What Child is This...Jonathan

By Marty Malley, Tanzania Ministries Coordinator

“My dear children, for whom I am again in the pains of childbirth until Christ is formed in you, how I wish I could be with you now and change my tone, because I am perplexed about you!” – Galations 4:19-20

I’m pretty certain that if Paul was with us today, he would still be perplexed.I am sure he would be perplexed about me.But I want to tell you about a young Tanzanian man named Jonathan.Paul would rejoice about the formation of Christ in Jonathan.I am humbled to know him, because in spite of being born into enormous challenges, Jonathan is a teacher to all of us.I came to know of Jonathan through the Building a Caring Community (BCC) project that is a joint effort of Mosaic (a Nebraska Synod serving arm) and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania (ELCT) Northern Diocese – our partner diocese of 25 years. Children with intellectual disabilities come into the world at a huge disadvantage in Tanzania.They are often viewed as a curse, …

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