One of the true blessings of the assembly was the presence of the Rev.
Shadrack Manyiewa, bishop of the South Central Diocese of the Lutheran
Church in Tanzania. Accompanying Bishop Manyiewa was his wife, Mariamu
Tulasivona Manyiewa, known as Mama among the people of the diocese. A
warm and gracious couple, Bishop and Mama chatted with voting members
and visitors, sharing stories of their people and their country.
During his greetings in the opening session, Bishop Manyiewa presented
Bishop Strobel and the synod with the gift of a beautiful carving-a large
giraffe with a small giraffe.
“These animals are very different from each other,” the bishop said, “But
they walk through the same jungle. You may be the large giraffe and we
may be the small one, and sometimes we’re the big one and you
are the small one. What is important is that we walk together.”