11-19-2023 Order of Service

People I Love in Tanzania


The Nyblade Legacy in Tanzania

(or, The American Lutheran Missionary Legacy in Tanzania)

Two Views of Tanzania and Tanzanians today, with music, slides and videos
Presented by Kevin Allen-Schmid, with Rev Paul Beckel and Andrea Rackl


Sunday, November 19, 2023, 10:25 am

Online on Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/738363620
Passcode: BUF

Zoom by phone, for audio only: (346) 248-7799
Meeting ID: 738 363 620
Passcode: 306220

Gathering Music              Ufie III, by Christian Onyehi (Nigeria


Song                                 Bwana Awabariki (The Lord Bless You, Hymn 1033)

Chalice Lighting              Kuwasha Mwenge (To Light a Torch)

Julius Nyerere, paraphrasing St Francis, read by Alan Friedlob


Love is the spirit of this fellowship, and service gives it life.
Celebrating our diversity, and joined by a quest for truth,
We work for peace, and honor all
This is our covenant.

Children’s Focus            We All Went on Safari, by Krebs and Cairns

Song                                Siyahamba (We Are Marching, Hymn 1030)

View One                         People I Love in Tanzania

Phoenix Ensemble         Songs of Protest and Praise from Apartheid Era South Africa

Siph’ Amandla (Give Us Power)
Bamthata (He’s Locked Up)

View Two                         The Nyblade (or, American Lutheran Missionary)

Legacy in Tanzania

Response                        Carl Nyblade

Offertory                          Deep River, arranged Samuel Coleridge-Taylor

(Britain/Sierra Leone)

Song                                We Shall Not Give Up the Fight


Song                                Circle ‘Round for Freedom (Hymn 155)

Circle ‘round for freedom, circle ‘round for peace.
For all of us imprisoned, circle for release.
Circle for the planet, circle for each soul.
For the children of our children, keep the circle whole.


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People I Love in Tanzania

Gabi and Aat vanderWel
Gabi, an elementary teacher and principal, and Aat, a water engineer and development specialist, raised their family and worked their entire careers in Tanzania, and have now retired in Moshi.

Simon Mtuy
A world champion athlete, tour and expedition operator and organic permaculture farmer, Simon is married to an American research doctor at Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre. Their two teenage boys attend the international school in Moshi.

Elly Nkya
A retired biology teacher from the international school in Moshi, Elly is known worldwide as a curriculum writer and trainer of international baccalaureate level science teachers.

Peter Sangawe
A retired math teacher from the international school in Moshi, Peter lives with his wife and multi-generational family on a coffee and banana shamba (small-scale farm) in Moshi.

Eric Ng’maryo
Lawyer who takes cases at national and international levels, Eric specializes in children’s rights. He is also an avid actor, poet, writer, historian and student of traditional Chagga tribal religion.

Randy Stubbs
An American Lutheran music missionary teaching at Makumira University, Randy established a multi-million dollar Cultural Arts Centre and directs uniquely African music and music technology degree programs.

Erik, Bernice & Shesha Rowberg
The son of an American Lutheran missionary doctor, Erik helped establish the internet in northern Tanzania and now trains and employs hundreds of tech workers. His wife Bernice is a retired administrator of World Vision, Tanzania, and is active in the Seventh Day Adventist church. Their daughter Shesha works for Red Knot Racing, a non-profit adventure travel and development agency.

Paulo Lazaro
Maasai Lutheran evangelist, choir director and tour guide based in the village of Kitumbeine.

Dr. Steve Friberg
The son of the missionary founder of Makumira University, Dr Steve runs a Maasai women’s health clinic in Kitumbeine, where his wife leads a women’s craft marketing project. They are two of only about a dozen American missionaries still remaining in the country supported by the American Lutheran church today, from a high of over 200 American missionary families in the 1960s and 1970s.

Sylvia Emmanuel
Raised in Tanzania by two British colonial era doctors, Sylvie taught English at a Lutheran high school and she raised a family with a Greek mountaineer and coffee farmer on the slopes of Kilimanjaro. Although their coffee estate was nationalized, Sylvie has been able to stay in her home and gardens.

Urio Godslove
An avid runner and father of a young family, Urio works as a gardener while training to become a climbing guide on Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru.