Chapel members Eric and Linda Funke have been serving as missionaries in the East of Lake Victoria Diocese (ELVD) of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Tanzania since September 2012. Linda serves in the Department of Planning and Development of the ELVD. She helps manage the overwhelming number of grants received and projects undertaken. These programs aid people who suffer from burdens such as HIV, malaria, and poverty. Eric serves as the secondary school math, physics and computer teacher at the Lutheran school in Mwadui and will eventually teach at the new Lutheran school being built in Mwanza.
Linda’s previous service in Papua New Guinea solidified her love for international ministry. She has her Masters in Social Work and is a consecrated Deaconess in the Lutheran Church. Eric has felt the Lord’s call to serve Him in Africa since grade school. Eric has a Master’s degree in Mathematics and has taught Math and Physics at Lutheran High School North (St. Louis) for the past 7 years. Eric left his full-time job at Lutheran North to pursue his missionary calling.
To learn more about the Funkes' experiences in Tanzania, visit their website at globallutheranoutreach.com/blog/funke/, follow their blog at afunketimeintanzania.blogspot.com, and follow their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/AFunkeTimeInTanzania. You can support Eric and Linda with your prayers and gifts. Donations can be made online through a safe and secure link on their website, www.globallutheranoutreach.com/Funke. You may also give your donation to Chapel with the earmark, "Eric and Linda Funke." The Funkes thank you for your support!