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Shara Osiro, a missionary in Eastern and Southern Africa who serves as the area volunteer coordinator for Eastern and Southern Africa, just sent out a newsletter focused on the work of the Tanzania Medical Mission Team in Uchira. She shared some great photos as well as an interview with several participants, including our own Kimberly Pepmiller.

Kimberly Pepmiller is from Colorado and has been a nurse for ten years. She has served on eight MMTs to Madagascar, Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania and has been a team leader three times to include this recent trip.

I asked Kimberly why she keeps serving on MMTs? It makes her appreciate why she became a nurse. She finds it fulfilling to help those in need and who appreciate it. MMTs help her to tie together her faith and vocation.

Why would you encourage someone to participate on a MMT? “To open your world view, to tie the Christian and cultural worldview together. It gives one the opportunity to use the gifts that God has given you. A MMT is a profound way to discover your gifts.”

What are your three favorite things about serving on a MMT? “The relationships that you build with the team and the locals, serving with fellow Lutherans who share the same faith and getting to interact with the locals and providing good healthcare.”

You can Shara’s complete newsletter (and more photos) here.

“Hesed” is a Hebrew word that means “kindness,” “mercy,” “loyalty,” “loving-kindness” or “steadfastness.” It’s the way God intends us to live together—a “love your neighbor as yourself,” active, selfless, sacrificial, caring-for-one-another brand of living contradictory to our fallen natures. The “Heseders” are continually looking to work together to share some small measure of God’s extraordinary love. Won’t you join us?