Discovering Family Far From Home

This post has been submitted by team member Kara Burrer.

Today we painted the primer on the outside of the house at the second worksite. It’s been my favorite job so far! A little girl named Sophia who is the niece of the people we are building the house for lives next door. She played with me by singing the riddles that you do with another person with your hands. I think we did that for a good 15 minutes. It’s kind of frustrating sometimes not knowing what they say but it’s awesome to see how you can really interact.

This afternoon we had our culture activity. We made puppy chow for the Cristo Rey Church. They loved it! We played tag and hide and seek with some kids. All the kids had a blast with the piñata and balloons. I also got to hold the cutest baby girl! Her mom looked to be about only sixteen years old. It’s amazing how fast the kids become attached to you and how fast you adore them. You leave feeling like you are family.

This has been my first experience on an international mission trip. It has certainly opened my eyes. It’s made me realize how blessed I really am!


About Bishop Craig Schweitzer

The Rev. Craig Schweitzer, of Bismarck, was elected as bishop of the Western North Dakota Synod on July 17, 2020, in the first-ever digital Synod Assembly. A historic event, Schweitzer is the first bishop in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) to be elected in an online assembly. Bishop Craig Schweitzer began serving the Western North Dakota Synod-ELCA on September 1, 2020. He has always seen himself as an easy-going person who seeks to daily discover anew how God is present in his life and the world in which he lives and serves. Prior to service in the Office of Bishop of the Western North Dakota Synod, Bishop Craig served at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Bismarck, ND as Music and Worship Minister (lay staff from 2002-2010), Associate Pastor (2010-2014), and Senior Pastor (2014-2020). Beyond his service in the church, he has an eclectic background that is a diverse collection of musical, educational, and business experiences ranging from live concert production and promotion to recording studios and live performance to music education. Throughout all of his professional and personal experiences, the Apostle Paul’s words to the church in Rome have been a guiding light that has kept him grounded in whatever work God was calling him into – “Welcome one another, therefore, just as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.” (Romans 15:7) Bishop Craig is a graduate of the University of Mary in Bismarck with a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education and a Master of Science in Strategic Leadership. He also holds a certificate degree in Theological Education for Emerging Ministries (TEEM) from Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in Berkeley, CA. He was ordained as a Minister of Word and Sacrament on September 16, 2010. Outside of his life as Bishop, Bishop Craig enjoys reading, all music, a little golf, a cold beverage with friends, and intentional times of quiet. And, of course, spending time with his wife Wendy and their adult twin daughters Ilia and Taegan. View all posts by Bishop Craig Schweitzer

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