PNI Study Tour to New Zealand- September 24 -
October 1, 2015.
Thirty-one people participated in either
part 1 or parts 1 and 2 of the LPNI Study Tour to Germany.
Participants included parish nurses and others from Australia (2),
Germany (6), Palestine (1), Papua New Guinea (1), and the United
Kingdom (1) and the USA (24)
The study tour provided opportunities
for all participants to share highlights of their specific parish
nurse or health ministry, visit the diaconate workers in Germany,
and discuss differences between the socio-political and
structure of the church as it relates to parish nursing. The
parish nurses served congregations as small as 35 active members
and as large as over 700 active members. Some parish nurses
are paid; others are unpaid. Some are in solo practices;
others have a team of nurses or caring volunteers. All shared
both trials and triumphs. All expressed joy in serving the
In addition to sharing information about
parish nursing and related diaconal work in the various
congregations and Lutheran church bodies, other highlights
The final evening of the study tour was filled
with sharing memories, giving thanks to God, and returning home
strengthened by knowing that Lutheran parish nurses are known to
serve in 11 countries and inquiries have been made in several
others. Some photos are included in the side panel.
- The faith of an Iranian lady that served us at
the Mutterhaus in Speyer. This lady is a Christian convert
from Islam and radiated the love of Jesus in all she did. We
did not know her language and she did not know ours but the message
was clear—she loved the Lord. We presented her with a canvas
bag that had the LPNI logo on it and she was overjoyed that we
would give her a gift. More important than the bag was the
assurance we gave her of our prayers for her and her witness.
- A visit to Buchenwald Camp where we lamented
the demonstration of man’s inhumanity to man—then and now.
- A pilgrimage through the Luther sites in
Eisenach Erfurt, and Wittenberg.
- An overview of the Wittenberg Project by Rev.
David Mahsman. We were surprised to learn that the area once
known as East Germany has the largest percentage of non-believers
in the world.
- A visit to Berlin provided a contrast between
the Berlin of yesteryear and the Berlin of today. One of the
members of our group recalled being “rescued” by the Berlin airlift
and still expresses gratitude to the Americans. We saw the
location of the former Berlin wall and “Checkpoint Charlie” and
prayed that one day we can also say the former separation wall and
checkpoints in Bethlehem.