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Free adult English classes 

ESL (English as a Second Language) Classes meet every Tuesday and Thursday in the Fellowship Hall building. A morning class meets 9:30 to 11:30 and the evening class meets 6:30 to 8:30.  Register at the classes. 
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Meet Minister Mmari

Douglas Mmari has served as developer of the Shalom International Ministry through a partnership of Salem Lutheran Church, the ELCA, and Indiana-Kentucky Synod. He is currently delayed in Tanzania.  He originally began his ministry here in the fall of 2014.

Douglas and his wife, Upendo, are in Tanzania.  Upendo is a is an optometrist.  They have five children.  Amani is with his parents.  Daughters Faith, Glory, and son Immanuel live in Tanzania.  Daughter Neema lives in Minneapolis.

A life-long Lutheran, Douglas worked as an itinerant Evangelist and Bible teacher, mainly with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania (ELCT). With Upendo, they founded Hope Ministries Tanzania a weekly radio broadcast in Tanzania. He runs the ELCT radio broadcast in Tanzania, responding to questions from a biblical perspective.  He earned his Bachelor of Theology from International Covenant University, Florida and  Master of Divinity at Association Free Lutheran Bible School in the Minnesota.  He  began the application process for ordination with the ELCA.

Worship with Salem and Shalom Sunday mornings at 10:30.  

Use the links on the yellow banner above to learn about ministries for African immigrants and refugees. 

Shalom International Ministry


We all know that Shalom is a Hebrew word that has a broader meaning than the English word “peace”. In the Bible, the word is also used to mean: safety, welfare, well-being, prosperity, security, friendship, health, soundness and completeness. (NAS Exhaustive Concordance and NASB translation)

The Shalom Ministry is mainly focusing on reaching out and ministering to the Sub Saharan Africans, of which most of them are refugees from Rwanda, the Congo and Burundi. Listening to their stories, some have lived in the bush, refugee camps and out in the streets for years – no electricity, no home, no property, no medication and no meaning of life. They still shed tears when they remember the brutality that they saw and experienced. We also have people from other countries such as Zimbabwe, Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal, Central Africa, and Algeria who are here for different reasons.

What do all these people need? They need SHALOM. This is the foundation of the name. Shalom that comes from God alone, on account of the death and the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ and the ministry and mission which He has entrusted us with.

We have two major strategies of reaching out to these people: Withness and witness. This is what Jesus did with his disciples. We regularly visit with them and meet them at their point of their needs. Offer rides, because they don’t have cars, they don’t have driver’s licenses because of the language barrier to sit for the exam. Be their interpreters in hospitals, in pharmacies, government offices, etc. Teach them the use of common things, such as the quantity of liquid soap in a wash machine or gathering letters from the mail box.

Withness goes hand in hand with witnessing. All of these refugees are not Lutherans. Some have religious affiliation and some have never been to church at all. Our primary goal is to reach them with the message of the gospel of Lord Jesus Christ. The Prince of Shalom. Then, invite them to attend the church worship and other events such as youth retreats, family picnics, special events, ESL classes, etc.

We are working parallel with Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church, in which I am also an Authorized Worship Leader – with all the diversities of color, language (English, Swahili, Shona, French, Rwandese) and culture. God has made us one, in love, fellowship and mission. We enjoy the singing through other tongues and styles, the meals from different countries, etc. Indeed, we are God’s family.

Let me end by thanking the ELCA, the IK Synod, the Ministerium, the Good Shepherd congregation, the Lamb of God and many others who have supported us in different ways. And thanking you all in advance for starting a partnership with us today. This is God’s mission. We are God’s children. God bless you all.

On the left: Upendo and Douglas Mmari sing a duet in Swahili and the Alleluia Choir perform during the New Mission Banquet at the Indiana-Kentucky 2015 Assembly.


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