Gloria Dei is one of the first congregations of the Southeastern Iowa Synod's Companion Synod Program. Through this program our Synod is seeking to match its congregations with congrgations of the Pare diocese of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Tanzania (ELCT). Gloria Dei is excited to have Bombo Lutheran Church as its companion congregation which is located on the hillsides of Mount Kilimanjaro.
"We are proud to be partners with one of the Largest Lutheran Churches in the world... Our calling is one. Our identity is one. Our commission is one. Our goal is one. Our Lord is one. Our way is one. We are all looking for "uzima" -- eternal life. Let us continue to strengthen, deepen and enlighten our companionship."
-- Paraphrased from Bishop Samson Mushemba's welcome speech to the companion synod representatives, February 22, 1999, Arusha, Tanzania.