There was another exciting event at Fall Gathering. The Global Mission Committee of the Florida-Bahamas Synod and the Florida-Bahamas Synodical Women’s Organization worked together to bring two ladies from the companion country of Suriname to the Gathering. The vistors were from the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Suriname or ELKS. The visitors were Sandra Dompig-Esser from the Communion of Hope congregation and Marleen Hellings - van Ommeren from the Maarten Luther congregation. Chris Klafs accompanied the ladies from Suriname to Florida and hosted them before and after the conference. The women fully participated in all the activities of the Gathering and we got to know them and they us. It was a wonderful example of “walking in companionship with sisters from another country”. While they were there Steve and Denise Beumer brought two sewing machines from their congregation in Winter Park for them to take back to Suriname.
The Companion Synods of the Florida-Bahamas Synod of the ELCA are Guyana, Surinam, Haiti, and Cuba. Global Missions has trips to these companions from time to time. Sandra and Marleen from Surinam presented in a workshop at the 2016 Fall Gathering. They have shared the Surinam Advent Devotional below. If you would like to download it please also send a $5.00 or more donation to the Florida-Bahamas Synod of the ELCA marked Global Missions.
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