This year’s Gifts of Hope market has a special emphasis on Africa, specifically in Tanzania, where the Nebraska Synod ELCA works with a sister congregation.
In February and March of 2017, First Lutheran member, Kay Rockwell was in Kenya and Tanzania for six weeks. The Global Mission in Action committee at First Lutheran allotted $300 for Kay to purchase items for the Gifts of Hope market. As she traveled throughout the region, she purchased items made by local artisans or found in local shops. All the items were packed in her luggage, made their way to America safely and will make their debut at the Gifts of Hope market on December 2 and 3.
From wall hanging wax batiks made in Kenya, Tinga Tinga paintings purchased from and signed by the artists in Tanzania, carved ebony figurines (elephants, lions, giraffes) to baskets, scarves and jewelry, this collection of beautiful African art is sure to be cherished gifts to anyone on your holiday shopping list! Visit The Story Behind the Artwork to learn more about each piece of art and view photos.
All proceeds from sales will support a Tanzanian nursing student at the Machame Lutheran Hospital School of Nursing. There is a serious shortage of nurses in Tanzania, so your gift benefits not only the student, but also benefits the community by increasing the number of medical workers and who can then provide service in the region in which they live.