Dr. Fidon R. Mwombeki
Tansanischer evangelischer Pfarrer, Missionar und Kirchenbunds-Manager
"We in Tanzania link Bethel with the Bethel Mission. Thanks to Rev. von Bodelschwingh Bethel Mission passed on the diaconal profile of mission by putting a specific focus on service to people with disability. Through establishment of famous centers like Lutindi in the Usambara mountains, people with mental and other disabilities received back their dignity in society and were no longer regarded as a shame and curse to the families. Josiah Kibira who studied theology in Bethel was inspired by this serving spirit, when he became bishop he started Igabiro home for people with mental disabilities in Bukoba.
It is therefore no wonder that until today Bethel working with the United Evangelical Mission continues to support these centers by exchange of ideas and people. The Sebastian Kolowa Memorial University in the Usambara mountains remains the only university with a specific focus to train people with disabilities as well as those who will serve such people as teachers, lawyers, therapists, and psychiatrists.
The spirit of Bethel is alive, even as far as Africa. Thanks be to God and the people who support Bethel."