Akeri Lutheran Parish 

St. John’s has been in partnership with Akeri Lutheran Parish since April 2008.

The Greater Milwaukee Synod partners with the Meru Diocese of Tanzania, which includes 22 other Milwaukee area churches who are partnering with parishes in the Meru district. 


Since the partnership began, we have developed many friendships, including the Pastor in Charge, church elders and church parishoners.



Pastor Brian to Lead Delegation Going to Tanzania April 19-May 2, 2020!

The delegation will not only share time with our partners at Akeri Parish and the students at Akeri Hope Medium School, but will also learn about the culture of this diverse country, spending time with Tanzanians while visiting their schools, hospitals, farms and homes where they reside. 

Please see the itinerary for the daily schedule and the cost information.  Deborah Petersen or Gail Rennie would be happy to answer any questions you might have.      





We have sent four delegations to Akeri since 2008.

2008: included two of our previous pastors, Kristine and Scot Ruffatto, plus 19 others.

2010: included two of our previous pastors, Kristine and Scot Ruffatto, plus 13 others.

2012: included two members, Dave Kinnear and Andy Petersen. Their sole purpose was to be in relationship with the Akeri people and determine specific plans for an English speaking medium school they hoped to build on their property.

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2013: included our new pastor, Jennifer Arnold, plus 9 others.



The needs of the Meru people are great. Their biggest concerns are hunger, malaria and education. In the Akeri area, hunger and malaria are not as big of a concern because of their positioning on Mt Meru. They live in a lush area not affected by droughts and they are blessed to not have as many mosquitos!


Education is the primary concern of the Akeri people. In 2010 they requested that St. John’s assist them in building an English speaking school on their property. They specifically wanted a school that would include Kindergarten aged children as being in school was a much better place for them as opposed to running around in the streets all day. Through the Spotlight Ministries program at St. John’s, we were able to provide them $30,000 (90% of the building costs) to build two buildings, totaling four classrooms.


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School Children 

Pastor Amani Akyoo 

 Mt. Meru

Akeri Women's Group 



August 06, 2020



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