Sierra Pacific Synod Companion Synods – Rwanda

Sierra Pacific Synod Companion Synods - Rwanda

Did you know that the Sierra Pacific Synod is the only ELCA synod with a Companion Synod relationship with the Lutheran Church of Rwanda? This relationship would not have been possible without the vision and servant hearts of Jackie Boynton and Cindy Tuisku. Almost 20 years ago they began to build what is now a full-fledged companion synod relationship, which includes many sister parishes. (Sister parish opportunities are still available! Contact us at for more information.)

Because of our companion synod relationship, we sent a delegation to Rwanda in October to accompany our siblings in Christ on the 25th anniversary of the Lutheran Church in Rwanda. I was lucky to be one of the 16 members who spent a week in Africa getting to know people from the Lutheran Church in Rwanda as well as Young Adults in Global Mission serving there. During the trip we toured a women’s cooperative and visited the Genocide Museum in Kigali, traveled to two rural Lutheran parishes in Gicumbi and Nyamata, visited the Leadership School, participated in the dedication of the cornerstone of a new Lutheran seminary, and joined in three Jubilee celebration worship services. Click here to see photos from the delegation. You can also search #spsRwanda2019 on social media for more photos.

I knew that I would learn and grow during my travels, but I had no idea that the biggest lesson I would bring home would be JOY! Everyone I met was so happy to meet us and kept expressing their gratitude that we would be willing to travel from the US just to celebrate with them. Their joy in hospitality, joy in worship and incredible love of God inspired me to try to become more like them. Instead of being so concerned each day about what else I need to check off my list, I need to be present in the moment. My concern over what comes next, does not allow me to fully experience the joy of the current activity. I would challenge you to try and fill your life with JOY as well.

Kathye Hamm, SPS Communication Coordinator, member of Christ the King, Orangvale

For more information about the SPS Companion Synods, visit the Global Mission page of our website.