum is based in Africa and works to facilitate communication between Lutheran Churches, primarily on the continent of Africa.  The Forum is led by Rev. Witty Mang'unda from Tanzania and David Mangenda from Zambia.   My interview was done via the Lutheran Media Forum Whatsapp group, so the format is a bit less formal and you will see other people's comments and reactions as part of the interview.  I've edited the interview a bit for content and added more pictures. LIFE JOURNEY OF REV KRISTIN ENGSTROM Rev Witty: Good evening family! Warmly welcome to * Know Your Leader Program .* This evening we are taking you through the life journey of none other than Rev Kristin Engstrom , the Facilitator of Leadership Development and Capacity Building in ELCZa.  Your host this evening is the one and only brother David Mang'enda of Lusaka, Zambia and Sist

Arrived in Zambia

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On Thursday, February 10th, I got on the first of three flights that brought me to Zambia to begin my new call as the Facilitator for Leadership Development and Capacity Building with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Zambia (ELCZa).  I did not know what to expect, except that I was told that I would be met at the airport.  Well, the welcome and support I have received since arriving has been better than I could have expected.  Below are some pictures from my first week in Zambia to introduce you to some of the church leaders and life in Zambia.  I was greeted at the airport three ELCZa leaders.  They are (from left to right): Treasurer Bernard Mapulanga, me, Senior Pastor Geoffrey Njapau, and Secretary General Rev. Mathilda Banda.  It was such a warm welcome to have not just one, but three church leaders meet me at the aiport.  I was tired from two days of traveling, but they helped me get settled in from the moment I left the airport doors.   L-R: Senior Pastor Njapau, myself, one o

October 2021 Newsletter

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Hooray! There's good news in this October 2021 Newsletter !   You'll find words and pictures of thanksgiving for the four years I served as the ELCA Young Adults in Global Mission (YAGM) Senegal Country Coordinator and news of my ongoing transition to a new call in Zambia through ELCA Global Mission.  Download a pdf of Pastor Kristin's October 2021 Newsletter here .  If you would like to have future newsletters emailed to you, please contact me through the form on the blog menu (3 bars at the top of the screen).

New Call!!

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I am excited to share that I have a new call (and this new blog) as an ELCA global missionary!!   I will be serving as the Facilitator for Leadership Development and Capacity Building with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Zambia.   Currently, I am still in the United States as I await my Zambia work permit.  But hopefully I will get to leave for Zambia soon.  In the meantime, I am trying to read and learn about Zambia ( interview with the new President ) and work on learning one of the 73 national languages of Zambia.  I'm also knitting and hanging out with my two nieces a bit more as well.   Once I arrive in Zambia, I will update this blog with pictures and stories from our companions in Zambia.  My previous blog from my call as the Senegal Country Coordinator of the ELCA Young Adults in Global Mission (YAGM) program is still available here .